Monday, September 12, 2011

September Secret Agent Early Info

Please note: This is NOT the call for submissions! The contest will open next Monday, September 19.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (please read carefully):

*There are TWO WAYS to enter:  a) via email to authoress.submissions(at) OR via web form at
* There will be TWO SEPARATE SUBMISSION WINDOWS. Each window will be open for 2 hours and will receive a maximum of 25 entries. This is to accommodate my other-side-of-the-globe readers.
* SUBMISSION WINDOW #1: Monday, September 19, NOON to 2:00 PM EDT or 25 entries, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
* SUBMISSION WINDOW #2: Monday, September 19, 7:00 to 9:00 PM EDT or 25 entries, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
* 2 alternates will be chosen from the second submission window.
* 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 A SECRET AGENT CONTEST DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS (March-August) 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.
* If you are a PAST WINNER (i.e., offered any kind of prize from a Secret Agent), 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

If you choose to submit via email, your submission for this contest 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.
* Submissions go to authoress.submissions(at) They DO NOT GO to my facelesswords address. Or any other address.
*It doesn't matter what you put in the subject line. The only thing you MUST NOT do is to use "RE:" The bot will think you are attempting to respond to an email, and will reject you.

If you choose to submit via the web form, please follow the instructions on the page.

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

This month's contest will include the following genres:

  • Adult fiction, all genres EXCEPT SF
  • YA and MG fiction, all genres EXCEPT SF
Questions below!


  1. Wish I could be ready for this one, but there's no point in rushing. So...maybe next time.

  2. How long are the excerpts supposed, or preferred, to be?

  3. @ Caitlin

    "* Submissions are for THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript. Please do not stop in the middle of a"

  4. Thanks, Authoress! Quick question: If we enter this month's secret agent contest, can we still enter Baker's Dozen?

  5. Yes! You can still enter Baker's Dozen. :)

  6. Is paranormal, SF? Sorry, I know it's dumb.

  7. SF is Science Fiction. So if your paranormal isn't triggered by some secret alien weapon, you should be fine. ;-)

  8. What is the protocol for sequels? I've read that you shouldn't query it if your 1st novel isn't represented? Thanks

  9. Louisa -- Definitely never query a sequel. An agent can't sell a "book 2" without a "book 1." And you've got to sell the agent on book 1 first. :)

  10. Unless of course, your sequels are all stand-alones ;-)

  11. wow -- that one filled up in less than 8 minutes.

  12. Technically, it was 1 minute. o.o

    Round 2 is going to be a lottery.