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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Secret Agent Contest

Well, the day has arrived!  Are we excited?!  :D  Please carefully read the submission guidelines.  I will only take the first fifty (50) entries.  Keep an eye on this post where I will let you know how many entries I currently have.   The contest is open from NOW! until either I get 50 entries or until Tuesday at 0800 EST.

While this contest is only open to those with a finished manuscript, anyone who wishes to offer critiques on the query and/or first 250 words may and would be strongly appreciated. 

    First place:  Critique and consideration of Full Manuscript
    Second Place:  Critique of the first 50 pages
          Third Place:  Critique of the first 25 pages

Recap of the rules:
  • All excerpts submitted to the Secret Agent contest must be a query letter (no more than a page long) and the first 250 words of your COMPLETED manuscript.(VERY IMPORTANT!  The manuscript MUST be completed.)
  • Your submission must include your screen name and the title, genre, and word count of your novel.
  • By emailing your submission to me, you are giving implicit permission to have your work posted and publicly critiqued.
  • No submissions will be accepted prior to the opening of the contest. The maximum number of entries per contest is 50 submissions.
  • Winners of previous contests may not submit the same manuscript in future contests.
  • All contest entrants are required to critique a minimum of five other entries.
  • No attachments are accepted. Your query and 250 submission must be pasted into the body of your email

Last minute details:

Use this address for your entries:

Make the subject of your email Secret Agent Contest

NO ATTACHMENTS!!! Paste your query and first 250 in the body of the email only.  If I get an attachment you will not  be entered into the contest.

You will receive a confirmation email.  (It may not be right away, but if you've made it into the first 50, you will get an email stating I received it and what number you were.)

I will not make changes to your query or first 250 after you've sent it, so please make sure it's the best it can be before you send it.

Address the agent as Secret agent.

Put your query first, separate using the stars (***) and then place your first 250.

 I think I've covered anything, but feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments ONLY.  Do NOT send me an email.  If you absolutely have a question that you feel you can't ask in a public forum, make sure to make the subject of your email QUESTION in ALL CAPS.  Thanks.

Good luck to every who enters!