Thursday, 24 March 2016

FicFest Blog Tour and Annoucements!

I have been away from this blog for far too long but I'm back with some pretty awesome news that I think any writers out there might want to be involved in!

I'm really excited to announce that I am part of one of the teams involved in a brand new contest!

What is FicFest exactly?

#FicFest is an online writer’s contest which helps put manuscripts in front of literary agents. This contest, unlike most, is open to manuscripts in ALL genres (including those usually excluded such as Paranormal Romance or Erotica) in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult

#FicFest mentors are structured into fifteen (15) teams. Each category that I listed has three teams. Each team is comprised of a team leader, and two (2) team members. Once the submissions open, each team will choose three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the agent round. This means that an equal number of manuscripts for each category will move to the agent round, guaranteeing that one category does NOT overpower another when it comes time for the agents. (Information on who is in each team will be announced at a later time...see the timeline below!)

45 manuscripts total move to the agent round, with 15 manuscripts being held as alternates in case one of the main finalists drops out of the contest for any reason. This is one of the things we stress in promoting #FicFest because most contests are overrun with Young Adult. In many contests, they may advance 40 manuscripts to the agent round, but the problem lies in the fact that 30 of that 40 are all Young Adult. That won’t happen with #FicFest.

Nine manuscripts from each category will make their appearance in the agent round. No more, no less. NINE each. Let me stress this one more time. In the agent round, there will be 9 Picture Books, 9 Middle Grade, 9 Young Adult, 9 New Adult, and 9 Adult. Everyone gets a fair chance.

We are adding more agents every day and while I can’t give you a solid number at this stage (that'll be announced later!), I can tell you that we have close to two dozen confirmed to participate in our agent round and we can’t wait!

Sounds cool...when is everything happening?

If you're thinking that you'd like to take part in the contest, or even just watch from a distance, you'll need to know when everything is kicking off. There's already a crazy amount of interest - from agents, writers and publications - and I'm really honoured to be a part of the first FicFest!

2016 Time Line

March 20, 2016 @ 12:00 PM EST

Guidelines & Theme Reveal
(Host Blog)

March 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST
Meet the Team Leads & Their Members!
(Team Lead Blogs & Host Blog)

April 3, 2016 @ 6:00 PM EST
Agent List Announced
(Host Blog)

April 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST - 10:00 PM EST
Q & A with Team Leads & Host
(Twitter - Using #FicFest)

April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST - April 25, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST

April 26, 2016 - May 3, 2016
Teams will chose their finalists/alternate

May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 AM EST
Finalists/Alternate Reveal
(Team Leads Blogs)

May 5, 2016 - June 30, 2016

July 8, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST - July 14, 2014 @ 11:59 PM EST
Agent Round

I'll be talking more about what I'm looking for from a manuscript after the Meet The Teams blogs have gone up, but for now know that I'm really looking forward to seeing what manuscripts come into the team I'm working with...

If you want more info, check out the contest creator Tiffany Hoffmann. More information can be found on her blog and website, and to keep up with the contest info, follow her on Twitter! (And me too cos why the heck not)

I really hope some of you decide to enter! You've got nothing to lose :)