Welcome to the opening day of the 2013 Petit Fours and Hot Tamales Recipe for Success Write-Off Contest. We are open for entries today and each of the next three Wednesdays. Please read the complete rules by clicking the Contest TAB at the top of the page under the banner. Again, please read all the rules on the link above.
WHAT CAN YOU WIN Grand prize is a critique from agent Melissa Jeglinski of The Knight Agency of the first 20 pages of your manuscript and a two page synopsis. Four runners-up will receive a PFHT cookbook.
ABOUT THIS YEAR’S JUDGE:
A graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English with a writing concentration, Melissa began her career as an editor with Harlequin Enterprises. Looking to work with a variety of authors and genres, she joined The Knight Agency in 2008. With over two decades experience in the publishing industry, Melissa has fostered her clients to National prominence including a recent Newbery Honor. She is a member of RWA and AAR. Melissa is currently seeking projects in the following areas: Romance (contemporary, category, historical, inspirational) Young Adult, Middle Grade, Women’s Fiction and Mystery. Keep up with Melissa at The Knight Agency or Follow Her on Twitter.
HOW TO ENTER In the comments box below this post, put your entry of the first paragraph or up to 100 words of your story. The first 100 entries posted AT or AFTER midnight, March 6, 2013, Eastern Standard Time, will be accepted. We will close this week’s round to entries after the first 100 entries or by Friday, March 8, 2013 at midnight EST.
Please note: You are not required to post 100 words. You may post less. Instead of just saying the first paragraph, we give you the 100 word option because you may have started with dialogue
However, use word count or count each and every word by hand. Entries over 100 words will be automatically disqualified.
GENRES? Entries may be in any genre except for erotic, science fiction, or as otherwise noted. For purposes of explanation, we will consider erotic as any work that exceeds the “heat” level of the average Harlequin Blaze. PLEASE NOTE: NO POETRY, CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS, OR SCREENPLAYS.
WHO CAN ENTER Entrants must be unagented at the time of submission and not have published a work of full-length fiction (over 40,000 words) within the last 36 calendar months.
FIRST ROUND WINNERS From this first round of entries, we will choose 10 semifinalists whose names will be posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 by 8:00 PM EST in the comments section below today’s post. Winners will need to email us with contact information within 24 hours of their name being posted as a semifinalist. Remember, if you are not chosen from today’s entries, you may reenter the same work or an entirely different one NEXT WEDNESDAY!
And as a disclaimer, remember: By posting an entry, entrants agree to hold all members of PFHT, Melissa Jeglinski, and The Knight Agency harmless, including for any comments or criticisms including those posted on the blog by guests or others. Winning is not a guarantee of representation.
If you have a question that is not answered by reading the rules at http://petitfoursandhottamales.com/contest/ , please feel free to post it in the comments section, BUT enter anyway AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE RULES. If there is a problem, we’ll remove your entry. We don’t want you to miss the entry window, so we’d rather have a wrong entry we must remove than for you to not enter.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ENTER IN THE COMMENT BOX BELOW. List the genre, please (not part of the word count!). (Please note, if you have never posted a comment with us before, yours will be awaiting moderation. Don’t panic, it will still have an accurate time on it for your place in the contest.)
Have fun! Enter, and pass the word!