Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Query Kombat 2017 Free Pass


Free Pass! Free Pass!








I really love doing these! It's like a random act of kindness. It allows one person who might not have made it into the contest to have a shot at the agents. The free pass winner will skip the slush and become one of my final picks for #QueryKombat! 

You'll only have to survive the round one battle to go to the agent round!

And you are guaranteed constructive comments from the judges! 

The Free Pass is the great equalizer!





That's the way to hit it out of the ballpark!

Did I mention that we have 30 agents already? 30 agents! 

So here we go:

1. Leave a blog comment below about what you believe is the BEST thing about online writing contests. No judging here. Just what aspect gives you the most benefit.

2. You also need to use the rafflecopter to record that you left a comment. The rafflecopter will pick the winner. There will be additional options to score more entries and raise your chances. They are options having to do with my books and that's why they are optional, but I appreciate your support!

There is also an extra option to give addition entries to marginalized writers. Use this option (definition taken from DV Pit) if you are


This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons (including neurodiverse); people living with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying within LGBTQIA+; and more.



This free pass will stay open until May 15th. That gives you three and a half weeks. What are you waiting for--get to entering!

AND BE SURE TO ENTER FOR LAURA'S FREE PASS ALSO!

And good luck!









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46 comments:

  1. I like online writing contests because even if you don't get in, they are a great way to build a writing community and find critique partners.

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  3. Best thing about writing contests...the gathering of writers in support of each other and their craft.

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  4. I enjoy online writing contests because no matter what, I learn something about writing. Also, I enjoy meeting new people.

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  5. Online writing contests provide a win-win for all. Everyone has the opportunity to connect with other writers and some are fortunate enough to find favor with agents and editors.

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  6. I love entering contests because the writing community is amazing and so supportive! I've met most of my CPs through contests. :D

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  7. 'Go out into the world', they say. 'You need to build a platform, build relationships, build confidence...' I try, I'm getting better. Still, these contests are a welcome avenue for some of us and highly appreciated :)

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  8. The best part is knowing that the mentors will help you become a better writer than you have ever been before.

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  9. It's a great way to learn, improve, & find & give support.

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    1. And share WIPs!

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    2. The best thing about the writing contests I've participated in is being forced to stretch outside of my comfort zone and create stories in a genre that I typically don't write.

      And then, getting feedback from other writers and being able to read their work is awesome!

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  10. The best thing about online writing contests is the broad range of feedback you get!

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  11. The best think about online writing contest is that no matter what happens you know that you are not alone in your journey to become a writer.

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  12. I love meeting new writers! I also enjoy playing the hashtag games. The community is so encouraging.

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  13. I love the feedback I get, no matter what happens. The connection with other writers, both new and old, is invaluable. I'm always able to take away suggestions to improve my writing.

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  14. The best thing about writing contests is the connections you make, not just with agents and publishers(which are wonderful) but with fellow writers. I've made so many great new friends through online writing contests.

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  15. Qualifying for a contest is a great milestone. Completing a ms draft you are happy with is hard.

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  16. Danielle SimonelliApril 20, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Twitter contests provide an easy way to network with fellow writers and authors. They also offer tremendous opportunities to grow. I've applied what I've learned to my MS, and it's all for the better!

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  17. I have met the most amazing people through contests! From new authors to follow to wonderful CPs and friends, online contests have expanded my writing community so much.

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  18. The people! I know this is a common answer, but it's true. I met my CP through an online writing contest last year, and I couldn't be happier. She's there for critiques, advice, tips — and most importantly, when I need to vent. Because honestly, that's a real thing in this journey.

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  19. I enjoy online writing contests because it opens up a new window that wasn't there before. Also, it helps built a community of writers and friends. It's a great networking opportunity as well to find CP and Beta readers!

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  21. I like writing contests because of all the memes!

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  22. Entering online writing contests is like the Platform 9 3/4. It's this secret passage into a world of magical help. I've made real friends, virtual friends, gathered sage advice, shared a ton of laughter, and connected with people I never would have met otherwise. Yes, there is the potential to land an agent, but the greatest benefit until that moment of magic...? It's the free writing help, duh! Wow, such talent out there. So many generous writers, editors, and agents who give up their sacred free time to help us. (Oh, and the GIFs, of course--icing on the cake!)

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  23. I love online contests because it makes me reevaluate my writing.

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  24. Online writing contests are a fantastic way to get to know other writers, a great way to learn about publishing and just plain fun!

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  25. Writing contests make a great alternative to the soul-sucking process of querying. They also provide some much-needed validation on the dark, lonely road toward publication.

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  26. Feedback to learn about your craft, and a chance to forward your career.

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  27. I've met so many fellow writers in online contests, and that has been wonderful - but the best thing for me has been hands-on learning about what works and what doesn't in a query and opening pages. There is a wealth of information and I've put that to good use in my (ongoing) revisions.

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  28. I love the feedback we get from agents/editors. And the other authors we meet on this journey! Even just reading other entries is helpful. I learned a lot from the PB Party Tweets and queries that made itP

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  29. Online writing contests get me out of my quiet bubble and into the world where I can work with other writers. Getting out of my own echo chamber and receiving feedback, any feedback, is invaluable.

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  30. Online writing contests are great! I've received a ton of useful advice, made some great connections and enjoyed every one I've done so far. Keep 'em coming!

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  31. The best thing about on-line contests like this is the connection you get to the writing community -- writers are the greatest people!

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  32. I love the camaraderie of the writing community. Especially on Twiiter. It's like being plugged in to the pulse of the literary world.

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  33. I like how writing contests get me working to a deadline. Without a deadline in place, my projects could just go on...and on... I work much better with a deadline in mind :)

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  34. I think the best thing about online contests is the connections you make with other writers.

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  35. The best part about the online contests by far is the contact that introverts like me are forced to have with other writers... (I even end up *liking* it. Shhh, don't tell my introvert brain that I like interacting with others!) I've made some great friends and acquaintances and everyone is SO encouraging. It's an amazing community!

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  36. I love online writing contests because they taught me so much about what I was doing wrong in my early query letters. The advice and tips and connections are so valuable, but honestly, the most important thing for me was reading winning entries when mine didn't make it and seeing what they were doing that I wasn't.

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  37. The best thing about online writing contests is that it forces us to finish our books and give ourselves a chance. The more contests we enter, the more we're writing, and the better we get! Thanks for doing these!

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  38. I don't need to be counted twice (pretty sure that's against the rules anyway), but I was thinking of another answer to this question last night and I had to get it on the list!

    Know what else I *really* love about these online contests? All the writers at different stages. I love how those who are at the next level help those in the trenches - constantly. In most of the world and in most job settings, you'll never see this kind of camaraderie, this kind of lifting up and supporting of those who have just begun their journeys. It's refreshing to see and it's inspiring! I never knew that there were cheerleaders out there who, without even knowing me, wanted me to succeed!

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    1. This is one of the coolest parts of the contest. So many of our judges are former contestants who got their agents after a contest. And they almost always want to come back and judge!

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  39. I love the energy in online contests. The opportunity to meet other writer. The way they stretch and flex writing muscles.

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  40. Seeing advice from other writers at different points in their careers.

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  41. The best thing about contests is the opportunity to connect with other writers!

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  42. Online contests keep me accountable, relevant, and ready. They are also a wonderful rabbit hole - they open up new opportunities for connections and information.

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  43. I love the opportunities that they offer writers to get exposure and break into the industry that were not around before.

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