Contest To Help Authors Get an Agent

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Contest That Could Help Authors Get an Agent

There aren’t too many contests that can help you get a publisher or agent by including the honor they may bestow on your book in your query letter (and media kit!) Here is one I entered and won a couple of years ago that is giving my agent a little extra ammunition for by second novel, This Land Divided.  Here is a little more about it from the sponsor, B. Lynn Goodwin, Managing Editor of
Curious about how your opening might sound to an agent or editor? Enter Writer Advice’s SCINTILLATING STARTS Contest for fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Grab and hold us with your opening paragraphs. Send us up to 1000 words of your first chapter by 12/01/17.
We are known for our feedback, as you can see in the tan box at, and would love to tell you what’s working and what an agent might say.
Guest judges will be last year’s winners.If your work is shared on Writer Advice, you’ll be able to tell prospective agents, publishers, and book buyers that you were one of the winners of Writer Advice’s Scintillating Starts Contest.
A cash award of $300 will be split among those whose work is shared. The submission fee is $16.50.  This contest is open to anyone who has not signed a contract for the book submitted.

Questions? Post them here or e-mail me at We hope to hear from you soon.


Lynn is Managing Editor of and an author in her own right including
Talent and You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. Her newest book, a memoir, is Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, will be released in December of 2017.  Learn more about her and her writing at

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