So if you’re a writer and are aware of all the opportunities via online contests you might have seen the buzz on Twitter about a brand new contest this year, #FicFest. If not, that’s okay, too, because I’m about to tell you what makes this contest so different from others.
…and if you don’t know this yet, I also happen to be one of the New Adult mentors this year. Scroll down after you’ve read all the contest details for more on that.
What is #FicFest?
#FicFest is an online writer’s contest which helps put manuscripts in front of literary agents. This contest, unlike most, is open to manuscripts in ALL genres (including those usually excluded such as Paranormal Romance or Erotica) in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult.
#FicFest mentors are structured into fifteen (15) teams. Each category that I listed has three teams. Each team is comprised of a team leader, and two (2) team members. Once the submissions open, each team will choose three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the agent round. This means that an equal number of manuscripts for each category will move to the agent round, guaranteeing that one category does NOT overpower another when it comes time for the agents.
45 manuscripts total move to the agent round, with 15 manuscripts being held as alternates in case one of the main finalists drops out of the contest for any reason. This is one of the things we stress in promoting #FicFest because most contests are overrun with Young Adult. In many contests, they may advance 40 manuscripts to the agent round, but the problem lies in the fact that 30 of that 40 are all Young Adult. That won’t happen with #FicFest.
Nine manuscripts from each category will make their appearance in the agent round. No more, no less. NINE each. Let me stress this one more time. In the agent round, you will have 9 Picture Books, 9 Middle Grade, 9 Young Adult, 9 New Adult, and 9 Adult. Everyone gets a fair chance.
Be sure to check out the above links if you have any questions regarding the contest. And check #FicFest on Twitter for all the latest updates and tweets from team members. The closer to the contest, I’ll be there tweeting some teasers!
STILL TO COME:
April 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST – 10:00 PM EST
Q & A with Team Leads & Host
(Twitter – Using #FicFest)
April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – April 25, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST
April 26, 2016 – May 3, 2016
Teams will chose their finalists/alternate
May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 AM EST
(Team Leads Blogs)
May 5, 2016 – June 30, 2016
July 8, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – July 14, 2014 @ 11:59 PM EST