Absolutely! First Impressions is scheduled to ensure we are able to return score sheets to entrants in time for them to apply needed changes/tweaks to manuscripts they intend to enter into Genesis.
Yes. Unless you delete or hide the excerpt or portion of the manuscript you intend to enter, because this is typically considered “previously published.” If you have a manuscript you intend to enter, and you’ve posted portions online, it is imperative that you delete or hide that post from public view between now and the contest launch date and don’t put it back up until after the contest concludes, meaning after the winners are announced in December. On Blogger, you may simply revert the post back to “Draft”. If you don’t want to delete the portions of the manuscript, another manuscript may be entered, as long as portions of it have not been posted anywhere online.
Also, before, during and through the conclusion of the contest, PLEASE be mindful of not mentioning the title of your manuscript online in conjunction with a blog post, Facebook status or Tweet that mentions you entered it into First Impressions. It’s fine to share that you’ve entered, but our goal is to keep the entries/entrants anonymous. Judges are to remain anonymous as well.