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The Caravan, Planet of Stones Both Advance in Competition

I entered two of my novellas into a unique literary competition several months ago, just received word that both “Planet of Stones” and “The Caravan” are quarter-finalists and are advancing to the semi-finals.

The contest is looking for “short stories with cinematic potential”, the five judging criteria being 1) originality, 2) story, 3) voice, 4) overall impression and quality, and 5) cinematic potential.

Most of my novellas are 22,000 to 25,000 words long, so weren’t eligible as short stories, but I was able to submit Planet of Stones and The Caravan, both just making it under the contest’s 20,000 word count limit.

Contest semi-finalists will be announced in mid-February. If Planet of Stones and The Caravan survive that next stage, they move on to the finals in March. There will be a 1st place and 2nd place, receiving intros and exposure to industry executives. The top five finalists will be submitted to network of agents, managers and studio executives.

For more info on these titles:

Planet of Stones

The Caravan

Stay tuned for news as they continue to advance in this unique competition.  


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