Krista Van Dolzer is hostessing a contest and for any writers out there, it might just be worth your while to check it out.
Just pop over here and see if this is for you.
But for those of you who don't want to click over without knowing if it's worth it, here are the rules as they appear on her blog:
1. To enter, your manuscript must meet two
conditions: First, it must be COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY,
and second, it must be in one of the genres The Agent represents (which
are listed at the bottom of this post).
2. IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN
FEBRUARY’S ROUND OF “AN AGENT’S INBOX,” please DO NOT participate in
this one UNLESS YOU HAVE A NEW MANUSCRIPT that meets the criteria listed
above. I have a pretty good memory, and I will disqualify previous
entries. If the entry slots don’t fill up by Tuesday, August 19, I may
allow previous participants to enter, but I’m not going to make that
decision right now.
3. All entries must include A QUERY and THE
FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript. You must paste these items IN THE
BODY OF YOUR E-MAIL; otherwise, I'll disqualify it.
4. THE ENTRY
WINDOW OPENS AT 1:00 P.M. EDT (OR 10:00 A.M. PDT). Once the entry window
opens, I'll accept the first 20 entries. I won't accept any entries
sent before the entry window opens or after the first 20 slots fill up.
If your entry makes it in, I'll send you a confirmation e-mail with a
post number. If your entry doesn't make it in, I'll still send you an
e-mail, but it won't have a post number.
6. If your entry makes it in, YOU MUST COMMENT ON AT LEAST 3 OTHER ENTRIES.
The Agent will select both the winners and the prizes. The Agent might
pick 20 winners, or he or she might only pick one. The Agent might offer
full requests, or he or she might only ask to see another page. It all
depends on how good the entries are.
Please keep in mind that
THIS CONTEST ISN'T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I've encouraged The Agent to
treat the entries exactly as he or she would a normal batch of queries.
Essentially, The Agent will be answering the question, "How much of the
entry did you read, and if you didn't read it all, why did you stop?" I
think this process will be instructive for all of us, but if you enter,
you need to be prepared to hear exactly what The Agent thinks of your
query and first page.
So get those queries and first pages
polished up, then meet us back here on Monday, August 18, at 1:00 p.m.
EDT! At that time, you may send your entries to
kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. Looking forward to it!
MG fiction (all genres)
YA fiction (all genres)
NA fiction (all genres except erotica)"
REMEMBER THIS ISN'T MY CONTEST IT'S KRISTA VAN DOLZER'S SO IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, HOP OVER TO HER BLOG BY CLICKING HERE.