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''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Categories: Contests, Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Note from Chuck: This contest is now closed. Thank you
for submitting. Winners will be notified by email by
around June 2. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.


Welcome to the fifth “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This will be
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 a book-length novel that’s fantasy or sci-fi, this fifth contest is for you!


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


The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of fantasy or science fiction (adult fiction and/or YA fiction; no MG please). 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 your entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, I ask that you do one of two things: 1) Mention and link to this contest twice through your social media—blogs, Twitter, Facebook; or 2) just mention this contest once and also add Guide to Literary Agents Blog (www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blogto your blogroll. Please provide link(s) so the judge and I can verify eligibility!


      1. This contest will be live for approximately fourteen days—from May 12 through the end of Wednesday, May 26, EST. Winners notified by e-mail within 7 days of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
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.
This contest is solely for completed book-length works of fantasy and science fiction (both YA and adult novels are accepted; no MG).
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.
The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media.
6. 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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com. The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions.)


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


Roseanne Wells is a literary agent
at the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.


Clients of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency include:

David Wallace, author of national bestseller Lost Hollywood, as well as Dream Palaces of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Ian Williams, author of Rum: A Social and Sociable History

Roger Moenks, author of Inheriting Beauty

Lou Sahadi, author of 20 sports books, with his upcoming book, Affirmed, a biography of the last horse to win the Triple Crown.


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15 Responses to ''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

  1. Ricardo Bare says:

    Just submitted! Hope I’m not too late! Also, posted on my blog/facebook/twitters. Good luck to everyone.

  2. Ed says:

    Okay, I posted this on my blogroll and blogged about it: http://calisari.spaces.live.com/
    I also put it on my LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/Ed_Gosney

  3. Maribeth says:

    I retweeted this and added the blog to my blogroll.


  4. Nothing like entering at the last minute! But this contest sounds great! I added y’all to my blogroll and blogged about the contest on my writing blog: cathedraloftime.blogspot.com

  5. Vanessa says:

    Cool contest! Good luck to the entrants!!

  6. Thanks for the fast response to my question, Chuck. I sent in my entry tonight. It has my blog address, but just in case, it’s http://ronempress.blogspot.com.

  7. I’ve blogged about it at http://ronempress.blogspot.com, but I’m concerned about the word count. Anyone know if that includes the title, author’s name & Chapter subtitle? (Yes, I’m hunting for words to cut. LOL)

  8. Hi there – I blogged about the contest today and GLA is already a permanent fixture on our blogroll. Thanks!

  9. Shiela Blankemeier says:

    Good luck, everyone! Here are my two posts:

  10. Wondering if fantasy includes paranormal in this instance?

  11. I’m so excited that I had to enter two starts.

    I tweeted at @hillaryjacques and Guide to Literary Agents is featured on my blogroll at http://www.hillaryjacques.blogspot.com.

    Good luck to all entrants!

  12. AG says:

    I heart Rosie. She’s a genius (in person, too) and is the perfect agent to judge this contest.

  13. Lauren says:

    I put up a link in my blog. :D I forgot to put it on the e-mail that I sent my entries with though. Sorry! I hope it still counts.

  14. Derek Whisman says:

    I included my link to my blog in the email. Hopefully that counts. I’m putting up a post about this contest now! *crosses fingers*

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