New contest coming in October: Clash of the Query Letters
A new writing contest for querying authors
In the fiction world, a query letter alone is not enough to land representation. The manuscript's first sentence, first paragraph, and first page are the crucial test. However, a query letter acts as a writer's resume or c/v. It sets the tone, lays out the market potential, and introduces the human behind the words and ideas. And of course, it also pitches the story itself. While an ideal query letter may not seal the deal, it will fill literary agents with eager excitement—a most helpful frame of mind for them to be in as they turn to your sample pages.
Our judge, Michelle Barker, will be asking herself one question: does this query letter convince me that I'm in the hands of an adept novelist with an immersive and engaging story to tell?
Entry fee: $5 CAD
First place: $700 CAD
Second place: $200 CAD
Third place: $100 CAD
The contest opens mid-October 2021 and closes March 31, 2022.
ALSO NEW: OPTIONAL FEEDBACK
For the first time ever, we will be offering optional feedback on contest entries. For an additional $15 CAD, we will send you a brief analysis of your entry's strengths and snags. This will come in the form of an email with a few notes about what our screeners thought, as well as any relevent resources. (Please note: this feedback will not be sent until after the contest closes and winners are announced—sometime in April 2022.)