Hugh Howey Booktrack Competition FAQs

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When does the competition close?
The competition closed at 11.59pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) on July 31, 2014. 

Can I continue editing my Booktrack after I have published my entry?
Yes, feel free to use any feedback that you receive to edit your Booktrack after you have published, up until the competition closing date stated above.

How will my entry be judged?
A number of factors go into the judging: the overall quality of the writing (for the fan fiction contest), the overall quality of the soundtrack (for both contests), entries with the highest reads, best star ratings and best overall reader comments.

Why is Hugh Howey supporting this competition?
We’ll let Hugh tell you himself in his own words in this blog post

How can I improve my chances of winning?
No-one will read or rate your story if they can’t find it. So make sure you spread the word. Share the link to the story from your social media accounts. You can easily do this from the share buttons at the bottom of your story once you have published it. Get other tips here.

Do I have to sign up for an account to enter?
Yes, you need to sign up for a Booktrack account to start creating your masterpiece. Fortunately the sign-up process is super easy. You can even sign up with your Google+ or Facebook account and save yourself time!

I want to enter the fan fiction contest. How important is the soundtrack to the story?
There are two key components to every Booktrack: good writing, and a good synchronized soundtrack. This means that the soundtrack, ambience and sound effects must match the story and not be too jarring or disturb the concentration of the reader as they are reading. Be very wary of things that break reader concentration, such as high-pitched screams or crashes – and use with care. Get tips here.

Do I have to create a cover and blurb for my Booktrack?
You don’t have to, but it will improve the chances of people finding and reading your Booktrack. Entries for the soundtrack contest don’t have to worry so much about the blurb, but the cover is important. Make sure that you clearly indicate which chapter you are entering on the cover, as that is one of the first things readers look for when browsing the library.

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