Woohoo! So here we go! Below are the complete details on how to enter the Sun versus Snow contest. Please read this information thoroughly. Any submission that does not follow these guidelines will be automatically deleted.
The submission window opens at 12 noon (EST) on SATURDAY, January 18th! The window will close at 8pm (EST) on Sunday, January 19th. Please do not send before 12 noon on Saturday. Early entries will be deleted. (There is plenty of time. No need to all send entries at 12 pm and clog the email.)
All genres (except Erotica for adult categories) will be accepted for the following:
You must have a complete and polished manuscript to enter!
Michelle and I will make 14 picks each for our teams, plus the Free Pass winner. These 30 will go up on our blogs bright and early Thursday, January 23rd.
Mentors will make exclusive comments on January 23rd and 24th. All other comments will be deleted.
Then January 25th – 27th everyone can comment! Please make your comments helpful and constructive. Anything deemed unacceptable will be deleted.
Entrants are REQUIRED to comment on three other entries during this period from January 25 – January 27th. We are looking for useful feedback, including what works for you and what didn’t.
POLISHED WORK – AGENT ROUND:
Entrants will then have two days to revise their entries and return them using the contest email. Entries must be returned by 8pm (EST) on January 29. Entries that don’t make it on time forfeit their spot. (Please be on time. We won’t have time to go hunting for you.)
Michelle and I will hustle like crazy to format the entries and have them up for the agent round on February 1st. Which is why we are strict about late entries.
On February 1st, fifteen agents will make requests using phrases to show whether they prefer sun or snow.
Example: This query is pretty as a snow angel, send a full. Or throw me my sunglasses, I need a partial. Agents will review all entries, regardless of affiliation toward Sun or Snow teams.
To participate, you have to be following both our blogs (Michelle and Amy). We also encourage you to follow us on twitter using the hashtag #sunvssnow as we will be tweeting about mentor and agent activity.
Send submission to Sunversussnow (at) yahoo (dot) com. Only one submission per email address or person is allowed.
Here’s how it should be formatted (yes, include the bolded!) Please use Times New Roman (or equivalent), 12 pt font, and put spaces between paragraphs. No indents or tabs are needed. No worries if your gmail doesn’t have Times New Roman.
Subject Line: SVS: TITLE, Age Category + Genre
(example: SVS: PYGMY HAZARDS, MG Fantasy)
In The Email:
Title: MY FANTASTIC BOOK (yes, caps!)
Genre: YA dystopian (Age category and genre. YA/MG is not a genre.)
Word Count: XX,XXX
My Main Character is most uncomfortable with:
Stories thrive on conflict and making your MC suffer. Tell us which weather would make your MC the most uncomfortable or unhappy (100 words or less).
Example: Little Bit is from a world where the sun sends out deadly radiation so the sudden arrival of snow would freak her out and give her a heart attack. (Can be in your MC’s POV, but doesn’t have to be.)
Query goes here! Include greeting and main paragraphs. Please leave out bio, closing, and word count + genre sentence.
First 250 words:
Here are the first 250 words of my manuscript, and I will not end in the middle of a sentence, even if I hit 250 words.
Confirmation emails will be sent to all queries received. If you don’t get one, ask one of us on Twitter.
Again, the picks will go live on January 23rd. You’ll have to wait until then and no amount of bribery, even with chocolate, will make us tell. We will be giving hints on Twitter however!
Feel free to leave questions in the comments or on Twitter.