I’m excited to announce my first ever contest on Blue Jeans and Pearls! I love participating in contests for my WIPs (the best ones are at Miss Snark’s First Victim), and I haven’t found one lately, so I decided to have my own.
The contest is for the first sentence of your query letter. I read Query Shark pretty religiously, and one thing Janet Reid (the agent who runs the site) always emphasizes is the importance of that first sentence. Some of her basic rules for the first sentence are: 1) it shouldn’t be your title and word count, 2) it should be in present tense, 3) it shouldn’t be a log line, 4) it shouldn’t be a rhetorical question, 5) it should dive into the story, and 6) it should show and not tell. Of course, rules are meant to be broken, and she’s shown instances where writers have pulled off a good query having not abided by one of these rules, but they’re all generally good advice for queries. If you haven’t read Query Shark, you should start.
So, our contest is for the best first sentence in a query.
Now the really exciting part…the prize! I am not going to judge the contest. Instead, I’ve asked Aidan Donnelly Rowley, author of the fantastic novel Life After Yes, to act as judge. She has also agreed to provide an autographed copy of Life After Yes as the grand prize! You can read my review of Life After Yes here.
I am going to post each entry separately (with no author name) so that everyone can receive comments. If you participate in the contest, please come by and leave constructive comments for the other participants. I’m going to post my own, because I want some comments too, but it won’t be eligible for the grand prize.
So, if you want to participate, send an email to contest [at] kristidosh [dot] com with “Contest” in the Subject line and the following in the body:
- First sentence of your query
I’m going to take the first 25 entries only. You can enter until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight. I will send you a return email if you are one of the first 25 entries. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments here. I will post an update when 25 entries have been received and the contest is closed.
Ready, set, go…
Update (Sunday): I’m keeping the contest open until midnight tonight since there are still some spots open!