ApolloCon 2012 Writers Workshop


June 2, 2012

Word count:

5,000 words

Send RTF files to:

Writers Workshop Coordinator.

What to send:

First chapter of your unpublished novel or complete short story.


Science fiction/fantasy/horror as well as young adult in those genres. Please do not submit fan fiction.

If you are serious about improving your writing to take it to the next level, please send in your work. This year the workshop will focus on selling to genre markets, with an emphasis on revising and presenting your work professionally.

The workshop will consist of your fellow workshoppers and at least one professional writer. Work should be as polished as possible before you submit. Each piece will be thoroughly reviewed and discussed. Approximately two weeks before the workshop, the coordinator will email manuscripts to each participant for critique. Come prepared to discuss.


The workshop will take place on the Saturday morning of the con, from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


The workshop is free to ApolloCon 2012 members, but you must register for the workshop by the June 2 deadline. All workshop members must have an ApolloCon 2012 membership (either full weekend membership or Saturday day membership) by the start of the workshop on Saturday morning. Memberships may be obtained online or by mail in advance of the con, or at the door (more registration information at our Registration page).

Submissions Format

Submissions should be in standard manuscript format (for example: allstarstories.com/mssprep.pdf) and e-mailed as a rich text (.rtf) attachment to our Writers Workshop Coordinator. Maximum length is 5,000 words. Novel excerpts should be identified as such, and an additional summary of the plot (maximum 500 words) is encouraged.


Any questions you have in regard to the Writers Workshop should be sent to our Writers Workshop Coordinator.