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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Category Romance First 100 Words Contest

NOTICE: Contest extended until August 17! 

This contest was announced last week, and is for category romance only, both adult and YA. 

Heather Howland, associate publisher and editorial director at Entangled Publishing LLC, has agreed to take a look at the first 100 words of manuscripts and brief (no more than a three-sentence long) pitches for category romance novels. Completed manuscripts are preferred, but partial works will be considered. Please read the descriptions of the imprints on last week's post and indicate under which imprint you believe your book falls when you fill out the form on contest day. 

Entries will not be posted and made public. The form will be sent directly to the judge. 

The number of winners whose material is requested for consideration will be determined by the number and quality of submissions. This will also determine how long it takes to judge the entries. 

Winners will receive requests to submit material to Entangled Publishing. 

This is a great opportunity to land that deal, so polish up those first 100 words and brief book blurb. (You can just shorten your query synopsis to 3 sentences.)


Please do not submit works that have been self-published. Entangled is looking for new books that have not been out there already.  

First 100 words means the first 100 words at the beginning of Chapter One, not the prologue. If your sample goes a few words over or under in order to cut off at the end of a sentence, that is fine. Don't end mid-sentence. 

Though it is preferred that your manuscript be completed, partially completed manuscripts will be considered. You have two more weeks from today, so get busy and finish that book! 

Do NOT contact Entangled Publishing directly regarding this contest. If you have questions, post them in the comments. 

Winners' names will be posted when all the entries have been read. We do not know how long this will take or how many requests will be made because it depends on the number and quality of entries. 

The contest will open for entries Wednesday, August 13 at 8:00 am Eastern time, and end at midnight Eastern time Sunday, August 17. A link to the form will be posted on this blog at 8:00 on Wednesday, August 13. 

Remember: This contest is for category romance only. Be sure to review last week's post for descriptions of the imprints. 


Mary Lindsey is one of the founding members of the QT Blog. 

She writes young adult novels for Penguin USA and is the author of Shattered Souls, Fragile Spirits, and Ashes on the Waves. She also writes adult romance for Entangled Publishing as Marissa Clarke. Love Me To Death is scheduled for publication October, 2014. 

Mary is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and can be found the following places: Twitter, Facebook, MaryLindsey.com and MarissaClarke.com


Xandra James said...

Sounds fun - thanks for doing this!

Quick question: Can you enter multiple times with different manuscripts, or is this limited to one submission per person?

Thank you :)

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

Enter up to three, Xandra. You will have to go in and fill out a new form for each entry. Just be sure to specify the imprint you feel each manuscript best fits. Good luck!

Sandra Panting said...

Is Embrace -the new adult imprint - part of this?

Thanks in advance.

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

Hi, Sandra. Yes. They are specifically looking for category, but will consider a strong NA. Good luck.
Specify the imprint Embrace when you fill out the form next Wednesday. :)

Lisa said...


I submitted a manuscript through Entangled's online submission tool last month. Can I still participate in the contest (i.e., can I use the contest as an opportunity to get out of the slushpile)?


Patrick said...

Hi Lisa,
Yes, you can submit an entry even if you've already submitted your book to Entangled before. Good luck.

maher said...

Enter up to three, Xandra. You will have to go with your manuscript best fits. Good luck to you!

Laura Russell said...

Hi, This is a neat contest and I'm ready to submit. I'm feeling blind because I don't see the additional info that leads to a submission form. Could you indicate where that is?

Patrick said...

Hi Laura,
The link to the entry form is http://querytracker.net/contest.php

Ritu said...

Will all entrants receive a reply, or only the ones asked for a full manuscript?
Thank you for the opportunity!