Blind Speed Dating Contest

January brought us PitchWars and Sun Versus Snow. Now it’s time to search for a new literary contest. Enter the BLIND SPEED DATING CONTEST hosted by Cupid’s Literary Connection. Here’s another chance to impress some agents with your query and so-polished-you-need-sunglasses-to-read-first 250.


The rules are straight forward and broken down for you on the site. I’m formatting my entry now. This contest will cost you $10 USD payable via paypal.

Here are the juicy deets:


January 27th at 10:00 AM EST – Submission window opens
February 12th – winners of Bouncer round emailed
February 13th/14th – selected entries posted for agent round
February 17th-20th – agent round
February 21st – Winners announced, identities revealed

EMAIL: cupidslitconnection(at)yahoo(dot)com.
EMAIL SUBJECT: TITLE – Your Name (In case they need to go back and find your email!)

FORMATTING IS CRUCIAL:  Be sure you bold, where it’s bolded.
They even provide an example entry. Yep, it’s that easy.

Title: NAME OF YOUR BOOK (Yes, CAPS there!!!)
Genre: Genre of your book
Word Count: xx,xxx (to the nearest thousand please)

Your query formatted correctly. (see guidelines) DO NOT include genre/word count again!

First 250:

Your first 250 formatted correctly. (see guidelines)



Sun Versus Snow 1st 250

first 250Sun Versus Snow is right around the corner and people have been posting their queries here for feedback. I’ve been asked to open a post for people trying to perfect their first 250 before the contest starts.

Your wish is my command!

Post your first 250 words of your novel below and allow others to offer up corrective criticism and help you tighten it up to gain the attention of Michelle and Amy come contest day!

Sun Versus Snow Query Practice


For those of us that participated in #pitchMAS, a few days before the contest took off on twitter, a post opened to give people a chance to work out their pitches and get feedback from others. Now, Sun Versus Snow is around the corner, I thought there’s no time like the present to get these queries perfectly polished.

Feel free to paste your query in the comments below. Limit it to only your query and if there is interest, I can always open another post for everyone to post their first 250 words.

One On One Contest

I love twitter and blogs in the writing community because there are so many opportunities to get your work in front of an agent. It’s like attending conferences without having to pay the high costs and never leaving your office chair. I love it. Thanks to twitter, I discovered another contest that will be taking place BEFORE PITMAD or SUNVSSNOW, called the One on One Contest.


This contest gives you the opportunity to win 30 minutes to talk one on one with agent,  Pooja Menon from Kimberley Cameron & Associates if you are one of 10 chosen from the first 50 that submitted their query on Jan 4. Go polish your queries and set up that email! Mine’s ready and waiting. See the details of Mike Anthony’s contest here.


Sun Versus Snow Query Contest

With #pitchMAS in full swing, I’m moving forward into January and preparing for other contests out in the blogosphere. Luckily, there are two! First is #pitmad on twitter, which is just like #pitchMAS and dealing with twitter pitches, but later in the month is #sunvssnow and it focuses on your query and first 250 words.




Hosted by: Michelle Hauck (Team Snow) and Amy Trueblood (Team Sun)

Submissions Open:  Saturday, January 18th at noon Eastern time

Submissions Close:  Sunday, January 19th  at 8:00 pm Eastern time

Open to: Adult, NA, YA, and Middle Grade with POLISHED and READY manuscripts

Qualifications to enter: Follow both Michelle on Twitter and their blogs (see original post for information)

What to Submit: Query & First 250 words of your manuscript

What to Expect: Michelle & Amy will pick 15 queries each. Mentors will provide feedback from JAN 23 – JAN 27 as will each of the 30 participants. After receiving two days to make improvements, the new queries and 250 words must be resubmitted by 8pm, January 29th. Beginning Feb 1, agents will have access to your work. There is also a FREE PASS opportunity you can win, where you get to skip the selection process and get placed directly in the pile to be viewed by the agents. 

So are you going to enter? I can’t wait!

Preparing for #PitchMAS

Thanks to the amazing efforts to @Pitchmas, there is an amazing contest about to take place for authors seeking representation and publication. I’ve been working all week to hone my twitter pitch for the upcoming #PitchMAS and I think I’m going to test the waters with these three.  You have to tweet your novel in less than 140 characters while including the genre and the hashtag #PitchMAS


Hell wants to open the gates of Heaven & spark the end of days, leaving Carri & her Guardian Angel to stop a war or die trying. #PITCHMAS YA


17yo Carri & her Guardian Angel boyfriend are banned from heaven, but it’s up to them to prevent Hell from breaking in. #PITCHMAS YA/UF


Banned from Heaven for who she is. Wanted by Hell for what she can do. An ancient plot makes her a danger to both. #PITCHMAS YA/UF


Which (if any) are your favorite? Pitch 3 is my favorite


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