Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October Secret Agent Early Info

Please note: This is NOT the call for submissions! The contest will open next Monday, October 7.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (please read carefully):

*There are TWO WAYS to enter: a) via email to authoress.submissions(at) OR via web form at
*THIS WILL BE A LOTTERY: The submission window will be open from NOON to 6:00 PM EDT, after which the bot will randomly select 50 entries.
* 2 alternates will also be accepted, for a total of 52 entries.
* 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 WON A CONTEST WITHIN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (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

GO HERE to submit via our web form.

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.

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

This month's contest will include the following genres:
  • Young Adult (all genres)
  • Middle Grade (all genres)
  • New Adult (all genres)
  • Adult Commercial Fiction (including Romance)


  1. Woo! And oh man, i hope the lotto bot picks my number!

  2. Does "Adult Commercial Fiction" include SciFi Romance?

  3. Ooh, my manuscript is actually eligible--but is it ready....?

  4. One more month until I'm eligible again!

  5. You say if manuscripts have been critiqued, would loglines, or the like be included? meaning, I've had a first sentence entered in June. Am I excluded? Thank you Authoress for your undying support for writers!

  6. Karen, the rule only applies to SA contests. All other in-house critiques are fine.

  7. I just found out the SA is looking for NA. Off to Tweet this!

  8. I'm a newbie and am so excited to submit. Fingers crossed.

  9. Just submitted and my formatting went crazy with the spacing :( oh well.


  10. I am pinching myself, No not THERE!
    here, aaah