Monday, June 8, 2015

Query Kombat '15 Agent Round

Here we go! The agent round! Before you dive in, please - agents and entrants - read this post!

Agents, entrants are spread out over all three blogs. You can also find them at SC's blog and Mike’s blog. Blog assignment does not necessarily indicate who picked them.

Agents will request by saying, “I want to see more of this!” and leaving their submission instructions. (Kombatants: Don’t forget to put QUERY KOMBAT Request in your subject line when sending material!)

As you remember, agent requests will stay hidden until an entry is knocked out of the tournament. 

What you didn’t know is that the number of pages you’ll send depends on how far you go in Query Kombat! 


It's because we're super evil. Here's how the system works:

Host Saves + Round 2 knockout = 30 page request
Round 3 knockout = 50 page request
Round 4 knockout = 100 page request
Round 5 knockout = 150 page request
Round 6 knockout = 200 page request
GRAND CHAMPION = Full request

For instance, getting knocked out in the third round means an entry will send 50 pages to any agent who requested their work. The grand champion winner from the final round will see their requests bumped up to a full. Host Saves will be allowed to see their requests immediately as they are not continuing to the 2nd round.

Oh. And you know it’s coming. It wouldn’t be normal unless Mike, SC, and I have another super top secret surprise all planned. After all, where’s the fun in having straight rules with no twists. We’re all about the fun!


Query Kombat is a tough tournament. Some really great entries that deserve full requests might get knocked out early. Therefore, each agent gets 2 wild cards! (In the case of a wild card, said wild card is displayed immediately, giving Kombatants a reason to watch the blogs!)

If an agent sees an entry where maybe getting the minimum of 30 pages isn’t enough, they can play a wild card and name their amount of pages and get their request immediately! If they fall in love and absolutely want a full, the wild card will let them do that.

However, only two wild cards can stand per entry. That means only the first two wild cards count. After that the agents will have to wait.

So that’s it! The rules for the agent round. Commenting on entries is only allowed for agents. Kombatants can mix and mingle on twitter but can’t comment, with the exception of this post where they can leave questions.

ALSO: We want to know how Round 1 went! Please, feel free to comment on this post with your experiences (and any questions you have about the agent round). I have set the comments on to moderation (so I'll have to 'approve' any comments before they're displayed - that way, I can keep the agent requests hidden until the appropriate time) so they won't display immediately, but I will publish them when I can!

Best of luck and May the Requests Be With You! BATTLE ON! 

Here's a master list of all the entries, split by age-category, so you can easily access all of them! Thank you so much, agents!







  1. Will we be doing revisions after this round? I'm guessing no, since we can't see the comments and won't see them till we are eliminated.

    1. No revisions before the 2nd round. But there is one more set. I THINK it might be after the 3rd round? Not sure.

  2. Will we be able to see the number of comments on our entries, even though we can't access them?

    1. Good questions. No, you won't. Not on the blog. I'd like to tweet numbers, but that will only happen if everyone gets a request. Don't want anyone to feel bad if they have a zero. I hate that situation but it does happen.

  3. If you have zero agent comments does that knock you out? Because the rest would be null?

    1. No, because hopefully contestants recognize the helpfulness of the judges' remarks. And there will be more judge remarks.

    2. It's not all about requests, but making contacts and learning about writing.

  4. Just want to say this has been a great experience -- whatever the outcome. My query and first 250 are tighter and I feel like the query better outlines the stakes than before. Plus, I've met some wonderful writers to follow on twitter! Thanks so much to you, SC and Mike for hosting!