W is for WRiTE CLUB
In November of 2011 I tried an experiment…it was called WRiTE CLUB. I solicited and received 250 word writing samples from my readers, written under anonymous pen names, and pitted them against one another in bouts over a twelve week period. Twelve winners were picked by the most votes left in the comments and they continued on into succeeding rounds until an ultimate champion was chosen in February. You can see a synopsis of the entire first season, including the rules it operated under, right here.
The experiment was an awesome success! Participants and readers alike applauded the anonymous nature of all of the writing which prevented the endeavor from turning into a popularity contest. Some truly creative writing was put on display, everyone received some helpful feedback about what worked and what didn’t, and the best part is that the winner (Tiana Smith) and runner-up (Julie Dao) ended up becoming critique partners. :)
WRiTE CLUB is scheduled to return in July with a few key modifications and some very thrilling enhancements. The biggest and most exciting change will be that the final round, where the two finalists face off against one another…will be judged by a panel of publishing industry professionals. That’s right; a team of agents, publishers, editors, and successful authors will be voting for and critiquing the final two submissions. How cool is that?
Keep your eye out for WRiTE CLUB 2012 announcements as the summer starts to heat up.