Monday, September 9, 2013

Announcing "Nightmare on Query Street" - Writerly Contest!

The QK Crew is back with an awesome Halloween-themed query contest, Nightmare on Query Street!!!!!!!!! Don’t have a scary manuscript, DON'T WORRY. This contest is about fear. What is your main character really afraid of?

I know. It's scary.

The Details:

The submission window opens at 12 noon (EST) on October 19th. The window will close at 8pm or when we receive 100 entries, so please please please send early. (If there is a great demand of people in different time zones wanting to have two submission windows, we'll talk about it.)

Michelle, Mike, and I will make ten picks each, and those ten picks will go up on our blogs from the 25th through the 27th, where agents will make requests :DDD

We are accepting all age categories and genres, excluding picture books and exotica. But be sure to check our list of agents when it goes live to see if they represent your book's genre.

If you plan on participating in the contest, you have to be following all our blogs (MichelleMike, and I).

It's pretty simple, actually. But there's a catch.

Along with your query and 250, you must write a SHORT paragraph (no more than 100 words) about your main character. This is the question you must answer:

What is your main character most afraid of? 

The Format:

Send all your submissions 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. 

Title: MY FANTASTIC BOOK (yes, caps!)
Genre: Adult Awesomesause (no caps; age category AND genre)
Word Count: XX,XXX

My Main Character's Greatest Fear:

My MC fears potatoes.


Here is my fantastic query!

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 252 words :)

And that's it! Send in that email during the submission window and you're ready to go :) There will be a confirmation email!!

This should be FUN. This is a Halloween-themed contest, so please please please, spend time on the MC's Greatest Fear paragraph!!!! It should be a LOT of fun. If you're writing a funny book, make a funny twist on the question, or say your MC is scared of strawberries or something. If it's a serious/sad book, you should have a field day, because the MC's fear might be so heart-wrenching.

Make us want to know more about your MC, to spend hundreds of pages with them because they are so interesting. This is a new way to pitch, so have fun with it (and don't stress out over it like its a query or something).

So go over and follow our blogs (MichelleMike, and I) and our Twitters (MichelleMike, and I) (we're Tweeting under the hashtag #NightmareQuery) to stay in touch with all that we're doing. 

I AM VERY VERY VERY EXCITED. I can't wait to see your answers to the question!!!!


  1. This sounds AWESOME, SC. What a fun event. I can't wait to watch this unfold! ;-)

  2. Hi SC, looks like another yay contest.

    Small recap for slow people like me.

    So our stories don't have to be scary and don't have to be about Halloween - we just have to say what our protag is scared of (like writing contests and walking on glass in barefeet) and then we post our first 250 which could be about anything even cupcakes or Cinderella, right? Sorry to be boring but I just have to get these things right.

    1. No, it's a great question, and I bet many other writers are thinking the same question! Yes, your 250 can be about unicorns if you want :) You got it exactly right; also, don't TRY and edit your 250 to make it more scary. The Halooween theme is just a fun add-on, but the stars are your manuscripts :)

  3. Love this! Definitely looking forward to participating!!!

  4. This sounds so cool! What a great idea!

  5. What a great idea! Looking forward to it!

  6. I have the details and will certainly be submitting an entry! Great idea!

  7. Looks like a blast. Count me in on the fun, at least to look and comment.

  8. If I asked this elsewhere, and you replied, please forgive...

    Should the email be addressed to the proper agent(s), i.e., one representing the genre? Or will you all sort that out?

    1. Don't address it only to one :) Chances may be that other agents will want to see your MS as well, so just say Dear Agent :D