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Write a Page-Turner for a ($499) Prize in Flog-A-WU CONTEST

Therese here to introduce a fun summer contest, with a quick turnaround time. The window for receiving entries is a mere 24 hours, so let’s get right to it.

The Why

We haven’t had an Epic WU Contest in a while, so when the opportunity presented itself to give away a truly worthy prize – a Freewrite, valued at $499 – we thought it was time to put ourselves back into contest-mode.

The What

This is what you’re playing for: a new Freewrite will be shipped to wherever you live, whether it’s in the U.S. or anywhere else in the wide world. (The winner chooses between the American Keyboard, ANSI, or the International Keyboard, ISO.)

The Freewrite is similar to the AlphaSmart of old — a distraction-free device that looks like a keyboard with the functionality of a word-processing program — but modernized.


As you can see in the above photo, the Freewrite offers a mini-screen directly above the keyboard. That screen allows you to view ~two paragraphs of text at once using the standard font size (adjustable). It comes with the following features:

You can learn more about the Freewrite at the GetFreewrite site [2], and by reading this review on TheAtlantic.com. [3]

The How and When (Now!)

I’ve recruited longtime WU contributor Ray Rhamey to help judge this contest, and together we’ve come up with a spin on Ray’s popular Flog-a-Pro column.

A checklist: Here are some of the items from Ray’s “first page” checklist that he urges writers to consider for their first page; they are not required, but can contribute to a strong narrative.

Questions? Ask in comments, and if I’ve forgotten something substantive I’ll add it here.

Otherwise, write on, WU’ers! The contest has officially begun.

About [4]

Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between Therese Walsh [5] and Kathleen Bolton [6] in 2006. Since then the site has grown to include ~50 regular contributors--including bestselling authors and industry leaders--and frequent guests. In 2014, the first Writer Unboxed UnConference (part UNtraditional conference, part intensive craft event, part networking affair) [7] was held in Salem, MA. Learn more about our 2019 event, ESCAPE TO WuNDERLAND, on Eventbrite. [8] In 2016, the Writer Unboxed team published a book with Writer's Digest. AUTHOR IN PROGRESS: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published [9] has been well-received by readers who seek help in overcoming the hurdles faced at every step of the novel-writing process--from setting goals, researching, and drafting to giving and receiving critiques, polishing prose, and seeking publication. James Scott Bell has said of the guide, "Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." You can follow Writer Unboxed on Twitter [10], and join our thriving Facebook community [11].