Crits and Contests

SECRET AGENT CONTESTS

Our Secret Agent contests run once a month except for June and December.  Submission guidelines are posted one week before the opening of each contest.

Each contest includes a maximum of 50 entries, which will be posted on the opening day of the contest and critiqued by our blog community and a Secret Agent whose identity will not be revealed until the contest closes.

(See the HALL OF FAME on the sidebar for a list of our past Secret Agents!)

BASIC CONTEST GUIDELINES:
  • Submissions to the Secret Agent Contest are HERE.  Or you can email your entry to authoress.submissions(at)gmail.com during the times posted for each contest.  A maximum of 50 entries and 2 alternates will be included.
  • 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 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.
  • The genres for each contest differ.  They will be posted one week prior to each contest.
  • If you are a PAST WINNER, please DO NOT ENTER. (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
Your submission 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 post number.
There is no fee to enter a Secret Agent contest.

BAKER'S DOZEN AGENT AUCTION

Our first Baker's Dozen Agent Auction was held in December, 2010.  It was a sparkling success, leading to three agent signings (see the success story page)!  The next Auction will be held in December, 2011.

Submission guidelines for the next Auction will be posted prior to its opening.  During the Baker's Dozen, several agents place bids on the posted entries, with requested material going to the highest bidder.

Yes, it's a silly name.  It's in honor of the first auction, which included 13 agents.  Regardless of how many agents participate in future contests, the name has stuck.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog to keep up with Baker's Dozen developments!

IN-HOUSE CRITIQUE SESSIONS


Throughout the year, I will host a variety of in-house critique sessions.  Each session will have its own guidelines (e.g. completed manuscripts or WIPS, agented or non-agented authors, etc.), and the sessions will include but are not limited to:
  • First 50 Words
  • Talking Heads (focus on dialogue)
  • Drop the Needle (excerpts from anywhere in the novel)
  • First Kiss
  • Loglines
The submission address for all in-house critique sessions is authoress.submissions(at)gmail.com.

Questions about any of the critique sessions or contests can be sent to Authoress at facelesswords(at)gmail.com.

Of course, if you ask me a question that I've already answered here, I will put your name on my no-chocolate list.  What a terrible fate that would be.