Announcement: Under the Sea Writing Contest!

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Mermaids! Vampires! Salties! Be-Llyr-vers!

 

Josie Demuth and Debra Goelz's 'Under the Sea' writing contest is back for the fourth year running, and it's bigger, better, and shinier than ever! Oh, and our celebrity judge this year is a New York Times Bestselling YA author whose upcoming fish tale has all of us at the UTS towers reeling with excitement!

 

We cannot wait to read your briny tales of Adventure, Romance, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, or even Self-help!

Just kidding! As much as we could all benefit from your pearls of undersea wisdom, no self- help this year. But any of the others would be great! Ocean's the limit.

 

 

Here are the Rules:

a. Your protagonist, love interest, or antagonist can be a merperson OR your story may simply be set under the sea (but please make it a little bit magical).

b. While your story can be any length, the judges will only consider the first 2,000 words in making their decisions. If your story is the beginning of a longer work, please provide a short synopsis. (It won't count in the word limit.)

c. Entries are due by August 31st. Finalists announced September 7th. Winner crowned September 14th.

d. Stories can be new creations or not. They can be tales you entered in previous years as long as you've made substantive edits since then.

 

 

Who Are the Judges?

Prepare for a gigantic splash as we reveal this year's panel of awesome and dazzling judges ...

 

 

For the first round: The Hosts:

Josie Demuth – Her Salt Kisses series has not only been read millions of times on Wattpad, it is now an Amazon #1 bestseller.

Debra Goelz – Her Amazon #1 bestselling and Watty winning YA novel, Mermaids and Vampires Who Love Them, was published by Hachette Audio in 2017. In 2018 it was made into an interactive game on Chapters.

 

 

Former winners of the contest:

Kristin Jacques - Winner 2015 - Two-time Watty winner who has published stories in multiple anthologies and has an upcoming fantasy novel with Sky Forest Press.

Tiffany Daune - Winner 2016 - Her Siren Chronicles trilogy was published by Oftomes Publishing and is soon to become a game on Chapters.

Christine Owen - Winner 2017. Her story Home School Hair was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster in the anthology Once Upon Now.

 

 

Mermaid Enthusiast and all-around amazing author:
SJMoquin - A Wattpad featured author who writes fantasy and science fiction with a mix of adventure, action, and sweet romance.

 

 

For the win:

We are wiggling our caudal fins with joy over our celebrity judge this year—the utterly fintastic Danielle Paige. She will crown the 2018 winner from amongst the six finalists! Danielle is of course the author of the Dorothy Must Die series, AND her own fish-tale, Mera: Tidebreaker, is coming out April 2019, published by DC Ink.

 

 

Prizes:

1. The six finalists can pick from a range of prizes, including a chapter edit by Debra or Josie, a mer-extravaganza book bundle or a beautiful mer-mug. They will all also receive a simultaneous shout-out on social media from the judges.

2. The winner's story will receive a library of mer-books, the golden “Under the Sea Badge,” and will be included on Wattpad's “Stories Under the Sea” reading list, as well as a tsunami- style shout out on Wattpad (reaching hundreds of thousands of readers), and on the judges’ social media platforms.

Note to editor – here’s a link to the Wattpad ‘Stories Under the Sea’ reading list

https://www.wattpad.com/list/203717254-stories-under-the-sea

 

 

To Enter:

If you have a Wattpad account, tag your stories #UnderTheSea2018.
If you don’t have a Wattpad account, email your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May the cods always be in your favor! 

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