Monday, November 4, 2013

YA/MG Submissions for Baker's Dozen THIS WEEK

This is it -- your final warning!  You've got one more day to get your loglines and first pages super-shiny.  Ask your last-minute questions below!

(Please note that the submission windows will be open 4 HOURS EARLIER than originally scheduled.  Hopefully this will make things easier for some of you.)

YA and MG entries (all genres accepted):

TUESDAY'S WINDOW:  5 am to 5 pm EST  (maximum 150 entries)
THURSDAY'S WINDOW:  5 am to 5 pm EST (maximum 150 entries)

Good luck, everyone!

67 comments:

  1. Authoress, endless, generous, hugs and healthy cookie butter for opening early. I REALLY appreciate it! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    And one more for putting this whole shindig together. You are a rock star!

    <3

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  2. Hi

    When I go to the link it says there are not open contests??? Any ideas???

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  3. Anonymous, my guess would be because submissions don't open until tomorrow, Tuesday, Novemeber 5th, 2013 5am-5pm
    Try again then. If it still happens, then let Miss Snark know. Good luck!

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    1. Uh-hem. I meant, let Authoress know. LoL

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  4. That's correct. It says "there are no open contests" because...there are no open contests. :)

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  5. Hi Authoress,

    Just to clarify, is it 5am EDT or 8am EDT? It was 8am in the previous posts, but now it's 5, so I want to be sure.

    Thanks so much for doing this!

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  6. Hi Authoress - you've probably answered this question a billion times (I searched, but couldn't find the answer), but is it OK if the excerpt runs a tad over 250 words (in order to complete a sentence)?

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  7. Sigh... 2AM out here on the West Coast. I'm cool with that.

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  8. You don't have to get up that early!! I only extended the window earlier so people to your east would have time to enter before having to leave for work! I really can't see the entire 150 entries filling up in the first couple of hours. Truly! :)

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  9. Will the window to submit appear on your blog? I'm a bit confused.

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  10. The online submission form is here: www.msfv.thoughtbin.org.

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  11. well 05:00am will be noon for me and I'll be stuck in classes then oh well...hopefully the limit won't be reached by lunch

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  12. After I hit submit, I noticed a typo and hit the back button to fix it. I only paid once, but I received two emails with consecutive entry numbers. I know only the paid entry will be accepted, but I just didn't want the dud taking up space that someone else could use. Sorry about that!

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  13. Just discovered this blog and contest. Very excited!

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  14. The preview of my entry looked fine, but once I submitted, it was missing my 250 words. I used plain text, and think the problem may be that I separated my logline from my 250 with a --.

    (I'm sending an email with the full entry, but wanted to post this just in case it was the -- that broke my entry so others can avoid it :-).)

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  15. I entered at 7:12 Eastern and was entry # 69. The YA/MG slots are going much faster than the Adult. WOW.

    Good luck to everyone.

    Thanks again Authoress for all that you do to pay it forward.

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  16. Authoress,

    I submitted my entry, thought I saw a mistake, clicked "go back to the blog" accidentally and then couldn't get back to my entry. Tried to resubmit but says I already submitted. Trouble is, I haven't paid yet! I certainly want to pay ;) How can I now?

    So sorry for this hassle.

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  17. Okay, NEVER MIND, got the email with the link to pay. Sorry, it's been a crazy morning around here...
    Thanks!

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  18. Wendy when I paid, Pay pal said there was a mistake, but then I got a receipt of payment--and a bot submission number. Crazy here, too. Think I'm good to go now. Thank YOU, Authoress! :D
    ~best of luck everyone.

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  19. Got two entries in a little after 7:00 Pacific (10:00 Eastern) and clocked numbers 124 and 126.

    Used a divider line (underline) on one to separate logline and text, but nothing on the other (no words to spare). It seemed to work okay in the preview.

    Already had a Paypal account so that went very smoothly.

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  20. I'm thrilled to be a participant. I'm entry #1! Just hope I make the final cut now :)

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  21. I had the same problem as gezzykac, above. The preview looked fine and all my words were there. But after I paid with PayPal, it said 45 words.

    Huh?? Was it because I used a line to separate the logline from the 250 word sample? Ack!

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  22. Wow, the contest is already full!! I must try again on Thursday at 2am pacific.

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  23. I'm in and excited about the next round! However, I had a little issue with PayPal that delayed my payment a few minutes while I reset my password. Like madseasongirl, I got two email acceptances with two consecutive entry numbers (70 [log number 8151] at 6:21 & 71 [log number 8152 at 6:22.)

    With gratitude--and hoping I didn't cause anyone else a problem. :-)

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  24. Hausenfpfeffer: don't sweat it. I thought I'd have to get up at 2 AM too, but was told it wouldn't fill up that fast.

    I entered around 7 AM Pacific and there were still about 25 slots left. There were still 9 left an hour or so ago.

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  25. I think everything went smoothly for me, but i will admit that i didn't check my entry again after the preview looked okay.

    I think, Authoress, that you said earlier that if our entries are missing something you'll email us, right? But if we know it's missing something we should email you first?
    I don't want to email you needlessly if everything is indeed fine, especially since i'm sure you've got TONS of emails coming in

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  26. Woo-hoo! This is so exciting. Good luck, everyone!

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  27. You can preview your submission from the email that assigns your entry number. Or is this what everyone means about stuff looking wonky?

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  28. Oops. Cancel what I said above about using a line (_____) to separate the logline from the text!

    I did this on one of my entries, and the preview I just checked out only shows the logline! The preview during the entry process looked fine.

    Someone let me know what I can do to fix this. Thanks!

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  29. Sarah -- I promise I will email you if anything is missing. :)

    tomalanbrosz -- Yeah, the line is not a good idea. You can email me (facelesswords) with your post number in the subject line and your entry in the body of the email.

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  30. I submitted, I paid, I got a confirmation email for both... And then I got an email about an hour later stating it was rejected because it was missing some pertinent info at the top.

    What happens now?

    Do I try and resubmit on the 7th? Will I need to pay again?

    Thanks for your time and help!

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  31. Gah! Full up now. I'll set my clock for 5AM on Thursday.

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  32. petrichor -- You're fine. It sounds like you tried to email me at the submissions address. The bot reads those as submissions and rejects them. You do not need to submit again.

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  33. Say, Authoress, that I put the subgenre of my MS in the genre box but completely missed the genre (YA). Is there a way for me to pencil this in or am I too late or does it not matter? Thanks for everything.

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  34. Tracy, we'll probably figure it out as soon as we start reading, but if it makes you feel better, email me your correction (with your post number in the subject line).

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  35. I am very to this contest. I submitted on Nov. 5th, and everything seemed fine. However I did have a problem with pasting my story and deleted it along with my logline and did not realize it. I only re-pasted my story. Is there something I can do to rectify this situation, so my entry is toss out for being incomplete?

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  36. RAGreyson -- Send your correct to me (facelesswords) with your post # in the subject line.

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  38. This is such an awesome opportunity!
    Good luck, all!

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  39. Thanks so much for this contest!! Good luck to everyone, and I can't wait to see the entries!

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  40. Hi, Entry won't fit LOL Although 100 word logline + first 250 words = 350 there is only room for 325 in the entry form. Looks like I'm going to miss this one while I try and pare the logline down to fit.

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  41. Thank you for the opportunity! Looking forward to this as an exciting way to round out the year.

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  42. I just entered but the genre wouldn't appear in preview. It was just a red question mark no matter what I typed. Can I fix that somehow?

    Thanks for the contest!

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  43. MIchele -- Just send me your genre in an email with your post number in the subject line (to facelesswords).

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  44. Thank you Authoress. It actually showed up in the preview link so I believe all is well. Sorry for the trouble.

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  45. Authoress,

    I had a couple of glitches with my entry and wanted to verify it. I did send you an email at facelesswords with my questions.

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