Friday, April 19, 2013

The Writer's Voice Details!! (#TheWVoice)

“The Writer’s Voice” is a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Cupid of Cupid’s Literary Connection, Brenda Drake of Brenda Drake Writes, Monica B.W. of Love YA, and Krista Van Dolzer of Mother. Write. (Repeat.). We’re basing it on NBC’s singing reality show The Voice, so the four of us will serve as coaches and select projects for our teams based on their queries and first pages.

Here’s the timeline:

   May 1              Everybody enters the Rafflecopter lottery
   May 2              The lottery winners sign up on the widget
   May 2-10        We select our team members from "The Writer's Voice" Blogfest
   May 10-20      We coach our team members, helping them polish their entries
   May 20            We post our team members' entries on our blogs
   May 23-24      Agents vote for their favorites


To enter, your manuscript must meet two conditions: First, it must be COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY, and second, it must be in one of the following genres*:

YA fiction (all subgenres)

MG fiction (all subgenres)

To determine who gets to participate in the blogfest, we’ll hold a single-entry Rafflecopter lottery on Wednesday, May 1. Last year, we were overwhelmed by the response, and in many instances, whoever had the fastest fingers--or the fastest Internet connections--made it in. This way, everyone will get an equal chance to participate.

The lottery will remain open for 12 hours on May 1, from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 9:00 p.m. EDT, at which point the Rafflecopter will select 150 random winners. Those winners will then sign up for the blogfest on one of Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets the next day, May 2. Once you sign up on the widget, you’ll post YOUR QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript on your blog.

In summary, you must follow these three steps to enter:

1. Enter the Rafflecopter lottery on May 1 during the submission window listed above.
2. Sign up on the widget on May 2 if you win the lottery.

3. Post your query and the first 250 words of your manuscript on your blog.


We’re building our teams via “The Writer’s Voice” Blogfest, so YOU MUST HAVE A BLOG TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. We don’t care if you’ve had it for five years or five minutes; we just want to be able to fight over you in public:)

We coaches will review the entries and leave a comment on your post that says something like, “I want you!” If more than one of us wants you on her team, you’ll have to pick which coach you want to work with.


We’ll select our 8 team members (plus 1 alternate) by May 10, then spend the next week and a half helping them put a final polish on their entries. You won’t have to take all of our suggestions, of course; we just want to help you make your entry the best that it can be before the agents get a look at it.


On May 20, we’ll post our team members’ queries and first pages on our blogs so that the agents can review them. Here are the awesome agents who’ll be voting on your entries:

The agents will vote for their favorites on May 23 and 24. Each vote will count as a partial or full request depending on how many votes the entry receives. If an entry receives 1 or 2 votes, those votes will count as partial requests. If an entry receives 3 or more votes, those votes will count as full requests.

Voting will stay open until 9:00 p.m. EDT on May 24, at which point we’ll determine which coach’s team received the most votes. That coach will win bragging rights for time immemorial, and everyone who received requests will be able to submit their materials to all the agents who voted for them. These votes represent serious interest in your project, so PLEASE DON’T ACCEPT AN OFFER OF REPRESENTATION BEFORE GIVING “THE WRITER’S VOICE” AGENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A COMPETING OFFER.

So get those queries and first pages polished up, then meet us back here on Wednesday, May 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EDT. We can’t wait to read your entries! (And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.)

*We’re very sorry not to include any adult genres this year. We have to base the genres on the agents’ interests, and this year, all the agents who said yes happen to be agents who represent primarily YA and MG projects. There is a chance that a few more agents will sign up between now and May 1, and if a significant portion of those agents consider adult projects, we’ll certainly add some adult genres. But for now, we’ll stick with this.


  1. Since it's a crossover genre between YA and A, are New Adult manuscripts eligible to enter? Thank you!

    1. Since most of this year's participating agents only rep children's literature, I'm going to say no.

      That said, if you feel like your manuscript could also work as YA (a la Trish Doller's SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL), then by all means, feel free to call it YA for the purposes of this contest and enter!

      (Forgive me for jumping in here, Cupid, but I know how busy you are!)

  2. Exciting! I'll make sure to promote this on twitter and on my blog :)

  3. Aw, I wish I could participate this year but my ready MS is adult. Have fun to everybody else participating! I loved this contest last year.

  4. Am I able to participate if I was part of TWV last year and have made loads of edits ever since?

    1. Sure, you're welcome to enter the lottery. If you make it into the blogfest, you may be at a slight disadvantage if we coaches remember your entry from last year, but you're always welcome to try!

  5. Does anyone know how to set up a blog. I've not idea and want to enter!

    1. Ditto Rebecca. WordPress and Blogger are free and pretty straightforward.

  6. Wordpress is super easy to use to set up a blog.

    Good luck!:)

  7. Is it okay if the blog is part of my website (nikkitrionfo dot com)? Or will the contest only recognize a typical blogger address? I have an old account on blogspot that I could use, if that's preferable. Thanks! Great contest. My friend Heather Clark is agented by Luise Fury after participating in this contest last year, so it's obviously working.

    1. I think that should work. If you're selected try to plug it in to the linky. If it doesn't work I guess you can use the old blog. :)

  8. When will the raffle winners be notified? Or did that happen already at 9pm EDT?

    1. They have been emailed and are listed above. :)

  9. Thanks for replying. I got it to work just fine. This contest is amazing. Thank you.