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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Agent Judged Contest Has Begun!

Our agent-judged one-line pitch contest began today, Thursday, March 3rd at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time. Agent Weronika Janczuk from the D4EO Literary Agency is judging the contest.

The contest entry window is 24 hours and will end at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 4th.

You may only enter one project. Please be certain all projects are complete, edited, and polished enough to present to an agent.

Submissions must be made via our online submission form. (A free QueryTracker.net membership is necessary to use the form and can be accessed from the form page.) Only entries received through the online form will be accepted. Entries emailed directly to the agent or agency will be disqualified.

This contest is for ADULT fiction only, so no MG or YA projects in this contest, please. The genres include science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, and romance.

Ms. Janczuk wants to receive one-line pitches and the first 100 words of your manuscript (+ or – half a sentence. Don’t just end mid-sentence).

Details for this contest were posted yesterday and have been in the contest widget in the sidebar for several days.

The response time and announcement of the winners (who will receive requests for additional material from Ms. Janczuk) will depend on the number of entries. The more entires, the longer it will take--one of the pitfalls of not having an entry cut-off. Ms. Janczuk hopes to have the results within two weeks. I'll give updates as to her progress and the winners will be notified directly via email as well.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them in comments!

Best of luck to everyone and special thanks to Ms. Janczuk for judging.


Lindsay Smith said...

Thanks so much, Weronika, for judging this! Good luck to everyone who enters.

George F. Montgomery said...

RE: the first 100 words
I submitted the beginning of the introduction (time & place & situation), but now I am wondering if I should have submitted the first 100 words of Chapter 1.
Can I amend my submission? Can I substitute a new submission for he original submission?
--G. F. Montgomery

S.A. Hussey said...

Is paranormal ok to submit?

Carolyn Kaufman | @CMKaufman said...

Hi Stephanie -- Absolutely! -- just decide whether it fits best under (paranormal) ROMANCE or under FANTASY and submit! :)

Hi GF -- Wherever the book begins is what to submit in terms of the first 100 words. A lot of people feel that prologues or introductions shouldn't be used (because they're not where the story really begins), and the first 100 of chapter 1 should be what's submitted instead. Usually, if you could cut the prologue or introduction and still have the story make sense, your story starts with Chapter 1.

If you think about it and decide you REALLY should have submitted the first 100 words of Ch 1, send me an email with the first 100 words (+/-) you want me to use instead of what you did use at my QueryTracker email addy (it's in the sidebar on the QTB) and I'll amend your submission.

Thanks, everyone!

Stina said...

Stephanie, paranormal falls under the umbrella of fantasy. So yes, paranormal counts. :)

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Stina said...

LOL Carolyn and I were answering at the same time. :)

Carolyn Kaufman | @CMKaufman said...

Great minds! Thanks, Stina! ;-*

S.A. Hussey said...

Thank you. I thought it did too, but wanted to make sure before I entered. :-)

C. Michelle Jefferies said...

Thanks Weronika, that's brave of any agent I think. Thanks QT too. :)