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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Agent-Judged Competition Announcement

If you thought summer was supposed to be slow in publishing (some agencies and publishing houses have "Summer Fridays," which shortens the work week...not that these gentlemen and ladies don't work weekends on a regular basis), don't let that lessen your motivation to get an agent!!


Fabulous contests seem to be popping up everywhere. Ruth Lauren Steven and Michelle Krys are teaming up to bring you Christmas in July!


WHAT IT IS: A writing contest featuring 30 pitches, 10 agents, judged over 1 week.


WHO CAN ENTER: Anyone with a polished manuscript in children's books (picture books, middle grade, young adult) OR adult (all genres except erotica).


ENTRY MATERIALS: Query letter and first 500 words.


WHAT TO DO: Mark your calendars now!! Follow the blogs (not required, but highly recommended) of Ruth Lauren Steven and Michelle Krys. Read the next contest post on June 25th for more details. Polish up those query letters and first 2 pages~ use critique partners to really prepare!!
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And don't forget the first page contest with the amazing Tricia Lawrence on June 29th on Daisy Carter's blog. In fact, get over to her blog right now~ she's just posted more details about the contest!
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On a related note, the QueryTracker post today is written by Ash Krafton~ she discusses her personal experience with writing contests:


Using Writing Contests To Improve One's Game





29 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting about this, Jess. I'm so excited for Michelle's contest!

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  2. Sounds great! I'll spread the word! Thanks for posting about this.

    ~Gina Blechman

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  3. What a great set of links, Jess! Thanks for all the information.

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  4. Yahzoo!! A contest in my genre!! Circling my calendar in red now. Thanks Jess!! :)

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    1. I know!! I rarely come across things that include adult entries (probably just the nature of the blogs I follow), so this is a special one :)

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    1. Best of luck if you enter! Although, based on the awesome contest entries I've seen of yours, you might already have an agent :)

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  6. You're so good at finding these contests, Jess. Thanks for sharing!

    -Vicki

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  7. Thanks again, Jess--great (and timely!) tips...

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    1. Oooo, timely? Does that mean you have a manuscript to query??? Very cool!

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  8. Sounds like a great opportunity - and almost every genre, too! Thanks for sharing!
    erica

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  9. Thanks Jess, for the contest info!

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    1. You're welcome! Best of luck if you enter! Hope your summer is going well and that you're finding plenty of time to write :)

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  10. So very much pressure for those first words. Ugh Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. I know! It's definitely something that takes lots of preparation for me, but it's nice if you get to a stage where you get feedback~ helps out when you send queries letters plus 5-10 pages if you've already put them through the wringer for contests :)

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  11. Thanks so much for posting about the contest. We really appreciate it and can't wait to read all the entries!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for hosting such a cool event :)

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  12. I'm so close to finishing my revision request, I might be able to enter. :D

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  13. Thanks for the contest info! You always have the best writing scoops! :)

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  14. Thank you for posting about the contest! You're so on top of your game! Before I blogged, I had two blogs bookmarked - yours and Literary Rambles. Your monthly twitter roundup was always a must-read for me (still is!)

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    1. Aw, thanks! I need to get the Twitter round-up back into my posts :)

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