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Recipe for Success Write-Off

 Welcome to the 2013 PFHT Recipe for Success Write-Off!

Enter the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales
Recipe for Success Write-Off
on March 6, 13, 20 & 27!

Get your creative juices flowing…Whet your writing appetite…Enter the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog’s month-long writing competition.

The grand prize winner will receive a critique (consisting of a read of the first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript and a two-page synopsis) from Literary Agent Melissa Jeglinski with The Knight Agency.

The Top Five finalists will receive a copy of Cooking with the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, a concoction of favorite recipes from our blog members, guest chefs – authors, editors, agents and publishers who blog with us every week – and our valued readers.

Does your story have the right ingredients? Do you have what it takes to be the Top Tamale? We’re looking for your best paragraph or first 100 words (Paragraph and/or total entry NOT to exceed 100 words.)

Competition starts March 6, 2013 at The winner will be announced on March 30, 2013. The critique will be provided no later than April 30, 2013.

Contest Information and Rules

Coming March 6, 2013, a month-long writing contest. Winner will receive an agent critique!

First round entries consist of one paragraph only or up to the first hundred words.  Paragraph and/or total entry NOT to exceed 100 words.  Any entry exceeding 100 words will be automatically eliminated from judging. Word count determined by contest coordinator using Microsoft Word.

Entries may be in any genre except for erotic or science fiction.  To judge erotic versus “spicy,” anything that does not exceed the heat level of the average Harlequin Blaze should be acceptable.

Entries will be accepted on the following Wednesdays: March 6, 2013, March 13, 2013, March 20, 2013, and March 27, 2013. Only the first 100 entries posted after 12:00 a.m. EST on each of these four Wednesdays will be eligible for judging.  Contest closes to entries each Wednesday by 11:59 p.m. EST.  No entries will be accepted before or after the posted times.

Five semifinalists from each day’s entries will be posted the following Monday on the comments section of the entry day, for a total of 20 semifinalists.  Semifinalists from the March 27, 2013, entries will be announced on Saturday, March 30, 2013.  The first fifteen semifinalists will be required to submit the first five pages of their manuscript by email (address will be provided to them) no later than two calendar days following the announcement of their win on the blog. Finalists announced on Saturday, March 30th, will need to submit no later than noon EST on Sunday March 31, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Five finalists will be chosen from the twenty semifinalists. The top five finalists will be announced April 2, 2013.

The top five finalists must submit up to the first 20 pages of their manuscript and a two page synopsis by e-mail (address will be provided to them) no later than April 3, 2013 at 12:00 p.m (noon) EST.

Melissa Jeglinski of The Knight Agency will choose one Grand Prize Winner and the announcement of the winning name will be made on April 10, 2013.  Grand Prize Winner will receive their critique no later than April 30th, 2013.

All work entered must be your own original work and not attributable to any other person.

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.

Each entrant may only enter one paragraph/entry per week, period.  No multiple email addresses, different user names, etc.  Multiple entries will automatically disqualify the entrant and all their entries.

Each entrant may post a new entry each week provided they have not been awarded semifinalist status.  Semifinalists may NOT post a new entry.

If you are not a semifinalist, you may post the same entry in weeks two, three,and four, or try your luck with a completely new one.

Winning a critique does NOT guarantee representation by agent Melissa Jeglinski or The Knight Agency.  It does guarantee a critique and nothing more.

Semifinalist judging is handled by members of the PFHT blog and is subject to our own personal whims, likes, dislikes, and basic subjectivity.  We strive to be fair, but cannot guarantee that you will agree with our choices.  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.

International entries are accepted provided they are in English, and that the entrant agrees to accept a critique delivered electronically if they are awarded the Grand Prize.

Prizes consist of: a Petit Fours and Hot Tamales Cookbook for each of the top five finalists.  One grand prize winner will receive a critique from agent Melissa Jeglinski of The Knight Agency consisting of a read of the first twenty pages of an unpublished manuscript and a two page synopsis.

Sandy McDaniel - March 5, 2013 - 4:23 pm

I didn’t see the email address or another place to submit the first 100 words of my work. Is this where I would insert it?

Rebekah Ward - March 20, 2013 - 7:57 am


“I was wondering if you’d allow me to escort you to the wedding.” The question took her by surprise, but what a wonderful surprise! Jillian sat quietly, not moving.

“It’s not a hard question, just requires a yes or no answer.” She felt panicked. On one hand she wanted very much to go with him. On the other she knew she shouldn’t. The silence continued.


“I’d love to go with you.” She smiled brightly and wondered how she could do such a horrible thing to him.

Susan Carlisle - August 25, 2014 - 2:56 pm

I look forward to reading the great entries.

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