I learned a couple months ago that MeeGenius (http://meegenius.com/) was having a picture book contest (http://meegenius.com/challenge/welcome/). Since I have been spending this year converting the scripts I write for my church’s preschool department into picture book manuscripts, this sounded like a great opportunity. Plus, you can’t beat a publishing contract for a Grand Prize.
One of the things I have to submit is summary sentence—which for a picture book is essentially my pitch. I have one that I took to a writer’s conference this summer, and then I tweaked it. Would you please vote for which sentence you like best?
Old: Azariah’s Story is about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar told from Azariah’s or Abenego’s perspective.
New: Azariah’s Story is about how a king changed three boys names to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, but he couldn’t change what they believed.
Most of the writing contests I’ve seen are judged by a panel of editors, other writers, and agents. Not so with this contest. With this picture book contest, if you are a member of MeeGenius, you should be able to vote! It’s just a matter of setting up your account with a username and password—for free! Community voting will be November 28, 2011-December 18, 2011. Isn’t that exciting?
So leave a comment and let me know if you like the old pitch or the new pitch better and then I’ll remind you when voting begins on MeeGenius and you can read Azariah’s Story and vote for me!