The publishing world is coming back from it's holiday snooze, so get ready for some contests! Here's to 2012, the year to get published. :)
Gabriella and Cassandra's Christmas Wishlist Contest - Check the editors' wishlists and if your manuscript fits, submit your query and first few pages. Winners will get editing services. Deadline 1/6.
The Endings - Ebyss always thinks outside the box. This contest is for the LAST 500 words of your manuscript. How's that for different? Winner will get a first page critique by agent Lauren Hammond. No genre restrictions. Deadline 1/8.
YALitChat 2012 Pitch-Slam Weekend - For YALitChat members (it's free to join). Post your 4-5 line YA pitch between 1/13-1/15 and agents will comment. It's a chance to get the eyes of 2 agents and 1 editor and possibly win a full manuscript critique.
Can You Hit a Perfect Pitch? Blogfest Contest with Ammi-Joan Paquette - Brenda Drake has another great contest, and it has a critique portion so everyone wins (if you count getting helpful feedback as winning, and yes I do). From 1/15-1/16 post your 2 sentence pitch and your first 150 words on your blog and then hop around to give critique. On 1/17, add your revised entry to the official entry post and you could win a request from agent Ammi-Joan Paquette. YA only.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - Enter to win a publishing contract with the Penguin Group or other prizes (there are up to 200 third prize winners). Contest is for a complete finished YA or adult novel. Entry window is open between 1/23-2/5 but they only take the first 5000 entries in each category so enter early!
Houston Writers Guild 2012 Novel Contest - $15. Multiple genres. You submit only your first 10 pages and the grand prize is $500. There are multiple runner ups named as well (which looks good on your query bio). You do not have to be a member of the Houston Writers Guild or a resident of Houston or Texas. Deadline 1/30.
January Query Tracker Contest - Agent NatalieFischer Lakosil will be judging Query Tracker's next contest and will ask to see the first 100 words and a one sentence log line. Commercial fiction and YA, several subgenres. Opens 1/30/12 at 9 am.