In Ms. Janczuk's own words:
I didn’t think it would be so difficult to judge this contest, but in the end, it was—lots of good things and things that need work were happening on different levels. In the end I thought about the writing, my personal preferences genre- and writing-wise, and how excited I was about a particular excerpt overall, taking into consideration whether the excerpt promised a solid, well written and interesting read in the rest of the text.
I have read some of these excerpts in my slush pile, too, and I tried to be fair, looking at them as objectively as I could.
I’d like to see a query and the first fifteen pages.
#17 – SWEET SPOT
#30 – INTERSECTIONS
#38 – CARLY’S HEARSE
#41 – SET ‘EM UP, JOE
I’d like to see a query and the first thirty pages.
#7—AMID THE ALIEN CORN
#21—THE FIFTH GENERATION
I’d like to see a query and the first fifty pages.
#12—LOUISIANA MONEY MOUTH AND KATRINA’S BIG BLOW
#27—RITES OF FLESH
I’d like to see a query and the full manuscript.
#35 – SEEING ALEX
Congratulations to all winners! Please email me at facelesswords(at)gmail.com for specific submissions instructions.