Monday, January 11, 2010

Submissions Are Now Open

And we're off!

Please note: I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO GO BY THE TIME STAMP IN MY GMAIL BOX. Your best bet is checking, but there are no guarantees. I love y'all, but I'm not omniscient!

GENRES FOR THIS ROUND: Middle Grade and Young Adult


* Submissions will be open for 24 hours or until 50 eligible entries have been received, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
* Submissions received before the contest opens will be disqualified.
* 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 (June-November) will not be accepted.
* You may submit A DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT if you've participated in any of the 2009 Secret Agent contests.
* Only ONE ENTRY per person per contest. If you send more than one, your subsequent entry(ies) will be deleted.
* If you are PAST WINNER, 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

Your submission for this contest should be formatted as follows:


(Followed by the excerpt here.)

* No "chapter one," chapter titles, etc.
* You will receive a confirmation email with your post number. I don't always get through quickly. Don't resend.
* Submissions go to facelesswords(at) They DO NOT GO to my authoressmail address. Those of you who are subscribed to this blog via email will note the latter address as the "from." If you use this address for the contest, I WILL NOT SEE YOUR SUBMISSION.

And now I'll sit here with my finger poised over the "Submissions Are Now Closed" post button...


  1. OK, I just entered, yay! *fingers crossed*

    How will we know if we've made it into the coveted 50 top positions?


  2. I, too, just entered. This is exciting.

  3. Wow, it's 12:09 pm and it's still open for submissions. I lost that bet. ;)

    Good luck to everyone who entered.

  4. Wow. I waited and watched and sent me right at the stroke of 12 EST. Looks like I could've built in an error margin. Hope it didn't arrive 'early'.

    Ready to crit anyway...

    Thanks for holding these contests!

  5. And yes, my novels are better edited than my comments. :-)

  6. Susan Quinn, you should get a reply e-mail from Authoress with your post number.

    And I hope you don't mind my mentioning it, Authoress, but I thought I'd let everyone know that Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is having a Secret-Agent-like contest this month over on her blog. Submit up to the first 500 words of a finished MG or YA manuscript; winners will receive up to a 15-page critique as well as a mention on her blog.

    There won't be any feedback on that contest unless you win, but for anyone interested in checking it out, go to this website:

    And good luck to everyone in this month's Secret Agent contest!

  7. Wow, I can't believe the contest is still open! Perhaps sending out my entry THE SECOND IT TURNED NOON was a bit unnecessary.

    Good luck to everyone who entered!

  8. Oh, I just woke. It's 4.27am here in Australia. I've entered. I hope I made it.

    Good luck to eveyone else.

  9. Glad to hear I may have gotten in. I ran into some stumbling blocks this morning and didn't make it until 9:05. Fingers crossed and good luck to all!

  10. I am really looking forward to critting this time around! Good luck to all!

  11. Submitted mine at 12:01 thinking I was cutting it close with being a minute after 12. Haha. Hopefully I wasn't early. Macs are usually pretty good about being right with the time.

  12. I didn't know what time the contest opened so I started watching the website at 6:45 this morning!

    Then I freaked out because I didn't see the opening until it had been up for 10 minutes. I haven't received the confirmation yet, but I hope it wasn't already closed!

  13. 12:01 here too

    Hope the drying process is moving along smoothly Authoress.

    Good Luck everyone.

  14. I got in! Woot. I was even late for work today but I didn't care. I sat there with my finger hoovering over the send button.

    Congrats to all 50 posters, can't wait to read the feed back for everyone :)

  15. I got in too. Yay!

    I'm glad I woke for a while to hit that send button.