Thursday, March 31, 2016

0 Red Light/Green Light Contest Schedule and Announcing Our Agent Judge!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Here are the details for our upcoming contest, which we announced last week!

First, the SCHEDULE:

On April 7th: We will open for submissions! There will be one submission window at Noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific), which will close once we have the first 30 entries--25 entrants and 5 alternates--so be ready if you want a spot! Another submission window will open at 3:00 pm Eastern (Noon Pacific), and will accept the first 30 entries--again, 25 entrants and 5 alternates--at that time before closing. Please be sure to follow the rules and use the entry form correctly to ensure your spot in the contest.

Here's the link to the submission form:

On April 14th: We will post 50 first sentences on the website, so everyone can see who made it! While our agent judge is reading and making his or her selection of the top 25, YOU can give your opinions on the best first sentences in the comments section!

On April 21st: The top 25 will be announced! These 25 entries will be posted on the website with their first and second sentences.

On April 28th: The top 10 will be announced! You'll see the first pages of each of the top 10 entries, shared on the blog.

On May 5th: The top 5 will be announced! You'll see the pitches of the top 5 entrants (the agent will see these too, along with their first chapters to determine the winner).

On May 12th: The winner will be announced!

Next, here are the RULES:

1. We will take the first 50 entries submitted via the form we'll be posting on April 7th, as described in the schedule above. 25 will be from the first entry window, and 25 from the second entry window.

2. Any currently unagented person may enter this contest with an unpublished YA or MG manuscript! The manuscript does not have to be complete, but again, it does have to be unpublished.

3. For the purpose of this contest, here's how we'll define a sentence in your manuscript: when a period, exclamation point, or question mark appears, that signifies the end of a sentence. Period. (See what we did there?)

4. If you entered our last contest, you are still welcome to enter this one!* As you know, writing is a very subjective business, and one agent judge may view an entry differently than the last!

*Please note: if you were a finalist (top 10 or above) in our last contest, we ask that you enter with a different manuscript this time around!

Here's a reminder of the PRIZES:

*Choice of a 30-minute phone call with one of the following authors: Martina Boone, author of the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy; Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the forthcoming Fear the Drowning Deep; or, a 30-minute phone call with our agent judge! During this call, you can discuss your work or book ideas, any questions you have about querying and submission, or anything about writing in general--it's up to you!

*A gift certificate good for 6 months of subscription to One Stop for Writers, an amazing author resource site!

Now that all those fun things are out of the way...we're thrilled to introduce you to our agent judge for this contest:


Kimberly fell in love with reading when she picked up her first Babysitter’s Club book at the age of seven and hasn’t been able to get her nose out of a book since. She is a graduate of both California State University, Northridge and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Although she loves all things romance, she is also searching for books that are different and will surprise her, with empathetic characters and compelling stories. Kimberly is interested in both commercial and literary fiction, with an emphasis in contemporary romance, women’s fiction, mysteries/thrillers and young adult. She is thrilled to be back on the east coast and is based in New York City. For a list of her clients, go to her website.

Thanks so much to Kimberly (a former First Five Pages Workshop mentor!) for agreeing to judge this contest.

And last but not least:

Good luck to all who choose to enter next Thursday, April 7th!

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