Can you imagine going to a writers conference and winning 3 different writing contests? Well that is exactly what happened to Veola Vazquez at last year’s OC Christian Writers Conference. We asked Veola what she has been up to since last year’s conference and here’s what she shared.
Winning the Fiction Writing contest at last year’s Orange County Christian Writer’s Conference was an amazing experience. The contests I entered last year were the first writing contests I’d ever participated in, so I expected my chance of winning to be minimal. To my surprise, I went home with three different awards. The most exciting was having the manuscript for my middle grade novel, The Penny Predicament, chosen for the Fiction Writing Award. At the time I entered the contest, my book was only 1/4 complete. But, the recognition of my writing put a fire under me and my book was finished within a month! Soon after the contest, I also submitted the manuscript to a contact I was referred to at the conference. Unfortunately, nothing came of it, but it didn’t quench my motivation. I attended weekly critique groups for months to edit and fine tune my work. I’ve recently resubmitted it and I’m currently playing the waiting game. I’m considering entering it in the Westbow contest this year, now that the work is finished. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, The Nickel Nuisance.
Are you looking for a writing contest to enter? A chance to be inspired? Take your writing to the next level? Why not join Veola and other writers at this year’s OC Christian Writers Conference! You’ll find intensive workshops, breakout sessions, rogue critiques, networking opportunities and more.
For more information about Veola Vazquez go to www.veolavazquez.com.
For more information about the OC Christian Writers Conference held May 18-20th in Newport Beach go to www.occwf.org.