´Just Fiction' announces publishing prize for top student

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BillBernhardt  William Bernhardt, New York Times best selling author

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 12, 2013) – OSU Arts and Science Outreach and Stillwater Public Library are making an exciting announcement in conjunction with “Just Fiction,” an upcoming writing series from New York Times best selling author William Bernhardt.  One student from the series of classes will have a book released by local publishing company New Forums Press.

“Most writers do not publish their first book,” said Bernhardt.  “For me, twenty years passed between my first rejection and my first published work.  New Forums Press is providing an invaluable opportunity by offering to publish the contest winner’s book.  This is a once in a lifetime chance for area writers.”

“Just Fiction” takes place one Saturday a month April through Sept. at the Stillwater Public Library.  The series is offered by OSU Arts and Science Outreach as a non-credit class and includes interactive lessons on all facets of writing a novel including premise, structure, character, plot, style and marketing.

The contest begins near the end of the “Just Fiction” series.  Students who have enrolled in all six classes will have until Aug. 16, 2013, to submit the first three chapters of their books.  The chapters will be judged by a panel including representatives from OSU Arts and Science Outreach, Stillwater Public Library and contest sponsors.  The winner will be announced at a reception following the final class on Sept. 7.

“Getting those first three chapters completed may seem like a daunting task,” said Bernhardt.  “But ‘Just Fiction’ truly is a novel building workshop and we plan on having our students leave with a large portion of their novel started.  The hardest part of writing a book is realizing that no matter how talented you are, it’s going to be hard, time-consuming work and you need outside guidance.”

The winning submission will be published by New Forums Press and edited by staff in OSU’s University Marketing Department.  New Forums Press is a Stillwater based publishing company that publishes Oklahoma related books along with its production of higher education materials which are distributed worldwide.

“The Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Center for the Book asked New Forums Press to work with and encourage Oklahoma authors,” said Douglas Dollar, owner of New Forums Press.  “We’re also starting an imprint for novels, so we are excited to add one of the ‘Just Fiction’ students to our newest project.”

According to Dollar, New Forums Press will work with the winning author to design and publish the book, then help market and distribute it through the New Forums Press website, local bookstores and national outlets like Amazon.com.  The author will be paid royalties on the sale of the book.

“We are hoping many of the students will consider including Oklahoma, aspects of its culture and history, in their books,” said Dollar.  “But that does not mean we’ll only choose an Oklahoma related novel to publish.”

“Just Fiction” classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 6, May 11, June 8, July 6, Aug. 10, and Sept. 7.  The fee for each session is $89 and one book is required.  Participants can attend all of the classes or mix and match to meet their individual needs.  Fees are due two weeks before each class takes place.

Bernhardt, who has over ten million books in print worldwide, rose to fame with his 18 book legal series featuring attorney Ben Kincaid.  When he is not writing or teaching classes across the country, Bernhardt oversees HAWK Publishing Group which he founded in 1999.  HAWK has published books by acclaimed authors such as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist N. Scott Momaday, PBS newsman Jim Lehrer and young adult author P.C. Cast.

For more information about “Just Fiction” or to register, visit http://justfiction.okstate.edu or contact series coordinator Christine Nichols at (405) 744-8459 or christine.nichols@okstate.edu.  For regular updates on the series, follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Justfiction.

“Just Fiction” sponsors include Stillwater Public Library, New Forums Press, Stillwater Radio, Stillwater NewsPress and KOSU.