Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Calling All Cars...Erm...Writers for Upcoming Contests

Whatever stage you're at in your writing journey, you've probably thought about participating in a contest or have participated in one.

Though I've self-published and intend to continue to do so for some of my writing, I have my MG project that I wouldn't mind tossing into the contest game. Here are two that I'm looking at right now:

Pitch Madness is going down at Brenda Drake Writes...under the influence of coffee. Brenda has mad skills and is the diva of keeping writers in the "get your stuff in the face of agents" game. Click here for the Pitch Madness deets. While you're at her page, make sure to add LIBRARY JUMPERS, by Brenda Drake, to your Goodreads TBR :-)

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Miss Snark's First Victim is another wonderful author and blogger helping writers and agents connect. The Baker's Dozen will soon blast off. There are two entry dates, depending on if you write Adult or YA/MG. NA is even being considered as a possible genre but that is still in the works. Click here for the deets.

Have you participated in a contest? Any other contests you scoping out for possible entry?

17 comments:

  1. I think I've entered three writing contests in my whole life and finaled or won all three.

    To me, the most important things are who the judges are. and the 'prize'. I'm more interested in private pitching to agents/editors than I am in monetary gain.

    Oh, and I look for contests that don't ask for money.

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  2. Believe it or not, I have never entered any contest that had to do with writing.

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  3. I've entered many contests, probably close to ten or more. I say if you really want to go ahead. You never know what might come out of it. They can be exciting!

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  4. Haven't entered a contest in a while. Got special mention in a poetry contest in 2010. But I've won critiques in some bloghops.

    Woven cancelled, read the true reason: http://amberargyle.blogspot.com/2013/08/publisher-cancels-novel-because-author.html

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  5. I entered my memoir into a writing contest recently (not through a blog). Still waiting to hear. But usually I'm not a contest person. I have participated in Brenda's pitch contests A LONG time ago, though.

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  6. Hi, Angela,

    I've entered those contests and they are great BUT tough to get through! I've given up on them. BUT ALL THE BEST TO YOU!!!!

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  7. Thanks for this, Angela. A thirty five word pitch...hmmm.

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  8. Have fun. Something in me hesitates to enter a contest where I have to pay money. I have mainly entered local competitions to date because I like having the notation on my book covers and I only pay a nominal entry fee.

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  9. I have not. I need to though. I really need to get used to having people read my work. Thanks for the reminder!

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  10. I've done both Pitch Madness and Authoress's contests and loved them. Great opportunities!

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  11. I haven't entered either one of these two in the past, but I've participated in a few other contests. I will stop by both of the websites to read up about the requirements. Thank you for sharing the details, Angela!

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  12. Yay! Good luck with the contests. I don't really have anything to pitch yet. I've got to get AGGS and then the novella series published, then I'll think about what to write next. I'd like to come up with something I could query.

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  13. I did Pitch Madness last year, but no bites, unfortunately! I'm in the midst of revising - otherwise I'd be all over that!

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  14. "YA/MG. NA TBR"? Huh and HELP! :) "AGGS"? Gwen?

    Could we have an anti-contest contest?

    CU, later.

    Gary :)

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  15. I've entered in a few contests and pitch contests. I believe Savvy Authors are having some pitches soon too.

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  16. The Writers of the Future Contest is amazing, and I highly recommend it.

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  17. I've only participated in a few flash fiction contests and it wasn't for anything but the love, although I've never won either. My novel is still in the works so I hardly can submit to those venues. I have a friend who received her agent contract through one of those contests and so very proud of her. It's all about getting yourself out there. But then, I have another couple of friends who's taken part several times and nothing. In that respect, I'm going to venture a guess that the books were not the right genre. Problem I see is that most of these revolve around YA and if you don't write YA, you're chances are fairly slim.
    I wish you all the luck!
    LadyJai

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