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MisCon 23 Writer's Workshop

The deadline for the MisCon 23 (2009) Writer's Workshop entry has closed.  This year we received 18 manuscripts, which our critiquing artists are now working on.  Please read on to learn about the workshop in general, although please remember that the deadline for submissions is now closed.

Join us at next year's MisCon Writer’s Workshop!  Send us a piece of your writing, following our guidelines, and we will forward it to a group of professional fantasy and science fiction writers.  Then come to MisCon 24 and have your stuff critiqued.  It is an excellent opportunity to have your work read and analyzed by pros who know how the business works (as well as how to put words together).

Your manuscript can be a short story, the beginning of a novel, or an unfinished story fragment as long as it fits the 3,750 word limit. If you follow our submission Guidelines, this means 15 pages or less.  Please follow our Guidelines closely, as this is great practice for submitting to agents and editors.

Entries must be received by Wednesday April ??, 2010.  This is a firm deadline (well, it will be firm once we know the exact date).

(Submissions are now closed for MisCon 23).

What to do:

  1. Prepare a manuscript of no more than 3,750 words according to our Guidelines (see below).
  2. Send us a quick email at ops@miscon.org stating that you have submitted to the workshop. Make sure to include your contact information as well as a digital copy of your submission in either Word, Wordperfect, or PDF. We want a digital copy of your manuscript only to make it easier to print the anthology. We will either return the digital copy to you or destroy it after the anthology is printed (whatever you wish). You can also send us a digital copy on disc with your submission packet if you like. If you don’t want to send such a thing in any form let us know and we will exclude your submission from the anthology (you will still participate in the workshop, of course).
  3. Assemble a submission packet including $12 to cover our postage and 3 copies of your manuscript, each with a cover letter addressed to ‘Critiquing Author.’  Also include a hard disk copy of your manuscript if you chose not to email it.
  4. Mail your submission packet to MisCon, PO Box 7721, Missoula, MT 59807.
  5. Attend MisCon and participate in the Writer's Workshop on Saturday May ??, 2010 at 11:00am.

On Friday May 22nd, the first day of MisCon, we will have an Orientation/Writer's Workshop Meet and Greet. This optional event will be open to anyone interested in writing or the workshop, and will outline how the process works, as well as introduce MisCon writers to each other. This is tentatively scheduled for 4 PM.

Feel free to email us at ops@miscon.org at any time to learn more or just to chat.


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Again, if you have any questions or just want to talk about writing, feel free to email us at ops@miscon.org. You can also post threads on our online Forum.