10 Days of NYWC Prizes!

The $10 Challenge wouldn’t be much fun without a few prizes, and we’ve got everything from books, memberships, gift certificates, and lots of tools for writers. Check out the full prize list — and don’t forget to enter the $10 Challenge for a shot at them!

Total Design Freedom Essentials package from CreateSpace, helping authors independently publish (value $1,737). Having high quality content and a top-notch design are essential to the success of your book. With Total Design Freedom Essentials, you’ll receive copyediting and book design services to create a professional, polished, one-of-a-kind book.

A “soup-to-nuts” critique of the first 30 pages of your manuscript and your synopsis by Fine Print Literary Management agent Becky Vinter.

Becky Vinter is an literary agent with FinePrint Literary Management, representing a range of projects from young adult and adult fiction to narrative nonfiction. She began her career in publishing at the Feminist Press in 2006 before moving to NAL/Penguin, where she acquired and edited commercial women’s fiction. Becky grew up in London and earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Leeds. To learn more about her tastes and how to submit to her, please visit her agency’s website here.

A ten-book library of Akashic Books’ stellar fiction titles, including Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden, Go the F**k to Sleep and Seriously, Just Go to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés, A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman, Song for Night by Chris Abani, Office Girl by Joe Meno, The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson, The Mercury Fountain by Eliza Factor, Brooklyn Noir edited by Tim McLoughlin, and Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr.

Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.

A one-year membership to the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).  Located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, MoCADA “incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.” Membership includes free, unlimited access for you and a guest, a 10% discount in the museum gift shop, and all-access invitations to exclusive members-only events. (Value $50)

Join us at MoCADA on Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. for a shot at this prize, where we’ll kick of 10 Days of NYWC with the Writing Aloud Reading Series. Attendees are automatically entered in the drawing for this free MoCADA membership. RSVP here.

A one-year, part-time membership to Paragraph, the most tranquil creative space in NYC for writers of all genres.  Membership includes evening, weekend, and holiday access to writing space, free wireless Internet and printing, and affordable locker rental. (Value $1,560)

A one-year membership to The Writers Room, NYC’s premiere work space for emerging and established writers, where dreams become words. Open the door to The Writers Room and enter a 4,000 sq. ft. work space with deep silence and glorious views, designed by writers for writers. Choose a desk daily among 45 options, sit, ponder and write. There’s internet, LexisNexis, an on-site reference and research library, storage space for laptops and writing materials, and a kitchen/lounge with free coffe, tea and a nice cake once a week.  Most important, membership provides the invaluable benefit of community for a solitary profession.  Member fees are subsidized by grants and gifts so members pay only $1,600 a year (without those grants and gifts the true cost of membership would be $2,400).  Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.


10 VIP tickets to Inside Jokes: A Benefit for NYWC’s Criminal Justice Writing Program on December 2 at the Highline Ballroom. Comedy line-up includes Janeane Garafolo, Dave Hill, and Eugene Mirman(Value $500)

Learn more about NYWC criminal justice workshops here.

A $25 gift certificate to Brooklyn’s Der Schwarze Kölner Biergarten. Thank you to all fundraisers competing in the $10 Challenge! We’d love to thank you in person, so join us on Sunday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a Meet & Greet at the biergarten, where you’ll meet NYWC staff and workshop leaders, and have a chance to commiserate — or gloat — with your fellow fundraisers. Attendees are automatically entered in the drawing for the gift certificate.  Join the $10 Challenge here!

A spot in author Jennifer Belle’s 10-week, Novel Writing Workshop on Tuesday mornings.

Jennifer Belle is the best-selling author of four novels including High Maintenance and The Seven-Year Bitch. She leads three on-going writing workshops in her Greenwich Village apartment, using her unintimidating approach to the seemingly insurmountable task of writing a novel. Last season four writers in her workshop got book deals including Michael Sears, author of Black Fridays, and Bronwen Hruska, author of Accelorated, adding to the workshop’s long list of successful novels. (Value $700)