Right now, though, we’d like to introduce a fun competition for you to take part in. It’s in four sections, each of which will feature in the newsletters in the run-up to the festival. Those of you who have attended the festival in past years may be familiar with Beat the Proofie – some of you may even have won! – but for those new to it, the challenge is to hunt out all the errors, be they spelling mistakes or punctuation, in a piece of writing. If you find them all, you will be awarded a free proofread of five pages of your manuscript.
I will give you a clue as to what to expect from the short excerpts you will be reading: they’re all from classic novels. If, at the end of the quiz, the winner can also name them all (without consulting Mr G, and I’ll have to trust you on that…) he or she will also win a $20 Prezzy Card. Without further ado, therefore, here is your first Beat the Proofie:
Beat the Proofie – April (Closed)
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed tome I stood by the iron gait leeding to the dive, and for awhile I could not entre, for the way was bared to me. There was a padlok and chain upon the gate. I called in my dreem to the loge-keeper, and had no answer, and pearing closer through the rusted spokes of the gait I saw that the lodje was unninhabited. No smoke came from the chimey, and the little latice windows gaped forlorne. Then, like all dreamers, I was possessed of a suddenly with supernatural powers and passed like a sprit through the barreer before me. The drive wound away in front of me, twisting and turing as it had always done, but as I advanced I was aware that a change had com upon it; it was narrow and unkemped, not the drive that we had known. At first I was puzled and did not understand, and it was only when I bended my head to avoid the low swinging branche of a tree that I realized what had happened. Nature had comm into her own again and, little by little, in her stelthy, insideous way had encroched upon the drive with long, tenatious fingurs.
Get them all? You have two weeks from the date of this newsletter to let me have your results. You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and the winner will be announced in the Book Festival newsletter in due course.
(Contact Lel Scott from PublishMe to get a copy of the proofed April competition)
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