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2016 Sun vs. Snow Details!!! December 14, 2015

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It’s that time again for THE BIG BATTLE between the heat and the cold! Yes, it’s time for the third year of Sun vs. Snow hosted by me and the amazing, Michelle Hauck. This time we have a fun new question and some important details about the entry process. Please read the following THOROUGHLY and then let us know if you have questions.



The submission window for Sun versus Snow will open February 1st at 4 pm Eastern time. Act fast. We will only be taking the first 200 entries. Please do not enter early or your entry will be deleted. You can resend at the proper time if this happens accidentally. Confirmation emails will be sent. If you don’t receive one, don’t resend. We don’t want duplicate entries. Please check with us on Twitter first to confirm your entry did or did not arrive, then you may resend. There is only ONE, yes that’s right, ONE entry per person allowed. Any attempt to cheat will result in entries being thrown out. This contest is only for finished and polished stories.



Important note: The story can’t have been in the agent round of any other contest.



Also, Michelle and I have decided not to accept picture books for this contest. Though we love picture books, contests just don’t seem to be the best place to get them requests. We do accept all MG, YA, NA and Adult genres, excluding erotica. To enter you must be followers of our blogs. Click the “follow this blog” button on my blog. You can find Michelle’s blog here.




The Format:


Send submission to Sunversussnow (at) yahoo (dot) com. Only one submission per person is allowed. It doesn’t matter if you write under different names or are submitting different manuscripts. You are still one person and get one entry.


Here’s how it should be formatted (yes, include the bolded!) Please use Times New Roman (or equivalent), 12 pt font, and put spaces between paragraphs. No indents or tabs are needed. No worries if your gmail doesn’t have Times New Roman. No worries if the email messes up your format. Yes, we will still read it! 🙂  (Here’s a trick to keep your paragraph spacing: copy and paste your entry into your email and then put in the line spaces. They seem to get lost when you copy and paste. It may look right but sending scrambles the spacing.)


Subject Line: SVS: TITLE, Age Category + Genre

(example: SVS: GRUDGING, Adult Epic Fantasy)



In The Email:


Title: MY FANTASTIC BOOK (yes, caps!)

Genre: YA dystopian (Age category and genre. YA/MG is not a genre.)

Word Count: XX,XXX (round to the nearest thousand)


My Main Character would use sun or snow to battle their biggest obstacle: 


Which would your character find more helpful in fighting through their biggest obstacle–hot or cold. And why? Tell us which weather would be the most helpful to your character.


(Can be in your MC’s POV, but doesn’t have to be. 100 words or less.)





Query goes here! Include greeting and main paragraphs. Please leave out bio, closing, and word count + genre sentence. You may include comps if you’d like. There is no word count limit on the query but please aim for 250 – 300 words.



First 250 words:


Here are the first 250 words of my manuscript, and I will not end in the middle of a sentence. But I will not go over 257 words. Be reasonable and don’t make us count. Don’t forget to space between paragraphs!



That’s it for now. Get those entries ready for February 1st and leave any questions in the comments or ask on Twitter.



Mentors and agents will be posted in January. As of now we have fifteen fabulous agents, and I have some crazy cool mentors who are itching to work with the selected entries! Keep checking Michelle’s blog too because she may be posting BIG NEWS about a FREE PASS to be on Team Snow!



So get those entries ready! We can’t wait to get started!



22 Responses to “2016 Sun vs. Snow Details!!!”

  1. Thanks putting on this contest! I hope this question isn’t silly, but when you say the story can’t have been in the agent round of any other contest, are you including being a finalist in any writing contests (such as an RWA chapter-hosted contest) where the final round judges were agents?

  2. Lise J Freeman Says:

    I am also having a tough time on my genre. My novel is set in the current day, humorous look at a strong woman’s struggles with a life changing decision

  3. I’m not sure what I’d classify mine as for the genre. It contains elements of sci-fi (dimension-hopping, time travel) and fantasy (mind merging/melding with another energy and having the power to control nature). I’ve read the speculative genre is an umbrella genre that allows for a combination of different genres, like sci-fi and fantasy. Would it be better to list it as YA speculative, or to choose on specific genre? I just don’t want to mis-represent the story as being one thing and not meet expectations for that genre.

  4. Andrea Says:

    I have a quick question. in format is single spaced ok or do you prefer double. Also when will the winners be announced and how many will there be? OOps that more than one!
    Thanks in advance!

    • Single space is fine. A post will be coming prior to Feb.1 that will give more details about when we will post the selected entries. Michelle and I will both have 15 entries on our individual teams.

  5. Will you be accepting Early Readers for this contest?

  6. Mai Kulkarni Says:

    Does the no erotica mean no romance as well? My MS definitely has a medium-high level of heat but it’s romance, not erotica.

  7. Rita Jordan Says:

    Help! I’m trying to enter SVS for the Snow Free Pass 2016 and every time I click in the box to enter a comment, it is asking for me to select profile (comment as). Do I enter my name here? It doesn’t work. I want to enter with email account. It recognizes me and tells me to comment but I don’t know if I am clicking in the right place. Does the website have browser compatibility issues? What browser should I use? Thank you.

  8. Amira Says:

    Thank you for organizing SVS!
    To follow your blog, do I enter my email where it says “Follow Blog via Email”?
    And when do we get to see the participating agents?

  9. Thanks so much for organizing this contest! If there is additional information about your genre, is it okay to list it with the category and genre (like “YA Fantasy with Vietnamese-inspired elements”) or do you prefer that detail to appear only in the query portion?

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