Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Agent Contest!!

You guys!! It's here, the very first Rejects agent contest! I am so excited for y'all to get in front of our guest agent, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Larsen Pomada Literary.  She’s an active blogger and just announced her first sale as an agent, after less than two months! Here’s a little more about Pam:
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg joined Larsen Pomada as an Associate Literary Agent in 2012 to represent young adult and middle grade children's book authors. Over the past four years Pam has become one of the top YA book bloggers in the country at Bookalicious.org. She also works part time at Hicklebee's, a children's bookstore in San Jose, CA.
Pam writes fantastical YA and MG fiction and is represented by Laurie McLean, also of Larsen Pomada Literary Agents. She lives in the Bay Area of California with her Dutch husband, two children--a boy and a girl the perfect set--a Jack Russell terrier, a bull dog puppy, and a small guinea pig. It is her greatest dream to own a menagerie.
This contest is open to:
Picture books: Authors/Illustrators ONLY.
YA: Contemporary, fantasy, science fiction and urban fantasy.
MG/Tween: Contemporary, fantasy, action/adventure
Romance: historical, paranormal, urban fantasy

So, here's how this is gonna work. On May 22, send your entry to
 writerlyrejects@gmail.com. We'll take entries from 9am to 12midnight (EST). Each submission will receive a number and will go into a lotto.
The Rejects will narrow the initial pool of 60 entries down to 10, and Pam will pick a winner from these top ten.
What does the winner receive (yeah, that's why your still reading. I know). Pam is graciously offering a thirty page critique! How cool is that?!?
Wait a second, though. We think everyone should win *something* so here's the bonus: all sixty entries will receive a query critique OR critique of their first five pages, by one of the Rejects.

Not too bad, right?

Okay, so to submit, format your entry:
Your Name

One sentence logline


 Your preference of query or 5 page crit.

Make sure your following the blog, and then send your entry to
 writerlyrejects@gmail.com between 9am-12midnight on TUESDAY MAY 22. Please place AGENT CONTEST in the subject line. THIS IS IMPORTANT: If you DON’T, you will NOT be entered.
You will receive confirmation that your entry was received, and later will receive a number for the lotto. 
The 60 entries chosen by the lotto will be emailed by Thursday, as well as being posted here. The Rejects will then narrow that pool down to 10 for Pam and she will pick her winner.

You guys, I'm super excited! I'm looking forward to reading y'all's entries!
 Good luck!!

P.S. Don't forget the launch raffle that we're having until Friday! Check it out here.


  1. Okay, I have to ask since I'm in Korea...what time is it there? I need to know how early or late I have to be in order to get the information in on time to be considered for the contest.

    Also, by our preference, do you mean which one we prefer agents to look over or which one we prefer writing for?

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  3. Hah! I totally read that wrong. Now I get it. Followed.

  4. Totally sending in my submission just for the fantastic offer of a query critique!

  5. Does this need to be for finished projects?

    1. Angelica--finished would be ideal, but I don't see why it can't be a work in progress. Please make sure you have thirty-ish pages for Pam to crit, should you be our winner! I'd hate for you to be short-changed :) Good luck!

    2. Thanks for the reply! Yes, I have more than 30 pages, and it would be great to get Pam's take on my WIP!

  6. Do we have to include our first five pages in the submission?

    1. No! If your number is drawn in the lotto, we will contact you requesting your pages for our critique. Just indicate which you'd prefer. Thanks! :)

  7. Sounds awesome! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  8. Thanks guys for the opportunity!

  9. This looks great--thanks for doing it!

  10. Missed it by two hours! Oh well. I'll see you at the Twitter Pitch!