Writing Contest

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Photo courtesy of Merrybond at Wana Commons/flikr.com

Normally about this time on every other Monday, I am plunking out some blithe little blog or an informative piece on something Cape Cod. I had in mind a particular blog, but I can’t seem to do it. Words won’t flow. I’m blocked. So, I’m going to tell you what’s on my mind.

Today is the day agents offer requests (or not) to the winners of the Sun versus Snow contest. This is one of the best contests I’ve entered. In six minutes, all 200 entrants—the max for this contest—were in. Mine was one of 32 chosen to move to the next phase.
Sun versus Snow, SvS, is run by two generous women, Amy Trueblood, YA author and free lance writer, https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com; and Michelle Hauck, Fantasy author and editor, https://michelle4laughs.blogspot.com. I recommend both of these treasure trove blogs for writers, and if you missed the contest this year, go for it next year!
For SvS, Amy and Michelle plow through all 200 entries and choose a set number, this year 16 each, of entries for phase two. In that round, a mentor is assigned to help each of the 32 entry authors hone their submissions. The next phase is what’s going on today through Wednesday at four p.m. Fifteen agents are reading the entries and making requests to the authors to read more of their work. Part of the fun is the twitter party that started before the first submission hit cyber space. It’s still going strong with good words for everyone, encouragement, and pom pom shaking.
I have not yet had a request. I am completely relaxed. No ego. No concern if an agent doesn’t tag me. I am fully detached from the outcome, happy for the winners. Really? The truth is I am sitting on tenterhooks while I wait. Yesterday, full of lucky stars; today, a bundle of nerves.
Will I let you know what happens?


About Gerri

I'm in my second career. Besides raising my beautiful family, worked as RN. Now I'm a novelist. Have completed five novels and working on my sixth. Way more fun than nursing! Happy hubby and neurotic cat hang out with me.

Posted on February 9, 2015, in On Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Good luck Gerri! You are a dedicated, first rate writer & someone will contact you. If you want to let me know the outcome, I would love it. If not, I understand; you’ll be too busy giving folks more of your material to read because they LOVED your submission.

  2. Barbara Feldman

    Fingers crossed. Let us know. B

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Congratulations on making the cut! You deserve it!

  4. They’re missing out if you’re not tagged….fingers and toes crossed….but not the eyes !!

  5. Thomas McAleavey

    I will read your work and will be happy to tell those agents what they are missing. However that might not be necessary. I have a feeling the sun is going to shine.

    Tom & Mike

  6. Exciting……much good luck!

  7. We’re as nervous as you are, I think! Good luck!

  8. barbara ulbrandt

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you. It will happen today or next month!

  9. Thanks for the encouragement. I depending on you to review my novel when it’s on Amazon!

  10. ???
    I’m still on the edge of my seat.

    Lori from RHW

  11. OK, Lori! I was hoping no one would notice. I’m going to blog the result. Thanks for reading the blog. Do you write also?

    • Sorry. It seems like an interesting contest, and I wondered about your entry. I did check out quite a few on the two sites but I didn’t see yours. (although I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to the names).

      Yes, I must admit I do write. Short stories, short-short stuff and memoir mostly. Until recently, I led a memoir writing group at a senior center in Western Mass and managed their website (unfortunately it has been “managed their website poorly” recently) along with another one from a group of senior writers in Florida. I enjoy working with senior writers.

      I enjoy your blog.

      Best, Lori

    • Well no wonder I didn’t notice names, there are none, I see. But of course – Missing Emily.

      I would definitely keep reading.

      • Thank you for working to find my entry. Yes, it’s Missing Emily. And thanks for the compliment that you would keep reading! Keep writing! I’m going to a book signing this week for a new author who is 91 years old!

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