Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Better Sex Summer Erotic Fiction Contest - Update

Wednesday June 18th - Another Tight Race
Week four is proving to be another tight fiction story race. Use links below to read and vote for your favorite erotic fiction this week:

Story A. Temple of Venus by Anna Bookner

Story B. Deadly Kiss by Sirena Stoneburgh

Story C. Snow White and the Vampire by Annie Kerns

First Checks In Mail Soon
Spent the morning organizing $100 check requests for Chaucer, Larissa Lyons and Buffy Christopher. Winning authors from Weeks One, Two and Three.

Read their winning Better Sex Erotic Fiction Contest Stories.

Each week's winning authors receives a $100 check, their story goes into our semi-finals and will be published in our 2008 BetterSex.com Erotic Fiction book.

BetterSex.com 2007 Erotic Fiction Book & Audio CD

Several writers have asked to be paid with PayPal. GREAT idea! We will use PayPal for our next contest especially for smaller cash prizes. By the time we cut these $100 first round checks we've probably spent $200. PayPal will also be much faster than our current manual process. Whoever suggested this idea....THANKS.

Submission Problems Resolved
Submissions are coming to msmith@bettersex.com and siiweb@bettersex.com
Our email hurdles of last week seem to be resolved. We working on email receipts for several authors whose stories we received yesterday. We are also reading for week seven and eight right now.

When do the finals start?
We've tentatively scheduled the Better Sex Erotic Fiction semi-final community voting rounds for Mid-August. The BetterSex.com community will determine three finalist. A 3 judge panel will pick the Grand Prize Winner.

What is the submission deadline?
September 1st is the deadline for story submissions. Publication slots for our Summer contest will fill up before September 1st.

What if I send my story in after your contest is full?
Any story not selected for our Summer Better Sex Erotic Fiction Contest will be considered for our next erotic fiction contest. Our preliminary plans are to have our 2009 contest earlier. In fact, we may start in November and end on Valentine's Day 2009.

We need a long weekend at the beach before the next contest. We love reading the great writing we receive. It is inspiring. We've always wanted an Erotic Fiction Contest that ends on St. Valentine's Day. No time like the present, so send in your stories even if we are "full". We will post a note here when all summer slots are filled.

What will I hear from you?
Every writer contributes something important and valuable to BetterSex.com. Even if we do not use your story, we appreciate and support your writing. Every writer will receive a note from me (Martin) with reasons why we did not use their story in our summer contest. Each writer will also receive our thanks and a special discount code.

I hope these notes do not seem like "rejections". There are many reasons why a story may not be right for this contest. Veteran writers know this and will write regardless since writing is a particular kind of addiction. Many contest writers are first-time erotic fiction writers. My advice to first time writers is to keep writing.

Writing is a lot like riding a bicycle. You never forget how and the more you do it the easier it gets. As you might imagine, we are swamped and reading as fast as we can and still keep our day jobs of running a sizable web site. Please be patient and know we are on your side. Every writer who submits a story will hear from me, but it may take several weeks. My goal is to have notes to all writers by start of semi-finals in Mid-August.

Thanks and keep writing,

Martin

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