Monday, October 8, 2012

Contest Circuit: October 8

This weekend, I'm visiting my parents in Ohio. Because of it, I have nothing new for you. But there are plenty of fun opportunities coming up that I mentioned in last week's post making October a perfect month to enter a few contests or join a few blog hops!

Brenda Drake of Brenda Drake Writes...under the influence of coffee still has two upcoming contests. 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.

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 OnSubmit your pitch of 50-70 words and editor Marisa Pintado of Hardie Grant Egmont will be judging them on Oct. 15

Sharon Bayliss and Curiosity Quills are hosting The Haunted Writing Clinic and ContestThe 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.

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 30Open prompt should be 750 words or less. The contest will be judged by agent Jessica Sinsheimer.


  1. Hey, thanks for mentioning our blogfest!

  2. Wow great contest alerts, Kimberly! As always....thanks :)

  3. So much going on, as usual! Thanks for the list!

  4. The elevator pitch on video is interesting, but I'm afraid I do don't videos of myself. :( Oh well. Thanks for all the info.

  5. great info! hope you had a nice visit! i live near cincy, wonder if your parents are close!

  6. So many to choose from...where to begin???