Sunday, August 12, 2012

Contest Circuit: August 13

Contests and Workshops:
The Reading Room is hosting a contest for the first 450 words of your completed manuscripts. A panel of experts including Catherine Drayton will be judging them. The best five entries will be featured at WriteOnCon. Those entries will collect votes through Sept 5. The winner will receive $1,000. Submissions must be in by Aug 12 at midnight EST.

Mother. Write. Repeat is hosting "An Agent's Inbox." Submit your query and first 250 words of your completed MS. Submissions are for Adult in a variety of genres and YA fiction (all subgenres). A mystery agent will comment on all of the entries and offer prizes as he or she sees fit. The contest window opens at 10 EST on Aug 13 and will accept 20 entries.

Miss Snark's First Victim is hosting a Secret Agent contest on August 13. Submissions are for the first 250 words of your manuscript. Submission windows are open from 9:00-11:00 AM EDT for the first 25 and 7:00-9:00PM EDT for the second 25. Submissions are asking for adult manuscripts.

Brenda Drake is hosting a Query Letter Workshop. She has invited several writers and editors to help her critique 40 query letters. Enter the Rafflecopter on her site by Aug 17. The workshop will take place Aug 20-24.

Unicorn Bell is hosting the School's In Query Contest. Submit your query for your complete manuscript. On Aug 13-17, they will host a Study Hall session. Aug 20-24 they will host a workshop session. Then on Aug 27-31, four editors will be judging them and asking for submissions. See post for more details.

DL Hammons is hosting WRiTE CLUB. Anonymously submit any type of 500 word writing sample. Each week, for twelve weeks, two randomly selected samples will go head to head. Winners will be selected by readers via their votes. Victors will move on to the championship round. The winner of the final round will be picked by a panel of agents, editors, marketers, and published authors. DL Hammon's line up for this is phenomenal. Stop by his site to check it out! 

WOW! Women on Writing is holding a Flash Fiction contest with guest judge, Literary Agent Marie Lamba. $10 entry fee with fun cash prizes. This contest has an open prompt. Deadline is August 31.

Writer's Digest is sponsoring a YA fiction contest for manuscripts of 4,000 words or less. $500 cash prize and promotion in an upcoming Writer's Digest issue among other prizes. Deadline is Sept 14.

Reader's Realm is hosting a flash fiction contest. Respond to the prompt about "bringing home fluff" using select words. Must be 600 words or less. Winner gets $25 Amazon gift certificate. Deadline Aug 20.

WriteOnCon is this week. It's an online Children's Writers Conference featuring keynote addresses, agent panels, lectures and a critique forum. Sign ups are free. Aug 14 and 15.

Morgan ShamyLeigh CovingtonMark Koopmans, and Cassie Mae are hosting "What If" Fairy Tale Madness Blogfest. Put a spin on your favorite fairy tale and rewrite a scene. This blogfest is filling up fast and will take place August 13-17.

Deana Barnhart's Gearin' Up To Get An Agent Blog O Rama is quickly approaching. The month long party will start September 3. For one month, Deana will be focusing on one agent-grabbing element (platform building, learning the craft, the novel and queries) in an interactive way. She will be giving away plenty of critiques. The blogfest involves agents, authors and a whole host of other fun twists.

Melodie Wright and Emily R. King are hosting Fact of Fiction Bloghop. On Sept 3 and Sept 5 you'll post one of two stories about the summer (this summer or past summers). One story will be true, the other will be false. Then hop around to the other participants and try to guess which is which. Prizes will be awarded for posts and comments.

Laura Eno, M. Pax, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight are hosting "What's Your Chocolate" Blogfest. Post about your favorite chocolate - what it means by you, where and when you indulge, a favorite memory - anything chocolate-related. Sept 10. 

Alex J Cavanaugh will be hosting Genre Favorites Blogfest on Sept 17. List your favorite genre of Movie, Music, Books and a guilty pleasure from any of those categories.


  1. Thanks for the shout out! You forgot to mention WriteOnCon. But does that fall under one of your categories? Hmm...

  2. Wow. Lots of stuff. I'm gonna have to work on my query so I can get it into these fall contests, I'm not quite ready yet.

  3. I'm addicted to WriteOnCon! It's my first year and my query is up. I was so nervous but everyone has been really nice and helpful, so maybe I'll have a kick-ass letter to enter into one of these contests soon :)

  4. Hey, you were quick to include my blogfest - thanks!

  5. Wish I could join in with Alex, sounds like a blast!

  6. Its so wonderful you put this together. I bow down to organized people like you!

  7. Wow, I never dreamed there was that much stuff going on!

  8. Greetings!

    I just signed up for the GUTGAA pitch conference and thought I would go ahead and check out some more blogs. I am now a faithful follower...nice to meet you!

    Donna L Martin

  9. Oh I haven't heard about Melodie and Em's blog hop. Sounds SO fun. I'll have to cook up a really good fiction one.

  10. Darn - I'm sad I missed this post until today! How do you find all this stuff out! I hope you had a great week.

  11. Thank you for telling me what's been going on the Blogosphere! I should really join one of those blogfests and meet new people. Have a great weekend!