Wednesday, May 23, 2012
May/June 2012 Contests & Critique Opportunities
I know, May is almost over and I've yet to do a good old fashioned contests post. Shame on me. Happily, my May has been full of pleasant distractions.
Before I go on to the contests, I would like to thank Jade Hart for the lovely "The Query Quill" award. It's my first award that someone made up just for me, and I'm quite touched. If anyone else wants to try out my now award-winning query critique skills, you have until tomorrow to send it to me so I can have it ready for the contest this weekend! :) See this post for details.
I would also like to thank Fel Wetzig, for The Versatile Blogger Award. I know this is sort of cheating, but for my 7 things you didn't know about me, check out this post for some hopefully interesting facts about me. I think you're supposed to give the award to 15 people, but I am going to be uber-selective and pick 5 blogs to pass along this award to. Check them out!
1) Rebels of the 512
2) Bailey Is Writing
3) Andy Sherrod's Big Boy Book Blog
4) Tuere's Not-So Random Thoughts
5) Story Multiverse
Now on to the contests....
Wilde's Fire Editor Judged Contest - Okay, so I put mine first...and in bold. But I am sooo excited! On 5/25 post your query and first 500 words on your blog to get feedback from other participants. Then on 5/28 I'll ask you to email me your final version to be considered by Curiosity Quills YA and NA Acquisitions Editor Krystal Wade. The winner (or winners) will get a full request from Curiosity Quills!! YA & NA, various genres.
The Writer's Voice Twitter Pitch Party - This one sounds like fun! On 5/24, tweet your Twitter pitch (a pitch for your book that fits in a tweet) with the hashtag, #WVTP. Multiple agents who represent many genres will be making requests!
YALitChat Pitch Slam - 5/28. Agents Tamar Rydzinksi of The Laura Dail Literary Agency, Elana Roth of Red Tree Literary, Michelle Witte of Mansion Street Literary Management, and Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg will be judging YA pitches for a chance to win requests! All YA genres. You must be a member of YALitChat, but basic membership is free, so why wouldn't you want to be!
Operation Awesome Mystery Agent - 6/1. Like clockwork, OA will be having a mystery agent pitch contest on 6/1. Details haven't been posted yet, so follow them if for some weird reason you don't already.
Marisa Cleveland's Agent Critique Contest - Email your first page to possibly win a critique from agent Nicole Resciniti. Due 6/1. Genre restrictions aren't listed, but they should probably be genres that Nicole accepts!
Jamie Ayers is having a contest next week. No details have been posted yet, so follow her blog.
NA Alley May Giveaway - The NA Alley sisters are giving away free critiques and custom blog headers, just for following their awesome blog. Ends 5/31.
Carrie Butler First Blogiversary Giveaway - Happy Blogiversary Carrie! She's giving away critiques and custom blog headers. Ends 5/31.
Social marketing guru Kristen Lamb gives away five page critiques every week.
Krista Helvig gives away query critiques every week.
Seekerville is giving away critiques to people who share their "publishing road trip."
Crits for Water continues to auction off critiques.
Did I miss anything? Please let me know. Good luck!