Monday, March 21, 2016

March Secret Agent Early Info

Please note: This is NOT the call for submissions! The contest will open next Monday, March 28.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (please read carefully):

*To enter, please use THE SUBMISSION FORM HERE.  (Please note: email submissions are no longer accepted.)
*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 EITHER THE 2015 ON THE BLOCK OR THE LAST SECRET AGENT CONTEST IN SEPTEMBER will not be accepted.
* You may submit A DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT if you've participated in any previous Secret Agent contests (or ON THE BLOCK).
* 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 or were one of the 60 entries in the Baker's Dozen Agent Auction), 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.

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

This month's contest will include the following genres:

* Science Fiction
* Fantasy
* Romantic Suspense
* Mystery
* YA (all genres)

Good luck!

15 comments:

  1. I love these contests, and have participated in the past, but my manuscript is getting too long in the tooth for them. Basically, it's been queried enough that odds are very good the "Secret Agent" has already been hit with it.

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    1. *hugs* TIme to write something new...?

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  2. Hello! Thanks for the contest. Is Middle Grade mystery acceptable to just adult titles? Thank you!

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  3. Hi there. I think I entered the Secret Agent contest last fall, but wanted to double check (I've entered a few contests and don't remember them all!) Do you have a link to it? We can't enter this one if we entered in the past, correct?

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    1. Hey, cbaz -- The links to all previous contest entries are on the right sidebar. An easy way to determine whether yours was one of the entries is to do a search on the blog (upper left) for your title or a keyword. That will call up your entry.

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  4. I know I'm late coming into this, I'm simply curious about the submission window if there's any biography info necessary for submission. Or does that come later?

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    1. No biography info necessary. All entries are posted anonymously.

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    2. Thank you! When are the lottery winners notified?

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  5. Trying to figure out which of two stories to try to enter with... :)

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    1. That's not a bad problem to have. :)

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  6. Hi! I'm trying to submit for the contest, but the form is closed and says it was only open from 11-5, not 12-6. Did I miss it?!?!

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    1. JOP -- The contest was open from 12 to 6 EST (all contests on the blog are listed in EST/EDT/NYC time). The form, I think, is in CST.

      So, yes, you missed it. I'm sorry. :(((

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    2. I figured it out -- thank you!!!

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