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Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest

by BB

Accepting submissions until February 21, 2014, the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest is an opportunity for writers in every genre to submit the opening ten pages of their unpublished manuscript. The winner in each category will meet individually with a top-notch literary agent in their genre at the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference on June 27-29, 2014.

Categories include: mainstream fiction; mystery; thriller/action-adventure; romance; science-fiction/fantasy; historical fiction; nonfiction (including memoirs); middle grade; young adult. Literary agents from prestigious firms Janklow & Nesbit, Sterling Lord, Foundry, Folio, and Einstein-Thompson Associates are already confirmed to attend the conference and are among the possible judges in each category. All entrants will receive a written critique on their submission from a published author in their genre.

“From my years working as a literary agent, I know firsthand how important those first ten pages are when a writer is looking for representation.  The opportunity to share those pages and receive back a thoughtful, constructive critique is invaluable,” says Becka Oliver, Executive Director of the Writers’ League of Texas.  “There’s a reason why the manuscript contest is one of the most popular components of what we offer here at the WLT. Prize or no prize (and what a great prize it is: one-on-one time with a top notch literary agent), that chance to receive impartial and helpful feedback on your manuscript’s opening pages is essential in the writing process.”

Last year’s competition drew more than 300 entries spread across nine categories. Submissions came from published and unpublished writers alike from across the United States. Forty-five entrants were named finalists, and nine of those were ultimately named winners. Winners and non-winners alike received written feedback on their entries.

“The opportunity for a professional critique far exceeded the price of the entrance fee,” says 2013 Manuscript Contest Winner Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu. “I received invaluable tips on my manuscript and its 250 word synopsis months before the results of the contest were known. Having a critique was an award in itself, but I am honored to have been chosen by agent Sarah Davies as the winner.”

To enter the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, writers should visit the Writers’ League of Texas website ( and follow the steps listed there. An online entry form is provided for those who prefer to submit digitally, and a downloadable paper entry form is available for those who prefer to submit via post. The entry fee for the contest is $55 for Writers’ League of Texas Members and $65 for non-members. Multiple entries in multiple categories are allowed. Manuscripts need not be complete in order to enter.

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Posted by BB on February 5, 2014 in E-book Writing Tips