World’s best story?

Best story in the world?

That’s a difficult one. It’s hard enough to narrow those sort of lists down to ten or even twenty.

But Canadians Vincent Salera and Thomas Lefebvre have launched a competition to find the world’s best story.

It’s a well-thought through competition and looks at books by genre and analysis of plot, characters, and even spelling and grammar, to name just a few criteria.

There are a couple of qualifying rounds where readers vote for favourites, and the final round involves professional judges, ie authors, as well as readers.

I heard about this through iRead Book Tours and thought it was an interesting competition, so have agreed to promote it, and no, I’m not getting paid for doing so.

And being a nosy little journalist, as well as a very picky editor, I also agreed to interview Vincent and Thomas, as I wanted to dig beneath the PR.

But first, I asked Laura Fabiani of iRead Book Tours, why she became involved as a partner.

“Laura, what made you decide to partner with World’s best story? Why did you think it was such a good idea?”

I met Thomas, one of the creators at BookExpo America (BEA) last May, when he overheard me say that I was from Montreal. Both Thomas and Vincent are from Montreal too and we hit it off immediately when we started talking books, contests and publishing. Thomas and Vincent were happy to discover I was a book blogger and tour coordinator. They asked me my opinion on the subjects of book bloggers, publishing and the influence of readers on the success of a book. These guys were buzzing with energy and great ideas, it was infectious!
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“When they asked if I wanted to be a partner and sponsor prizes for World’s best story, I was honoured. I was supporting a Canadian literary project and helping writers who may potentially never get discovered otherwise to have a chance at publication. And not only written publication but in other categories too, like television and film. I think this contest has a lot of potential and I’d like to say that I was there from the very beginning.

I should say here that I have signed up to review books/interview authors with iRead Book Tours. That’s mainly because as a reviewer I’m not restricted to writing a totally favourable review, I can write an honest one, so that to me, suggests integrity and is one of the main reasons I chose this company. Not that I’ve reviewed any books yet. And although largely North American based, Laura also has an Italian interest and promotes books about Italy, so there’s a nice European focus too. (Links to IRead Book Tours, and Italy Book Tours are at the bottom with World’s best story link)

But back to the search for the world’s best story.

The most important things to note are that it is open to residents of: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and USA, the deadline is 12 August for submitting an entry, and your story needs to be between 50,000 and 125,000 words.

If you can tick those three boxes, then it might be worth ploughing through the rules and the small print and submitting an entry.

It’s free to enter and prizes include publishing contracts, celebrity master classes, trademark and IP protection, book tours, big box retail distribution, PR and marketing support.

And if you are a reader, all you need to do is send your name and email to register to read the entries.

I’ll post the answers from Vincent and Thomas when I get their replies.

In the meantime, here’s the link to their site:

World’s best story!

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And the links to iRead Book Tours

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And Italy Book Tours

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63 comments on “World’s best story?

  1. I won’t be entering but I know there are lots of great writers here on WordPress that can enter. Thanks for the link and lovely post Kate. I am going to take the laptop and read in bed today. This is way too good to resist. Muwhahahaha!

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    • I’m interested to see how it pans out. If it takes off I’d like to see it extended to other English speaking countries, India was the first that came to mind, and with other international sponsoring partners so that prizes are appropriate to country of origin.

      Thanks. You too :)

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  2. Wonderful post, Kate. 12 Aug is too soon for me, even if my book was over 50k words. No way I could get it out so soon, or I would have a go. Maybe they’ll do another one next year or something? :D

    Very informative. Maybe if I string all three Miedo’s into a bumper book… (something I’m thinking about doing later, anyway. (That and a box-set) It would qualify. (Same with Wiz when I’m done) But, it’s early days yet. :D

    Checked out your links… you need to make them a little clearer! Bold the linky part or something make it user friendly. :P

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    • That’s a bit OTT. I’m just wearing my journo hat and passing on info. To be honest, Laura only contacted me a few days ago so I’ve got it out as soon as poss. I can’t remember all the rules, but I get the impression it is aimed at self-pubs who have books out because you are also required to submit a cover with a 5000 word excerpt. I’m going on memory here, and as I can’t enter, my 50,000 word novel has no cover, I don’t live in the right place etc etc, I was more interested in promoting it for people who can enter.

      Box set is an interesting one. I wonder if they would include that in future years if this takes off. Mm (said Wiz) must ask. Bumper book would qualify I wd guess. Another question. Daren’t ask them any more, I’ve asked enough already 😀

      It’s a different colour. But it’s got a lot of saturation so it looks similar to black. I was fiddling with the colours the other day. Blogger scores better on that for colour fiddling, or did when I was there. Thought you were going to tell me to add them to the logos… 😜

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    • Thanks darling, there’s two weeks or so left, so there is actually time to submit an entry. Pulling a 5000 word excerpt out ain’t too difficult. And you have a lot of North American readers. Well you interview a lot of them! Plus, it gives people chance to plan for next year, as you suggested.

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  3. Funny–about stories, when we get right down to it and maybe explain it to something like a robot there are really only ten or a dozen stories out there: triumph, tragedy, love…you know. That said, even with millions of people skillfully putting together pieces each filled with nuances and circumstances there is, for us sentient beings, an unlimited supply of them. While I’m doubtful there can be such a thing as a best one, I do get the point–set an ideal and let’s have a process that ranks hoe people best approach it. That can only result in good things. As for me, I’ll just remain grateful for the times we live in and for the rich tapestry we all get to decorate.

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  4. Very interesting. I like that for readers there are different genres. Depending on availability of time it will be exposure to writers I haven’t encountered.
    I’m pleased to hear that your interviewing and reviewing talents will be utilised as well :)

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      • I may be wrong but I think in law Gibraltar is not technically a Commonwealth country but it is allowed to participate in the Glasgow games?
        What if only men were allowed to enter the best story competition? As I see it there can be no good reason for exclusion in this competition.

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        • Gibraltar, as a British Overseas Territory is very much a part of the Commonwealth. And unlike the UK, Gibraltar celebrates Commonwealth Day.

          Logistics I guess. If they ever answer my questions I’ll post up the answers.

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          • I remain confused. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office lists 53 members of the Commonwealth – the list does not include Gibraltar. Instead it is included in a subsidiary list of ‘Associated States, External Territories and Dependencies’.

            Anyway, back to my original point. If Gibraltar can compete in the Commonwealth Games it should surely also be allowed to take part in the ‘World’s Best Story’ competition – I’m sure you would win!

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          • No you don’t. 53 countries. The list also excludes Pitcairn, Falklands, Turcs and Caicos for example. I think you have made the point on more than one occasion that Gib is not a country in its own right, therefore you would not expect it to appear in that list. Admittedly it was drawn up by a set of wankers who didn’t say that there is more to the commonwealth than meets Andrew’s eye.

            Too busy reading and editing other peoples’ books to write my own. My 50000 bittersweet fantasy romance can stay on the (book) shelf.

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  5. I’m curious as to why there is a restriction. I can qualify, but there are a lot of countries that are excluded. Sounds like a great idea and have fun reading.

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  6. That should make interesting reading, thanks for the info…..on another tack, for some reason this post did not come up in my reader – a problem I’m having with a few other WP blogs so i’ll have to drop in more often to see what you are up to.

    How is the recovery coming along?

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  7. Of course, my latest would cream it. Except it is over the limit, and shortening it would mean it wouldn’t be the best any more.
    *wanders off in great satisfaction at the neatness of wiggle-outery*

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        • I think they are a transparent financial ploy. Usually for tat crap too.

          Haha. Gruelling having your own work edited heh?

          I suspect the problem is possibly what’s in your head because you know the story, isn’t as clear to someone else. I did ask a similar question recently, about this doesn’t make sense, so it either meant fleshing it out or cutting. Personally I’d always go for the short sharp cut. Depends on your threshold of pain.

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          • Gruelling, indeed!
            This is presented in a way I can’t refuse – by indicating that I am losing opportunities to let the characters entertain, or that I am overdoing the telling and underdoing the showing.

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          • Indeed, it’s all about the showing and not the telling. Sometimes I think it’s not about the writing…

            I’ll do messing about editing if called for, but I really like to let an authors style stand. And if it’s crap there is no amount of tweaking will solve it anyway. Which is not to suggest that yours is, rather that too much interference can damage the flow.

            Anyways, I can’t help, but, I feel for you.

            I’m working on a long novel at the mo. I think it’s pitched just right. But it’s all about feel. If it feels good, I leave well alone.

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          • If it still looks right after carefully considering other suggestions, then it IS right.
            Something all editors need to guard against – particularly if they are enthusiastic about a story and have been swept up by it – is to want to present it the way they would have done.
            At the same time, some suggestions can be most valuable. In one important scene it was pointed out that if it were squeezed harder I could wring a lot more angst out of it. I’m sure the result will increase the sale of tissues.

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          • Yup, I could rewrite everything in my style, and I really steer away from that. Because then it ruins someone else’s style and story.

            Making suggestions is not an easy call as you well know. Repetitive phrasing? Let’s not go there.

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