It’s that time again for THE BIG BATTLE between the heat and the cold! Yes, it’s time for the FOURTH year of Sun vs. Snow hosted by me and the amazing, Michelle Hauck. We had several incredible success stories from last year. 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 January 23rd at 4:00 pm EST.
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 in last three months. This doesn’t mean twitter pitch events with hashtags, but multiple agent blog contests.
Also, Michelle and I have decided not to accept picture books for this contest. Though we love picture books, Michelle holds special contests just for them. We do accept all MG, YA, NA and Adult genres, excluding erotica. We highly encourage to follow both our blogs so you can get consistent updates about the contest. Click the “follow this blog” button on my blog. You can find Michelle’s blog here.
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. New this year! Add “Ownvoices” here if applies)
Word Count: XX,XXX (round to the nearest thousand)
Twitter Handle: (Optional so we can contact you.)
Is Your Main Character hot or cold?
Describe whether your character is hot or cold. Personalities differ. Is your character a person of volatile emotions or are they calm under pressure?
(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.
New this year! You may include if your story is OwnVoices up in the genre line. We really want diverse and talented writers and stripping out the bios sometimes leaves us in the dark.
Remember a query has several paragraphs. Don’t send us a pitch.
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 January 23rd 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 agents committed to the contest! There will also be 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!