Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Contest for Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Romance Writers

I have been invited by the ever gracious and wonderful Chuck Sambuchino to host a contest on his Blog for cross genre Paranormal or Urban Fantasy Romance novels. Chuck is the author and keeper of the "Guide to Literary Agents" published yearly by Reader's Digest, and among other great titles, his most recent How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, which was released last week.


E-mail entries to Please paste everything. No attachments.


The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of urban fantasy or paranormal (adult fiction and/or YA fiction are both accepted; no "high fantasy" with dragons, elves or other planets please). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with your entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, I ask that you do one of two things: 1) Mention and link to this contest twice through your social media—blogs, Twitter, Facebook; or 2) just mention this contest once and also add Guide to Literary Agents Blog ( to your blogroll. Please provide link(s) so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step!


1. This contest will be live for approximately fourteen days—from Sept. 22 through the end of Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, EST. Winners notified by e-mail within three weeks of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
2. To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.
3. This contest is solely for completed book-length works of urban fantasy and paranormal romance (both YA and adult novels are accepted).
4. You can submit as many times as you wish. You can submit even if you submitted to other contests in the past, but please note that past winners cannot win again.
5. The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA's publisher, F+W Media.
6. By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the "Comments" section of this blog post. (If you have questions or concerns, write me personally at The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions.)


Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to

For more details go to Chuck's blog at and read the submission guidelines. Please don't submit directly to me. My in-box is already working overtime ;)

For those of you who know me, these are not the only genres that I represent, but please only submit the said cross genre romance work as requested. There will be other contests for the rest of you. :)

Happy writing... and in this case, happy submitting!

Guide to Literary Agents

New Contest on Writer's Digest's Chuck Sambuchino's blog hosted by yours truly. More info to follow. For details go to: Guide to Literary Agents