Yes, an actual opportunity to get your novel on the shelves (so now you've absolutely no excuse).
Poolbeg Press are running a competition with the TV3 Morning Show, the prize being a 1-book publishing deal. They are looking for fiction or non-fiction books and full manuscripts must be submitted with, yes, you guessed it...a Synopsis.
Those of you who have been following my fledging career will know that the synopsis is the one aspect of writing I have struggled with since forever. The synopsis for Burning Matches has been re-written a few dozen times over the last two years and was scrapped-and-restarted at least twice in that time.
The most recent one, I will admit, is good...it would want to be, it was recently submitted to a literary agent but, it being me, I'm looking at it now and saying 'That could sooooo be better'.
Aaaanyway, back to the competition, you can find all the details on The Morning Show's website and you can watch the interview with Poolbeg Press's Paula Campbell (about 25 minutes into the show).
The deadline for submission is 17 December so if you have even the slimmest chance of getting a novel (and synopsis) finished in the next few months, this should be the push you need to really get cracking! Opportunities like this come up so rarely, especially these days when the publishers are taking on fewer new writers than ever.
3 months and 4 days to deadline...get writing!
P.S. Thanks to my fabulous friend Y-And-Bump for bringing this to my attention.