Today is the day! Submission opens at 4:00 pm Eastern. (If that time is not good for you, try Letter Me Later)
Please be a follower of this blog. You can click the "Join this Site" button in the left sidebar. Please follow myself and Sharon on twitter. I imagine we will be tweeting hints as well as partying!
You may send two entries for different manuscripts. That's two and only two, whether you have multiple pen names or multiple email addresses. THEY MUST BE SENT AS SEPARATE EMAILS. Please be honest and not send more. Only one entry will be chosen per person. If you send two, still only one will be picked. Any attempt to cheat will result in entries thrown out (and sadly it has happened in the past.)
On September 14th at 4:00 pm Eastern the submission window opens. Do not send early or your entry will be deleted. You may resend at the correct time if this happens by accident. I'm recycling an email address as I already have too many. Please send your entry to SunversusSnow at yahoo dot com.
You should receive a confirmation email. If you do not, please contact me on twitter before re-sending. The window will stay open until we get 250 entries. However long that takes. It could be minutes or it could be days. Likely it will go fast.
This contest is only for finished and polished manuscripts. It has to be ready to go out to agents.
Subject Line: PBParty: Title
Example: PBParty: Hot Tub Santa
Inside the email please bold where bolded in my example. Single space with spaces between paragraphs. Use Times New Roman or equivalent font and the size should be 12.
(Here's a trick to keep your paragraph spacing: copy and paste your entry into your email and then put in the line spaces. They seem to get lost when you copy and paste. It may look right but sending scrambles the spacing.)
Name: Sharon Chriscoe
Twitter Handle: @schriscoe_
Title: HOT TUB SANTA
Genre: (Here please tell us what type of picture book this is) Example: Board Book, Bedtime Rhyme, Nonfiction, Biography, etc. or List Chapter Book
Word Count: xxx (round to nearest ten, hundred for chapter books)
Your entire query letter here. Include your comps, bio, greeting, closing. (You may use whatever you want for a greeting. Dear Agent. Dear Michelle and Sharon.)
Here is your chance to make your entry shine and make the agent fall in love with your words. You do NOT need to include contact information in your query.
First 50 Words:
Include your first 50 words for a picture book, 100 words for chapter books. Do not stop in the middle of a sentence. You may go over by one or two words to finish a sentence but not more than five. Single space and put spaces in between paragraphs. You may center or tab if appropriate.
Comments about artwork are part of the 50 words.
For short picture books, less than 50 words may be submitted. Any count under 50 is allowed.
Also I will delete parts of entries after the contest ends, if requested. For those writers uncomfortable with their work being out there for all to see.
Bonus: You may attach one illustration to your email to show an example of your artwork. If you don't have artwork, don't worry.
Now for the twitter party fun! Visit daily under the hashtag #PBParty to meet and greet and scout out slush hints.
Monday, September 14th Tell us what genre you write and when you entered.
Tuesday, September 15th What is your favorite place to write? Share your writing quirks.
Wednesday, September 16th What is your favorite picture/chapter book?
Thursday, September 17th Animal, vegetable, mineral. Tell us if your MC is human or something else.
Friday, September 18th What picture/chapter book author would you like to meet, living or dead?
Saturday, September 19th What picture book character would you like to be?
Sunday, September 20th Take a day off and relax.
Monday, September 21st What's your best writing advice?
Tuesday, September 22nd Look for CP partners and make more friends.
Wednesday, September 23rd Hang on because here we go!
Sharon and I are so excited for the fun to start. As you've probably noticed we have a great group of agents and editors.
Good luck everyone!