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Coming Soon. . . Giveaway of a Free 30-page Edit

June 26, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill
last modified July 17, 2011

Congratulations to Marie Andreas who won the free 30-page edit! Thanks, everyone, for participating.

Yes, you read that right.

In celebration of the milestone of the 100th blog article on writing and editing at The Editor’s Blog, I’m offering a free edit of the first 30 pages of one unpublished fiction manuscript via a drawing.

Blog article #100 will serve as the entry form for the drawing; look for article #100 soon. Today’s article (#97) serves as an announcement only and to give everyone a heads-up and time to prepare.

 Do not use this article for your contest entry.

How will the drawing work? Each comment on the entry form will serve as an entry, and each entry will be numbered in order from one to whatever. The winning entry will be chosen by a random drawing of a number out of all possible choices at Simple and easy. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and his or her name and manuscript title will be posted on the article.

So . . . if you’d like a chance to win a free edit of the first 30 pages of your fiction manuscript, just enter.

And tell your friends and writing buddies.


How to enter the drawing for your chance to win—

  1. Comment on article #100, Win a 30-page edit. In your comment, include the manuscript’s working title, your name or pseudonym, and genre. Be sure that the e-mail address associated with your comment is a valid one, since that’s how I’ll contact the winner. (You do not need to make your e-mail address public.)
  2. Enter a manuscript only one time, but enter as many different manuscripts, as separate comments, as you like.
  3. Enter during the time period specified in article #100.

What you win—

  1. A first-thirty edit, an edit of the first 30 pages of your fiction manuscript. (See A Novel Edit for details about the first-thirty edit.)

What you guarantee—

  1. The manuscript identified in your entry has been written by you.
  2. The manuscript is unpublished.
  3. The first thirty pages are written and complete at the time you enter the contest.
  4. Your entry is written in English.

Limitations and format—

  1. The 30-page edit is specifically reserved for the first 30 consecutive pages of a fiction manuscript.
  2. Manuscript pages should be formatted in accordance with typical manuscript format—double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins on four sides.
  3. Maximum word count for the free edit is 7500 words.
  4. The contest and free 30-page edit are solely intended as a celebration of the 100-article milestone at The Editor’s Blog. No promises or guarantees are made about the marketability of your manuscript simply because the first 30 pages have been edited.
  5. I reserve the right to decline to edit the winning entry and to choose an alternate winner if the winning entry is deliberately uneditable, does not meet the conditions of the contest, or is not a true candidate for editing for any reason.
  6. I reserve the right to cancel the drawing if there is insufficient interest and I reserve the right to close the drawing early if an unexpected volume of responses overwhelms the blog. (I expect neither of these outcomes, but just in case . . .)


When you enter the drawing, you are not subscribing to The Editor’s Blog nor are you signing up for a newsletter or any other service. This is truly a giveaway, no strings attached, to thank my readers for coming to the blog.

Questions or comments? Ask away.



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7 Responses to “Coming Soon. . . Giveaway of a Free 30-page Edit”

  1. No questions, just wow and thank you. If ever there was a time to stop lurking and start commenting, it’s now :)

  2. Sarah, it’s my pleasure. Lurkers are always welcome. I find myself lurking on many Web sites and the blogs I visit.

    I look forward to getting your entry. Good luck!

  3. Karen says:

    Wow Beth! How encouraging and very nice of you! As always you are very generous with your words and deeds. Looking forward to this.
    Thank you!

  4. I’m looking forward to it too, Karen. I can’t wait to see the opening pages of the winning entry. Good luck to you.

  5. Eliza Tilton says:

    What a great contest and site!

  6. Eliza, I’m glad you like the site. Thanks.

    The contest is over. The winner was Marie Andreas.

    Perhaps we’ll do this again for another occasion.