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Fall Contest Round-up: Is Your Manuscript Ready? October 14, 2013





Summer is over.  Kids are back in school, the weather is getting cooler, and NaNoWriMo will soon be upon us! I love this time of year.


One of the other great things about fall? Contests sprouting up everywhere for writers in every category and genre!


But before you get ready to format that entry, it helps to remember a few things:



1) Make sure your manuscript is as tight as it can be. If your pitch or first page gets noticed, your book needs to be in tip-top shape to send along to a requesting agent or publisher.


2) Have you vetted that pitch? Did you run it by your betas or CPs to make sure it’s sharp and sure to stand out? If not, this is the time to do it!


3) Cheer others on! Many of your fellow writers will be participating in these contests and often times there are opportunities to offer feedback.  Be sure to do your part and offer helpful comments when you can.








This twitter pitch party is for New Adult and Adult manuscripts only.


On October 16 from 8am – 8pm (EST) you may pitch your completed and edited manuscript using the hashtag #AdPit.


For more details, go to host Heidi Norrod’s blog post here:





A new Halloween-themed contest brought to you by the hosts of Query Kombat.


Along with your query and first 250 words, you must write a SHORT paragraph (no more than 100 words) about your main character. This is the question you must answer: What is your main character most afraid of?


Submission window will open on October 19 at 12 noon (EST) and will remain open until 100 entries have been received.


For more details go to host Michelle Hauck’s blog post here:





Another great Halloween-themed contest hosted by Brenda Drake, Dannie Morin and Kimberly P. Chase. This is a chance to pitch your finished manuscript (MG,YA, NA, and Adult -No Erotica or Memoirs) to costumed agents.


Those who want to participate need to follow submission guidelines which include: a 3 sentence pitch, answering two questions, and providing your first 250 words.


Submission window opens on October 22 at 9am (EST) and remains open until 9 pm (EST). All entries will be accepted during this time period provided you follow the submission guidelines.


For more details go here:





This contest is Miss Snark’s First Victim’s biggest event of the year.  60 250-word entries will be hand-picked by Jodi Meadows and Authoress, and then placed on the auction block for agents to bid on.


Those wishing to participate need to submit a logline and the first 250 words of their completed and polished manuscript.


Submission window opens for Adult fiction (all genres except erotica and erotic romance) on October 29 and 31. Young Adult and Middle Grade (all genres) submissions will be taken on November 5 and 7.


For more details go here:





Coming in December, this is another fantastic contest (again hosted by the amazing Brenda Drake and an army of mentors).


In Pitch Wars, 46 published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents.


Submission window will open on December 2. More information will be forthcoming in the next several weeks in regards to formatting etc.


For more information go here:


If I’ve missed any upcoming contests, please let me know in the comments. I will be happy to add it to the list!





Obligatory Supernatural gif! Closest to fall I could get!


10 Responses to “Fall Contest Round-up: Is Your Manuscript Ready?”

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  2. yakinamac Says:

    Brilliant round-up of useful info – thank you. My mind is still boggling at the idea of costumed agents!

  3. Kim Says:

    Oh wow! There are so many great contests coming up. Thanks for sharing these, Amy!

    Are you doing NaNo this year?

    • Hi Kim:

      I “think” I’m going to try to do Nano. It really depends on if I can get my new ms edited before the end of October. I’ve got a great idea percolating which I really hope I can work on!

  4. Yay for contests!! There’s also a Finish the Damn Book RWA contest, a First Chapter Contest this week hosted by agent Christa Heschke and PitchMAS in December! I think I have links to each in the contest section of my blogspot blog.

  5. The professor sends his greetings and thanks for sharing such a seasonal and informative blog! Keep it coming….

  6. Challenge accepted!

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