Monday, October 10, 2011

October Secret Agent Early Info

Please note: This is NOT the call for submissions! The contest will open next Monday, October 17.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (please read carefully):

*There are TWO WAYS to enter: a) via email to authoress.submissions(at) OR via web form at
* THIS MONTH'S SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A LOTTERY.  The submission window will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT on Monday, October 17.
* 40 winners and 2 alternates will be chosen by the bot.  Winning entries will be notified by email.
* PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for figuring out your own time zone. "Time Zone differences" are NOT a reason for not getting your entry in.
* Submissions received before the contest opens will be rejected.
* 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 previous Secret Agent contests.
* Only ONE ENTRY per person per contest. If you send more than one, your subsequent entry(ies) will be rejected.
* If you are a PAST WINNER (i.e., offered any kind of prize from a Secret Agent), 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

If you choose to submit via email, your submission for this contest should be formatted EXACTLY as follows:

SCREEN NAME: Your Screen Name Here
TITLE: Your Title Here
GENRE: Your Genre Here

(Followed by the excerpt here.)

* No "chapter one," chapter titles, etc.
* You will receive a confirmation email with your lottery number.
* Submissions go to authoress.submissions(at) They DO NOT GO to my facelesswords address. Or any other address.
*It doesn't matter what you put in the subject line. The only thing you MUST NOT do is to use "RE:" The bot will think you are attempting to respond to an email, and will reject you.

If you choose to submit via the web form, please follow the instructions on the page.

As always, there is no fee to enter the Secret Agent contest.

This month's contest will include the following genres:

Adult SFF
Adult Historical Fiction
YA/MG (all genres, including SFF)


  1. Just for hypothetical clarification purposes, could a person enter the same manuscript in this contest and in the Baker's Dozen auction?


  2. JustJess -- Yes! I'm posting the full rules tomorrow.

  3. For the web form, will we need to have a copy/paste rich text version of our first 250 words?

    By the way, thanks so much for this exciting opportunity!

  4. I assume the web based is pretty much a no-brainer?

    If so, thank you from the tech challenged out here.


  5. Bah! I added my logline because my mind was in baker's dozen mode. Can I edit my entry?