**Now Accepting Queries**
Lauren Bieker, Intern at FinePrint Literary Management
Lauren Bieker has been serving as an intern and is now open to queries. She is seeking:
Ginger Harris-Dontzin, Literary Agent at Lisa Royce Agency
Writers, you have from 33-147 hours:
Milwaukee Irish Fest Poetry Contests—Submissions due August 1st, (Annual poetry contests, $$ prizes)
What: Poetry reflecting Irish or Irish-American themes. The Donn Goodwin Prize is open to all, while the Joseph Gahagan Prize is open to Wisconsin residents only. The winner of each award will receive $100.
To Submit: Submission by post only (USPS Priority Mail Express is your friend, here!). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.
Brenda Drake Contests Pitch Wars—Submissions due Sunday, August 6th, 10pm EDT (Annual Contest)
What: Win mentoring by an industry professional. Must submit a completed manuscript and query letter (synopsis and pitch recommended as well).
“Over the past six years, Pitch Wars has changed many lives. Countless authors have been matched with agents and even gone on to book deals and successful careers. We’re approaching 250 successes this year!”
To Submit: Submit online beginning August 2nd, 12:01 am EDT. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.
Winter Tangerine 2017 Winter Tangerine Awards—Submissions due Tuesday, August 1st (Annual contest—$$ award and publication)
Who: New and emerging writers—must not have published a novel or collection of any type.
What: Up to 4 poems (no more than 8 pages total) or 2 prose pieces (no more than 12 pages total). Winners receive a box of books, a jar of jam, $250, and publication in Winter Tangerine. Finalists receive $20 and publication.
“Send me stories that feel true. Emotionally, on a visceral level, true. I love characters. I want to laugh and I want quirks and I want my heart to break.“
This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL…
Jessica Mileo, agent at InkWell Management
Jessica tweeted a reminder: “I’m always looking for more WoC/#OwnVoices writers in my inbox!” Source Tweet
Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessicaMileo.
Zoe Sandler, agent at ICM Partners
Family history is eliciting some specificity in Zoe: “I just found out my grandfather was a post-WWII cemetery architect in England. Now I want a novel about a cemetery architect.” Source Tweet
Seeking: Crime, Humor, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Journalism, Science, True Crime
Jessica Alvarez, Senior Agent at BookEnds Literary
Shark Week and Astronaut Mike Dexter making their way onto the literary scene: “From an editor’s lips to my
# MSWL: a contemp shark-themed romance. Sharks can’t be bad in it! Also, a believable astronaut romance.” Source Tweet
Seeking: Romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), women’s fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. She’s looking for books that celebrate diversity in all its forms. In no particular order, she’d especially love to see more books featuring Asian characters, adoption issues, the Amish, coroners and morticians, physically and emotionally tortured heroes, and women who kick ass.
- Check out Literaticast, a new podcast by Jennifer Laughran, Literary Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, in which “a literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults.” To listen to the first three episodes online, click here, or for the link to subscribe on iTunes, click here. For a podcast that covers a wider range of categories and genres that has been broadcasting since last November, check out Manuscript Academy. Click here for more information and to subscribe through iTunes.
- Here are a few #querytip Tweets from this past week:
- “One of the biggest reasons I reject: not knowing your audience! If it’s a MG story, it better be written for the MG audience.” – @inthesestones, BookEnds. Source Tweet
- “In your query, you don’t need to tell the agent what their website and submission guidelines say. They already know. :)” – @RachelleGardner, Books and Such Literary Agency. Source Tweet
- “I see many resubmissions with same opening pages and few changes. Instead, try reworking the scene. Use a fresh start to hook me.” –@marchsoloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Source Tweet
- “No! No! NO! Don’t ever tell me the twist or ending in the query. Save it for the synopsis. Your query is your cover copy.” – @BookEndsJessica, BookEnds. Source Tweet