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September 2018 – Read the best of NOVEL loglines and pitches

Novel: LEGEND BLUES by R.F. Marazas
Novel: LEGEND BLUES by R.F. Marazas

Novel: SPIRIT OF THE AMAROQ by James Charles
Novel: SPIRIT OF THE AMAROQ by James Charles

Novel: BEST OF ENEMIES by Iain Parke
Novel: BEST OF ENEMIES by Iain Parke

Novel: FREEDOM CITY by Nicole Roder
Novel: FREEDOM CITY by Nicole Roder

Novel: A FELONY OF BIRDS by Harris Tobias
Novel: A FELONY OF BIRDS by Harris Tobias

Novel: GABRIEL’S FIRE by P.A. Brown
Novel: GABRIEL’S FIRE by P.A. Brown

Novel: DRAWN by Maria Keffler
Novel: DRAWN by Maria Keffler

Novel: The Illumination Query by Sarah Baethge
Novel: The Illumination Query by Sarah Baethge

Novel: COME FIND ME by Mike Arsuaga
Novel: COME FIND ME by Mike Arsuaga

Novel: The Sun God’s Heir: Return (Book One) by Elliott Baker
Novel: The Sun God’s Heir: Return (Book One) by Elliott Baker

Novel: Michael’s Daughter by Michelle Meehan
Novel: Michael’s Daughter by Michelle Meehan

Novel: ALL SOULS by Donna D. Vitucci
Novel: ALL SOULS by Donna D. Vitucci

Novel: The Damascus Cover by Howard Kaplan
Novel: The Damascus Cover by Howard Kaplan

Novella: STABCO – YOU NEED NOTHING ELSE by Joe Schwartz
Novella: STABCO – YOU NEED NOTHING ELSE by Joe Schwartz

Novel: MOON SPYER by Susan Wingate
Novel: MOON SPYER by Susan Wingate

Novel: King Henry’s Last Daughter by Daphne Walter
Novel: King Henry’s Last Daughter by Daphne Walter

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AUGUST 2018 – READ the Best of Novel/Story/Poetry Writer Interviews

Interview with Writer Ed Kulzer (Twitter Short Story)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/08/05/interview-with-writer-ed-kulzer-twitter-short-story/

Interview with Writer Paul Levinson (Twitter Short Story)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/08/05/interview-with-writer-paul-levinson-twitter-short-story/

Interview with Writer James Stack (The Wycliffe Six)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/08/05/interview-with-writer-james-stack-the-wycliffe-six/

Interview with Novelist Bhekuzulu Khumalo (WOES OF HUMANITY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/08/05/interview-with-novelist-bhekuzulu-khumalo-woes-of-humanity/

Interview with Novelist Polly White (WHAT IF I GO?)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/07/20/interview-with-novelist-polly-white-what-if-i-go/

Interview with Novelist L.M. Labat (The Sanguinarian Id)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/07/20/interview-with-novelist-l-m-labat-the-sanguinarian-id/

Interview with Poet Gladys W. Muturi
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/08/05/interview-with-poet-gladys-w-muturi/

Interview with Poet Bob Mazzei
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/08/05/interview-with-poet-bob-mazzei/

Interview with Poet BRIAN T. SLUGA
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/08/05/interview-with-poet-brian-t-sluga/

Watch the 2016 Winning Novels Readings (36 Total) from the Writing Festival

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the 2016 Winning Novel Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – GUARDING SHAKESPEARE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Quintin Peterson
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Judith Marshall
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ZOMBIE TURKEYS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Andy Zach
ACTORNovel Transcript – BECOMING HERO
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Finelli
ACTORNovel Transcript – GUARDIAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Marc W Johnson
ACTORNovel Transcript – HAIR DAY AT FRIDA’S
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORNOVEL READING – THE PESSARY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Juliet M. Nevins, MD
ACTORNOVEL Reading: HEARING THOUGHTS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Anthony Diffley
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – THE DRAGON OF TIME
August 2016 Reading
Written by Aaron Dennis
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Novel – OBITER DICTA
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lucian M.
ACTORNOVEL Prologue – THE ACE OF KINGS
August 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Levinson
ACTORNOVEL READING – WHAT PASSES BETWEEN WOMEN
July 2016 Reading
Written by Patty Fischer
ACTORNOVEL Reading – ALEX THE INVENTOR
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gordon Brynelson
ACTORNOVEL Reading – OBITER DICTA
June 2016 Reading
Written by Lucien M.
ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – WATER FOR BLOOD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brett Bacon
ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – TJ S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Garfield Whyte
ACTORNovel Chapter 1 Reading – EXOTIQA
April 2016 Reading
Written by M. Black
ACTORNovel 1st Chapter Reading – MYSTIC VILLAGE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jeannine Fortier
ACTORNovel Prologue Reading – IN THE WAKE OF WAR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen L. Nowland
ACTORNovel Reading – PANTERRA: The Machinist
April 2016 Reading
Written by Gary L. Ward
ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY
March 2016 Reading
Written by Sheryl Wright
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – LIZARDIAN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz
ACTORNovel Transcript – INTO AUTUMN
February 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Landgraf
ACTORNovel Transcript – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Garrett
ACTORNovel Transcript – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT?
February 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Hughes
ACTORNovel Transcript – A LIFE SINGULAR
February 2016 Reading
Written by Lorraine Pestell
ACTORNovel Transcript – THE FIRST ONES
January 2016 Reading
Written by Regina Walker
ACTORNovel Prologue – CHEERAGE FEARAGE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Kimberly Dana
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Reading – Bader Field
JANUARY 2016 Reading
Written by Carl David
ACTORChapter 2 Reading – LARGE IS THE SMALLEST WE GOT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton
ACTORChapter 7 Reading – THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Marie J.S. Phillips

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL. Deadline September 5th

Watch Novel Performance Readings:

Novels Showcased in 2015:
45 Novels Performed
9 Novels Made into a Movie
Plus, 12 Poems Made into a Movie

Get FULL FEEDBACK on either the 1st chapter or entire novel book from our committee of Professional Writers, and Writing Consultants. Get your novel performed by a professional actor at the festival.

NEW OPTION: Or, just submit for an actor performance reading transcript of your novel (any 5 pages of your book). Great way to promote the sales of your book if you’re already published. (see examples on the video playlist below)

SUBMIT your novel now (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted) To be eligible for our Writing Festival Events. Submissions take 3-5 weeks for evaluation

Just VOTED one of the top festivals in the world today!

Submit a novel book and get it seen by the world.

A great way to get your words out there, obtain the Agent you’re looking for or just get your story seen by more people. If you win, your story will be seen by 100,000s of people when it’s read online using a top professional actor. It’s a rush you’ll never experience in your life seeing it come to life that way.

The RULES are simple:

1. Write a story. Edit the heck out of it. We accept novels in all genres.

NEW: All submissions to this contest also get a FREE LOGLINE listing on the Writing Festival site. Go to the LOGLINE submission page athttp://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html and submit your logline information.

2. Email your story to novels@novelwritingfestival.com in .pdf, .doc, .wpd, .rtf, or .fdr format.

In the body in the email please add your:
– FULL NAME
– CITY AND COUNTRY
– TITLE OF STORY
– TYPE OF STORY (genre, length)
– (optional) and a 1-2 line synopsis of your story.

3a. FOR 1st CHAPTER of your novel – Pay the $45 submission fee via the button below. Please put your full contact info (name, email address) on a title page:
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3b. FOR the ENTIRE NOVEL feedback – Pay the $170 submission fee ($50 off regular fee) via the button below. Please put your full contact info (name, email address) on a title page:
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3c. FOR Transcript Novel Video Performance Reading – Pay the $40 submission fee via the button below. Please put your full contact info (name, email address) on a title page. We’ll perform your transcript (up to 5 pages) and post it online within 2-4 weeks from submission:
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ALL SUBMITTED STORIES and FILMS GET FULL FEEDBACK – The goal of the Novel Writing Festival is to help everyone involved grow as an artist, so we will offer some kind of constructive criticism whether or not we accept your entry for the formal festival.

Watch Novels Made into a Movie:

Watch Poetry Made into a Movie:

There is no festival like this!

Mainly what this contest does is give exposure to the writer. They will be able to obtain a solid agent, plus get notice by producers looking for writers like yourself. NOTE: The writer will always own 100% rights to their story. The only thing we do is help the writer. Either with notes on their next draft, or gain exposure by having their story showcased at our festival.

Lucien M. – August 2016 NOVEL Writing Winner

Watch the August 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

OBITER DICTA by Lucian M

Novel Performed by actor Julian Ford

Get to know the novelist: 

1. What is your novel about?

A murder leaves a body on display at a Vancouver, Canada public space quickly followed by the assassination of the prime minister of British Columbia that leaves a public in shock. VPD Homicide investigate a trail that leads to various groups vying to grip the political future of British Columbia in their hands. Some seek to do so by democratic means while others pursue the route of armed force. Most disturbing are the groups that seek to establish a government ruled by the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments that will then act as a springboard to the establishment of a global confederacy of Judeo-Christian states committed to a policy of maintaining their vision of the status quo until the advent of the Apocalypse.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

From early childhood most of us are exposed to different forms of cookie cutter conformity. Common forms are strict ideologies that traditionally employ coercive forms of psychological terror or manipulation to impose the party line on the not so convinced. Freedom of thought, objective inquiry, and the scientific method are never part of this paradigm. Most disturbing is when conformity evolves into tyranny and unleashes a savage reign of terror. The resulting blood lust is a chapter written too many times in human history.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

The 1st chapter introduces the reader to a murder victim laying in a market on Vancouver’s Granville Island, surrounded by a multitude of characters who all hold little pieces of the scandals surrounding the murder in their mind. As the reader jumps from perspective to perspective, the pieces of the scandal begin to come together, and in part it comes to light that the victim was connected to a recently jailed wealthy figure on the island, who is linked to a secret drug trade. The tension grows towards an exciting and deadly climax.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I Heard the Owl Call My Name- by Margaret Craven

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

I wrote the first draft in 1996

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Simon Scarrow

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

The fate of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for daring to suggest that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets. He also raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. Moreover, he insisted that the universe is in fact infinite. (per Wiki)

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Martin Scorsese

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

karate, guitar, rhythmic studies, visual art, skiing, ice skating, language studies

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

It was inspiring to discover a committee of professional writers and writing consultants that invited novel submissions. Not only would entering yield full feedback in the form of suggested revisions but also a possible reading by professional actors with subsequent on-line posting

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Stieg Larsson: He had written the Millennium crime trilogy for his own pleasure after returning home from his job in the evening (per Wiki)

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

 

SUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

 

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed

Aaron Dennis – August 2016 NOVEL Writing Winner

Watch the August 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

The Dragon of Time: Gods and Dragons by Aaron Dennis

Novel reading performed by actor Geoff Mays.

Get to know the novelist: 

1. What is your novel about?

Scar is an amnesiac, seeking only his origins, yet in the midst of the
religious wars broiling over the world of Tiamhaal, Zoltek, an evil king,
enlists the warrior’s services. After botching a mission, Zoltek makes an
attempt on Scar’s life, but the hero flees into the desert night,
whereupon he meets a knight, claiming that the Gods worshipped today are
actually the Dragons of ages past. After scuffling with the stranger, Scar
meets an enemy captain, who reveals that his king, Gilgamesh, knows of
Scar’s origins, that he is the rightful heir to the ancient kingdom of
Alduheim, where the Dragons were defeated ages ago.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

This story is beyond a book; it is a work of art. On the surface, this
story is about a man, who tries to learn of his origins while the world
around him is engulfed by war, but it is actually much more. This story,
which is only the first of The Dragon of Time series, is about the duality
of man; his proclivity for peace, friendship, and love pitted against his
darkest desires for revenge, death, and sorrow. It is an instant classic,
which will redefine the fantasy genre.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

Man’s resolve

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Army of Darkness; literally over a thousand times.

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

Gods and Dragons took nearly two years to complete. I even hired Chuck
Sambuchino, and with his editing advice, I learned how to transform my
words on pages into a work of art. Readers won’t even know they’re
reading; it just assaults the senses.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda. My life is greatly influenced by
his work, though my work does not reflect his own reportage.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

All my novels are motivated by the same idea; I have stories in my head,
and I enjoy committing them to paper, and sharing them with everyone.
That’s also why I’ve made the e-book version of Gods and Dragons free
through Smashwords, Barnes and Noble online, and iBooks. All I can add is
that I’m a very creative, imaginative person, and I have to complete one
story, so that I can move on to the next one. If I don’t, I think my mind
grapes will pop.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

If he’s buying, I guess DaVinci. We are counting dead people, right?

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Peace and harmony.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Admittedly, I was just trolling my Twitter feed and saw the opportunity. I
know Gods and Dragons will make a great movie; there’s no doubt about
it–a big, strong, amnesiac warrior with healing abilities like Wolverine,
a brand, new world where the people who think they worship Gods are
actually worshipping Dragons, Dragons who bestow unique physical and
magical characteristics upon their followers–this is an instant hit.
Forget Harry Potter. Forget The Lord of the Rings. Forget A Song of Ice
and Fire. Gods and Dragons isn’t a little boy with a wand, it isn’t some
tiny man with a dagger, and it definitely isn’t a soap opera with swords
thrown into the mix; this is a real adventure.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Hire an editor. You guys are putting words on pages, and that’s great, but
editors transform those words, they coax the hidden emotions from between
the words, they paint a journey with those words. There’s a reason the
best writers have teams of editors combing through their mess; writers
write stories, but editors tell tales.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

SUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

 

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed

August 2016 – Read the best of NOVEL Loglines from all over the world:

DEADLINE August 15th: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival.
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

Read the best of NOVEL Loglines from all over the world:

RESCUE, by Colleen Mooney
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/rescue_by_a_kiss_by_colleen_mooney.html

SURFACE BELOW DARK SECRETS, by Leeah Taylor
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/surface_below_dark_secrets_by_leeah_taylor.html

ARA, by Haidar Hashim
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ara_by_haidar_hashim.html

CURSE STORY, by Melouka Khadir
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/curse_story_by_melouka_khadir.html