Archive for the ‘Writing Contests’ Category

The Haunting of Josh Weston Wins Another Award

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

The Haunting of Josh Weston Wins PNWA Cover Contest

My young adult novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, has won several literary awards and now the cover has won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s (PNWA) Book Cover Contest at their annual conference in Seattle, WA last Saturday night, July 22, 2017. This picture shows me accepting the award and prize, a free PNWA 2018 conference, which I as the YA Category Sponsor of the PNWA Literary Contest donated to the first place winner in the YA Category. That was so much fun and the winner was so excited!

I love attending the PNWA conference and seeing old friends, meeting new YA writers. This year’s conference was attended by over 500 writers, editors, agents, and writing services vendors. There is always an excellent lineup of workshop tracks of craft, marketing, and genre writing. I presented a workshop in the YA track,  Crafting the YA Novel: The Four Cs of Characterization.

Presenting workshops is one of my favorite things. My next workshop is at the Arizona Library Association’s Annual Conference in Mesa in November entitled, Don’t Be A Dream-Killer: Help Indie Authors Help You.

More good news: The Haunting of Josh Weston received a 5 Star review from Melinda Hill for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews. “Magical and moving, The Haunting of Josh Weston by Melinda Rucker Haynes is a powerful YA paranormal tale that offers lots of emotional insights and a message of hope to anyone who is suffering from insecurities and bad memories. The action is quick-paced as the tension between Josh and the bully builds, but the relationship between Josh and Pete provides a timeless feeling and a sense of love and support that Josh’s mother just can’t provide by herself. With a subtle romantic element, there is just the right balance between the paranormal and the every day to make the story quite believable and uplifting. Excellent story – kept me glued to the pages! The Haunting of Josh Weston is certainly well worth reading.”

A Literary Disneyland–Tucson Festival of Books

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

This weekend I’m doing one of the things I enjoy most–meeting readers and writers promenading by the thousands at the University of Arizona’s annual Tucson Festival of Books event. This will be my third year to play at the Festival. The first year I signed at the Friends of Oro Valley Library’s booth with other Oro Valley writers. Last year as the YA category winner of the Arizona State Library’s OneBookAZ 2016 literary contest, my book tour started at the Tucson Festival where I appeared in the State Library’s booth and signed books. It was a great launch for my Arizona novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, and I look forward to doing the Festival again this weekend. Hope to see you there!

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Mmmmmelinda Talks CONTEST SMARTS

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Contest SmartsAfter my CONTEST SMARTS workshop this summer at Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, attendees kept asking me for more tips and strategies for entering writing contests. I came home to Tucson and embarked on twin projects of building a website and creating a how-to book of CONTEST SMARTS: Writing Contest Winning Strategies. The book will be available October 1, 2016 on Amazon.

The website is now live. Check it out for featured writing/literary contests, winning strategies, winners’ interviews, and the infamous Undiscerning Arbiter Award given to the worst/funniest judge’s comments. The next interview is with Darcy Carson, Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest Chairperson 2006 – 2014, who will discuss all things PNWA contest and her own successes entering writing contests.

 

Melinda Rucker Haynes is the sponsor of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2017 Literary Contest Young Adult Category.

 

 

Mmmmm’s Western Historical Novel, REMITTANCE, Finalist in PNWA 2016 Literary Contest

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, PNWA, has sponsored an annual literary contest for over sixty years. There are twelve fiction and nonfiction categories for unpublished work and a separate category for published books. The last few years contest entries have numbered over a 1000. Last summer my experimental Boomer Lit paranormal romance, BITTEN, about a menopausal vampire was a finalist in the romance category.

In the 2016 PNWA Literary Contest I entered a western historical romance novel, REMITTANCE, Book I, a sweeping saga of a Bostonian blue stocking businesswoman running from her past after a Spanish remittance man who flees with her nephew down the dangerous Santa Fe Trail to his noble family’s land grant in New Mexico. I previously entered the first three chapters in Romance Writers of America’s Hearts Through History chapter’s literary contest and the story came second in Best Short Historical. I can’t wait to see how REMITTANCE does at the PNWA Awards banquet on Saturday night, July 30 in Seattle.

Contest SmartsBefore the Awards banquet on Saturday, I’ll be giving a ninety minute workshop, CONTEST SMARTS: Make Writing Contests Work for You, at 5:00-6:30. I’ve been called a contest guru because I’ve won sixteen writing contest awards. (There are editing and website content awards in the list, too.) I have over twenty years experience entering writing contests, developing contests, and judging entries and have learned much that I hope will inspire and help writers make writing contests work for their particular career goals and maybe win some, too!

COMING SOON

CONTEST SMARTS Kindle eBook

September 2016