Monday, July 23, 2012

Contest Circuit: July 23

Miss Snark's First Victim is hosting a Secret Agent contest on July 23. 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 MG, YA and NA except for fantasy, paranormal, and romance.

Author Kat Murray is hosting a contest where she's giving away a chapter critique by her agent Emmanuelle Morgen. Go to her site, read the first chapter of her book and answer one of two questions she asks in the comments section. She'll be picking one winner on July 23, at 11:59PM EDT.

Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is hosting a contest for crime, thriller or mystery novels. Submit your first 8,000 words with a synopsis, an introductory letter, and a 250-word bio of your central character. The winner will receive offer of representation. Runners up will receive editorial feedback. Submissions must be exclusive. Contest ends July 31.

Operation Awesome is hosting their next Mystery Agent contest on August 1. Contests usually involve a one sentence pitch or the first sentence of your manuscript. Look for details about this contest a few days prior to August 1.

Novel Novice is hosting a Steampunk genre mash-up contest. Combine any genre with Steampunk in 300 words to enter. Ends July 31. Winners receive a copy of INNOCENT DARKNESS by Suzanne Lazear.

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.

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.

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.

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! The first WRiTE begins July 30!

This week Literary Rambles is giving away THE ROCK OF IVANORE (July 28), UNRAVELING (July 28), THE SELECTION (July 28) and SHADOW AND BONE (Aug 3). I've heard amazing things about all of these books! 

The Writing Nut is giving away copies of Alex J. Cavanaugh's CASSASTAR and CASSAFIRE for leaving a comment about why you'd like a copy of the book. Creativity is encouraged and could earn you extra entries. Ends July 31.

Last but not least, if you like giveaways, Candace's Book Blog and Pure Imagination offer a linky each week where bloggers link up their weekly reviews and giveaways. The idea is brilliant! AND this week currently showcases 84 different giveaways for various books. Stop by to check it out! 


  1. Wow, thanks for the update! I hadn't heard about a lot of these! :D

  2. You found more going on than I did! Thanks for mentioning Nutschell's giveaway.

  3. You do such a tremendous job on organizing and announcing cool things happening in the blogosphere!

  4. WOW! You've got it all. I wish my MS was complete so I could enter some of these. They're amazing. I try to remind myself to be patient. :D And thanks for the shout-out for the Fairy Tale Madness Blogfest! YAY!!

  5. I can't wait for the fairytale blogfest, so fun!

  6. I love your contest round-ups, so helpful! I know a friend who would be perfect for that crime/thriller contest!

  7. I added a link to your blog on my contest link. You do such a great job finding them all!

  8. I really hope I win Shadow and Bone. REALLY hope. :)

  9. Oooooh all these contests! *rubs hands together* Must remind myself of Operation Awesome. :-) Thanks, Kimberly! Hope you have time to hop over to my blog in the next few days I posted about a great book

  10. All of these contests look cool. Thanks for the update on these!

  11. Thanks very much for linking to my contest! I had a few people come over from here and I followed that back. Appreciate the shout out, and good luck to all those entering other contests and pursuing your writing dreams!

    Jeanette/Kat Murray

  12. Great links, thank you! And I kept seeing your name over and over in the Hookers and Hangers Blogfest winner's/honorable mention lists. Congratulations!! :D

  13. Thanks for the heads up on the contests.