''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest: Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance (For Both Teens and Adults)

Note from Chuck: It’s March 15, 2010, which means this contest
is now closed. Thank you for entering. Winners
should be announced within 7 days or so.
Meanwhile, our next contest should start
within a week or two, as well.  


“Dear Lucky Agent” Contest:

Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

Welcome to the third “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-length work of urban fantasy or paranormal romance, this third contest is for you!


E-mail entries to thirdagentcontest@gmail.com. Please paste everything. No attachments. (Also note that I do not check this account. Only the agent does. Looking back over old e-mails, some people have wrote to say hi to me, or perhaps ask a question. Contact me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com.)


The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of urban fantasy or paranormal romance (adult or YA – both accepted).

Joanna says: “Please keep it to these two subgenres specifically. While you can incorporate a variety of fantasy elements, they still have to fall under these two categories. For those of you who are unsure, keep in mind that both urban fantasy and paranormal romance have a strong base in a real world setting (like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood or Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy). So no stories that take place solely on another planet or world!”

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 I can verify eligibility.


      1. This contest will be live for approximately fifteen days – from Feb. 27, 2010 through the end of Sunday, March. 14, 2010 EST. Winners notified by e-mail within seven 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 urban fantasy and paranormal romance (either adult or YA). To know more about what falls into these genres, look at the bold text above.
You can submit as many times as you wish
The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media.
6. There are more rules (most of them dealing with legal stuff) that you can find in the comments section of this post. 
7. 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 the terms added by me at the beginning of the “Comments” section of this blog post.


First place: 1) A critique of 20 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com.

Runner-ups – second and third place: 1) A critique of 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com.


Joanna Stampfel-Volpe
 is an agent with Nancy Coffey Literary.
Books she’s repped include:


Pieces of Sky, by Kaki Warner. This award-winning, Romantic Times Top Pick debut novel is the first book in Warner’s Blood Rose trilogy (Berkley, January 2010)

Haunting Emma, Book One: Deception by Lee Nichols (Bloomsbury Children’s, June 2010)

The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food by Ben Hewitt (Rodale, March 2010)

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71 thoughts on “''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest: Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance (For Both Teens and Adults)

  1. Stacy

    Where do you have winners posted for these contests? I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find a single result or list for any of the contests. Thank you!

  2. seena

    Welcome to the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal (FF&P) Special Interest Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. The mission of FF&P SIC is to promote excellence in romantic, futuristic, fantasy, time travel and paranormal fiction, to help writers become published in the genre, to provide current information and continuing support to the writers in the romantic, futuristic, fantasy, time travel and paranormal industry. To both the published and aspiring author in our field, the FF&P is an invaluable group. We have a great newsletter filled with informative articles and market updates, and a website to keep you posted on the latest news in the industry including: author links, new book releases, and FF&P contest info. As serious writers in our field, we have a critiquing group, and an on-line e-group loop. The members of this RWA chapter are a great group of people always there to support their fellow writers.

  3. Christine Skrut

    To be honest, I do not use facebook or twitter and I don’t blog. In fact, I don’t socialize at all on the internet. I do read the GLA blog faithfully. I hope this doesn’t disqualify my entry for the contest because I don’t have anywhere to post your website. Thank you.

  4. Silke

    Added the guide to my blogroll on http://www.evilauthor.com and also blogged about the contest. :)

    Now I’m off to polish those 150-200 words!

    Good luck everyone!

    Um… hang on.
    Reading those rules…
    Open ONLY to US Residents???????
    Because then I have to amend my blog to state that, and since I’m in the UK, it would mean I cannot enter.
    Could you clarify this please, Chuck?
    I’m feeling a bit sore, here.

  5. Catherine Misener

    What a great contest! I added a link on my facebook page


    and sent out the following tweets:

    I am so going to enter this contest http://bit.ly/9cuqU1 Check it out if you write urban fantasy or paranormal romance! #writetip #writers

    So the contest at http://bit.ly/bMt5g4 requires a logline w/ your submission….ugh, those are hard to do! #amwriting
    about 22 hours ago via TweetDeck

    My twitter account is JustWriteCat

    Thanks! Catherine Misener

  6. Mac

    Hello. I’d really like to enter this contest, but I don’t have a blog, website, or twitter–only a facebook to post on to be eligible for this contest. Can I still enter?

  7. Chuck Sambuchino


    COLUMBIA (“ U.S. ”).

    1. ELIGIBILITY: Open to all ages. Employees, officers and directors of F+W Media, Inc. (“Sponsor”) , its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, “Sponsor and its agents”) and immediate family members (spouses and siblings, children and parents and their spouses, regardless of where they live) or members of the same households (whether related or not) of such individuals are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

    2. TO ENTER: To participate, e-mail your entry to ThirdAgentContest@gmail.com. (There was previously an incorrect email here in the comments section – my fault ~Chuck) You must include your full, real name and e-mail. The contest ends at 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 14, 2010, EST. (There was also an error with this date. My fault ~Chuck)

    3. PRIZE/ODDS OF WINNING: First prize (grand prize): A 20-page critique from the agent judge, and a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com. The two runners up will receive a 10-page critique from the agent judge and a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com. Odds of winning will be determined by the number of eligible entries received. No prize transfer or cash redemption permitted. No prize substitution, in whole or in part, except by Sponsor due to prize unavailability, safety or security considerations, or any other reason as solely determined by Sponsor in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded. Winner will be notified by phone, email, postal mail or express mail at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Return of a prize notification or other documentation as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

    4. GENERAL: Taxes on prize and all expenses related to acceptance and use of prize and not specified are the sole responsibility of winner. By participating, entrants agree [a] to these rules and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Contest; and [b] to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor and its agents from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind resulting from their participating in the Sweepstakes or their acceptance, use or misuse of a prize including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage; and if a winner, Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: [a] electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, computer or other technical malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation, server malfunction or by any human error which may occur in the collection, processing and transmission of data; [b] lost, late, misdirected, illegible or incomplete entries or postage-due mail; [c] any type of graphical or other error in the advertising or printing of the Contest or in the administration of the Sweepstakes; or [d] any condition that may cause the administration, security or proper play of the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted. Entry information becomes property of Sponsor.

    CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Internet entry must be made by the entrant only at the authorized Web site address. Entries may not be made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originate at any other Internet Web site or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites. Any winner who enters by any of the methods described above will be disqualified and an alternate winner selected. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an online entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the e-mail account is registered at the time of entry. Potential winner may be required to provide evidence that winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Judge’s decisions are final and binding.

    5. DISPUTE RESOLUTION/CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited, by
    participating each entrant agrees that all issues and questions concerning these official rules shall be governed by Ohio law without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Hamilton County in the state of Ohio, United States, and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Contest, entrant agrees that: [a] any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and [b] any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and [c] under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

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  8. Laura Diamond

    Hi there! Great contest, thank you for hosting!

    I am adding this blog to my blogroll and announcing the contest on Facebook and Twitter (DiamondLB).

    I noticed in the comments section that the contest is noted as ending on Feb 14 instead of March…am I reading that wrong?

    Sending entry now… :)

  9. Madison Woods


    Just to be sure I’m understanding the rules – at the beginning you mention that this is a great contest if we’re writing paranormal, but later one of the rules specifies it is only for completed works. I’m still writing mine (at 60K words now) but have a fairly worked over through crit group first couple chapters, but I’m not going to enter because the emphasis weighs more heavily on the ‘completed work’ sentence. Please comment to the contrary if it’s open to works we’re still writing…