Saturday, January 21, 2012

January 2012 Contests & Critique Opportunities - Part II

New Contests & Opportunities:

Miss Snark's First Victim January Secret Agent Contest - Your first 250 words judged by a secret agent.  There will be 2 submission windows on Monday, January 23: 9:00 am to 11:00 am EST and 7:00 to 9:00 pm EST.  Read the instructions carefully, you can't get past the 'bot' if you make a mistake.  Adult literary, memoir, humor, YA, & MG.

YAtopia Pitch Contest - On January 25th, submit your 2 line pitch and first 100 words into comments.  This contest is judged by editors from Entangled Press.  Your MS can be any genre and any age range but must have romance as a central element.  Novella length work is welcome!  Each editor will choose at least one manuscript for a full request.

Book Cover Design Giveaway - If you're self-publishing, check this one out.  You can win a free book cover design from

Critique Giveaway by Marcia Hoehne - Marcia will give away 2 critiques of the first 1000 words of a chapter book, MG, or YA project to random commenters between now and 1/29.

Contest Reminders:

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.

Apologies to and for missing their agent judged contests this week.  Darn.  Make sure and follow these blogs for future contests.


  1. Thanks for the info on the contests!

  2. awesome! thanks again.

  3. I love when you do these! Thanks so much!

  4. So many good ones! Thanks Sharon:)

  5. Your blog is really helpful:) No worries about my contest . . . it was rather spur of the moment:) I think I'm at 183 followers . . . am hoping to do another contest (on a smaller scale) next month if I get to 200 followers:)

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