It’s time for the second annual Christmas in July pitch contest hosted by myself and Ruth Lauren Steven!
THAT’S AWESOME you say? We agree. But this year, we think it’s even better. And one of the reasons is that we have sixteen agents on board this year, and you are going to want to see that list because it’s IMPRESSIVE.
So. Here’s the timeline:
June 28th: The first announcement (Look, you’re reading it!)
July 5th: The AGENT REVEAL! (We’ll also be telling you how to format your email and where to send it)
July 9th: The submission window (Open 6am to 3pm EST)
July 15th: Winners list goes up on the blogs and winners are emailed
July 18th and 19th: The entries go live on our blogs, your lovely book idea is seen by lovely agents, said agents swoop in to make requests, you are happy, we are happy, the agents are happy and everything is lovely. The end.
And here are the rest of the details:
Just like last year, we’ll be choosing 15 entries each to post on our blogs. The entries will consist of a query letter and the first 500 words of a completed manuscript (emphasis on completed). The entries will be up for two days and there will be 16 agents dropping by to make requests.
And now, a solemn note of solemnness. We want you all to have the best chance possible of getting your work in front of agents/published/wildly successful. We expect that you’re querying and that you might potentially have had some requests from agents. But if you do have numerous fulls out with agents, please don’t enter. It wouldn’t be fair to our agents here.
This year we’re opening the contest to YA, MG, and NA submissions (all genres). We’re sorry but we won’t be accepting adult and picture book entries this year.
Only one entry per person please.
If you entered last year, you can enter again, with the same ms if you want to, or a different one. You’ll be sending your entry to an email address that both Ruth and I have access to, so no need to address to one or other of us.
When it comes to Prologues and the like within the 500 words – it’s your entry. Please send whatever it is you want us to read.
You don’t have to follow our blogs to enter, but we’d like it if you did. You can follow us (and each other!) on Twitter too. We tend to get a bit excited and
exasperate the whole world delight everyone with stats and updates about the contest. Like last year (when we trended on Twitter, just sayin’) we’ll be using the hashtag #XmasinJuly
See you back here for the agent reveal on the 5th!