Genre Favorites Blogfest:
Before I get to this week's contests, blog hops and giveaways, I'm participating today in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Blogfest. List your favorite genre of movie, music, books and a guilty pleasure from any of those categories.
Music: Coffee House Rock. I'm convinced one of God's greatest creations is Pandora. I love my Damien Rice station. Ironically, I'm a bit burned out on Damien himself, but I love what Pandora offers me as his contemporaries.
Books: Young Adult. In the last few years, I've started reading almost exclusively YA, partly because I'm a middle school English teacher. But also because I've stopped wanting to read books about serious "adult" topics. YA books tend to have an element of hope and naiveté that keep them just a bit more lighthearted. Naturally, I especially love YA with an element of romance to it.
My guilty pleasure: Pretty much any story about young love, which often makes me feel like a literary cougar. I've found myself loving Peeta, Four, even Edward pre-Rob Pattinson. My other guilty pleasure involves whatever genre mash-up makes up Princess Bride, and lately Snow White and the Huntsman.
Contests, Blog Hops and Giveaways:
Krista Van Dolzer is hosting "An Agent's Inbox" with literary agent Victoria Marini. Entries include queries and the first 250 words of your MS. Ms. Marini will select the winners and announce the prizes after reading the entries. Submission window opens on Sept 17 at 1:00 EST.
Brenda Drake of Brenda Drake Writes...under the influence of coffee has worked really hard to put together FOUR upcoming contests. Seriously? She's amazing. Critiques by a Teen Intern on Sept 17; Novella Pitch to Month9Books on Oct 1; A Super Secret Pitch Contest on Oct 15-19; and Trick or Treat with an Agent on Oct 24.
Deana Barnhart has done a spectacular job of putting together GUTGAA (Gearing Up To Get An Agent). If you haven't checked this out yet, you should. Small Press Pitch Contest Call for Entries is Friday, Sept 28.
Karen Wojcik Berner of Bibliophilic Blather is hosting Fright Fest 2012, a flash fiction contest. Entries should be 1,000 words or less. Due Sept 21.
Writer Therapy is having a first page contest. Enter your first pages for a chance to win critiques by literary agents Sara Crowe, Molly Ker Hawn, and Nicole Resciniti. Entries must be in by Sept 29.
Jessa Russo is celebrating her book release with Ghosts and the Girls Who Love Them, a flash fiction blog hop and giveaway of amazing prizes including signed books and critiques. Check out the list - it's pretty incredible. Flash fiction entries should be about ghosts and should be between 300-1,000 words. Entries should be posted between Sept 15 and Sept 30.
Miss Snark's First Victim is hosting her third annual Baker's Dozen contest with 13 agents. Enter your first 250 and a log-line. Critique rounds begin Sept 24. The actual contest begins Oct 30.
Harper Voyager, the scifi/fant imprint of HarperCollins will be accepting unagented manuscripts from Oct 1-Oct 14. This isn't a contest, but it's too great an opportunity not to mention.
Women on Writing is hosting a flash fiction contest due Nov 30. Open prompt should be 750 words or less. The contest will be judged by agent Jessica Sinsheimer.