Monday, April 09, 2007

Another "Hook" Contest: Fangs, Fur, & Fey

Fangs, Fur, & Fey will soon accept entries into their hook contest. If you missed Miss Snark's and Lit Agent X's versions, try this one. If you make it past the first round, and you win the second round, the prize is a critique of the first three chapters/50 pages of your manuscript by literary agent Rachel Vater of Lowenstein-Yost Associates. You may know her better as, yes...Lit Agent X.

The acceptable genres:

Urban Fantasy - adult and YA
Paranormal romance
Sci-Fi and Fantasy (light)

Some of the details:

What's a hook? Consider it a movie trailer for your book. It's a brief description meant to entice and interest someone into wanting to read your novel. A hook does NOT list every character, subplot or setting detail - that's a synopsis, and we don't want those. You also don't need to list your book's title or word count. Just list the genre, your name and email address (these will not count toward your total word tally) and then go right to your hook. That 300 max word count will be strictly enforced, too - anything over it won't be eligible.

We will be able to accept up to 180 hooks on a first-come, first serve basis. Start sending in hooks on Friday, April 13th (if you REALLY want to be first, you can do it as early as 12:01 am Friday the 13th, EASTERN standard time) and then we will close submissions on Sunday, April 15th at midnight - or until we get 180 hooks, whichever comes first. DO NOT POST HOOKS HERE. Email hooks to

All 180 hooks will be critiqued by our volunteer judges, members of Fangs, Fur and Fey (see below for list of judges). Now, though we love Miss Snark, these critiques will not be in her famous "WTF?" style, but will be overviews of what did or didn't work for the hook and why. The critiqued hooks will be posted online at FFF on Monday, April 23rd. The author's name and email address will NOT be made public. Instead, each hook will listed by number, and each author will be informed of their number when we receive his/her submission. Furthermore, the name of the particular judge who critiqued your hook will also not be listed, privately or publicly. Only the judges' comments, the hook, and the hook number will be posted

Read all the information at FF&F, and if you enter, comment and let me know. If you're brave, let us know your number. If you win, I definitely want to know!

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