(Video above by Stephen Best)
Grand Prize: a $1,200 manuscript evaluation
Want an expert critique of your manuscript? Then this contest is for you. It’s open to anyone with a work of fiction or narrative non-fiction. All genres are welcome.
Grand Prize: evaluation of a full manuscript: a $1,200 value
Second Prize: evaluation of a manuscript’s first 50 pages
Third Prize: evaluation of a manuscript’s first 25 pages
The deadline for entering the contest is 31 December 2015.
There is no fee to enter.
For full details, and to enter the contest, click here.
17-18 October 2015: Humber College, Toronto
With guest presenters from the top ranks of the publishing industry, my “Crafting the Page-Turner” Writers’ Symposium gave writers an exceptional chance to interact with industry pros ‘up close and personal’.
Speakers included legendary agent Al Zuckerman, founder of Writers House, one of the largest literary agencies in the world, and Patrick Crean, one of the country’s preeminent publishers with his own imprint at HarperCollins. Authors Barbara Kyle, Robert Rotenberg , MK Tod and Nika Rylski presented workshops; panelists included authors Eve Silver, Tom Taylor, and Marissa Campbell. And, literary agent Martha Webb conducted pitch sessions for writers to pitch their story and get her immediate feedback.
It was a great event, with plenty of happy “buzz.”
“Barbara, I took your advice and loved the result,” says debut novelist Marissa Campbell. New York publisher St. Martin’s Press loved the result too and published Marissa’s novel Avelynn in September 2015.
“I took Barbara Kyle’s excellent Master Class when I was stuck with my first novel. Those two great days were a turning point. I’ve recently finished my fifth book, and Barbara’s wise words still guide my way.” – bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg
“What a comfort to have your expert advice ‘on demand’.” – Janie Chang, author of Three Souls, nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Barbara was a Forum speaker at Ontario’s world-renowned Stratford Festival, shown here, and was a featured speaker in the University of Toronto Lecture Series. She has been the keynote speaker and workshop presenter for many writers’ organizations and writers’ conferences.
“Kyle is a master at her craft.” – RT Book Reviews
Barbara Kyle is the author of seven acclaimed historical novels – the Thornleigh Saga series (“Riveting Tudor drama” – USA Today) – and of contemporary thrillers, three under pen-name Stephen Kyle, including Beyond Recall, a Literary Guild Selection. Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries. Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is a regular guest presenter for many writers’ organizations and conferences. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S. Barbara’s workshops, master classes, and manuscript evaluations have launched many writers to published success, including bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg, historical novelists Ann Birch, Tom Taylor, and Barbara Wade Rose, debut novelist Marissa Campbell, thriller writer Carrie Rubin, and Steven T. Wax for his award-winning memoir.