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Madville’s Blue Moon Novel Competition

$1000 prize + 2022 publication for the top two novels.

$35 entry fee

Accepting submissions from October 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

Winners will be announced May 1, 2021.

We are launching a novel competition. October 2020 will be the last month with a blue moon until 2023 https://www.moongiant.com/Blue_Moon_Calendar.php, so we named the competition in the October 31, 2020 blue moon’s honor. https://www.moongiant.com/moonphases/october/2020/

Clay Reynolds Will Be Our Judge This Year.

Novelist Clay Reynolds was born in the small town of Quanah, TX. Educated at UT Austin, Trinity University, and the University of Tulsa is the author of fourteen books, ranging from novels to short stories to essays to scholarly analysis, as well as more than 1,000 other publications including book reviews and critical responses to literary efforts, commentary on education and culture, and academic articles. His is the father of a son who is a structural engineer married to a medical doctor, a daughter who is a veterinarian, married to a veterinarian, and had one grandson. He plays golf badly and reads mostly history and nonfiction. He lives with his wife, Judy, in Lowry Crossing, TX.

When asked what sort of entries he hopes to receive for this contest, Reynolds has this to say:

Successful entries in this contest are typically those that do one thing: they tell a simple story well, without the garnish of fashionable trends, fancy experimental styles, or attempts to write abstractly rather than directly. I look for great characterization, natural and credible dialogue that fits the speaking characters, accuracy and vividness of setting, consistency in point of view and technique, and above all else, a well-written piece of fiction that is free of misused words, contemporary slang and jargon, grammatical and mechanical error, and stylistic flights of fancy. I am not interested in work that appears to be argumentative or tries to sell me on a particular perspective or point of view, that is trendy or that tries too hard to be fashionable. I also shy away from work that imitates some other contemporary, popular writer, either in style or content. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Be original. I look for honesty and directness in the writing, something that entertains and holds interest and gains admiration, even envy for its creativity.

Submission Guidelines:

Length: 50-75,000 words

Formatting: 12pt. Times New Roman, double spaced, 1” margins, pages numbered.

Blind submissions: There should be no information on the manuscript or in its file name that identifies the author. Use the story title to name your file with dashes between words, like this: story-title.docx.