For all my writer peeps out there....
Guide to Literary Agents hosts the sixth (free!) "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest. Here's a little blurb from the blog as to who can enter and what you need to do!
If you're writing a book-length novel that's paranormal romance or urban fantasy, this sixth contest is for you!
HOW TO SUBMIT
E-mail entries to email@example.com. Please paste everything. No attachments.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of urban fantasy or paranormal (adult fiction and/or YA fiction are both accepted; no "high fantasy" with dragons, elves or other planets please). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with your entry.
Please note: To be eligible to submit, I ask that you do one of two things: 1) Mention and link to this contest twice through your social media—blogs, Twitter, Facebook; or 2) just mention this contest once and also add Guide to Literary Agents Blog (www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog) to your blogroll. Please provide link(s) so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step!
1. This contest will be live for approximately fourteen days—from Sept. 22 through the end of Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, EST. Winners notified by e-mail within three weeks of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
2. To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.
3. This contest is solely for completed book-length works of urban fantasy and paranormal romance (both YA and adult novels are accepted).
4. You can submit as many times as you wish. You can submit even if you submitted to other contests in the past, but please note that past winners cannot win again.
5. The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA's publisher, F+W Media.
6. By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the "Comments" section of this blog post. (If you have questions or concerns, write me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions.)
Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com.
Cool, right? If I had a full-length paranormal romance or urban fantasy completed work, I'd be submitting - oh wait - I do!
Annnndddd... to celebrate her blogiversary, my writing bestie Ricki Schultz is sponsoring a contest that's just in time for Halloween...
Write her a scary short story.
There aren’t many.
1.) Write a scary short story—whatever your interpretation of that is
2.) 1,000 words or less
3.) e-mail it to her (at ricki [at] rickischultz [dot] com) no later than Sunday, Oct. 24, 11:59 PM EST.
She’ll pick two winners.
The first will receive a book + DVD combo of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein . . . and Kenneth Branagh’s mutant of a movie adaptation of the same name. Second prize is a 10-page critique from her!
I tend to be rather verbose in my writing, too much to condense my thoughts to a short story, but I may just have to enter that one too. Twould be a spooky little challenge...