By Amelie Rohweder
Brisbane-based writer, editor and writing teacher, Lauren Daniels, has been announced as one of the Judges of The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development & Production Prize for 2020.
The Publishing Prize awards a $4,500 package to the winner. New, emerging and established indie writers are encouraged to apply.
Daniels believes that “There are plenty of great indie and self-pub reads if you know where to find them”. She sees Hawkeye as a great forum to connect readers with quality-vetted, self-published books.
The experienced writing teacher has these tips for writers planning on entering the Manuscript Competition.
‘Read the submission guidelines. Seriously! Splatterpunk submissions to a Chicken Soup for the Soul comp could send the judges on a bender.’
‘Before you submit, read the whole work aloud. Yes, you heard me.’
‘Format like a pro. Use indented paragraphs, double line spaces for scene breaks, and correct dialogue punctuation. Use size 12 Times New Roman.’
While Daniels’ instruction to read an entire manuscript out loud might seem harsh, it is effective. Daniels has edited 80+ published books.
Daniels’ Tips for New Writers:
‘Kill the cliché. Readers want your twisted mind to serve up its own sweet brand of cool, right into their hands.’
‘Use ‘said’ and ‘asked’. Maybe ‘shouted’,’ Daniels says, something many of us are told not to do. ‘Turn dialogue into auditory imagery that disappears from the eye, into the reader’s ear.’
Entries for The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development & Production Prize for 2020 competition close 6pm Friday 20 December 2019, with the winner being announced Monday 16 March 2020.