Saturday, October 13, 2012

Spooktacular Pitch Extravaganza Submission Window is Open!

The sign up window is now CLOSED. Come back today (10/17) to find out who the lucky 50 are moving to the agent round!

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The submission window is now OPEN. It will stay open until 12:01am EDT on October 17th. (Saturday - Tuesday.)

50 lucky people will be drawn from the widget below using random.org on October 17th and announced here any time from 1:00am EDT to 8pm EDT along with the submission info below on how to email your 3 line pitch (3 sentences. Not 3 lines on the screen) and your first 250 words of your finished and polished MS (if it stops in the middle of a sentence, continue until the end.)

If you're one of the lucky 50 selected for the agent round you must email your correctly formatted entry to JamieCorriganContests (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line Spooktacular Pitch: TITLE and your entry should be formatted like this in a normal font:

Name: Jamie Corrigan

Title: SPARK

Genre: YA Dark Fantasy

Word Count: 61,000 words



3 line Pitch:



Sixteen-year-old Taisie Monahan's ghost problems explode into the real world once she discovers her ability to destroy immortality in magical beings, a power the malevolent Spark needs to regain the life he lost centuries ago. Holding her mom's soul hostage in his ghoulish realm, Spark agrees to set everyone free if Taisie wins a twisted game of hide-and-seek. Problem is, if she fails, Taisie's free will—along with her mom's soul—will be his forever and the world will not survive if Spark's allowed to return to the real world once again.



First 250:



Pressing myself against a brick wall, I tried to catch a break from the sea of students flowing through the floodgates of Saint Isabel High. I'd never seen so many name-brand clothes in one place before. I took a step forward and then quickly returned to the safety of the wall. 



Get a grip. People are staring.

I tried to will myself to listen, to move away from the wall, but my fear kept me locked into place like a statue held by chains. Acting like a mess wasn't going to make my old rep of being a freak-girl go away in this school any easier.

“Hey! Come here!” My breath caught when the hot jock yelled and waved at me. Or what I wanted to be me. After all, didn't I try to make myself look like his type when I got up that morning?



My finger lightly swiped across my sorry excuse for lipstick, kicking up a slight hint of cherry from my lip balm, making me feel like a little girl in big girl clothing. My legs wanted to run away, but my brain ordered me to act like this was nothing new and walk over to him as if I'd done it a million times. No one knew the old me. The one I'd left behind. I could be different here. I just had to act the part.



I managed to plaster a huge fake smile across my face as I strolled over to him.


For more details about the Spooktacular Pitch Extravaganza, go here. See you on the 17th!


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A shout-out to another contest going on today, October 13th! Hook, Line and Sinker is going on over at Summer Heacock, Deanna Romito, and Kat Ellis' blogs. Stop by there for some more contest fun w/agents!

To grab the button just copy the contest button on the top left and paste it on your blog as a picture. You can put this link on it so it'll link back. Thanks and good luck everyone!

42 comments:

  1. My alarm went off to remind me enter and I jumped out of bed to get my laptop! So excited--thank you so much for hosting this contest!

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  2. Fingers crossed-and thanks for putting this together!

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting this contest! What a great opportunity! :D

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  4. Fantastic. This really gets my blood pumping. :D So exciting, Jamie and Thanks for hosting.

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  5. I'm not above bribery, just keep that in mind when you're drawing names. I'm sure we can work something out.

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  6. So we don't have to submit the pitch and 250 unless our name is drawn?

    Thanks for hosting :D

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  7. Love the randomness of this—nice to leave a little bit to fate! Looking forward to watching the eggs and toilet paper fly!

    John Krissilas

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  8. How exciting! This s going to be fun:)

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  9. I've been excited since I found this blog back in the end of September and it's finally here.

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  10. Great contest! Growing up, my friends would always toilet paper each other whenever one of us needed a we-were-thinking-about-you-at-midnight pick-me-up. :) We didn't use eggs, though. :D

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  11. Thank you so much for hosting this pitch contest :) Makes Halloween just a little bit more fun this year!

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  12. Such a fun event!! Thanks so much!!

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  13. Thanks for hosting!! This is going to be fun :D

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  14. Thank for the opportunity for this event!!

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  15. You guys are all just so sweet and awesome! It's my pleasure to host this contest with Brittany and Jordy. I know they're both excited to read the lucky 50's pitches! Wishing you all much luck!! Thanks for entering and spreading the word!! :)

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  16. Thanks for this awesome event, Jamie! *twitwit high five*

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  17. thank you for organizing this! This is awesome!

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  18. Very excited for this contest! Can't wait to see who the lucky winners are. :)

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  19. Thanks for hosting. Can't wait to see who the lucky 50 are.

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  20. Fantastic competition. Thanks for hosting!

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  21. Can't wait! Good luck, everyone!

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  22. Thanks for hosting!

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  23. Wow, the chances of getting in are slim. Good luck everyone!

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  24. Your blog is making me want to eat whole pumpkins.

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  25. Good luck to everyone entering

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  26. Awesome contest - thanks, so much, for hosting!! Best of luck to everyone! :)

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  27. wow this is awesome. Thanks for hosting. . . .

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  28. Thanks for hosting this contest! It looks like so much fun!!

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  29. Just found this contest on a fellow writer's blog. So excited to enter. New follower here...

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  30. So glad I found this contest! Thank you!

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  31. Thanks for doing this contest! So fun!! :)

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  32. Fun contest! Can't wait to see who random LOVES Hee hee hee :)

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  33. great contest! thanks for putting it together. Lisa

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  34. Thanks for putting this together!!! This is so exciting!!!

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  35. Oh my gosh, I almost missed out on this!!!

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