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16th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Middle Grade Fiction

UPDATED (8-20-2014)

Here are Peter’s chosen winners:

  1. BAREFOOT PRINCESS, by Lilace Mellin Guignard
  2. BEA BLEEKER AND THE MURKY MENACE, by Ralph Shannon
  3. THE WATERLOGGED LIFE OF ALEXANDER MAXWELL, by Tim (T.P.) Jagger

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Welcome to the 16th (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 middle grade fiction, this 16th contest is for you! (The contest is live through EOD, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.)

 

 

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 dearluckyagent16@gmail.com. Please paste everything. No attachments.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, completed book-length work of middle grade fiction. 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 any social-media. Please provide a social-media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your official 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/pwbds3q. An easy way to notify me of your sharing is to include my Twitter handle @chucksambuchino at the end of your mention(s) if using Twitter. If we’re friends on FB, tag me in the mention. 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. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point.)

Here is a sample tweet you can use (feel free to tweak): New FREE contest for writers of middle grade fiction http://tinyurl.com/pwbds3q Judged by agent @petejknapp - via @chucksambuchino

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?

Middle grade fiction. The agent judge did not choose to exclude any subgenre, so everything is fair game.

CONTEST DETAILS

  1. This contest will be live through the end of July 30, 2014, PST. Winners notified by e-mail within approximately 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!

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Peter Knapp joined the Park Literary Group in July 2011, where he represents authors of middle grade and young adult fiction. His recent sales include a contemporary YA to Scholastic, a contemporary MG to Penguin, and a YA fantasy series to Entangled. He does not represent picture books or nonfiction. Prior to joining Park Literary, he was the story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, where he consulted on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based film and TV entities. He graduated from New York University with a B.A. in art history.

 

 

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Below find some awesome books Peter’s agency has represented:

Recent & upcoming Park Literary titles:

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10 thoughts on “16th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Middle Grade Fiction

  1. Chuck Sambuchino Post author

    Tagging me in FB and using my handle in Twitter are the best ways. If you must submit images, simply insert or attach them (either) to the submission, but make sure to PASTE the first page entry and other info in the email, so the agent judge has to open no attachments.

  2. Cport

    I have screen grabs of my shares, as suggested, but I’m not sure how to include them in the email without using any attachments. Are those attachments allowed, or shall I attach them in a separate email? Thanks

    1. bamadad8199

      I’m doing the same thing as you but I’m able to insert the screenshots when using g-mail. Once at Gmail go to Compose>Hover over the + symbol at the bottom>Then move over image icon to see the “insert image” option. From there you will have to upload your screenshots.

      I could be easier to simply give them the “handle” for the Twitter, Facebook, or whatever social media that was used. I believe that was also allowed.

      Hopefully Mr. Sambuchino will reply and give a better answer than I have because I don’t want to say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing either. Best of luck to you and anyone else reading this who’s entering as well.

      1. Cport

        Thanks for the detailed instructions! I went ahead and used attachments after hearing from Mr. Sambuchino that that was acceptable. I’ve put photos directly into gmail before, but I couldn’t seem to get these in for some reason. Best of luck to you too.

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