Contests

keyboardA good contest is great motivation to complete and polish your WIP! Check out some of these: (Active links as of March 2014.)

A. Annual Contests

B. Monthly Contests

C. Query/First Pages Critiques (ongoing)

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Annual Contests:

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Red Light Green Light: A Free-tique Game–March 2014

This is an anonymous submission game for kidlit at the Writing for Children and Teens website. You submit one page at a time. You will either get a request for another page or be sent back to the start where you can submit a NEW story. This particular link sends you to the 2014 contest: http://www.writingforchildrenandteens.com/free-tiques/rlgl2014/

The Maggies–June 10, 2014 for unpublished work, May 8, 2014 for published work

http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/the-maggies/

From their website: Each year countless generous published authors contribute their time and expertise to critique the first round of Unpublished entries.  This hands-on approach by the first round judges is a hallmark of the Maggie Award.   An always stellar line-up of editors judge the final round.

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Monthly Contests:

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1. SECRET AGENT contest: Changing genres; check at beginning of each month. Participating agent is revealed with the winners.

http://www.misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/

2. Margie Lawson’s DAREDEVIL DACHSHUND contest.

Find the cartoon dachshund on her website, email her the location and be entered to win her EDITS System Power Pack, including a certificate for one hour editing consult.

http://www.margielawson.com/dare-devil-dachshund-contest

3. Gotham Writers’ Workshop:

Various ongoing contests:

http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/

4. Dear Lucky Agent Contest. Hosted by Chuck Sambuchino over at Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents blog. The contest is reoccurring with a changing focus. Keep checking for when your genre is represented. Contests are judged by agents and offer great prizes.

Here is a sample of a past contest (from March 2014):

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/14th-free-dear-lucky-agent-contest-contemporary-middle-grade-fiction

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Query/First Pages Critiques:

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1. Query Shark: http://queryshark.blogspot.com/ (Janet Reid, lit agent)

2. About My Query: http://ktliterary.com/category/ask-daphne/ (Kate Schafer Testerman, lit agent, scroll through the blog (linked checked March 2014 and she’s still posting critiques)

3. First Page Critique: (Archive; no longer updated) at The Kill Zone http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/search/label/critique

4. Ongoing Contests: Several contests at Adventures in Children’s Publishing, including pitches, first lines, and first pages.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/p/contests-workshops.html

5. #PLGqueryCritique: by agent Pete J Knapp. http://petejknapp.com/blog/

 

http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/Dear+Lucky+Agent+Contest+Urban+Fantasy+And+Paranormal+Romance+For+Both+Teens+And+Adults.aspx