Hook, Line, & Sinker Contest Guidelines
On Saturday, October 13th, the contest window will open at 11 AM EDT and close at 5 PM EDT or once the limit is reached. To enter, your manuscript must be complete, unpublished, and ready to send to agents. (You can still enter if you’ve queried any of the participating agents.)
ROUND ONE- Enter at the appropriate blog based on genre. You must wait until the entry window opens. One entry per person. Fiction only. (no nonfiction, memoir, or erotica)
Middle Grade- http://www.writeforapples.com/ (accepting 50 entries)
Young Adult- http://katelliswrites.blogspot.co.uk/ (accepting 75 entries)
Adult- http://fizzygrrl.com/ (accepting 50 entries)
*Your entry must include the following: Name, title, genre & subgenre, e-mail, hook, & line.
Name: Autumn Peacock
Title: With a Wiggle of Her Pen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Email: AutumnPeackock(at)gmail(dot)com **Use (at) and (dot) so the spambots won’t find you.**
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.
*Comments are accepted and encouraged in this round. However, they must be positive and constructive. Anything discouraging or inappropriate will be deleted.
ROUND TWO- From those that get in, we’ll choose the ones we feel are the best fit for what the participating agents are looking for. We’ll leave a comment by Tuesday, October 16th asking those moving to Round Two to email us their hook, line, & sinker (first 250 words). Moving on to Round Two will be 20 entries each from MG & Adult and 30 from YA.
ROUND THREE- From there, we’ll choose 10 entries per genre (with an extra 10 going anywhere we choose) as our finalists and post them on Monday, October 22nd. They will again be posted on the three blogs based on genre.
From October 22-24, participating agents will read through the entries and make any requests they'd like.
*Only agents will be able to comment during Round Three.
*We reserve the right to adjust the number of entries in any of the three rounds. Our goal is to get participating writers in front of agents and to find our participating agents some great writers to connect with!
*Since we know a lot of you who will be entering, to keep things fair, any entries we feel we are too familiar with or too close to the author of, will go to a secret fourth judge for the final decision.