Monday, October 12, 2009

Submissions Are Now Open

The submission window will remain open for 24 hours or until 50 submissions are received, whichever comes first.

  • Submissions are for COMPLETED MANUSCRIPTS ONLY. If you wouldn't want an agent to read the entire thing, DON'T SEND IT. If an "entire thing" doesn't exist, you shouldn't even be reading these rules.
  • Manuscripts THAT HAVE BEEN IN A SECRET AGENT CONTEST DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS (April-September) will not be accepted.
  • You may submit A DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT if you've participated in any of the 2009 Secret Agent contests.
  • Only ONE ENTRY per person per contest. If you send more than one, your subsequent entry(ies) will be deleted.
  • If you are PAST WINNER, please DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST. (Unless it's a different manuscript.)
  • Submissions are for THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript. Please do not stop in the middle of a
Your submission for this contest should be formatted as follows:


(Followed by the excerpt here.)
  • No "chapter one," chapter titles, etc.
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your post number. I don't always get through quickly. Don't resend.
  • Submissions go to facelesswords(at) They DO NOT GO to my authoressmail address. Those of you who are subscribed to this blog via email will note the latter address as the "from." If you use this address for the contest, I WILL NOT SEE YOUR SUBMISSION.
This month's contest includes the following genres:
  • Adult fiction--all genres EXCEPT SF/F and erotica
(No, "Young Adult" does not belong in the "Adult" category. If your novel is a YA, please do not submit.)


  1. Good luck to all of you submitting!!!

  2. Minerva - You'll find your answer in the left-hand column, under What Are SECRET AGENT Contests?

    What you "win" - (a) your work is posted and you get feedback from other readers and writers and the Secret Agent, whose identity you'll know at the end and (b) the chance to have a partial or full requested by the Secret Agent.

    And you might just "win" an agent, as did one of last month's participants.