The 2014 Adventure Writer's Competition
(photo by Tom Gwinn)
Scott Slater’s Blood of my Blood won the 2014 Adventure Writer’s Competition.
Clive Cussler’s daughters Terri and Dayna, along with Competition and Panel Director Kerry Frey presented Slater with the coveted Grandmaster Award and winning $1000 check. Slater’s entry beat out fellow finalists Nate Granzow’s Cogar’s Revolt and Dave Bullock’s Forced Succession to win the grand prize, and according to Frey all three entries were elite adventure novels.
“Scott was elated to win the award,” 2012 Winner Peter Greene said. “We’re happy he joins Jeff Edwards, Ian Kharitonov, and myself in the AWC winner family, and we all look forward to his career in publishing.” Frey announced at the awards ceremony that over 200,000 books have been published world-wide by the winners alone, so Slater joins an elite group already.
The Society congratulates all the contestants of the 2014 competition, and encourages writers of adventure novels who meet the rules to consider submitting entries for future competitions.
At the end of the ceremony, Frey announced he was stepping down as the Competition and Panel Director to be replaced by 2012 winner Peter Greene. Greene will be announcing soon the specific requirements for the 2016 Adventure Writer’s Competition.
2014 Adventure Writer's Competition
$1,000 grand prize: The
Unpublished writers in
the adventure genre can vie to be the next Clive Cussler
by submitting their original fiction manuscripts for a
chance at the $1000 grand prize
We are proud to announce that Scott Slater's Blood of my Blood, Nate Granzow’s Cogar’s Revolt, and Dave Bullock's Forced Succession have been selected as the 2014 Adventure Writer’s Competition - TOP 3. The winner of the competition will be announced in Scottsdale, Arizona at the 2014 Clive Cussler Collector’s Society Annual Convention to be held at the Millennium Resort & Villa on October 10-12. Our sincerest best wishes go out to all the authors who participated, and we encourage everyone to purchase tickets and attend the convention.
One of our authors has had to unfortunately withdraw from the competition.
As a result, here is the new Top 10:
Blood of My Blood - Scott Slater
Dead Reckoning - Nicholas Steven
Boxes - Terry Gregorashuk
Captain’s Gold - Adam Lindale
Cogar’s Revolt - Nate Granzow
Crooked Island - Sara Beth Williams
Dead Reckoning - B Douglas Holbrook/M Lance Turner
Forced Succession - Dave Bullock
Ghosts of War - G.C. Harmon
Treasure of the Mayan King - Alex Zabala
Congratulations to the following authors who have been selected for the next-phase of the 2014 Adventure Writer’s Competition. Chosen to the Top 10 by our panel judges – they will now submit their full manuscripts (Via email to: email@example.com) for detailed critique.
Top 10 in alphabetical order by title:
Blood of my Blood – Scott Slater
Bloody Sword – Nicholas Steven
Boxes – Terry Gregorashuk
Captain’s Gold – Adam Lindale
Cogar’s Revolt – Nate Granzow
Crooked Island – Sara Beth Williams
Dead Reckoning – B Douglas Holbrook / M. Lance Turner
Ghosts of War - G.C. Harmon
Forced Succession – Dave Bullock
Treasure of the Mayan King – Alex Zabala
And to those authors who did not make the Top 10, our fondest wishes for success. We hope to see your manuscript published in the future.
Next Competition Milestone: The Top 3 Finalist will then be announced the week of May 5th.
The 2012 Adventure Writer's Competition is officially closed for the receipt of new entries. The Top 10 entries will be selected on the week of February 3rd from the submittals provided. Congratulations to those who successfully submitted synopsis.
2014 Adventure Writer’s Competition Rules:
The competition opens October 1, 2013 at midnight EST, and closes November 15th, 2013 at midnight EST, or after the receipt of 50 entries.
A synopsis of the novel, no less than 500 words or greater than 1,000 words must be provided by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org during the submittal window. The synopsis must give an impression of the narrative arc of the novel, the impact to the characters, how they are changed, and a feel for the action that drives them through the plot. Fantasy and Science Fiction will not be accepted.
Judging: The first 50 submitted synopsis (which meet the requirements of the competition) will be judged by a select panel composed of recognized authors and members from the Clive Cussler Collectors Society. Entrants will be notified by email if their submittal was accepted or not.
From those successful entries, 10 preliminary finalists will be down selected. That group will be notified and asked to provide their full manuscript the week of February 3rd. The other 40 entrants will be notified that they are out of the competition at that time.
The 10 full manuscripts will be judged by the panel and down selected to a Top 3. The Top 3 will be notified of their selection, and the remaining 7 notified that they are out of the competition the week of May 5th.
The Top 3 Finalist will be encouraged to attend the 2014 Clive Cussler Collector’s Society Annual Convention (site TBD) in October 2014 where the winner will be announced.
Milestone Dates: Submittal Window (Oct 1-Nov 15), Top 10 Selected (Week of February 3rd), Top 3 Selected (Week of May 5th), and Winner Announced (October 2014)
Eligibility: (a) Participants must be 18 years of age by October 1, 2013. (b) The Adventure Writers' Competition is open only to unpublished writers. *An “unpublished writer" is defined as: an author whose fictional work has not appeared in book, magazine, or periodical format via a Fortune 500 recognized publishing firm. Self-published/Vanity Press authors are eligible as long as their work has not appeared in any of the formats listed above. (c) Clive Cussler Collectors Society' Officers, Panel Judges, and their families/relatives are not eligible for the contest.
Rules & Submittal Requirements: (a) Full-length submittals must be original and cannot include characters from another authors' work - i.e. fan-fiction is not allowed. (b) The length of the manuscript shall not exceed 130K words or less than 50K words. (c) Format: 12 pt.- Times New Roman font, paginated and double-spaced with one-inch margins, and numbered pages. (d) Writers may only submit one manuscript. (e) Submitted manuscripts must be of the action-adventure genre. The story must have action and conflict, and the reader must identify with the character(s) in order to draw them into the plot. Fantasy and Science Fiction entries will not be accepted. (f) The deadline of the competition is October 31, 2013. (g) Attendance to the Clive Cussler Collector's Society Convention is not required to claim the Grand Prize. (h) A minimum of 10 entries will need to be submitted by the deadline for this competition to take place, with a maximum of 50.
Competitors' Rights: (a) By submitting a synopsis/manuscript to the competition, the author (i) certifies their eligibility per the contest eligibility rules, (ii) grants the Society the right to publish excerpts on the web site, Facebook page, and in conference material, (iii) grants the Society the right to forward the winning manuscript to participating Literary agents for consideration, (iv) represents or warrants their work to be original and to have not used licensed material owned by someone else - thus being libelous, or infringing or violating the rights of any third parties, (v) and agrees to not submit their work to any other publisher, competition or self-publish until notified of their elimination from the contest. (b) By entering this competition, the author (i) acknowledges the competition will be conducted in good-faith by members of the Clive Cussler Collectors Society acting as judges and overseers of the process, and (ii) agrees to not hold the Society responsible for violating copyright infringements both during and beyond the competition.
The Prize: (a) The Clive Cussler Award winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and additional amenities to be named at a later date. (b) The winner will be announced at the 2014 Clive Cussler Collector's Society Convention. The location and date of the event will be announced at a later time. (c) Dirk Cussler will select the winner from the top finalists. How to Enter: Information on the contest can be found on the Adventure Writer’s Competition Facebook page or solicited through Kerry Frey - c/o the Clive Cussler Collectors Society.
The 2012 Adventure Writer's Competition
(photo by Earl Hemminger)
Peter Greene’s "The Adventures of Jonathan Moore: Skull Eye Island" won the 2012 Adventure Writers Competition. Clive Cussler and Kerry Frey presented Peter with the Adventure Writer's Grandmaster Award and $1,000.00 at the Clive Cussler Collector's Society 2012 Scottsdale, AZ. Convention on October 6, 2012.
Kerry Frey, Competition and Panel Director opened the ceremony by giving a background on how the competition was conducted. He recognized prior winners Jeff Edwards and Ian Kharitonov, and then acknowledged the seven panel members who graded the manuscripts. Frey announced the competition’s Top Five: The Adventures of Jonathan Moore: Skull Eye Island by Peter Greene, Zero Point by Tim Fairchild, The Devil’s Accomplice by Scott Slater, Revenge of the Maya by John Schofield and English as A Second Life by Patrick Parr. Four of the twenty-six competition authors were in the audience and were recognized – Peter Greene, Tim Fairchild, Scott Slater, and Patrick Parr.
Peter was stunned when his name was called, and became even more so when Clive announced to the audience that his manuscript was “a fabulous read”. “To have Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler read my book is truly mind-blowing,” said Greene. Jeff Edwards, the 2008 winner, met with the four authors afterwards and shared his experiences and offered advice. "Everyone left bettered prepared to face the rigors of publishing," Frey said.
The Society congratulates all the 2012 competition participants. Call for manuscripts for the 2014 Competition will occur in October 2013. Please look for an official announcement here on the Society’s web page, and on the Adventure Writer’s Competition Facebook fan page.