Sunday, January 10, 2010
Announcing...The 2010 Koala Challenge!
Welcome to 2010 - The Year of the Submission!
This time we all start on zero and gain points by achieving certain submission and writing targets. Each point will raise you up a notch in The Koala's estimation and take you up a challenge level. The Koala will award you a badge, created by JJ de Benedictis *mwah*, to display on your blog.
One point for every short story, poem or other short fiction submission to a competition or magazine. This is one point per publication, so check out the ones that allow multiples, and race up the Koala Love charts. Your blog does not count as a submission, nor does a friend's. However, blog competitions such as Jason Evans' Clarity of Night do count as a submission. (I can see you smiling from here, PJD).
One point for submitting an article (no matter how many mags the article is submitted to).
One point for achieving The Koala's perfectly reasonable writing/editing target of 4000 words a month.
One point for each 2000 words of original writing (not editing) over and above the basic 4000.
One point for each 5000 words of editing over and above the basic 4000.
One point for beta reading a fellow writer's novel and providing feedback. (Nothing shorter than a novel is eligible for this category).
One point for completing and publishing a new author website (not amendments - this is a one-off point for the first time you put it up).
New! One point for writing a query (one-off point for each novel)
New! One point for writing your synopsis (again, a one-off point for each novel)
Big points: whatever level you are on, a novel submission takes you straight up to Koala Approves. (In Paca's case, a dissertation submission will have the same effect, see special furry rules below). While waiting for a response you must keep writing/editing/submitting short stories. Anyone sitting on their laurels drops down a stage.
However, if an agent asks you to make changes to a novel, you get to stay on Koala Approves for the duration of your editing and negotiations, provided you get those changes to him/her in time and remember your manners. Ask for an extension or moan about your potential agent and you drop down a stage.
Report in at the end of every month. The Koala tots up the points. Points cannot be held over for a following month. The Koala wants consistent effort. The Koala is always right.
Each person is allowed one month off in the year - you decide if you want a summer holiday or a Christmas break or to have a baby or get your appendix out.
January counts, and there are almost three weeks left, so get going! The Koala will put up a post at the end of the month for reporting results and will subsequently award the first badges.
Meet your current fellow contestants...
Paca (special furry rules: his target is to work on and submit his dissertation, slightly different rules may apply)
Remember to support one another in your attempts to avoid a Koala Shredding.
More sign ups expected shortly! Spread the word, all welcome!