Frasier Contest Blog Guest Melissa Tagg

Today I’m delighted to have a guest blogger. Melissa Tagg was the 2010 Frasier winner and the current MBT Marketing Coordinator. She is visiting to tell us about the Frasier Contest.

It’s possible, back in 2010 when I heard Susan May Warren’s voice on my phone telling me I was a finalist in the Frasier Contest, I did a happy dance-scream-snort type of thing that no one should ever have to see. Thankfully, no one did.

But seriously, I love the MBT Frasier Contest. I’m convinced it is one of the best storycrafting contests out there. If you’re a pre-pubbed writer, I can’t recommend it enough.

1) What prompted you to enter the Frasier Contest?

In 2009, I attended the first MBT Storycrafting Retreat. I consider that retreat the turning point in my writing dream. Afterward, I dove into my novel, Losing Cullaway. Come early 2010, I wanted to take another step toward publication, so entering the Frasier Contest was the obvious choice. Not only did I crave feedback, but I knew the judges were industry experts.

2) How did the judges’ feedback strengthen your writing?

First of all, the Frasier Contest is truly a storycrafting contest. So at each round of judging, the judges looked for specific elements in my story. What I found in the Frasier is the judges didn’t slap a number on a scoresheet, they explained their scores – pinpointed what they loved and noted what I could work on.

For instance, one judge encouraged me to do more with the five senses. Giving those sensory details helps deepen both the POV and the reader’s storyworld experience.

3) What was your contest takeaway? Or, how did the contest impact your overall writing dream?

For me, the biggest takeaway, honestly, was spiritual. I have such a difficult time showing people my writing. I have an even harder time entrusting my writing dream to the One who gave it to me in the first place. I want to do, do, do – make it happen! But when I hit “send” and turned in my Frasier Contest entry, it was out of my hands. I had to take a risk, share my heart, and trust God for the results.

As aspiring writers, we’re constantly going to be hitting “send” – whether it’s a proposal to an agent/editor or a novel into the sometimes-harsh world of readers. We’ve got to trust God that He is in control. I truly believe, had I not finaled or won, that still would’ve been the biggest takeaway for me.

The contest also taught me the value of revisions. I don’t know how many times I revised my first scene before sending it in! But I do know that scene wouldn’t be nearly as tight without the contest spurring me on.

The 2012 Frasier Contest, My Book Therapy’s storycrafting contest for unpublished novelists, is open now through March 31. The winner will be announced at the annual MBT Pizza Party during the 2012 ACFW Conference in Dallas – and will receive a free MBT retreat (a $500 value!). Final round entries will be judged by award-winning author Susan May Warren, Tyndale House acquisitions editor Stephanie Broene, and Karen Ball, literary agent with the Steve Laube Agency. All guidelines and registration details are available here.

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter turned fiction writer who believes faith, laughter and love are the perfect mix for a fabulous book. She currently serves on the development team for a Christ-centered homeless ministry and as the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy. She is the 2010 winner of the MBT Frasier Award and an ACFW Genesis finalist. Visit Melissa at or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

16 thoughts on “Frasier Contest Blog Guest Melissa Tagg

  1. So totally agree with Melissa. The judges in the Frasier give really great feedback! I plan on entering again this year…desperately need the feed back on my new wip.

  2. What a great post! Hi Michelle, nice to meet you! 🙂 I’ve had friends enter the Frasier and they were so glad they did. I’ve never entered. I have no idea why, I love MBT! 🙂

  3. Hi Michelle! I’ve seen you on MBT chats, but haven’t yet visited your blog. I came over from Melissa’s blog.

    I’m planning on entering the Frasier. I don’t really expect to final or win, but am just looking forward to the feedback!

  4. I agree with Melissa. I cherished the feedback I received last year and the year before from the judges. I found myself rereading their comments this week as I tweaked my manuscript. Enter. You won’t be disappointed.

  5. Melissa Tagg says:

    Also, Michelle L, thanks so much for having me as a guest today and for participating in the blog tour. I’m such a believer in this contest. Love your new blog and I’m excited about all the cool stuff God’s doing in your writing life!

  6. Michelle Lim says:

    You are so welcome, Melissa! The Frasier gave me such great feedback as a writer, I am happy to promote it. God is amazing isn’t He? I’m excited too!

  7. bethkvogt says:

    I was there the night Melissa won the Frasier — and was thrilled she did. I knew in my heart she would. Melissa is one a-ma-zingly talented writer. I know she will be a multi-published author one day soon and I will have her sign all her books and display them on my bookshelves.

  8. Michelle Lim says:

    I agree, Beth! The talent is so obvious. Wishing her the best in her publishing journey!

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