It's here! Our first Are You Hooked? featuring a Secret Agent is officially off and running.
Please read the submission guidelines carefully! Because I'm expecting an increase in submissions this time, I'm going to have to disqualify any submissions that don't follow the guidelines.
It's not that I don't love you. It's just that we need to "play fair."
Here are the guidelines (note: ONE submission per author, please):
*Submit the FIRST PAGE of a COMPLETED MANUSCRIPT in any genre EXCEPT erotica.
*Please make sure your word count does not exceed 250. Period.
*Expletives will be "bleeped" at my discretion.
*Include the TITLE and GENRE of your work.
*All posts will be anonymous. But please include a SCREEN NAME that will easily identify you (for the purpose of announcing the winner).
*Email your entry to facelesswords(at)gmail.com with ARE YOU HOOKED in the subject line. Please, no attachments.
*All entries MUST BE RECEIVED (time stamped) by Thursday, July 17, at 9:00 AM EDT.
*By submitting your work to me, you are giving implicit permission for me to post your work on this blog and to allow others to read and comment on your work.
I will begin posting the submissions on Thursday, July 17, after the contest has closed.
Post any questions here.
Now, how is this contest going to work, you ask?
A very kind literary agent from a reputable agency in NYC has graciously accepted my invitation to be our Secret Agent in the comment boxes. The Secret Agent will post feedback on each entry, so each participant will be receiving valuable input!
Here's the caveat: If you've entered the contest, you need to take the time to leave feedback for others. In fact, I'm feeling so adamant about this that I'm going to say: IF THE CHOSEN WINNER HASN'T LEFT AT LEAST FIVE CRITIQUES FOR OTHERS, THE PRIZE IS FORFEIT.
Ouch! But truly, I want to get across the importance of give-and-take here.
Our Secret Agent is going to choose one entry as the best. In other words, the winner will have effectively HOOKED our Secret Agent!
The winner will be announced on Monday, July 21. The fabulous prize, straight from the hands of our Secret Agent, will also be announced at this time. (Yep, I know what it is. Nope, I'm not telling.)
The identity of our Secret Agent will also be unveiled on the 21st.
I think that about covers it! I'm awfully excited about this, and look forward to reading your entries.
Sharpen your quills! Warm up your fingers! And best wishes to each of you.