Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The 2013 Baker's Dozen: Submission Guidelines and Everything Else!

14 agents are ready to outbid each other in the 4th annual BAKER'S DOZEN AGENT AUCTION. Is your logline ready?  Do you have a clean, ready-to-be-queried manuscript? Then jump right in!


October 29: Submissions for adult fiction (all genres except erotica), 9 AM to 5 PM EDT (100 max)
October 31: Submissions for adult fiction (all genres except erotica) , 9 AM to 5 PM EDT (100 max)

(See specific genres listed below.)

November 5:  Submissions for YA/MG fiction (all genres), 9 AM to 5 PM EDT (150 max)
November 7:  Submissions for YA/MG fiction (all genres), 9 AM to 5 PM EDT (150 max)

November 15: 25 winning entries in adult category notified via email
November 22: 35 winning entries in YA/MG category notified via email

Friday, November 29: 60 winning entries posted on blog
Tuesday, December 3: auction is LIVE at 11:00 AM EDT (agents will place bids)

December 4:  auction closes
December 5:  winners announced


Contemporary Women's
Fantasy: Contemporary
Fantasy: Dark
Fantasy: Epic/High
Magical Realism
Mystery (including Cozy)
Science Fiction (all)
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  • During the appropriate submission window, send your LOGLINE and the first 250 words of your COMPLETED AND POLISHED MANUSCRIPT. 
  • To submit, GO HERE and follow the directions. Be sure to check your word count and preview your entry before hitting "submit."
  • YES, you may submit your entry if you were in any Secret Agent contests this year.
  • NO, you MAY NOT submit if you were one of last year's 60 Baker's Dozen entrants...UNLESS it is a DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT.
  • YES, you may submit more than one entry.  Each entry must be processed separately.
  • The word count will be set at 325. This includes your logline and your first page.
  • All entrants must pay an $10 entry fee. You will be asked to pay before your entry is completed. You do not need a Paypal account to pay the fee (you should be given the option to use a credit card), though it's certainly easier when you do have an account.
  • Please do not enter if you are already agented.
  • Please notify me if you receive an offer of representation prior to the announcement of winners. Also, please understand that the entry fee is non-refundable.
  • By entering this contest, you are giving implicit permission to have your work posted and publicly critiqued.
  • As soon as the winning entries post on November 29, critiquing may begin.  Critiques will be offered by one of our two participating editors (adult or YA/MG, depending on your genre), one of our two participating authors (adult or YA/MG, depending on your genre), and as many of our  blog community members as show up.
  • Agent bids will consist of the number of pages they would like to read, up to a full manuscript.
  • There is no guarantee that every entry will receive an agent bid.
  • Each of the 60 winners is requested to critique a minimum of 5 other entries.
  • Agents will be reading the entries beginning on November 29, but bidding will not begin until 11:00 AM EDT on December 3.  This will give the agents several days to decide which entries, if any, they'd like to place a bid on.
  • Critiquing may continue after the bidding has closed (December 4).




If I've missed anything, please leave your question in the comment box below.  But please MAKE SURE YOU CHECK ALL THE RECENT BAKER'S DOZEN AND LOGLINE POSTS before asking.


  1. HI, This is so great! Thank you for doing this!
    Question : Are there two days to submit for Adult and two days to submit for YA in case you are not one of the 100 chosen on the 1st day?

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  2. Anon -- Yes, there are 2 separate submission dates for each category. Not because of being chosen -- every manuscript that is entered will be read and considered for the auction -- but simply to accommodate people's schedules.

  3. Since NA is considered Adult for Baker's Dozen, can I assume the genres listed apply to NA as well?

  4. Technically, it doesn't apply to NA, because NA is not included. I hear what you're saying, and, yes, the list applies. But I don't want folks to get the impression that these agents are looking for NA -- they are not.

    1. Wait, so NA isn't allowed at all?

  5. If you have written an NA novel and you wish to submit it, simply call it an adult novel. That's what it actually is; NA is a marketing ploy to grab the college-and-20-something set. It's a decision best left for an editor, at any rate.

    I asked the agents to let me know if any of them were looking for NA. None said they were. Hence, it's not being included as a separate "thing".

  6. For more than one entry, does the fee cover all or is it 10 per entry? 20 for two, etc.

  7. Do you have a list if YA genres they are looking for?

  8. All YA and MG genres, as stated above.

  9. What is the word count limit on the logline?

  10. Hi Authoress! First of all, I'd like to thank you so much for hosting this again. I thoroughly enjoyed last year, and though the agent who won my sample at auction did not end up taking me on, I've learned a lot since then. I am still working on The Everett Quartet and hoping to find an agent.

    I'd really like to join this year with another novel. I just wanted to check what 'erotica' means. The genre of my novel is magical realism (which I'm SOOO happy to see is on the list), but it does have a lot of sensual (not sexual) scenes. There's no graphic language, and the few times the characters consummate their desires are not even shown (the fact the act happened is merely mentioned). What's shown in suggestive (rather than graphic) language are the seductions (or 'foreplay'). The editors wouldn't consider that as erotica, right? I guess what I'm asking is: does graphic erotic language make a novel 'erotica', while sensual, suggestive language would not?

    Apologies if this is a stupid question, but I always get tripped up in trying to name a genre for my work :-)

    Thanks again for this great contest!

  11. Awesome! I've been away for college for the past two years, so I'm currently writing three manuscripts and dusting off one completed manuscript for the YA division. Can't wait!

  12. I'm also wondering about the word limits. It says the first 250 words of the MS, but a total wordcount including logline of 325, but I thought I'd previously read 100 words on the logline. And if the total is 325 and your logline is 25 words, can you post the first 300 of the MS?

  13. Anon -- The Bot won't know the difference, but Jodi and I strongly prefer that you do NOT add extra words to your excerpt. 250 is all we need to determine whether or not an entry is strong enough for the auction, and, well, we have a LOT of reading to do.

  14. Hi Authoress - First of all, thank you for hosting such a fun contest! :) I just wanted to double check something - my entry uses a different e-mail acct than my payment in paypal. My entry and payment will still link up, right? Thank you!

  15. Yep! The Bot automatically connects the payment to the correct entry. :)

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