FALL FICTION FEST – CONTEST ENTRY DETAILS!!!
The submission window for Fall Fiction Fest opens tomorrow, October 31st, at 4:00 pm EST! The instructions and rules for entry are below.
No need to rush. We will be open for 24 hours. That’s right, submissions can be sent on Halloween or All Saints Day, depending on whether you’re feeling saintly or slightly more evil.
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 the last three months. This doesn’t mean twitter pitch events with hashtags, but multiple agent blog contests. If you entered PitchWars and didn’t get a mentor, we welcome you.
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’d like you to be followers of our blogs. Click the “follow” button on my blog. You can find Michelle’s blog here and Marty’s blog here. If following our blogs doesn’t work, follow us on Twitter. Don’t sweat this. Do your best.
Send submission to Sunversussnow (at) yahoo (dot) com. (Yep, we’re recycling the address.) 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, single-spaced, 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: Fall Fest: TITLE, Age Category + Genre
(example: Fall Fest: GRUDGING, Adult Epic Fantasy)
In The Email:
Title: MY FANTASTIC BOOK (yes, caps!)
Genre: YA dystopian Ownvoices (Age category and genre. Add “Ownvoices” here if it applies)
Word Count: XX,XXX (round to the nearest thousand)
Twitter Handle: (Optional so we can contact you. Will not be public.)
How Did You Fall for Writing: (Share your origin story in 100 words or less.) My husband dared me that I couldn’t write a book. And–ta-da–I could!
Query goes here! Include greeting and main paragraphs. You may include bio, closing, but not the word count + genre. We already have that. You may include comps if you’d like. There is no word count limit on the query but please aim for 250 – 300 words.
You may include if your story is OwnVoices or otherwise has diversity up in the genre line and in the query.
Remember a query has several paragraphs with spaces. 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! No indents!
That is it!!! See you at 4:00 pm Eastern time on Halloween. Good luck!
Now for the fun stuff!
Watch on Wednesday for our Twitter Party! We’ll have a list of daily topics to talk about on Twitter under #FallFest.
Also join us for a very special party on November 6th! That’s when we’ll try to get 100 voters to give us shout outs and blow this contest wide open by adding extra (!!!) picks for each co-host. On Election Day just share with us on Twitter how you voted using #FallFest and if we get 100+ Tweets we will add picks!