Welcome, dear reader, to the sunny season of summer. Or, not so sunny. I suppose that depends on where you are. However, did you know there’s something happening this summer that the weather won’t ruin? Something that’s the same all over the world, because it’s happening right here, right now (roughly), on the Internet? It’s new to the Literary Den, something we’ve decided (okay, I decided) to bring in to get people to write a bit more this summer. I call it Summer of Writing 2010.

So, what is SOW10? In short, it’s a series of ten challenges over a period of ten weeks, beginning in one week with the announcement of the first of the challenges on  our Twitter and  Facebook pages. You might be thinking, Is this a fiction competition? Yes, and no. We’re accepting submissions to the challenges that can be fiction, non-fictional autobiographical work and poetry. There are some challenges, however, that will be specific to one area or another; however, the specific challenges will be set out so that everyone can do them, not just those specialising in the area of writing.

The challenges will be judged by myself and a few surprise guest-judges; for the sake of keeping my work load the same as yours, I’ll also be writing for the challenges and posting my pieces on my blog, though I won’t be eligible to actually win the competition (I won’t even be judged officially, though you are more than welcome to read my entries and poke fun at me if you wish). It should be noted that the challenges are open for one week only, and late submissions won’t be judged. We’re sorry, but we can’t afford to get trapped with a lot of extra work from previous weeks.

All entries, whether they win or not, will be eligible for publication in our magazine, assuming we get around to getting it launched. By submitting to SOW10, you’ll be agreeing to let us contact you, using the same email address as you use to submit to us, regarding the magazine and publication, as well as regarding other things happening in the Literary Den. We don’t spam, don’t worry.

So, what do you win? Right now we’re hoping to get donations of prizes (books and the likes) to award to the winner of each challenge, and hopefully something for the overall winner. For now, though, we’ll be providing a spotlight for the winner on our Facebook page and on this site; if you win more than once, we’ll work out something else for you. The overall winner – details on what I mean by that upcoming – will be interviewed for the site and be given a longer spotlight. Basically, you’ll have something about you on the site for at least a couple of months, depending on how we update the site as time goes on. In this competitive world, a bit of a spotlight will certainly help.

So, the overall winner – how is it decided? Very simply, this will work on a points system:

  • 1st place: 25 points
  • 2nd place: 18 points
  • 3rd place: 15 points
  • 4th place: 12 points
  • 5th place: 10 points
  • 6th place: 8 points
  • 7th place: 6 points
  • 8th place: 4 points
  • 9th place: 2 points
  • 10th place: 1 point

All submissions should go to literary_mania(at)yahoo(dot)ie with the subject Challenge (Number of challenge).

That’s the guts of it, then. All that’s left is to follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook. One week until the first challenge gets posted. Get your writing gears ready to go. The Summer of Writing 2010 is about to begin!

As an aside note: the blog will be updated more frequently from here on in! We hope you enjoy seeing more of us in the future.

All the very best,