Monday, September 24, 2012

Contest Circuit: September 24

Congrats to Meredith Johnson for winning Liz Norris's Unraveling! Meredith, I'll be emailing you soon to get your address and send you the book!

As I'm adjusting to life with my newborn (aka lack of sleep and lots of laundry), my posts have been limited. I also haven't had much time to visit many blogs lately, which I've really missed. Hopefully I'll at least be able to start hopping around the blogosphere soon!

Now for this week's upcoming contests:

Contests, Blog hops, and Giveaways:

Brenda Drake of Brenda Drake Writes...under the influence of coffee still has THREE upcoming contests. Seriously? She's amazing. 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.

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.

NA Alley is hosting Editor in the Alley, a pitch contest with Entagled Publishing's Editor Libby Murphy. Include the query and first 250 of your NA manuscript. The submission window will open Oct 3 at 8:00 amEST.

Deanna Romito, Summer Heacock and Kat Ellis are hosting Hook, Line and Sinker. This contest will accept entries in MG, YA and Adult and involves five agents. More details to come. The entry window opens at 11 a.m. EST on Oct 13.

Jamie Corrigan is hosting Spooktacular Pitch Extravaganza. She'll be taking submissions Oct 13-16. On Oct 17, she'll pull 50 names from a hat. Those entries will email her a 3 line pitch and your first 250 for agents Brittany Booker and Jordy Albert of Corvisiero Literary Agency to win your pitches. More details coming Oct 8. (Thanks Xan for pointing this one out to me!)

YATopia and Down Under Wonderings are hosting a YA pitch contest, Get Your Pitch On. Submit your pitch of 50-70 words and editor Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont will be judging them on Oct. 15. They are even hosting workshops to prepare for it starting Oct 1.

Sharon Bayliss and Curiosity Quills are hosting The Haunted Writing Clinic and Contest. The blogfest begins Oct 8 with coaching and critiques. It ends Oct 31 with your submissions of queries and first pages to three editors from Curiosity Quills.

Every other Friday, Romantic Friday Writers hosts a flash fiction prompt for writers to respond to. You can sing up via linky and be a permanent part of their blog hop or just participate for fun. Submissions should contain an element of romance and be under 400 words. A list of upcoming prompts can be found here.

Jane Ann McLachlam is hosting the October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge. Blog 25 times in one month! Blog every day about a memory or event that took place during each year for the first 25 years of your life. Sign ups start Sept 24.
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.


  1. Maybe we should start a blogger newsletter? Between the two of us, we have it all covered.

  2. Wow, there is a lot going on this month. I have to get my entries in for some of these. Thanks.

  3. There's also this agent pitch contest happening in October:

  4. That's a whole lot going on -- both in your life and in the blogosphere!

  5. I'm amazed you still put this together with the new baby. Go you!!

  6. Thanks for getting it all straight for me!

  7. As always, love the roundup. Of course now I'm rewriting my entire Hope you and the boys are doing well:-)

  8. Hi Kimberly! Thanks for your dedication in posting this round up. Some of these contest are knew news to me. Great opportunities abound!

    How's the new little one? Any jealous sibling rivalry from the older? I never had a problem with that, but it does happen sometimes. Have a great week!

  9. Wow look at all these links, thanks for keeping us so up to date!

  10. A great list as always! Thanks for mentioning my contest! I hope you and the family are doing well.

  11. Thanks for putting this list together! I might enter the Women on Writing contest, though to date I haven't entered any contests that charge an entry fee.

    I nominated you for a blog award at

  12. You are absolutely amazing! How do you find out about all of these!

  13. Yea! So excited. I should stay off the internet more often (been off a week to get things done!!) Can't wait to read Unraveling. Thanks so much for all the contest updates. Hope I can polish off some stuff to be ready, but look forward to following them regardless. Hope you get some sleep!! I feel your pain, the annual fall cold has hit the house. Always makes its way through the kids one at a time so that's at least two months of little sleep. :)

    1. I sent you an email, Meredith. Did you get it? Send me your address when you get a chance and I'll send you Unraveling! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    2. I didn't get it. I'll send you my address :) Can't wait to read it!

    3. Nope, I lied. Just found it. :)

  14. Thank you for the news on Harper Voyager. I plan on submitting at least two manuscripts. Of course, I'll get an agent if accepted.

  15. Hi Kimberly! I gave yo a little something over on my blog!
    How are you feeling? I hope well:)