Friday is for Contests!

After last week’s contest, I decided perhaps we should have a contest every Friday!  I’ll post on Friday mornings and leave submissions open until we get the maximum number of entrants or we hit midnight on Sunday.

This week’s contest is…drum roll please…for the first 250 words of your manuscript!

At this point, I’m still in search of an impartial judge.  However, I have decided that the prize will be a copy of one of my favorite books I’ve read this summer: This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  No autographed copy this time.  In fact, it will be a used copy.  Hey, a prize is a prize, right?  Plus, isn’t the real prize knowing you won?

Now, for details on how to enter.  Send an email to contest [at] kristidosh [dot] com with the subject CONTEST and the following in the body of the email:



First 250 words

That’s it!  I’ll respond to your email and let you know if you’ve made it into the contest or not.  If you send one word over 250, you’re disqualified.

I’ll take the first 10 entries up until midnight on Sunday.  I’ll post Monday morning for comments.  The winner will be announced by next Thursday.  I’ll attempt to find an impartial judge, because I know I’ll fall in love with them all.

If there are any questions, please post them in the comments.

Ready, set, go…

And the winner is…

Contest Entry #8!!

Author: Stephanie Sauvinet

Title: Born To Die

Genre: YA science-fiction

Axia lives by one motto: kick-ass and don’t ask questions.

Look for another contest TOMORROW!

Special thanks to our judge Aidan Donnelly Rowley.  For those of you who didn’t win, be sure to buy her debut novel Life After Yes.  You can see my full review here, but it’s fabulous!

Also, thank you to ALL of the participants!  I think everyone did a terrific job and left some great comments.  It was so much fun, I’ve decided to have a contest every Friday.  If there’s a particular type of contest you’d like to see, let me know.  I’ll also be trying to think up some fabulous prizes!

Contest Ideas

I think the query hook contest received some great entries!  I hope to announce a winner by the end of the week, but until then everyone is doing a terrific job of providing constructive feedback. 

What kind of contest would you all like to see next?  First sentence of your manuscript?  First 100 words of your manuscript?  Your favorite scene up to 250 words?  I’m open to any and all ideas!

Contest: Query Hook

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:

  • Title
  • Genre
  • 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!