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2017 Query Kombat Free Passes & Contest Information

Query Kombat is approaching and the hosts are offering free passes. Each host has their own rules on how to enter to win a free pass. Go to the individual websites by May 15th, 2017 to learn how:

As for the contest itself, submissions are between May 17-19, 2017. (Sorry, the site doesn’t say what time zone, but I’m pretty certain it’s one of the U.S. zones, most likely EST.) Query Kombat is a bracket style competition where 64 query letters and first pages are matched against each other until only one is left. There are six rounds of competition that last the entire month of June and our expert judges leave notes and determine the winners. Agents request from the entries between the 1st and 2nd round, but there’s a catch. No agent requests are revealed until an entry is knocked out of the competition. Entries are known by their fun nicknames. Surviving entries are allowed to revise twice over the six rounds.

Submissions are for all genres in middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult. For submission instructions, go here. Not only can writers get their query polished but they might just land an agent with over 30 participating!

As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst

Nightmare On Query Street 2016

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It’s getting close to Halloween, which means Nightmare On Query Street is soon! But don’t let the title fool you into thinking you’re manuscript won’t qualify. The title is more about when the contest takes place. You can enter any age category or genre, excluding picture books and erotica.

The submission window opens at 4:00 pm (EST) on October 14th. All entries sent before this time will be deleted. For this years contest, there are 25 agents lined up! TWENTY FIVE! How awesome is that? But you’d better be on your toes if you want to submit. They will close submissions when they reach 250 entries or in two hours, whichever is first.

Michelle, Mike, and Laura will make 13 picks each. Then a few mentors they’ve selected will help the authors hone their entries before the agent round. On October 29 through October 30, the entries will go live for the agents to select.

Some rules to take note of:

  • You are not eligible if you’ve been in an agent round in the last six months. (This does not include open twitter pitches.)
  • You can enter if you have a different manuscript to enter than previous agent round you were in.
  •  Only ONE entry per person. (No using multiple emails or pen names!)

You’ll need to send you query and first 250 words, along with a short paragraph (no more than 100 words) answering this question: What is your main character’s most stressful relationship? Who really makes them sweat?

For complete details and submission formatting, go here. Also, be on the look out on each of their blogs for FREE PASSES!

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

QUERY KOMBAT IS TOMORROW!

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Reminding everyone that Query Kombat submissions open tomorrow May 16 (9am) and remain open through May 20, 2016 (closing at noon).  Michelle Hauck is the creator of the contest with Laura Heffeman and Michael Anthony  hosting. You can find the instructions to submit here. They have 21 agents (although Michael’s blog says 29) participating this year, so get those queries and first 250 words polished. And remember, this is for completed and unpublished works.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Nightmare On Query Street is Coming! #NoQS

Oh yes, another wonderful contest to connect writers with literary agents! SUH-WEET! Please get familiar with these important dates:

Submission Window Opens: October 15th 4:00 pm EST
Final Picks are Announced: October 20th undecided time
Mentors Go to Work: October 21th – 26th
Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 8 pm
Agent round: October 29th – 30th

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The contest is hosted by Michelle Hauck and Michael Anthony. So far there are twenty agents signed up, but Michelle hasn’t posted them yet. However, she has revealed the mentors that will help winners perfect their query and first 250 words. They are:

  1. Colleen McCoy
  2. Kathleen Allen
  3. Jamie Zakian
  4. Rena Olsen
  5. Amy Trueblood
  6. Tracy Townsend
  7. Wade Albert White
  8. Ashley Hearn
  9. Jessica Kapp
  10. Melissa Caruso
  11. Judi Lauren
  12. Amanda Heger
  13.  Marty Mayberry
  14. Michelle Hazen
  15. Christina Dalcher
  16. Heather Van Fleet
  17. Richard Pearson
  18. Kim Long
  19. Judy Clemens
  20. Betsy Aldredge
  21. LS Hawker
  22. Wendy Nikel
  23. Erika David
  24. Nicole Tone

To learn brief bios on all the mentors you can visit half of them on Michelle’s site and the other half on Mike’s site. There is also a FREE PASS contest on Michelle’s site to go straight to the agent round! And don’t forget to watch for the list of participating agents, as well as pay attention to rules and formatting.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

NIGTMARE ON QUERY STREET 2014 IS APPROACHING!

October is the time for ghosts and ghouls to scare the bejeebers out of us as they creep out of the closet. Even more exciting…it’s NIGHTMARE ON QUERY STREET month! This is a fabulous writerly contest hosted by Michelle, Michael, and SC.

What’s that? You don’t have a scary manuscript to enter. NEVER FEAR! The contest is designed for only your pitch to be scary. You need to write a paragraph of no more than 100 words about what the most fearsome obstacle your main character has to overcome and submit with your query and first 250 words of your manuscript. So, your MC doesn’t have to be fleeing a group of vampires to be entered in this awesome contest. Oh no! Your MC’s most fearsome obstacle could be the eight-year-old nosy neighbor that will rat him out about the party he threw last week if he doesn’t buy that $500 WII system for her.

Now hurry and get to planning your pitch! The submission window opens at 12 noon (EST) on October 15th. The window will close at 12 noon (EST) October 17th or when they receive 225 entries. But know there are rules to be followed, so read everything here to make sure you clearly understand the submission guidelines.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction