Friday, October 18, 2013




The submission window opens at 12 noon (EST) on SATURDAY, October 19th! The window will close at 8pm or when we receive 100 entries, so please send early, but not before 12 noon. Early entries will be deleted.

We are accepting all age categories and genres, excluding picture books and erotica. Despite the title of the contest, your book does not have to be horror.

MichelleMike, and SC will make ten picks each for their teams, and those ten picks will go up on our blogs from October 25th through the 27th, where agents will make requests! Check the NINE agents to see if they accept your genre.  

To participate, you have to be following all our blogs (MichelleMike, and SC).

The Format:

Send your one and only submission to nightmareonquerystreet (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 and everything!) 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: NOQS: TITLE, Age Category + Genre 
(example: NOQS: 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's Greatest Fear: 

My MC fears potatoes. (Can be in your MC's POV, but doesn't have to be. 100 words or less.)


Here is my fantastic query! Include it all, even the bio, greeting, closing.

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 259 words :)


Conformation emails will be sent to all queries received. If you don't get one, ask one of us on twitter. Submissions will cut off after 100 entries. We'll announce closure of submissions on twitter and a further email will be sent to the top 100.

Again, the picks will go live on October 25th. You'll have to check the blogs to see if you are part of Mike's Monsters, Michelle's Minions, or SC's Spooks.

Please do not comment on the entries! No cheerleading this time. 

Agents will:

scream for a full request

shriek for 50 pages

Shiver for 10 pages

Good luck!  

Feel free to leave questions in the comments or on twitter.


  1. OMG It's tomorrow! I'm so very excited! This is seriously the chance of a lifetime!

    1. All the best, Desiree. You have potential as a writer. I hope you make it through. :)

    2. Thanks so very much Xander. So do you! I really hope you're considering entering.

  2. By EST, you mean, Eastern Standard Time (UTC - 05:00), right?

  3. Looks like fun, but I don't have anything ready. I'll be sure to check back to read everyone's entries. Good luck!

  4. Ahhhh!!! I'm screaming already!! Can't wait! Thanks for hosting and good luck to everyone !! :)

  5. Bad news! lettermelater (dot) com is not working, at least with my gmail. I would have to send it manually. What if you receive double emails for same entry? Does it disqualify us? Or would you keep any one and delete the second? Also, what if somebody sends an entry on 11:59 am? Would you still delete it?

  6. We would delete entries received at 11:59 am. If you send two by accident, we will delete one. But we'd be grateful if you let us know on twitter so it's easier to spot.

    1. Michelle, I live in Alabama so my time zone is ahead of you guys. Should I still submit it at MY 12:00 or your 12:00, which will be my 11.

    2. You'll want to submit at 12:00 New York time or Eastern time. So that would be 11:00 am your time.

  7. Oh this is pretty cool, I'll share the news with all my authors/writers followers.

  8. The guidelines said, "exotica" do you mean "EROTICA" or maybe there is a genre called exotica, I don't know...

    1. Nope, meant erotica. I think my spell check did me wrong. Thanks for the catch!

  9. Email sent, now it's hand wringing time :)

  10. Just sent mine in. This is so exciting! Good luck to everyone and thanks for doing this, Michelle!

  11. Mine is in! Too bad my query is still baaaaaad. Maybe the rest will be good enough to get me in.

    Thanks, Michelle!

    1. I messed up my query on last instant before sending the entry. ruined my chances :(

  12. Thanks so much for doing really managed to get fabulous agents. Ironically, one of them is on my top five list, and I was just about to send her a query. Today. Really.

    If my query here is not chosen by the three bloggers (a bad sign, of course), I'm guessing the agent would not have seen the query? Thanks!