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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Writing Contests! (and agent wish lists!)

Happy Wednesday! It's a big day on Twitter for agent/editor wish lists. Follow the hashtag #MSWL and you'll find a goldmine of wish list information. If you don't have the time to sift through the tweets, never fear. Agent Jessica Sinsheimer assures us that the information will be reposted in a Tumblr database:
Jessica Sinsheimer ‏@jsinsheim 45m

The lovely will repost these wishes in a Tumblr database at .
Okay, I've got contest information for you via the fabulous SubItClub. If you're not already checking this blog, add it to your list~ it's always got lots of opportunities for both published and unpublished writers. Here's a sprinkling of their most recent list (head over there for even more offerings):

Now - 3/1: March Madness Poetry Write Off at Think Kid - There are cash prizes payments for poems in certain rounds. Bracket selection will be March 2nd so get your application in asap. “First words will be assigned on Monday, March 17th, and the first poems will be up for vote on Wednesday afternoon, March 19th. Read the Authlete Application for more details.

Now - 3/2:  Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - "One Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with a $50,000 advance, and four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000. Visit the Prizes page for the full list of prizes and details. The categories include five popular genres: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. For complete eligibility details, view the Official Contest Rules, or read details on how to enter. Visit CreateSpace to learn more.” Please read the contest rules carefully before entering!

March 2014:

3/3: March Secret Agent Contest at Miss Snark's First Victim. Submission window will be open from noon to 6:00pm EDT to MG, YA, and adult manuscripts. 50 entries will be randomly selected to move on to the agent round.
3/10: Pitch Madness- Submission are open from 12:01 AM EST, March 10 until 11:59PM EST. Compete to win agent requests. Accepting Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and novel length Adult fiction. Completed and polished manuscripts only. No non-fiction. You can read the schedule here.
Entrants must submit a 35-word (maximum) pitch plus the first 250 words of your manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. More information to come.

Again, head over to SubItClub for more opportunities and have a great week!


  1. Awesome! I think I'm going to lurk this time.

  2. This is timely! I plan on sending out my first query for my historical tomorrow(I'm getting butterflies just typing this!) and so I'll defnitely be checking out that Twitter list. Thanks!

  3. Once again, great links to check out--which I'm heading off to do. Thanks, Jess. Appreciate the heads-up :-)

  4. I can't tell you how much I've missed you! Honestly, I check every other day hoping for a new post...:) Thanks for all the links. I'm going to go check them out. I'm too lazy to do any of the research myself so thanks for helping a girl out!

    1. Oh, you're so sweet! I've been neglecting my blog lately, trying to figure out a life/writing-life balance :)

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    1. My pleasure! Hope sales are good with your wonderful book!

  6. What a great roundup, Jess. Thanks!

  7. Wow! Lots going on this month.Thanks for letting us know.

    1. I give all credit to SubItClub~ they do such a great job of passing on opportunities :)

  8. Because of you, I just spent 20 minutes reading kkhendin's agent wishlists -- and I already have an agent!!! Thank goodness too 'coz a lot of those agents want weird stuff...

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Ha! Sorry to have sucked your time away :)

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