Friday, 5 October 2012

Hook, Line & Sinker - THE RULES


On Saturday, October 13th, the contest window will open at 11 AM EDT and close at 5 PM EDT or once the limit is reached. To enter, your manuscript must be complete, unpublished, and ready to send to agents. (You can still enter if you've queried any of the participating agents.)

ROUND ONE - Enter at the appropriate blog based on category. You must wait until the entry window opens. One entry per person. **Fiction only. (No nonfiction, memoir or erotica - applies to all three categories.

Middle Grade - http://www.writeforapples.com/ (accepting 50 entries)
Young Adult - http://katelliswrites.blogspot.co.uk/ (accepting 75 entries)
Adult - http://fizzygrrl.com/ (accepting 50 entries)

*Your entry must include the following: Name, title, genre & subgenre, e-mail, hook, & line.

Example -

Name: Autumn Peacock
Title: With a Wiggle of Her Pen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Email: AutumnPeackock(at)gmail(dot)com **Use (at) and (dot) so the spambots won't find you.**
Hook: One to three sentences pitching your story- the choice is yours. Maximum word count of 60. (Sentence one. Sentence two. Sentence three. Lines on the screen don't matter.)

Line: Your favorite line in the manuscript. First, last, smack dab in the middle? It's up to you. Choose something that showcases your writing. *One sentence only. Use your best judgment and please don't try to combine sentences to fit more in.

*Comments are accepted and encouraged in this round. However, they must be positive and constructive. Anything discouraging or inappropriate will be deleted.

ROUND TWO - From those that get in, we'll choose the ones we feel are the best fit for what the participating agents are looking for. We'll leave a comment by Tuesday, October 16th asking those moving to Round Two to email us their hook, line, & sinker (first 250 words). Moving on to Round Two will be 20 entries each from MG & Adult and 30 from YA.

ROUND THREE - From there, we'll choose 10 entries per genre (with an extra 10 going anywhere we choose) as our finalists and post them on Monday, October 22nd. They will again be posted on the three blogs based on genre.

From October 22-24, participating agents will read through the entries and make any requests they'd like.

*Only agents will be able to comment during Round Three.

*We reserve the right to adjust the number of entries in any of the three rounds. Our goal is to get participating writers in front of agents and to find our participating agents some great writers to connect with!

*Since we know a lot of you who will be entering, to keep things fair, any entries we feel we are too familiar with or too close to the author of, will go to a secret fourth judge for the final decision.

32 comments:

  1. May have missed it, but what is the email address to send entry if it's her on your blog?

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    1. Hi Kelley! For the first round, there will be a post which goes live on all 3 blogs at 11am EDT, and you'll need to post JUST your hook & line (60 word pitch and favourite/best line from anywhere in the MS) in the comments box below it. It's fastest trigger finger wins - first 75 make it into the first round!

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  2. Exciting... just worked out that's 1:30am here the day after my birthday... *searches for toothpicks to hold eyes open*

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    1. 1:30am??? Where are you??

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    2. 1:30am??? Where are you??

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    3. Aw heck! We thought we'd picked a time that would be good for most timezones :( There's no rule against asking someone else to enter for you, if that helps.

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    4. It's my birthday. I might still be up... ok not really. But i can set an alarm.

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    5. Well, I hope you have a very happy and well-caffeinated birthday! ;)

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    6. Almost forgot - you can also enter the linky thing on Dee's blog for a chance to skip straight to round 2, then you won't have to worry about catching the submission window! Click the little fisher dude in the top right corner of my blog for a link straight to it.

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    7. I'm also in Australia and for me (SE-QLD) it is 1AM when converted. So just make sure you've got the right time. :)

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    8. I should add 1AM on Sunday 14th. ;)

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  3. I may have to pay someone to enter for me... I just realized I promised my kids I'd take them to the International Balloon Festival that morning, and we may not be home yet. If I get myself an assistant for the day, do they need to log in with my google account to post? Will it confuse everyone terribly if the post with my name comes from someone else?

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    1. It's fine if they use their own Google account to enter on your behalf, as your name will be included within the comments box anyway. Just be sure to check back to see if yours has gone through to round 2 - we'll be putting a "you're in!"-type of reply on those going through.

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  4. If I understand correctly, we are to submit into the comment boxes the day of, at 11:00 EDT. Thanks for another fun opportunity, Kat!

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    1. That is correct! First 75 make it in (first 50 for MG/Adult on the other 2 blogs), any we get beyond that will be removed.

      Good luck!

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  5. Two more technical questions (trying to get a proxy to enter for me, too).
    1. In the "email" line of the entry, can the proxy enter the actual entrant's email, or do they have to enter the one they're entering from?
    2. Can they cut and paste the whole entry, or will there be fields for each item (title, genre etc.)?
    Thanks so much for running this contest!

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    1. Hi Kip!

      1. They should enter YOUR email address, to make it easy for us to reach you.
      2. They can cut and paste the whole thing - it will be going into a comments box just like this one.
      And you're very welcome - we're looking forward to it!

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    2. Oooooh, awesome. Thank you!

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  6. Hi Kat,

    Love this idea!

    Quick question, for the favorite line, can we add context in parenthesis such as: (little boy to princess, when she offers him her crown:) "Keep your trash, I don't need any hershey wrapper origami."

    Obviously, this line is much better when you know he's talking about the crown. ;)

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    1. Hi Aurelia!

      No, the line must be a standalone, so it won't need any intro or explanation. It's a tough one, but fun!

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    2. Thanks, Kat! BTW, that isn't my real line and I'm aware that's a run-on sentence, lol. ;)So excited!

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  7. What an amazing contest! Thank you for doing this. I'm looking forward to it!

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  8. Ditto. Excited for the contest! :)

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  9. I am so psyched I don't think I'm going to be able to sleep tonight! What an amazing opportunity - thank you! :)

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  10. Thanks, you guys - it's now CONTEST DAY, and I'm SO EXCITED!!!

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  11. Thanks again for this opportunity =)

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  12. I am not able to see new comments on the contest blog entry page... will you post those moving on to the next round in a new blog entry, so we can see which entries are moving on? So many great entries, I can't wait to see!

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