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Offline Septimus

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Clash of the Query Letters
« on: October 19, 2021, 02:12:33 PM »
In the fiction world, a query letter alone is not enough to land representation. The manuscript's first sentence, first paragraph, and first page are the crucial test. However, a query letter acts as a writer's resume or c/v. It sets the tone, lays out the book's market potential, and introduces the human behind the words and ideas. And of course, it also pitches the story itself. While an ideal query letter may not seal the deal, it will fill literary agents with eager excitement—a most helpful frame of mind for them to be in as they turn to your sample pages.

Our judge, Michelle Barker, will be asking herself one question: does this query letter convince me that I'm in the hands of an adept novelist with a unique and engaging story to tell?

First place: $700 CAD
Second place: $200 CAD
Third place: $100 CAD

All three finalists will be published on the Chopping Blog and receive complimentary access to a Darling Axe self-paced course.

THE FINER POINTS
• Entry is $5 CAD
• Optional feedback for $20 CAD
• One page: maximum 500 words
• Original, unpublished, unrepresented work only
• Once you've paid, send your docx/pdf to contest@darlingaxe.com
• Submission deadline: January 31

Here's the link  :)
https://darlingaxe.com/pages/query-letter-clash

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Re: Clash of the Query Letters
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2022, 06:19:10 PM »
Clash of the Query Letters is once again open :)