All us in the creative arts now how hard it is to get our work into the hands of those who can, in turn, get it out to the widest audience possible. One of those people with the “keys to the kingdom” is an agent. Agents are your offensive line, your center forwards, your battalion of foot soldiers storming the castle. Sheesh, I suck at these sorts of analogies!
Long story short (ha, yeah right!), agents can often make or break a literary career. And so, I am very excited and pleased to announce the inauguration of a new contest, called #FicFest, geared specifically towards hooking up writers with agents.
So, what is #FicFest? Well, to quote the contest organizers:
“#FicFest is an online writer’s contest which helps put manuscripts in front of literary agents. This contest, unlike most, is open to manuscripts in ALL genres (including those usually excluded such as Paranormal Romance or Erotica) in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult.
“#FicFest mentors are structured into fifteen (15) teams. Each category [listed above] has three teams. Each team is comprised of a team leader, and two (2) team members. Once the submissions open, each team will choose three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the agent round. This means that an equal number of manuscripts for each category will move to the agent round, guaranteeing that one category does NOT overpower another when it comes time for the agents.
“45 manuscripts total move to the agent round, with 15 manuscripts being held as alternates in case one of the main finalists drops out of the contest for any reason. This is one of the things #FicFest [organizers stress] because most contests are overrun with Young Adult. In many contests, they may advance 40 manuscripts to the agent round, but the problem lies in the fact that 30 of that 40 are all Young Adult. That won’t happen with #FicFest.
“Nine manuscripts from each category will make their appearance in the agent round. No more, no less. NINE each. [To reiterate]: in the agent round, you will have 9 Picture Books, 9 Middle Grade, 9 Young Adult, 9 New Adult, and 9 Adult. Everyone gets a fair chance.”
Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it? And unlike many fiction contests out there, you don’t have to pay any entrance fees, reading fees, buy the judges cake and ice-cream fees. All you need is a spectacular submission – polished, edited, copyedited, and ready for reading.
Here’s the timeline the organizers have set up:
March 20, 2016 @ 12:00 PM EST
Guidelines & Theme Revealed on the Host Blog
March 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST
Meet the Team Leads & Their Members on the Team Lead Blogs & Host Blog
April 3, 2016 @ 6:00 PM EST
Agent List Announced on the Host Blog
April 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST – 10:00 PM EST
Q & A with Team Leads & Host on Twitter – Using #FicFest
April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – April 25, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST SUBMISSIONS accepted
April 26, 2016 – May 3, 2016
Teams will chose their finalists and alternates
May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 AM EST
List of Finalists and Alternate Revealed on the Team Leads Blogs
May 5, 2016 – June 30, 2016
Chosen submissions undergo suggested revisions
July 8, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – July 14, 2014 @ 11:59 PM EST
You can bet your sweet ass I’ve got a book under my pillow to send in.
How ’bout you?!