Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Writers in the Sky Flying High with Contest Winner

Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services based in Nashville, Tennessee presents cash prize to Alan B. Robbins Reader Views Literary Awards contest winner for the Best Creative Writing of the Year.

On March 19, 2009, the finalists who participated in Reader Views Literary Awards hosted by Irene Watson, the owner of Reader Views, were presented with awards and cash prizes totaling over $6,000.

New York author Alan B. Robbins won the $100 cash prize awarded by Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (www.writersinthesky.com). His book, Stories at the Edge of Time (ISBN 9780595471072), was published by iUniverse in 2007.

“When Irene approached me last year about participating, I was delighted to present an incentive to encourage self-published writers to submit their work for review and critique,” says Yvonne Perry, the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services. “Contests are a great way for writers to gain merit for their skill and generate public interest in their books.”

The team of professionals at Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services provides editing, ghostwriting and proofreading for individuals and businesses.

Each book, whether it gets a review or not, will be issued a critique in the form of a tear sheet that the author may use for marketing purposes. The reviews are posted on Reader Views www.readerviews.com as well as Reader Views’ weblog and amazon.com. The nineteen attention-grabbing stories of Robbins’ book held the interest of reviewer Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson throughout the entire collection and met the criteria required for the award: that the book have original, imaginative and creative use of words that create vivid mental pictures of scenes and characters.

“The stories are diverse and extremely engaging,” writes Olivera. “Most of them seem to deal with time, be it the passage of time, the relativity of it or some other aspect of it. They are all fresh and very different from each other, yet linked by superb writing and boundless imagination…all of those stories… enchanted me, amused me and made me wonder.” You may read the entire review for Alan's book at http://www.readerviews.com/ReviewRobbinsStoriesAtThe.html. You may read an interview with the author at http://www.readerviews.com/InterviewRobbins.html

Reader Views Literary Awards accepted fiction and nonfiction submissions from authors regardless of residency; however, the books had to be published in the English language and targeted for the North American market with a 2008 copyright date. Work published by major book publishers, their subsidiaries, or their imprints were not eligible.

“Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year from budding authors who have worked hard to achieve their dream of being published,” Reader Views Managing Editor Irene Watson says. “Our Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors, all talented writers who we know have very promising writing careers ahead of them.”

All initial judging was done by reviewers from Reader Views who are experts in their fields as well as avid readers. Judging criteria included content/originality, presentation/design, innovation, social relevance, and production quality. Five semi-finalists in each category were determined by a point system. Final judging was determined by a jury of judges. Three semi-finalists were chosen in each fiction and non-fiction category. First and second place winners were awarded in each category. Third place received an honorable mention. One finalist, the top score in each area, was chosen in each regional and global category and received a certificate.

The contest is an annual event. Authors interested in Annual Literary Awards 2008 contest may download a registration form on Reader Views’ website: http://www.readerviews.com/Awards.html.

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