For the newcomers: The Baker's Dozen Agent Auction is MSFV's biggest event of the year. 60 250-word entries, hand-picked by Jodi Meadows and Authoress, will be placed on the auction block for agents to bid on (with requests for pages, up to a full manuscript request). It bears the name "Baker's Dozen" because the original auction in 2010 included 13 agents--a baker's dozen. The actual auction is in December, but the fun starts NOW!
LOGLINE CRITIQUE ROUNDS
Each Baker's Dozen entry is required to have a logline.
What is a logline? A logline is a 1- to 2-sentence pitch that encapsulates your story and makes us want to read it. See HERE and HERE for advice on writing an effective logline.
We will have 3 critique rounds for those of you who would like feedback on your loglines prior to submitting. These rounds will be run as lotteries. Times TBA.
ROUND 1: Tuesday, September 25 (submissions on Monday, September 24)
ROUND 2: Tuesday, October 9 (submissions on Monday, October 8)
ROUND 3: Tuesday, October 16 (submissions on Monday, October 15)
SUBMISSION DATES FOR THE AUCTION
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)
25 adult category winners notified via email: Monday, November 12
35 YA/MG category winners notified via email: Monday, November 19
60 WINNING ENTRIES POSTED: Friday, November 30
AUCTION GOES LIVE FOR AGENTS: Tuesday, December 4 (for 24 hours)
- There will be a $10 entry fee for this contest. Yes, that is $2 more than last year. Blame it on Paypal fees. (And no, I won't be raising the fee every year just for the fun of it. I feel like $10 is a fair entrance fee.) To avoid confusion: Yes, every entry must pay the fee. This is the ONLY EVENT I charge for, simply because of the amount of work it takes to pull it off.
- A maximum of 500 entries (200 adult, 300 YA/MG) will be accepted. Of these, 60 winners will be chosen (25 adult, 35 YA/MG).
- If the maximum number of adult entries isn't reached, the remainder will be added to the YA/MG entry maximum (because you know as well as I do that I'm going to be inundated with kidlit).
- The 60 winning entries will receive critique from editors, authors, and blog readers, in addition to being on the auction block for our participating agents.
- The (up to) 440 non-winning entries will be given the option to receive critique on the blog via lottery at a later date. (Because, yanno, I can't exactly post hundreds of entries for critique simultaneously.)
Names of participating agents (and critiquing editors and authors) will be posted as soon as they are finalized. I've already got a great response!
Just a reminder that there will be no Secret Agent contest in November. October's SA will run as planned. And, yes. You may enter the October SA and still submit to the Baker's Dozen auction. Unless you win the SA contest, of course.
Questions? Ask below! But please don't ask specific questions about submissions: I will be posting detailed instructions as we get closer to the submission dates. I promise that everything you need to know will be included in that post.
Spread the word. Invite your friends. And start working on your loglines!