Straight from the Source
I had a conversation with Sue Brower, Senior Acquisitions Editor for fiction at Zondervan, about the Mt. Hermon contest, and she had some clarifications for us.
First, there was a question from a blog commenter about ChristianManuscriptSubmission.com, a service that Zondervan sometimes uses to find fiction. Sue says, “the writer still has a better chance if they can get an agent, or pitch to me at a conference.”
Several of you noted the discrepancy between the competition deadline (November 1) and the beginning of registration (December 1) for the 2009 Mount Hermon’s Writer’s Conference. Sue apologizes for the mix-up and says:
We will allow entries from those who have not attended a Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference until the November 1 deadline. However, to continue in the competition, all competitors must be past participants or be registered for the 2009 conference by December 1.
This does allow you to enter the first phase of the contest (proposal and sample) without having to register for the 2009 conference. If you are selected to submit a full manuscript for judging and are not a past participant in the conference, you have until December 1 to register for the 2009 conference.
November 1, 2008 All entries to be received via mail or express mail by close of business day.
November 15, 2008 Semi-finalists named and full manuscripts requested.
December 1, 2008 All full manuscripts to be received via mail or express mail by close of business day. All entrants who have not participated in a past Mount Hermon conference must be registered for the 2009 conference.
February 1, 2009 Finalists announced.
April 4, 2009 Winner announced at Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference.
Someone mentioned that they couldn’t get the Zondervan link to work. Not sure what the problem was, but the website has been working since before the news release went out. www.zondervan.com/fiction leads to Z’s fiction homepage—the competition button is in the top right hand column. That gets you to “clicks” for entry form and guidelines.