The power of tension blogfest!

Yes, that’s right. Together with Rachel from Rachel Morgan Writes, I’m hosting my very first blogfest!

What’s it all about?

We all know that in fiction, tension is vital. Tension ramps up the emotional stakes for your characters and keeps readers burning through the pages to find out whether that tension is resolved. Tension comes in many forms – it could be animosity between family members built up over many years, sexual tension between strangers, or jealousy between work colleagues as they vie for a lucrative promotion.

 We want to see how tense your fiction can be. Give us an excerpt (up to 300 words) from your manuscript or recently completed work (or just a random scene) that drips with tension and will tie us in knots wanting to know more. It doesn’t matter what the piece is about, as long as it screams tension.

 What are the prizes?

  • 1st prize: $15 Amazon voucher + interview on Cally Jackson Writes and Rachel Morgan Writes OR 1st chapter beta read by Cally and Rachel
  • 2nd prize: $10 Amazon voucher + interview on Cally Jackson Writes and Rachel Morgan Writes OR 1st chapter beta read by Cally and Rachel
  • 3rd prize: $5 Amazon voucher

 I’m in! What are the rules?

 The blogfest will run from Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May. (We figured all of you A-Z challengers might need some downtime so we’ve given you a few weeks breathing space!)

  • At 12:01am (AEST) Monday 23 May, a linky tool will go live on both Cally Jackson Writes and Rachel Morgan Writes.  Post your entry on your blog and then add a direct link to your post to the linky tool on either blog before 11.59pm Friday 27 May.
  • Come back on Thursday 2 June to see the six finalists (chosen by us), and then again on Monday 6 June to see the winners!   
  • All genres and forms of tension are welcome, but if your entry includes anything graphic, please include a warning at the beginning of your post.

 Anything else I should do?

Glad you asked. These aren’t mandatory, but they’d definitely be appreciated:

  • Include our badge in your sidebar during the duration of the blogfest. Download PNG file or JPG file.
  • Post and/or tweet about the challenge in the weeks leading up to spread the word.
  • Throughout the challenge, check out as many other entries as you can and give the entrants some comment love!

 Can’t wait to read all of your entries. Please leave a comment to let us know you’re planning to enter. 🙂



Filed under Competitions, Rachel Morgan, Tension blogfest, Writers, Writing

26 responses to “The power of tension blogfest!

  1. i’m keen – i had a piece i was going to do for a fiction friday, but never got around to it, it had some tensiony elements, so will ramp those up a bit and see how we go…

  2. Oh look! A matching blog post! He he he…

  3. Sounds great – I’m in. Will you post the occasional reminder in the weeks leading up to the blogfest?

  4. So tempting … but I promised myself I would not jump right into a new blogfest. The last two wore me out!! And, yet … now I’m considering this one. Sheesh.

  5. I am so IN! Great idea for a blogfest!

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  7. Hi Cally, I just saw this on Rachel’s blog. I’ll definitely sign up (unless I forget, which could happen as I have very bad memory!).

    I’ve just dropped in from Sarah’s blog hop post. 🙂

    • Hooray! Can’t wait to see your entry. And you’ve got a whole five days to remember so hopefully your memory will come through at some point within that window. Hehehe. 🙂

  8. Also, I may need someone to put my link on the linky for me, as I’ll be out of town with no computer from the 18th to the 29th. I plan to have a post written and scheduled to be auto-posted, but I won’t be able to get to the linky on that day! Let me know if that’s possible, or if I have to drop out 😦

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  10. Amy

    I’m pretty new to anything blogfest related, but I’d like to give it a try. I’m in. 🙂

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  12. This is an awesome idea – I’m sticking the graphic on my blog and I’m totally in ^_^

  13. Oh boy! Which piece to pick? What fun!

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