10/30 Upcoming Multi-Agent Pitch/Query Contests: #bakersdozen2012 #pitchmas #passionateink

Before moving from New Jersey 18 months ago I did weather livecasting/monitoring for local community. When I started hearing about Sandy I checked back in and hung out and posted leading up to and through the storm. I was glad to help out, but it has left me a little behind. It’s also made me very thankful to be where I am, and not back in my old house which is likely without power and the kids bouncing off the walls from school being cancelled. I sincerely hope their power gets restored soon, but realistically know they have to fix a bunch of sub stations to provide power to the lines going to the area before they even begin to address the hundreds of blown transformers throughout the state.

Things (except Bakers Dozen) are definitely slowing down for November. Don’t know if its NaNoWriMo, burnout or simply a planned break, but it’s not a bad thing. Take this piece from Natalie M. Lakosil, on an agent’s perspective on the current frenzy of pitch and query opportunities and how some agents feel like they’ve seen a lot of the same things in multiple contests. This piece makes a point I hadn’t considered: keep track of which agents are participating in the contests so you’ll know who’s seen your work. I hadn’t been doing that, but I will be now.

If you’re just jumping in and haven’t done a query contest before, Sticking To The Story has a wonderful post on what to expect and how to get ready. Even if you’ve done them before there’s LOTS of helpful information there.

Short list right now. Here are the multi-agented contests:

On October 30 (today! and I posted late, sorry!) and November 1, Miss Snark’s First Vicitim (MSFV for short) will have the first entry windows for the ADULT authors who want to try to get in to Baker’s Dozen.  Here are the windows for Bakers Dozen entries (be sure to go to the site for all the details!). Plus, with so many possibly not being able to enter due to power, etc, she is definitely toying with having an emergency third window. This is one place there is a cost to enter to offset the expenses of running such a large program.


ADULT ROUND 1: Tuesday, October 30 (100 entries)
ADULT ROUND 2: Thursday, November 1 (100 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 1: Tuesday, November 6 (150 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 2: Thursday, November 8 (150 entries)

AFTER NaNoWriMo, December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs:

This will be a three-day event (you will not have to participate in all three days if you don’t want to) where your peers will first help you hone your Twitter/Blog pitches and then you will have the chance to pitch your manuscript to your dream editor or literary agent!!!
*All manuscripts must be completed and polished.

I’m keeping an eye on  Cupid’s Literary Connection, I’m guessing they’ll have a contest announcement before the end of the month.

I am unaware of any contests this next week that have only one agent or one publisher stopping by. I did run across this tweet for something mid-November:

Want to pitch to @kl_grady editor w/ @entangledpub ? She’s taking pitches @passionateink Nov16 Join to pitch http://www.passionateink.org/join/

However, as I’m not a member of Passionate Ink, I don’t have more details to share.

And MuseTracks (link over there on the Left) is having their Agent Editor Shop on Nov. 18th 2012  featuring Melissa Jeglinski w/ The Knight Agency.

What’s  ‘Agent/Editor Shop’  you ask?

How many of us wish we could pitch to an industry professional? That is, without the frills? No parties, no travel, no conference costs, no hectic schedules? Don’t get me wrong, the conferences, promos, signings and parties have their place and time, but what about in between?

Here’s what we’re going to do.

This isn’t a contest… there aren’t any winners… just a chance to put your pitch in front of agent/editors(s) who are interested in shopping a bit. They’ll read the pitches and request more – IF – your pitch grabs their attention. What they request is up to them. We do not guarantee anything.

As always, just a little teaser of information, you’ll need to follow the link for the full details.

While not a contest, with so many doing NaNoWriMo, Cupid’s Literary Connection is having a sign up for cheering, updates, camaraderie and that little push you sometimes need to keep going. Head on over to the site to sign up.

Not a bad time to look over at the link to a paper.li news article feed on my left sidebar. This ‘online paper’ pulls contest, agent news and publishing opportunities which I run across into one place. Easy to check and subscribe. There’s general publishing news too, but mostly about pitch contests and submission opportunities. AND I have links to several blogs which host contest, multi-agent at once, or multi-agent over time Wishing every who enters the best of luck, whether entering contests or diving into NaNoWriMo!