Here's a list of contests and opportunities for writers for May 2017. I've included dates, links, and hopefully enough information to see which contests are right for you.
http://www.cmmccoy.com/blog/inklings-literary-agency-critique-giveaway/ Inklings Literary Agency Critique Giveaway: Rafflecopter open through 5/6. What you need: Query & first page of your completed novel. What you get: The chance to win a critique from 3 agency interns. (Bonus Possibility! There’s a rumor an agent might critique winners as well!)
http://www.literaryrambles.com/ Agent Spotlight & Query Critique Giveaway with Lauren Spieller Open now through 5/13. What you need: Your polished query. What you get: Agent spotlight is one of the most detailed agent interviews you can find. (priceless if you’re querying) One lucky commenter will win a query critique from the agent being interviewed.
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/media/news/2017/march/the-daily-mail-and-penguin-random-house-launch-crime-writing-com/ Penguin Random House Crime Writing Competition Submission Window (Postal mail only) open now through 5/5. What you need: (Open to unpublished authors 16 or over, who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland) A 600 word synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your finished novel. What you get: Winner gets a publishing contract with Century, including £20,000 advance.
http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/2017/04/free-1st-5-pages-workshop-opens-on-sat.html 1st 5 pages Workshop Submission window opens 5/6 at noon. What you need: Query and 1st 5 pages. What you get: The first five correctly formatted entries get to participate in a month-long workshop in which you will be mentored by at least 2 traditionally published authors, and get feedback from the 4 other workshop participants. You get 2 chances to revise your pages, and final entries get critiqued by the mentoring agent. One lucky winner receives a first chapter or 10 page critique from the mentoring agent (Hillary Jacobson from ICM Partners).
https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/ First Page Critique Submission window open 5/5-25. What you need: 1st page revised & ready for scrutiny by this month’s featured agent. (Jennie Dunham) What you get: A chance to be picked at random for an agent critique of your 1st page. (Don't forget to watch the blog for the agent’s upcoming interview.) Entries picked at random.
https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/ Pass or Pages (YA contemporary) Agent info 5/9, Entry Window 5/15-17. What you need: Polished query & first 250 words of your completed YA contemporary novel. What you get: Five entries will be chosen at random to appear on the blog with agent’s comments. Bonus: As promised in the title, there’s a possibility the agents will request pages!
http://www.literaryrambles.com/ Agent Spotlight & Query Critique Giveaway with Lorin Oberweger Opens 5/10. What you need: Your polished query. What you get: Agent spotlight is one of the most detailed agent interviews you can find. (priceless if you’re querying) One lucky commenter will win a query critique from the agent being interviewed.
http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2017/04/query-kombat-2017.html Query Kombat Submission Window 5/17-19. Michelle’s free pass available until 5/15 http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2017/04/query-kombat-2017-free-pass.html Laura’s free pass available until 5/15 http://blog.lauraheffernan.com/2017/04/query-kombat-free-pass-giveaway.html
What you need: Your polished query & first page. What you get: 64 entries are chosen to compete against each other until only one winner is left. Super bonus: This contest lasts 6 rounds for the entire month of June, and includes comments from expert judges AND agent requests!
https://savvyauthors.com/blog/spring-wowem-pitchfest/ Spring WOW’em Pitchfest 5/17-19. What you need: Your three sentence pitch to use as a blog comment. Social media account required to pitch. What you get: Participating agents request pages. More info/rules http://savvyauthors.com/blog/se-pitchrules/
http://jasonhuebinger.com/pitdark/ Twitter Pitch contest for horror or “Dark writing.” 5/18, 8am-8pm. What you need: Your best Twitter pitches. 1 pitch per hour allowed. What you get: A chance to stand out in the slush! Participating agents will request your query/pages by favoriting your tweets. Bonus: There’s already a long list of participating agents!
http://www.literaryrambles.com/ Agent Spotlight & Query Critique Giveaway with Alyssa Jennette Opens 5/24. What you need: Your polished query. What you get: Agent spotlight is one of the most detailed agent interviews you can find. (priceless if you’re querying) One lucky commenter will win a query critique from the agent being interviewed.
https://www.greenhouseliterary.com/greenhouse-prize/ Greenhouse Prize This contest usually occurs in May, but hosts haven’t been able work out a date yet. Greeenhouse agents have confirmed the contest is coming, so watch the blog for details.
http://thewingedpen.com/four-on-400/ This opportunity occurs on the 5th of each month.
http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/ This opportunity occurs monthly, and the submission window is usually early, with the information available a week before the beginning of the month.
If you know of other contests coming in May, please add them in the comments. I'd also love to hear about blogs that occasionally host writing contests or other opportunities as I hope to post a monthly list.
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