About changes to our Wyn Lit 2four...
After careful consideration and taking into
account the feedback we have received regarding our
monthly Wyn Lit 2four, the submission and judging rules have changed
Beginning in 2012, all voting and story
submitting will be done
online by your fellow contestants and Wynterblue Members through
the password protected 'Members Only' page.
The submitting process will be done in a
forum which has been specially created for contestants and
This forum is dedicated to the Wyn Lit 24 Hour Writing
Every month throughout the year, contestants may post their
2four entries in this forum and will receive votes and
comments by members.
The author/story with the most votes during a one month
period will be the top winner for that particular 2four.
The top 12 stories will be voted on at the end of the year
and the winner will receive a monetary prize.
This forum will replace the annual print publication of
The winners of the 12 monthly contests as well as the
overall winner will be published in eBook format only.
The forum will contain one post for each
Wyn Lit 2four, beginning with January Wyn Lit 24 #57.
All contestants must submit their stories in
this post in order to be eligible.
We will no longer accept Wyn Lit 24
submissions by email.
When the first post in this forum is opened, you will see
2012 - Wyn Lit 2four #
This post is for Wyn Lit 2four #57 ONLY!
SUBMITTING A SHORT STORY in Wyn Lit #...
--- You will receive an email that will let you know the Subject
Matter is now available online. If you intend to write for this
contest, please reply to the email so that we can register you and
so that we will know what NAME you will be using when you submit
--- Stories submitted by unregistered authors will be deleted. There
are no exceptions.
--- Click the 'Reply' button on this post
--- Fill out your NAME (you do not have to use your
real name but, as the author you MUST let us know who you are! You
can let us know in your email when you register for this contest.
i.e. “Please register me. I will submit my story in the forum under
the name of Bologna.”)
--- Put the TITLE of your story into the proper field
--- As the author, you are permitted one vote for your story in each
of the three categories presented:
--- DO NOT use this forum to create your story... Please use
the program you always use to create your story (Word, etc). Use
double spacing BETWEEN paragraphs (hit enter twice before starting a
--- Be sure that your story is saved to your computer before
submitting in this forum. We are not responsible for stories that
get lost in cyberspace due to technical glitches related to the
internet or this forum.
--- This forum posts submissions in 'text format'
so, in order to preserve your formatting, paste your story from the
program you are using to create it (Word, etc) into the message
field. Making sure that you have double spaced between paragraphs.
--- NOTE: Wyn Lit stories submitted in a 'New Post'
will not be accepted and will be deleted. Be sure to click the
'Reply' button on this post and follow the directions above.
SUBMITTING COMMENTS & VOTING:
--- Open the story and
read it! Please don’t vote just
for the sake of voting. The stories written during the 2four’s were
written to be read and none of the authors would be submitting them
to this forum if they didn’t appreciate your feedback and your
--- Click the 'Reply' button related to the story
--- Fill in your name (you do not have to use your real name – but
one way or another, we do have to know that you are a member in good
--- Cast your votes in all three categories presented:
(One vote per member – the IP submitted with your vote is sent back
to us and we will keep track!)
--- Write your comment/feedback about the story and then click "Post
--- To view your comment after it has been posted, please wait a few
minutes and then refresh your browser. Sometimes it takes a few
minutes to appear.
--- Constructive Feedback is very important to all
authors. All unprofessional or personally aggressive comments will
be deleted. Your comment should reflect the content of the story
only. Please be sure to comment about the three categories
presented: Short Story, Opening Paragraph, and Character
Development. We do not expect you to pat every author on the back
with a “job well done” attitude because we all know that some
creative writing sucks – plain and simple. Well written authors can
write badly too and some authors, well, they just need some
constructive help. Be nice!
--- Inviting New Members: Please be sure to let
members of your local writer’s group and your friends know about
this forum so that they can not only contribute their writing, but
also vote for you! This is a Members Only forum – only members are
able to participate. You will have the opportunity to submit 12
stories during your one-year membership.
Now that the 2four’s are set from January
to December, what happens to the winning authors from 2four #’s 45 –
The winning authors from 2four #’s 45 – 56
(January to December 2011, inclusive) which are listed in the
short list and wish to have their stories posted into the forum
and voted on, must
Contact Us and I will place their stories
into a “2011 Top 12” post for commenting and voting by members.
An over-all winner will be chosen from this list and that winner
will represent Wyn Lit 2four 2011. An eBook will be created from
the 12 stories and sold through our website on Amazon on a
Does this mean we won’t have the top
three short list anymore?
With so many successful 2four’s behind
Wynterblue, why change things now?
Because we have so many authors on our
mailing list and yet none of you, or very few of you, are able
to comment on each other’s writing or communicate with each
other. This leaves the Wynterblue writing community with a big
hole that needs filling: communication, feedback, encouragement,
critique, friendships, etc.
Because we are progressively reaching
deeper into the eBook market and we want to create eBooks on a
royalty basis with our authors. Like many of you, I still love
the feel and smell of fresh ink and paper; I like holding a book
in my hand when I read. But, the newer generations are moving
away from that concept and if we don’t keep up by making
Wynterblue eBooks available, we will lose an entire reading
Because, simply put, we cannot afford to
do it any other way any longer. And, I refuse to quit -
therefore, I have to find a way to make it work not only for
Wynterblue, but for everything that Wynterblue represents to
you. Times are tough for all publishers everywhere but we are an
exception in the fact that we refuse to quit!
Now that the contest is going on line
(for submitting and voting), does this mean that the contest will
not be exclusive to Canadian authors only?