Contests

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18th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Thriller / Mystery / Suspense

If you are coming to this post looking for the YA contest, find it here: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/19th-free-dear-lucky-agent-contest-young-adult-fiction ————————– UPDATE: Michelle Richter chose the winners: Sarah Diviney, Katherine Tomlinson, and Georgia. Congratulations to them, and thank you to all who entered this contest. ————————- Welcome to the 18th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA...

Agent Irene Goodman Auctions Off Critiques

Literary agent Irene Goodman of the Irene Goodman Agency in New York is auctioning off 25 critiques this December, with all proceeds going toward Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Deafness Research Foundation. If you’ve ever wanted to get a thorough critique from someone who knows their stuff and has helped launch some amazing writers’...

New Genre: 'New Adult' … and a Contest!

The Agency Gatekeeper Blog and Georgia McBride’s site let me know about this new contest by St. Martin’s Press. Previously, we’ve talked about the emerging genres of cyberbilly, elegant erotica, and quagmire fiction.  Now it’s “New Adult.”  (By the way, I love subgenre categories – I find that stuff fascinating.)Here’s the gist: “St. Martin’s...

Winners Announced: The 'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest

Thanks to all who entered the second-ever “Worst Storyline Contest” here on the GLA blog.  We got tons of entries!  The judging is over and the winning lines are below (as well as some commentary from me).  Special thanks to several WD and WD Books staffers who weighed in on the judging, and congrats...

The (Second) 'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest!

This contest is now CLOSED (as of Oct. 6).  Thank you to everyone who submitted.  Judging will take place in the next 7 days or soand winners will be notified by e-mail just before I makethe results public.  Thanks! ——————–   Have you got a horrible idea for a story?  Well I want to...

New WD Writing Prompts Blog! (and a Cool Webinar Coming Up)

Zac Petit, my coworker and all-around awesome guy, has started a brand new blog dedicated to writing prompts.  He will be posting prompts three times a week and the best writer response this week will collect several writing books as a prize.  Sounds pretty sweet – check it out! Query Letter, Anyone? Also, my...

Around the WD Properties: 7-7-09

Here is a look at things going onaround the Writer’s Digest worldand more. Call for Submissions! The editorial staff of Writer’s Digest Market Books is now open to queries for the 2010 editions of Photographer’s Market, Songwriter’s Market and Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market (which will be published in October 2009). These books, similar to...

Firebrand Literary's 'Query Holiday'

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 15, Firebrand Literary will not be accepting submissions in the normal “Query First” manner.  Rather, they will be accepting and reviewing complete first chapters of manuscripts. This is a big task for those agents and a great opportunity for writers of all kinds.  For those of you who have never...

Agent Nathan Bransford's New 'First Paragraph' Contest

Literary agent (and super blogger) Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown in San Francisco is hosting another contest.  This one is called “The 2nd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge.” Basically, it’s a contest looking for an amazing first chapter of a novel (nonfiction, too?) in progress.  The rules.  But hurry – the DEADLINE is...

'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to all who entered the first-ever “Worst Storyline Contest” here on the GLA blog.  We got approximately 185 entries!  The judging is over and the winning lines are below (as well as some commentary from me).  Special thanks to several WD and WD Books staffers who weighed in on the judging, and congrats...

'Worst Storyline Ever' Closed, Judging in Progress …

To all those of you who entered the “Worst Storyline Ever” contest last month, know that the contest is now closed and that entries are being judged.  I hope to have a winner picked out within one week of today.  We received a lot of entries, so the judging won’t be easy! “Worst Storyline...

The 'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest!

Have you got a horrible idea for a story?  Well I want to hear about it. Welcome to the “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest – a competition that encourages terrible loglines. A logline is a one-sentence line that explains what your story is about and shows the “hook” – the unique idea that makes people...

A WD Editor's Agent Notes from NYC

Writer’s Digest magazine editor Maria Schneider was recently up in New York City accompanying the grand-prize winners of the WD Annual Writing Competition. The big winners get a trip to Manhattan to meet with several agents, who they can schmooze with and pitch.  How cool is that? Maria came back with some notes (in...

Cool Dialogue Contest!

Fun contest online! Agent Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown, LTD is sponsoring a new contest to find the next great writer who can compose scintillating speech and dominating dialogue (not to mention awesome alliteration). It’s a dialogue contest!  Being that my first love was playwriting, this contest excites me (and I may even submit). ...

Writing Contest for Mothers

Christine Fugate, a friend of mine, has a cool new contest for mothers out there, so I figured I’d spread the word. The gist is below. Click on the links to learn more. “The contest is the 2nd Annual Mothering Heights Mother’s Day Essay Contest. This year’s topic is ‘What do you know now as a...

Contest for Romance Writers

Thanks to the Writer Beware blog, I heard about a good writing competition for romance scribes. It’s called the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition, and writers can submit until Aug. 22. All the nitty-gritty details are online, but the basics are these: The contest calls for full romance mss that have never been published,...