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Monday, January 30, 2012

Agent-Judged Contest Is Now Open for Submission!




Agent Natalie Fischer Lakosil from the Bradford Literary Agency will be judging the contest, which opens at 9 am EST on Monday, January 30th.

The contest entry window is 24 hours and will end at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 31st.

This contest is open to the following genres:

Commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book to teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), and upmarket women’s fiction. Specific likes within those genres include historical, multi-cultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, and middle grade with heart.

Ms. Lakosil wants to see the first 100 words (plus or minus 1/2 sentence--don't just cut it off mid sentence) of COMPLETED novels and a one sentence logline. There is a limit to only ONE entry.

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. Any entries with logline longer than a single sentence or with an opening longer than 100 words (it can be less than that, but no more than a few extra words over) will be disqualified.

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

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


* 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. 


25 comments:

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks so much for hosting this contest. It's always exciting when picture book writers are invited to join in.

Good luck to everyone who enters. :)

Jasmine Walt said...

Thanks for hosting this contest-- I'm really excited about it! :D

Julie Hedlund said...

I was curious what the prize is for the contest and when winners will be announced. Thanks for a great opportunity!

Sally said...

Thanks for the contest! Thanks to Ms. Lakosil too for judging!

martintj said...

My MS has a prologue. Should I use the first 100 words from the prologue or from chapter one?

Stephanie said...

Silly me messed up my email address 'cause my computer offered to auto-fill it but didn't do it correctly--it doesn't have the (at)gmail(dot)com. Will this be a serious problem? <_<

Heather Marie said...

This is awesome! Thank you Query Tracker and Ms. Lakosil for hosting this contest. Is there an estimated time of when the winners will be announced?

A Pen In Neverland: Angela Peña Dahle said...
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A Pen In Neverland: Angela Peña Dahle said...

Thanks for this opportunity QT and Ms. Lakosil!

Since my submission is a picture book, I'm wondering if illustration notes count toward word count in this contest or not. Should I just omit them?

Megan K. Bickel said...

Every time I hit the "submit" button it tells me that I need to sign in to Query Tracker (even though I already have). Help! I've tried like four times and I'm afraid I'm either entering over and over again or it isn't going through at all!

Megan K. Bickel said...

Okay, I finally got the message that it was received. If it was received more than once, can you delete the multiple entries? I wasn't meaning to be a pest! : )

Pendragon Inman said...

This is a great contest. I submitted my YA Fantasy. I was in the process of self-publishing, but it hasn't released yet. I hope that the entry is still welcomed in the contest! :)

Aldrea Alien said...

Glee, can't wait to see the winners.

To everyone who's entering: Good Luck! ^_^

Kate said...

*sigh* I think I sent the long logline by accident.

illustrationjunky said...

Sorry by accident my entry was submitted incorrectly with only the title/genre filled out. Can you delete it so I can enter it with all my information. PB called Five Foods before Bed. Thanks

Patrick said...

illustrationjunky, you can resubmit now.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I don't have a time frame yet for when Ms Lakosil will have the results, other than mid-February. She's current away and won't be able to pick a winner until she returns.

The prizes have yet to be determined.

A Pen in Neverland: She would only want to see the text for the story. Please omit all illustration notes.

Illustration Junky: please email me the missing information. My email address is in the side bar.

If there are multiple submissions of the same entry, don't worry, we will delete the extra ones.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Illustration junky: you can ignore my previous comment. :)

illustrationjunky said...

Thank you Patrick and Stina, officially submitted. Thanks for hosting the contest.

Carrie Butler said...

What a great opportunity! Thank you for hosting this contest. :)

ramblinbess said...

Argh. I'm sorry, I keep getting the same message Megan did. Should I keep submitting unti I get a confirmation? Sorry to be a pain. My name is Bess Vanrenen.

Patrick said...

ramblinbess, try closing your browser, then restart and try again. Better yet, reboot your computer.

Laura Barnes said...

Thanks for hosting, guys! Great contest.

ramblinbess said...

It's magic! Shutting down and resubmitting worked! Thanks!!

Red Tash said...

Submitted! I am glad I read my email this morning! That was a short window.