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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Category Romance Contest Begins Tomorrow

NOTICE: Contest extended until August 17! 

A heads up that the QT Entangled category romance contest opens at 8:00 am EDT (Eastern Time) in the morning! It was announced several weeks ago here, 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 in the earlier post and indicate under which imprint you believe your book falls when you fill out the form between 8:00 am EDT on Wednesday, August 13 and midnight EDT on Sunday, August 17. Preference will not be given to any order of submission, so don't worry if you are not entered in the first day. Just get it in when it's convenient. The editor will receive them all at the same time. 

Entries will not be posted and made public. The form will be sent directly to the judge when the entry window has closed. 

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. 


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 8:00 am Eastern time at midnight, 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 the announcement 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


Reese said...
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Unknown said...

Hi, I'm new to the writing world and I would like to know what the imprint is when submitting for this contest. I think i might have chosen the wrong category on my first submission. PLease help. Thanks

Ritu said...

Hi Mary, Will Querytracker advise us when the finalists have been selected? Will only the authors whose manuscript is picked for submission will be contacted directly by Entangled?