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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Agent Judged Contest Begins Tomorrow!

Agent Joan Paquette from the Erin Murphy Literary Agency will judge our contest that opens tomorrow, Wednesday October 27th at 9:00am Eastern time and ends 24 hours later at 9:00am Eastern time on Thursday, October 28th.

EMLA represents children's literature only, so no adult projects in this contest, please.

Ms. Paquette wants to see a one-line pitch and the FIRST 100 words (plus or minus 1/2 sentence--don't just cut it off mid sentence) of completed children's picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, or young adult novels.

Because Ms. Paquette does not accept unsolicited queries, this is a great way to get your work in front of her.

A form will be activated and a link will be posted on this site at the start of the contest tomorrow morning. There is no advantage to being one of the first to enter as we will accept all entries submitted within the 24-hour window.

Wishing everyone the best.

The how-to of one-line pitches.


Examples of excellent pitches:




* Please note: Sometimes the email notifications from this blog do not go out right when the post is published (a Google Blogger issue we cannot control). If you are an email subscriber, please realize this email might arrive after the contest has begun. We have given weekly reminders of the contest on the Friday Publishing Pulse. In addition, the information has been posted in the sidebar of this blog for close to a month.


Emily Cross said...

Hi, Are uncompleted WIP accepted?

Stina said...

Gotta love QT contests. :D

Carolyn Kaufman | @CMKaufman said...

Hi Emily -- no, as the third paragraph states, the project must be completed. :)

Carolyn Kaufman | @CMKaufman said...

To clarify HOW you submit: Tomorrow we will be posting a link to a special form on the QTB. You MUST use that form to submit; any other method will disqualify you from the contest.

Emily Cross said...

Apologies I must have missed that!

Joan of Ark said...

Are multiple entries from one contestant acceptable?

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

Yes, Joan of Ark, as long as they are complete and polished enough to be read by an agent.

Chantee Hale said...

The submission form disagrees with the multiple submission guidelines - it only allows one entry per query tracker account.