Welcome to the ninth (free!) “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 novel that’s considered women’s/upmarket fiction, this ninth contest is for you!
HOW TO SUBMIT
E-mail entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please paste everything. No attachments.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of women’s/upmarket fiction.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 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 through your social media—blogs, Twitter, Facebook; or 2) just add the Guide to Literary Agents Blog (www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog) to your blogroll.
Please provide link(s) so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some
previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this
step! If you tweet this news, just include my handle somewhere in the tweet (@chucksambuchino).
1. This contest will be live for 14 days—from June 12 through the end of Sunday, June 26, 2011, EST. 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.
contest is solely for completed book-length works of women’s/upmarket fiction.
This category, as defined by our agent judge Weronika, is “any high-quality fiction that is written for women and/or written for book clubs and/or is women-centric; may be general women’s fiction (Jodi Picoult or Nicholas Sparks), women-focused suspense (Laura Lippman), etc. This does exclude any category romances and romantic suspense, so please so not send those.”
4. 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.
5. 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 email@example.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 (priceless!). 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value).
MEET YOUR (AWESOME) JUDGE!
at Lynn C. Franklin Associates.
Awesome books represented by Weronika and other agents at Lynn C. Franklin include:
My Guantanomo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me, by Mahvish Rukhsana Khan (2008; PublicAffairs)
Free to Love, Free to Heal, by David Simon (2009; Chopra Center Press)
Want more on this subject?
- Should you mention your age in a book query?
- 20 tips on query letters, from agent Janet Reid
- Check out the Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters
- What should you write in the bio of your query?
- Confused about formatting? Check out Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript.
- Read about What Agents Hate: Chapter 1 Pet Peeves.
- Want the most complete database of agents and what genres they’re looking for? Buy the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents today!