Monday, October 1, 2012

Contest Circuit: October 1

Contests, Blog hops, and Giveaways:

Brenda Drake of Brenda Drake Writes...under the influence of coffee still has THREE upcoming contests. Novella Pitch to Month9Books on Oct 1: Pitch your novella (12K-20K) in five to six sentences to publisher Month9Books. A Super Secret Pitch Contest on Oct 15-19: Create a video of your elevator pitch and sign up for the blogfest. On Oct 15-17 judges will hop around and choose the top 30 pitches to be viewed by agents on Oct 18-19. Finally, Brenda is hosting Trick or Treat with an Agent with Kimberly Chase and Deanna Romito on Oct 24.

Miss Snark's First Victim is hosting her third annual Baker's Dozen contest with 13 agents. 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 RomitoSummer Heacock and Kat Ellis are hosting Hook, Line and SinkerThis 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. 

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.

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. Starts Oct 1.

Alex J Cavanaugh and Ciara Knight are hosting Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest on Oct 17. Post about a book you've noticed (not a NYT bestseller). Shout out on social media sites until the author finds his or her book. Don't tell the author you've mentioned him or her. When the authors find their books, leave a post for Alex and Ciara letting them know. 

Poisoned Pen Press is seeking submissions for YA mysteries (45K and 90K) to celebrate their new imprint The Poisoned Pencil.
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.

Adam Heine over at Author's Echo posts "First Impact Critiques" every Wednesday. Submit any material to him under 300 words and he'll critique it. Bloggers can also offer critiques. Doing so will put them in a monthly drawing for cool prizes.


  1. Lots of pitches! And thanks for mentioning our blogfest.

  2. As always, very thorough! Thanks.

  3. Lots of stuff. I've got my query down, but I haven't worked on any type of short pitch. Time to do that, along with my synopsis. Thanks for all the info.

  4. There's always so much going on! It's wonderful and crazy.

  5. Love the round up....I also tagged you in a meme, Kimberly! When you have time...check it out

  6. Whoa! So much more going on than I knew about. Thanks for doing this, Kim! It's very helpful.

  7. Thank you for doing this. I will check some out.

  8. Wow there is a lot going on. Some I already knew about, others new to me like the Poisoned Pencil call for submissions.
    Thanks for doing this.

  9. great golly miss molly!
    look at all the opprtunities! thanks!

  10. Totally awesome list, Kimberly! THanks for putting this all together:)


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