Query Kombat will host 64 kombatants in a single-elimination, tournament style query-off. There will be a total of six rounds in Query Kombat. First opponents will be grouped by target audience (ie. YA, NA, Adult, and MG) so those who write for the same age-group will be 'battling' each other. After that, a bracket-style grid will dictate future opponents.
If you secure a spot in the tournaments, your query and the first 250 words (to the end of a complete sentence) will be pitted against another query and first 250 words. Judges will read each match-up and vote 'Victory' on the best entry (this is subjective, so don't take losing too harshly :D). The entry with the most ‘victories’ will advance to the next round until one champion remains.
A growing list of agents (eight, as of now! I KNOW!) will browse the semifinal round to make requests on at least one of the final four queries. Details below.
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If you make it into the third round, you will be paired with an agented writer who will act as a trainer to shine up your query and first 250 words. Edits are due back three days after pairings are announced.
We have eight FANTASTIC mentors ready to serve the sixteen writers who go into round three.
Yes! We have eight agents already involved!
Here are the tournament brackets
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The tournament is open only to unagented writers seeking representation. Your manuscript must be complete, polished, and ready to submit. Submissions for MG, YA, NA, and Adult works will be accepted. No picture books or non-fiction.
Kontestants will be revealed May 24th and the tournament will kick off on May 28th. Woo!!!
Note: You can only retract your query before Round 3! If you get paired up with a mentor, you can no longer retract your query from the contest
Sixty-four queries will enter into the tournament.
Font: Times New Roman, 12pt font, single-spaced with spaces between each paragraph. No tabs!
Subject line of the Email: A short, unique nickname for your entry [colon] your genre (audience included). (ex. Magigeddon: YA Fantasy).
The nickname is so this feels more like March Madness with teams and all that :D For the nickname, make it as unique as possible so that there are no duplicates. Make it you. These will be the names used in the tournament brackets (or an abbreviated version if it's too long) so keep it PG-13 and try to have it relate to your story in some way.
In the body of the email (and send your emails to QueryKombat(at)yahoo(dot)com), must look just like this!:
Neither your Name nor your Email will be published in the posts. It's just for our ease :D
Name: SC Author
Title: QUERY KOMBAT
Word count: 90K
Genre: YA Fantasy
Blah Blah Blah This will be the awesomest thing ever Blah Blah Blah.
First 250 words:
First 250 words. Don't include the chapter title. Feel free to go over a few words if your 250 ends in the middle of a sentence. It's not too much fun to stop in the middle of
Also, no indentations. Line breaks (spaces) to separate paragraphs.
All queries submitted are FINAL. We will not edit them in any way, shape, or form. Please read, reread, and rereread your submission before you hit send. Unless you make it into the third round, you will not have another opportunity to edit your query or first 250 words. You have several weeks to polish your work. Take advantage of it. Competition will be fierce. I mean, you are going up against 63 other amazing writers :D
Because the immense amount of work ahead of us, the tournament will be hosted on three separate blogs (Awesomely fantastic blogs that we would love for you to follow! Because that'd be awesome :D): Michelle4Laughs will host round 1 and 4. SC Write (me!!) will host round 2 and 5. Writer's Outworld will host round 3 and 6. Each blog will have links to all rounds so fear not. Stay with one blog, and you'll get plenty of guidance as to where to do :D You will not get lost.
A lot is going on in Twitter under the hashtag #QueryKombat so don't forget to look there! I am here on Twitter (@SC_Author)! We've been teasing a lot about this contest for the past week over Twitter :DSo, yeah. That's it!
WHO IS EXCITED?!?!?!?!?!
Ask any and all questions in the comments below!
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