To enter, your manuscript MUST be completed and ready for submission. Accepting MG, YA, and Adult--all fiction genres. (NO Erotica or Memoir)
How to Enter:
Step 1: Compose an Email
Step 2: Address the email to email@example.com
Step 3: In the subject line put your- Category, Genre, Title, Word Count
Example: YA, SciFi, The Apollo Academy, 84,000
Step 4: In the body of the email, include your Name, 3 sentence pitch, Answer to question 1, Answerto question 2, and the first 200 words. Please leave your contact email at the bottom.
- Remember to answer question 1 and 2 in 2 sentences or less.
- If the 200th word ends in the middle of a sentence, please finish the sentence.
An automatic delivery receipt will be sent to everyone who enters the contest.
Those who make the first 150 entries after 11AM EDT on October 24th and follow guidelines will then receive another email letting them know they made it into the contest. Please note this may take some time to receive.
The top 36 pitches will post at midnight on October 29th and will remain online until midnight October 31st. 12 pitches per blog.
Agents will request "candy" in the comment section. Any kind of sugar candy (Skittles, Starbursts, etc) means you've gotten a partial request and chocolate candy (Snickers, M&Ms, etc) means you've gotten a full manuscript request. Agents can comment on as many entries they like. AND multiple agents can request on the same pitch, so you might find your bag full of treats!
Costumed agents will be revealed at 6PM EDT on October 31st.
Anyone who receives candy, should email into firstname.lastname@example.org for further submission instructions. You will then receive an email with the correct submission guidelines to follow. DO NOT contact the agent without getting the guidelines first.
Please No Commenting on the pitches. This is an Agent Comment Only contest.
And last but not least, if you don't make the first 150 or are not chosen in the top 36, please remember that this industry is incredibly subjective. In fact, you may want to go read my post: How an Online Writing Contest Brought Me to Tears. Then note that I had an offer 3 weeks after I wrote that. My agent didn't come from a contest, but from the good old fashioned way, a query letter in the slush pile.