Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wilde's Fire Editor-Judged Contest

Krystal Wade: Acquisitions Editor for YA Lit
Krystal Wade

Wilde's Fire, by Krystal Wade - Cover


To celebrate the 5/13 release of the YA fantasy, Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade, we're having an awesome editor judged contest with Curiosity Quills Press! Our honorable judge will be none other than the Curiosity Quills Acquisitions Editor for Young Adult, Krystal Wade.

What can you win? Only the best possible prize. A chance at a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills. Before I move on to the contest details, check out the trailer for Wilde's Fire.




Okay, now on to the details. This contest is open only to unpublished manuscripts in the categories of New Adult / Upper YA (protags in late teens, early 20′s) and Young Adult (protags in mid-to-late teens). If you have an adult manuscript you'd like Curiosity Quills to consider, just follow their standard submission guidelines.

Under the YA and NA umbrella, Curiosity Quills is most interested in the following genres:

Fantasy
Speculative Fiction / Dark Sci-Fi / Traditional Sci-Fi
Paranormal and Urban Fantasy
Steampunk / NeoVictorian
Mystery / Crime Thrillers
Quirky/Humorous Fiction (in any of the above genres)

Here's how it will go down....

1) Sign up with the linky below
2) By 5/25, post your query and first 500 words on your blog. I recommend that you refer to Curiosity Quill's submission guidelines when crafting your query. They don't need the bio section, they like to judge a work by its merits only. You can go slightly more or less than 500 words so you're not stopping in the middle of a sentence.
3) From 5/25-5/28, pop over to the other blogs and comment on entries. Contests like this are a great way to get useful feedback from a lot of people. So let's make it useful! Please post meaningful and helpful feedback that we can use to improve our work. Constructive criticism is encouraged but of course, unhelpful meanness will not be tolerated. If you're lucky, you may even find comments from Curiosity Quills editors themselves.
4) On 5/28 I will post again asking you to email me your revised, final entries for consideration by Krystal. From these entries, she will choose winners (assuming entries are strong enough, she will choose more than one winner!). These winners will get a full request from Curiosity Quills.

Good luck! Please comment with any questions.







41 comments:

  1. I'm totally entering! Just got to figure out which MS :)

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  2. Congrats on the book release!!

    I signed up. Lucky #1. ;)

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited . . . a little. ;-)

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  3. This is a great opportunity. Good luck to everyone who enters.

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  4. Congratulations on the book! Gorgeous cover too! Great contest, thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. We have some amazingly talented artists at CQP. :-)

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  5. Yeah how exciting! Congratz on the release. Hopefully I can get my package together in time to submit. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. Even if you don't, you can still submit to us! We're open. :-)

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  6. What a great contest (and the book sounds fabulous)! Are you not seeking contemporaries?

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    1. We'll consider them for our imprint, but it has to really catch us! :-)

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  7. It looks like they're not interested in historical fiction?

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    2. Sorry it took so long for me to respond. We will accept historical fiction under for our imprint.

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  8. I'm suffering from queriphobia, but I'm thinking about taking the plunge....

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    1. Take the plunge! Queriphobia will get you no where!

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  9. Congrats on the release on your book, Krystal. I've decided to join the contest :)

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  10. After much internal debate, I've decided to throw in my hat! Now to write a query . . . *headdesk*

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    1. Thanks for entering! Let me know if you want any help with your query.

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  11. Very excited to enter, and so happy that I know many of the other people. Wilde's Fire looks amazing Krystal, congrats!

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    1. Glad you're entering! I think the bloghop part will be a lot of fun.

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  12. Okay, count me in :) Looking forward to it. (I'm sending you an unrelated email in just a bit :)

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    1. Hi Amber, so glad you're entering! I'll watch out for that email. :)

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  13. Hi! I am really interested in entering this contest, but it will be my first contest like this one. So I need to add my entry to the above Blog Hop link, post my query and first 500 words on MY blog, then hop around to other blogs and comment/offer opinions and advice to others who have entered. Then just wait for the big drum roll at the end of the month? Sounds neat. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) making some new friends!
    Thanks, Talynn

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    1. Hello Taylnn,

      Welcome! It sounds like you got the idea. Glad you're entering!

      Good luck.

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    2. Thank you Sharon, for letting me know. Now, I am off here to go do some polishing and editing and a lot of nail biting.:)

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    3. One more question: When do I need to post the query and 500 words? Now, or on the the 25th?
      Thanks! Talynn

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    4. You can wait until the 25th. See you then!

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  14. I've signed up and stuck up my first 500 already, fresh out of Creative Writing class. I'm in this for the feedback more than anything else.

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  15. Hi Georgia,

    Thanks for entering! I'm sure you'll get some great feedback. You'll probably see most of your comments next weekend.

    Have fun!

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  16. How lucky that I found YA highway which then led to this blog, I all already have my query now on to the formidable task of waiting.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've also just signed up to follow you. I'm so glad I did in time for this contest. Sounds like fun!

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    1. Great to meet you! Thanks for signing up for the contest. Good luck!

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  18. Whoa, I just entered. Now I must go faint, lol. Thanks, again Sharon. You are an absolute gem for this contest and helping out fellow NA, peeps. :) We at "The Alley" might be in talks really soon about something similar ;)

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    1. Yay! So glad you're taking the plunge. Let me know if you want Curiosity Quills to have any involvement in your contest. I bet I could hook you up. :)

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  19. Well, I certainly left this to the last minute and just jumped right in! Hope I made the right decision.

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  20. Thank you so much for this contest! I'm very excited to be able to participate!

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  21. Too late for me to participate in your gracious contest, but you are great for offering it. Your book cover is beautiful and evocative. I'm happy to have found your blog, Roland

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  22. Hello C.M. & Jessa - I'm so glad you jumped in! Good luck. Ronald, thank you for your kind words, it's good to meet you.

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  23. Thanks for hosting the contest, Sharon! And Krystal, your books sounds amazing--love the cover and title:)

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  24. Thanks again, ladies! And congrats to both of you on your books. Thanks for helping other writers along your way. :)

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