Monday, April 6, 2020

Secret Agent Contest Early Info

Please note: This is NOT the call for submissions! The contest will open next Monday, April 13.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (please read carefully):

*To enter, please use THE SUBMISSION FORM HERE.
*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.
* 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.
* You may submit A DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT if you've participated in any previous Secret Agent contests in the past year.
* Only ONE ENTRY per person per contest. If you send more than one, your subsequent entry(ies) will be rejected.
* 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:

  • High-concept women's fiction
  • Rom-com
  • Mainstream with a hint of magic
  • Fantasy
  • Magical Realism
  • Historical
  • Contemporary
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Contemporary
  • Mystery
  • Light fantasy
  • Light magical realism
Please ask your questions below, or hunt me down on Twitter!


  1. Thanks for doing this Jillian! I have a manuscript that was accepted for a Baker's Dozen contest several years ago. I got a few bites/ a few requests for a full, but ultimately all agents passed. I've revised the MS and am currently querying with it. Can I submit it to this Secret Agent contest or would you prefer I not since this particular MS has already benefited from your site? ;)

    1. Oh my goodness, definitely submit! This is the perfect time for you to get some good feedback on the fresh version. :)

    2. Done! Thanks so much, Jillian. Good luck, everyone!

  2. Hi, this is my first time doing the Secret Agent contest. Do you I submit a query letter, synopsis, or anything other than the first 250 words? And are there any questions I can prepare answers to in advance? Are the words pasted into a form, or do I submit a doc? Thank you for any guidance you can give.

    1. I apologize for the typo. Do I submit (omit the 'you,' please) a query letter, synopsis or anything other than the first 250 words, and are they submitted as a doc or words pasted into a form? Thank you.

  3. Thank you! Maybe this will help to keep me sane for a little while longer.