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13th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest (Young Adult and Sci-Fi)

Categories: Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog, Science Fiction Agents, What's New, Young Adult Literary Agents.

This contest is now closed. Winners were chosen in Feb. 2013
and listed in a new blog post here. Thanks for entering!

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Welcome to the 13th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you’re writing either a science fiction novel (adults or teens) or any kind of young adult novel, this 13th contest is for you! (The contest is live through January 31, 2013.)

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD GET EXCITED

After a previous “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, the agent judge, Tamar Rydzinski (The Laura Dail Literary Agency), signed one of the three contest winners. After Tamar signed the writer, she went on to sell two of that writer’s books! How cool! That’s why these contests are not to missed if you have an eligible submission.

HOW TO SUBMIT

E-mail entries to dearluckyagent13@gmail.com. Please paste everything. No attachments.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of your sci-fi novel or young adult novel. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any social media. Please provide a social media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your offical e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step! Simply spread the word twice through any means and give us a way to verify you did; a tinyURL for this link/contest for you to easily use is http://tinyurl.com/a8msdw2. An easy way to notify me of your sharing is to include my Twitter handle @chucksambuchino somewhere in your mention(s) if using Twitter. And if you are going to solely use Twitter as your 2 times, please wait 1 day between mentions to spread out the notices, rather than simply tweeting twice back to back. Thanks.

 

Want to pitch this contest’s agent judge (Victoria Marini) in person?
Then check out the gigantic agent pitch slam as part of the 2013
Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC, April 5-7, 2013! The event
will have anywhere from 60-80 agents taking pitches.

 

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?

Science fiction novels of any kind, as well as young adult novels of any kind.

CONTEST DETAILS

  1. This contest will be live for approximately 14 days—from Jan. 17, 2013 through the end of Jan. 31, 2013, PST. Winners notified by e-mail within three weeks of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
  2. To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.
  3. You can submit as many times as you wish. You can submit even if you submitted to other contests in the past, but please note that past winners cannot win again. All that said, you are urged to only submit your best work.
  4. The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media, Inc.
  5. By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the “Comments” section of this blog post. (If you have questions or concerns, write me personally at chuck.sambuchino (at) fwmedia.com. The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions.)

PRIZES!!!

Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value)!

MEET YOUR (AWESOME) AGENT JUDGE!

Victoria Marini is an associate literary agent with the Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency, and an assistant to the boss-ladies: Jane Gelfman, Deborah Schneider, and Heather Mitchell. Gelfman Schneider has been in business for over 30 years. They passionately represent a wide range of authors including American Academy of Arts, Edgar Awards and Pushcart Prize winners, as well as several New York Times bestselling authors. Victoria began taking on clients in 2010. Currently, she is building her list and hungry for more.

Here are some books that she has represented:

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets by Kathleen Alcott (Adult General/Other)
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin (YA)
OCD Love Story by Corey Haydu (YA; July 2013)
forthcoming: Loop by Karen Akins (YA sci-fi)

        

 

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23 Responses to 13th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest (Young Adult and Sci-Fi)

  1. ashley71 says:

    Do you post on this web page when the winners have been chosen?

  2. Grey Muir says:

    Do I list the subject of the e-mail to be “ ‘Dear Lucky Agent’ contest”?

  3. AndreaClimbing says:

    Does the novel have to be completed as in ‘ready to be sent out to agents’?

  4. TattKttn says:

    Could you please define “book-length” for me? I understand the general standard for a novel is no less than 40,000 words, just wondering if you have a different standard that you go by.

  5. AndreaClimbing says:

    Does it have to be a completed manuscript? I’d like to enter a second submission, but that novel isn’t finished yet.

  6. rightcard says:

    I have a few questions on this. I already have a book but I have not had it copyrighted though it is published through an online publisher; can I use that book or no?

    I also have two books (one that is a continuation of the book already onine) but neither are finished, does this have to be a finished book?

    Thank you

  7. Theresa says:

    Wow, what another great opportunity! Thank you!

  8. rickdemi says:

    I found out about this contest through a friend. I don’t have a completed YA manuscript, so I won’t be entering this time. However, I would like to hear about future contest. How often are they held, and is there a mailing list?

    Thanks,
    Rick DeMille

    • Chuck Sambuchino says:

      No mailing list. The contest is recurring, and held when an agent has the time to judge one. Also, the genre/category changes with each one. This time’s YA and sci-fi. Next time it could be something else.

  9. bare says:

    I wish I’d found out about these fantastic contests a long time ago! An excellent opportunity. Just curious – how many entries to you receive on average for these Dear Lucky Agent contests?

  10. Chuck Sambuchino says:

    Only 2 mentions total, no matter how many submissions.

  11. michelle615 says:

    I’m also wondering about the two submissions question. Does that mean four social media posts? Or still two?

  12. michelle615 says:

    Question – Does Pinterest count as a social media share? Or only Facebook and Twitter?

  13. Originality says:

    Question – if I am submitting more than once, in each submission email can I use the same two social media screenshots? (Or must it be two per submission? There are only so many places I can post). Thanks!

  14. So awesome! I heard about this contest on Twitter. Thanks for doing it! :o)

  15. benjaz says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! I shared on Twitter and Facebook, though I just noticed your shortened link. I hope it’s okay that I used a bit.ly link.

    Submitting The Camelot Kids for your consideration.

    Good luck everyone!

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