QueryTracker Blog

Helping Authors Find Literary Agents

Monday, May 11, 2009

QueryTracker Contest In Progress

Our agent-judged one-line pitch contest began today, Monday, May 11th, at 12:01 Mountain Standard Time.

The contest is being judged by Brendan Deneen of FinePrint Lit

Joanna Stampfel-Volpe judged the last one and posted a "how to" article about one-line pitches on the blog. Click here to read her advice on writing an effective pitch.

Mr. Deneen has generously agreed to not limit the number of entries. The contest entry window will not end until midnight tonight, so tune up that pitch and send it in to Mr. Deneen. 

Please pitch only one project. You can submit via our online submission form. (A free QueryTracker.net membership is necessary to use the form.) Only entries received through the online form will be accepted. Please do not email your entries.

Mr. Deneen wants to receive pitches for the following genres only: Young adult science-fiction, young adult fantasy, young adult thriller, young adult horror, or ADULT thriller. (This includes sub-genres, like urban fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, paranormal. All these fall under fantasy).

Entering the contest does not make you ineligible to query Mr. Deneen. If you don't win, it is not a rejection. Please check out his profile on QueryTracker before you query for a full listing of his represented genres other than those included in this contest.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments or email Mary or Suzette using the email link in the sidebar to the right.

Good luck everybody!

Suzette Saxton's idea of a perfect day includes a picnic lunch, laughing children, and her laptop. When she's not writing books for kids, Suzette can be found gardening, doing finish carpentry in her home, or walking in the canyon in which she lives.

Mary Lindsey writes paranormal fiction for children and adults. Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, she received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama.

Mary can also be found on her website.


Unknown said...

OMG! I am so excited about this contest!!! Thank you all so much for doing it!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Awesome contest, you guys!

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

We are having so much fun. The form makes it a breeze. We are grateful to Mr. Deneen for judging and our friends for sending in fantastic entries. Keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

OMG, what a fun contest. Sure learned a lot doing this. Even got my sweet hubby involved. Great fun.

Good luck everyone.

Paul W. West, Author said...

Suzette and Mary,

Thanks for the contest. I doubt I'll win, but it's fun to try.

Mine is a YA suspense. I know you didn't mention "suspense" but you did mention "Thriller." So I hope it still works.


Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

Yep, Paul. Suspense works fine. Glad you entered.

Suzette Saxton said...

Mary's right, this IS fun. I'm having a ball and am so excited to see who wins!

Bethany Wiggins said...

Thanks so much for doing this, ladies. I appreciate so much the effort that goes into something like this. You are amazing.