Open reading period November 1 – 22, 2017
Want to make your entry stand out from the crowd? Here’s how!
“Geocaching GPS: Great Personal Stories of Critter Encounters” is looking for inspirational, true stories about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences with wildlife of all shapes and sizes while geocaching. (These stories are not about your 4-legged geocaching companion!)
But remember, it needs to be a true story!
At just 800-1,500 words, this will be a simple piece – nothing too complicated. You’ll want your story to touch hearts and draw a reader in. Think of a personal narrative filled with emotion and drama. Use vivid images created by using the five senses.
Your story should be written in the first person (I, we, us) and have a beginning, middle and an end. A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these.
If your story wins you’ll receive:
- 1 contributor copy of the book
- Press release to send out to your local media announcing the publication
- Lifetime membership to the Geocaching GPS Facebook group – and first notification of the annual contest!
- Mentioned in the NewFrontierBooks.com newsletter and social media
- Bragging rights!
Contributors can also buy copies of the book at a discount.
Things to Think About:
- Tell an exciting, heartwarming, or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself or someone close to you.
- Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
- This is a story not an essay so start in the action! Don’t start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
- Yes it’s for geocachers but beware of using too much jargon. I know what DNF, FTF, TFTC, TNLN means so you don’t need to impress me with your knowledge of geocaching terms!
- Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart! Readers want to connect with you and feel that you feel. If you want to use a pen name, that’s okay!
- I’ll be happy to publish with your geocaching ID as well as your name!
- Keep it simple! This isn’t the place to get fancy with verb tenses or point of view.
- Keep your story between 800 and 1,500 words.
- And once again: Your story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing.
Here’s what won’t fly:
- A sermon, an essay or eulogy. Faith and God are a-okay but this book isn’t about preaching or religion.
Which also means to keep the politics and controversy to yourself as well!
- An “as told to” story written by someone else. You’re going to agree that this story is YOUR work and that you own the copyright. So if you use ghostwriter, you need to be crystal clear who owns the copyright!
- A term paper, how-to, thesis, letter, or journal entry. (Boring!) It’s also not a biography or testimonial. Make your writing sparkle – not sound like a newspaper article.
- Anything racist, sexist, negative, etc. If you wouldn’t tell your grandma don’t tell me!
Guidelines for a poetry submission:
My degree in Creative Writing has an emphasis in poetry which is why I decided to open the book for poetry submissions. I’m looking for poems that can tell a story and get the reader to FEEL. Love of language is okay but I’m not looking for poems that are overly focused on rhyme and feel more like a greeting card or jingle.
A few more tips about submitting:
No, there isn’t a reading fee. (But MOST writing contests have them!) I’m footing the bill from my own pocket because I believe in the project that much.
This is open to any geocacher anywhere in the world but the story must be written in English.
The deadline really is November 22, 2017. That gives me time to read everything, notify winners, and format the book.
Have somebody proofread your submission! If you’re selected as a winner, your story will be edited for clarity but that’s no excuse for typos, grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
It needs to be unpublished – anywhere! Yes, even on your own blog. Winners will be published in a world-wide publication so for publishing rights, it has to be unpublished. (I’ll send you all the juicy details if you win!)
I’m serious about the length guidelines! It must be at least 800 words and no more than 1,500 words (or 1 page for a poem).
What happens after I submit my story or poem?
A very obvious “Error” message comes up if your submission does not go through.
You’ll get emails that walk you through the whole process so be sure to use a valid email! You will ALSO get emails during the duration of the contest and, if selected, publishing period. Please use your main email address and CHECK those emails.
If you unsubscribe from the emails during this process, you forfeit your place – I can’t be chasing people down!
If you win, I’ll add you to the “Author’s Only” Facebook group for updates as well.
How will I know if my story is selected?
I’ll send you an email! If your story is selected, we’ll have to coordinate any re-writes or edits as well as getting your acceptance letter signed! Sounds exciting, I know.
And if you’re story isn’t selected… I’ll send you an email letting you know.
(I hate the “We don’t tell you if you DON’T get in” stuff in the literary world. So I don’t play that way!)
Look for these emails the week of November 25. I will be notifying people throughout the reading period – and some submissions might be invited to re-write their submission and send it in again.
The bottom line: BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL!
Am I on a newsletter or mailing list?
You’ll be emailed regarding this book, your submission, etc. Emails will come from me (Kim) and be from the NewFrontierBooks.com domain name. I’ll be putting [Geocache Story] in the subject line so you can find them in your inbox!
AND… You’ll be invited to receive a free subscription to the FindYourGeocache newsletter but you don’t have to. (Although you SHOULD!)
And if you want to receive a free newsletter from New Frontier Books about writing, publishing, and blogging, you can subscribe here.
Support The Project!
It’s important to me that the cost of an entry fee NOT be a barrier to participation. That being said, there is a hard cost of approximately $15 to mail out EACH winner.
Donations are appreciated!