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The Synopsis Skirmish


Wednesday, May 31, 2023


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Entry Fees

Entry is $5 CAD (Optionally, you can pay $30 for feedback on your submission.)


First place: $700 CAD Second place: $200 CAD Third place: $100 CAD All three finalists will be published on the Chopping Blog and receive complimentary access to a Darling Axe self-paced course.


According to literary agent Sarah Davies, a good query submission can be described in terms of concept and craft. In other words, you want to convey an original idea or fresh take and demonstrate a mastery of narrative structure. These elements are both important in your pitch, but even more so in your synopsis. So lay out your story’s chain of consequence, and demonstrate character, context, and conflict—with style but without gimmick. And may the best plot summary win!

Our judge, Michelle Barker, will be asking herself one question: “does this synopsis convince me that I’m in the hands of an adept novelist with a unique and engaging story to tell?”

Contact Information

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