Free Pass Winners & Contest Tips

Hook, Line, & Sinker

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped us spread the word!

We’ve chosen five winners (via to advance instantly to Round Two, skipping the entry window and Round One! (To remain eligible, the Hook, Line, & Sinker button must stay on your blog until tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th.)

Congratulations to:

Sarah J. Clift
Carla Cullen
Stacy Stokes
Natasha Hawkins
April Wall

*See info below on how to submit.

Contest tips:

*Read the participating agents’ wish lists and make sure your manuscript is a good fit.  Entries will be chosen based on what agents are looking for.

*Read the submission guidelines carefully and have your entry ready for the submission window.

*Make sure you’re on the right blog for your genre.  Refer to the submission guidelines for the correct web address.

*Submissions will be accepted starting at 11 AM EDT when the submission posts go up on our blogs.  You will not be able to submit before the window opens.  Put all of the required information in a comment on the submission post.

*Someone else may enter for you as long as all of your information is in the comment.

*Please enter only once.  Your entry should show up soon after you submit it.

*You might want to comment on another post on our blogs before the contest opens, like this post, to make sure it works and that you’re all set for any account you want to be logged into.

Winners of the free pass, please send your hook, line, & sinker to hook.line.sinker.contest[at]gmail[dot]com  (Replace [at] with @ and [dot] with .) and use the following subject line- genre & subgenre- TITLE.  Entry must be received by Monday, October 15th.  Example- YA Contemporary- WITH A WIGGLE OF HER PEN

*Your entry must include the following in the body of the email: Name, title, genre & subgenre, word count, e-mail, hook, & line.


Name: Autumn Peacock
Title: With a Wiggle of Her Pen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Word Count: 75,000

Hook: One to three sentences pitching your story- the choice is yours. Maximum word count of 60. (Sentence one. Sentence two. Sentence three. Lines on the screen don’t matter.)

Line: Your favorite line in the manuscript. First, last, smack dab in the middle? It’s up to you. Choose something that showcases your writing. *One sentence only. Use your best judgment and please don't try to combine sentences to fit more in.

Sinker: First 250 words of the manuscript.  (If it lands in the middle of a sentence, please include the whole sentence.)

*If you’d still like to post your hook & line with the other submissions, you may do so after the contest window closes at 5 PM EDT tomorrow.  (This is the only round which allows for comments.)  Please be sure to follow the guidelines for that round.


  1. Thanks for the update and congrat's to the winners....

  2. Thanks so much! I'm really excited...and feeling like I should go buy a lottery ticket. :-)

  3. Question, do we put our first 250 in our entry (as in in the comments) or is it just hook and line for the first round?

    I'm very excited about this contest.

    1. Hi Rena.

      Just the hook and line in a comment for Round One. Check the submission guidelines post to see what you need to include and how to format it.

      Good luck!

  4. Testing. One. Two. Three.

  5. The example above has word count and the email formatted differently than the guidelines page. Do you want us to include word count? Should we format the email correctly or replace with (dot) and (at) like on the guidelines page?

  6. I'm looking forward to entering this contest. Thanks for doing this!

  7. Hi Ashley.

    We only need the word count for Round Two- which the 5 winners have already advanced to. For today's entry, just follow the guidelines page.

    Sorry, I should have done the email with the (dot) and (at) in both, but it doesn't matter to us. It's just a suggestion so you don't get spammers getting your email.

    I'm @writeforapples on twitter if you have any other questions. Good luck!

  8. Finally, I figured out how to post... yeah!


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