Contests are fun, right? The odds are slightly better than playing the lottery, and hopefully you get to polish up some of your writing in preparation. The ever-helpful Guide to Literary Agents is running their eighth iteration of "Dear Lucky Agent." This one is limited to literary fiction - my favorite! (I am grouping historicals in with literary, because I think the best historical fiction is simultaneously literary. See: War and Peace, for example.) If you're interested, here are some of the details:
1. This contest will be live for 14 days—from Jan. 9 through the end of Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, 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 literary fiction. Literary fiction, defined, is fiction that falls outside the categories of genre fiction. Much fiction falls into the so-called popular commercial genres of romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, Western, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Writing that falls in none of these categories is often called "literary."
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.
See their blog for more info.
And most importantly, what's the prize?
Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge (priceless!). 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value).
Have at 'em!