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.

Critique opportunities....

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!





19 comments:

  1. Thank you for mentioning NA Alley and my blogiversary, Sharon! I appreciate it. :D

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  2. There's also a twitter pitch party tomorrow- a runnoff from the voice contest.

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    1. Oh my goodness, thanks Amber. The funny thing is I saw it, but for some reason thought 5/24 was like a week ago. *facepalm*

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  3. Thank you so much for the blog award -- I guess since this is the second time I've received it, I should *actually* write the post for it. Expect it this Saturday.

    and super thank you for all the comments and discussion on my blog today, and when I get around to querying in the distant future, I'll see if you have time for one. That's such a lovely award you've been given there!

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  4. Thanks for the thanks, Sharon - that sounds a little odd :) Your help was awesome :)

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  5. Thanks for the shout out and for posting about Marisa:) I need to sign up for some of these other ones!!

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  6. Can't wait for your contest Sharon!

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  7. Thanks for the awesome shout out, Sharon! Your contest looks amazing! :D

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  8. *graciously accepts her award* I wanted to thank Wordpress, my creator (cuz everyone thanks him when they win something, right?) and most affectionately, Sharon, who made it feel even more special since she was uber selective, and I still made the cut! Again, thanks for your help. It was tres pivotal in the the new course I've taken. You rock!! :)

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    1. I love it!! I can just see you standing up there with your award. I won't start playing the music on you.

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  9. Congrats on your awards!!!
    ANd I did have a question about your contest Sharon. Do we have a sign up place on your blog somewhere before we post our queries on our blog? I was just wondering so we would know who else is entering could hop over to their blog. :)

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    1. Yep!

      Is this what you mean? - http://sharonbayliss.blogspot.com/2012/05/krystal-wade-to-celebrate-513-release.html

      There is a linky at the bottom.

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  10. You sooo deserve that Query Award! You are the Queen Queryer, the most high Query Fairy. I bow to you :)

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    1. LOL! I love it. Especially the most high Query Fairy.

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  11. Thanks for the Versatile Blogger Award, Sharon! I nominated you back for the Kreativ Blog Award: http://rebelsofthe512.com/2012/05/24/kreativ-blog-awards/

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  12. This is so incredibly helpful!! New Follower BTW!

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  13. What a great list. Thanks!

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