Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The September Mystery Agent Lottery is CLOSED

We have another Mystery Agent contest coming up in just a few weeks and now's your chance to get in on the action!

When can you enter?

The lottery is now closed. Names of winners will be posted Saturday, August 23rd.

Right now! The lottery will be open until August 22nd. Please note, we're doing things a bit differently from last month. This time around, you'll need to have everything ready to go when you enter.

What should you include in your entry? (all of these items are required to enter)
  • Title
  • Genre
  • Word Count
  • Twitter Pitch (140 characters max)
  • First 250 Words
  • Update - Critique Forum Preference - you can now indicate if you'd like your entry to be included in the critique forum. If you've already entered your information you should still be able to go back in and list your preference. Please note: Since this option was added after the start of the lottery, if you do not respond to this option, we will assume you want to be included in forum.

What is our September Mystery Agent seeking?
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult
  • Romance
  • Picture Books

If you have a completed manuscript in one of these categories/genres, please enter all of your info into the Rafflecopter below. Please enter only once and only if your manuscript is finished and query-ready. 

The lottery will close Friday, August 22nd at 11:59 pm EST. Lottery winners will be posted here on the blog on Saturday, August 23rd.

Thirty (30) lucky entrants will be selected and not only will the Mystery Agent take a look at them for a chance to win fabulous prizes, but we'll be posting all 30 entries here on the blog (in our new forum format) on September 1st for cheerleading and constructive feedback. And last but certainly not least, the reveal, along with the to-be-announced prizes, will be posted here sometime in the month of September.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Kirsten said...

Is there a way to enter this without having the 250 words posted on the blog? My PB is only 500 words, so I feel uncomfortable having half of it up for all to see.

Unknown said...

Could we submit a shorter bit of our picture books? Mine is a little bit over 300 words.

Carrie Charley Brown said...

I have the same question as those above. I don't want my manuscript to be considered legally published before it has actually achieved that in the correct sense. Thanks for getting back to us. said...

I have the same question concerning picture books.

Abby Annis said...

We have added a step to the Rafflecopter to allow you to opt out of the forum but still enter the contest.

Thanks for being patient with us as we work out the kinks in this new contest format. :)

Patty Way Medic said...

I botched my pitch but can't get back in to fix it. Somehow it decided I was done when I wasn't! Help!

Michelle McLean said...

Hi Patty :) If you could shoot us an email (addy on the sidebar) and give us the specifics, we'll see what we can do. Thanks!

Sunny Walker said...

As I'm in agreement about the issue up showing 1/2 your book (250 of 500 words), my question is this: Who actually SEES the entries? If a small group, with confidentiality, then no problem.

Abby Annis said...

Hi Sunny! Great question!

The thirty selected entries will be sent to the mystery agent.

Also, as long as the entrant hasn't selected to opt out of the critique session, selected entries will be posted here on the blog in a forum format for feedback. Check out last month's contest for an example of what it will look like:

Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Where do we find the post of the winners -- were they listed on 8/23? Or is there a delay? Or is my brain just computer delayed?

Abby Annis said...

Winners are posted here: