May 10, 2013

It's the Query Kombat Danger Zone

Wahooo! Query Kombat will start at 11am EDT on Monday, May 13th and that’s just a few days away! Below is a refresher of the submissions guidelines. Please follow them.

Entries sent before the submission window opens will be deleted unopened. Entries that don’t follow the guidelines will also be deleted. Knowing how writers worry, confirmation emails will be sent to ensure we got your submission and it didn’t end up in Siberia. If you don't receive an auto-response, drop me a line on my contact me page and I will investigate...which reminds me of a joke...

Lol, that's a knee slapper.

Anyway, you should know that Michelle, SC, and I have very different tastes so that should insure a large variety in what makes the contest cut. (I personally focus more on the first page than the query.)

Now, on to the fun stuff.

Who can resist a groovy koala?
"My milkshake bring all the koala's to the yard..."

If you are chosen for Query Kombat there will be up to eleven judges going through each matchup. The very same cool judges we boasted about last week.

Since the kontestants get to invent amazing nicknames, naturally the judges want one, too! Hey! You can't hog all the fun. To recognize our wonderful judges and know the vote is legit, here is a list of the nicknames they’ve chosen:


Yep, we sound like a cuckoo version of the Justice League.

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. And a BIG shout out to all the agents involved. We could offer so much diversity if it weren't for them.

The submission window will open at 11AM EDT on Monday, May 13th and close at 11AM Friday, May 17th OR WHEN WE RECEIVE 225 ENTRIES. You may submit entries for two manuscripts (in the same email) but we will only consider the second entry if less than 64 entries are received. Kontestants will be revealed May 24th and the tournament will kick off on May 28th on Michelle’s blog.

In order to enter the contest you MUST follow formatting guidelines, and submit during the contest window. All entries that follow those guidelines will be considered. In the event that we receive more than the available spots, hosts will be assigned a group of queries and pick the best of their group. We will also select a few alternates. Sixty-four total queries will enter into the tournament.

Send entries to: QueryKombat (at) yahoo (dot) com

Formatting guidelines:

Times New Roman (or default font for gmail users), 12pt font, single-spaced with ONE space between each paragraph. No indentations.

Subject line of the Email: A short, unique nickname for your entry [colon] your genre (audience included). Do not skip this step or your entry will be deleted. Example:

Magigeddon: YA Fantasy

For the nickname, make it as unique as possible so that there are no duplicates. These will be the names used in the tournament brackets and post headings so keep it PG-13 and try to have it relate to your story in some way. Nicknames are limited to 25
 characters! But it would be awesome if they're shorter.

***The four Free Pass winners should include “Free Pass” before their nickname in the subject line to ensure their spot.

In the body of the email (bold where bold):

Name: Mike Anthony
Email address:

Entry Nickname: Magigeddon

Title: Dot Reaper
Word count: 80,000
Genre: YA Fantasy


Prophesied to abolish magic by one faction of her people and protect it by another, fifteen-year-old Maxine Protega is cast into the middle of a campaign that’s ripping her world and family apart. As it turns out, the prophecy is of the self-fulfilling persuasion and Max finds herself on the fringes of a worldchanging decision: eradicate her race by destroying magic, or risk the slaughter of misguided family members by fighting to protect it.

(mine is really really short)

Only include the meat of your query. No bio. Queries may be up to 350 words, but 250 is strongly preferred. Names and emails address of Kontestants will not be posted.

First 250 words:

(Don't include the chapter title and please, don't stop in the middle of a sentence.)

Simple, huh?

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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 days to polish your work. Take advantage of it. Competition will be fierce.

Put on your thick skin and get those submissions—Ready! Set! Go on May 13!

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