Monday, November 14, 2011

Now Accepting Entries

UPDATE: We filled out last slot at 3:30 p.m. EST (or 12:30 p.m. PST). If you sent your entry before that, check your spam filter for my reply. If you think there might be a problem, feel free to e-mail me. Entries go up on Wednesday, so stay tuned!

I'm now accepting entries for November’s round of "An Agent's Inbox"! Here's a quick refresher:

The Rules

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 ANY OF THE PREVIOUS ROUNDS 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, November 15, 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 10:00 A.M. EST (OR 7:00 A.M. PST). 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.

5. 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 Prizes The Agent, Taylor Martindale* of Full Circle Literary, will select both the winners and the prizes. She might pick 20 winners, or she might only pick one. She might offer full requests, 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 she would a normal batch of queries. Essentially, she’ll 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.

The Genres

YA fiction (all subgenres)
MG fiction (all subgenres)
Women's fiction (historical, multicultural, and book club)

To enter, please send an e-mail with YOUR QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript to kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. And please, please, please remember to PASTE THESE ITEMS IN THE BODY OF THE E-MAIL.

*I know this probably goes without saying, but you should probably treat this round a little differently because you already know who The Agent is. Specifically, if Ms. Martindale has already rejected your query, YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO ENTER UNLESS YOU’VE MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO YOUR QUERY AND/OR MANUSCRIPT. I’m not going to say you can’t enter (mostly because I have no way to police it), but you--and she--are going to get a lot more out of this contest if you enter something The Agent hasn’t seen before.

10 comments:

Robin Weeks said...

Thanks for doing the contest, Krista! You rock!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Excellent contest, Krista!

Happy Monday!

Alex said...

Such a great contest!

Thanks Krista!

Holly L'Oiseau said...

This is so awesome! Thank you, thank you!

Jenny said...

Good luck to everyone who entered! What a great opportunity.

Krista V. said...

You guys are so welcome! And thank YOU for entering and/or critiquing. These contests wouldn't work without your contributions.

LisaAnn said...

Wow, awesome contest! Great idea!

Krista V. said...

Thanks, LisaAnn! If you have a little time later this week, you might stop by and give some feedback. We always like hearing from writers whose queries actually worked:)

LMT said...

Thank you, Krista! It's nice to be able to include the query letter and the first 250 words.

Krista V. said...

You're welcome, LMT! (And I like being able to see both the query and first page as well. Gives you a better view of the project on the whole, I think.)