Query Critique Contest!

16 Jun

Lately we’ve seen some fabulous Query Critique Contests and we wanted to open up the opportunity for our readers to submit their queries and get our feedback on them!

The Rules

  1. Email your query to letthewordsflowblog at gmail dot com. We will pick a few queries and publicly critique them next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
  2. Please include whether it is okay for us to use your name in association with your query or if you would prefer it to remain anonymous. If you like we can link to your blog as well, just be sure to include links!
  3. We are going to pick a few queries to critique, but we’re not going to be basing our decisions off anything concrete. Essentially the queries we think we can give the best feedback on will be selected.
  4. Please have your queries into us by Friday so we have time to work on them over the weekend!
  5. We’ll all be critiquing as a group, so it doesn’t matter who the query is addressed to, but if you’re a stickler for details you can address your query to any of us, including Sammy (see below), or leave it at Dear Agent.
  6. Prizes? Queries selected will receive multiple critiques; how awesome is that?!

Also, guest critiquing with us will be Samantha Bina, a contributor to Plagiarism Haven and an intern at the Elaine P. English literary agency in Washington D.C.!

Hit us up with any questions in the comments!

 

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25 Responses to “Query Critique Contest!”

  1. samanthabina June 16, 2010 at 12:55 AM #

    I’m so excited! I love queries.

    • Vanessa June 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM #

      Me too!!! 😀

  2. Rowenna June 16, 2010 at 9:07 AM #

    Excited to see what everyone’s working on and, of course, for everyone’s feedback! Maybe I’ll work on my query and submit…will see 🙂

    • Vanessa June 16, 2010 at 9:31 AM #

      Oooh!!! Yeah, submit yours!!!!

  3. Joan June 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM #

    Ooh, this contest sounds great!

  4. Kairee-Anne June 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM #

    um.. Hiya ^^ I’m Rayne the writer on fictionpress, I been following this site for a while now so I can understand how to do the whole publishing process and what-not.

    I wanna try to do this contest but the problem is that the story I wanna do the query letter on- I haven’t started to write it yet =P I know I sound silly, but um.. Is there a way I can do the query letter as a practice for my unstarted story?

    This will be my first one though so I’m sorta nervous to try it out ^^ If it becomes public, I hope you will give me the whole dead-ass honesty on it. Thank you for reading this and sorry for the long length ^^ bye for now

    ~Rayne the writer

    • svonnah June 16, 2010 at 2:40 PM #

      Hi Rayne!

      The purpose of this contest was to help writers who are ready to query and want some feedback on their query letters, but if you’ve never written one and want to practice that’s perfectly okay too, even if the story itself isn’t written yet!

      A lot of us here write queries for stories we haven’t written yet as a way to psych ourselves up for writing and figure out what the main plot points might be (then of course some of us drag it into a synopsis just so we’re sure of what we’re about to do!).

      Look forward to hearing from you!

  5. Peggy June 16, 2010 at 4:35 PM #

    What a great idea! I’m going to send in my query–I’ve been fussing with it a lot and would loooooove to get some constructive criticism!!

  6. Michelle B June 16, 2010 at 4:52 PM #

    Sounds like a great contest! Is it open to any genre? (I write middle-grade fiction.)

    Thanks!

    • svonnah June 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM #

      Yup, any genre will do 🙂

  7. angelafrancis June 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM #

    Very excited!!

  8. Schneider June 18, 2010 at 3:14 PM #

    I’ve only ever written one query before, but I figure I’d give it a go. Just sent mine in, totally excited. 😀

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