Tuesday, June 1, 2010

QueryTracker Contest: submitted The Stone Dragon

"Join Our Agent-judged Contest with Literary Agent Kathleen Ortiz of Lowenstein Associates: contest opens June 1st..."
And so I did.
  • Agent Kathleen Ortiz of Lowenstein Associates will be judging our next contest.
  • Opens Tuesday June 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM EST
  • Only 100 entries will be accepted
  • Genres: Young Adult and Middle Grade only (next month's contest will be adult only.)
To enter the contest:
  1. You must have a free QueryTracker membership
  2. You must submit a one-sentence pitch (helpful links below) and your first chapter
  3. Your submission will be accepted on the submission form (won't be available until the contest opens) 
  4. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION DIRECTLY TO THE AGENT. You will be disqualified if you do.
This contest is not for whiners! It is only open to those who are willing to receive honest feedback. Ms. Ortiz will:
  • Treat every entry as a partial submission
  • Read every entry TO THE POINT SHE WOULD NORMALLY STOP READING on a partial submission
  • She will tell you why she stopped reading
  • She will request more of the manuscript only if it is something she would normally request.
I copied to an open file the one-line pitch and the first chapter, removing some formatting features that the submission form probably wouldn't recognize.

I sat before my computer at 7:58 CST, logged on at QueryTracker.

The submission form popped onto the site at 8:00. I entered the data, double-checked, and at 8:02 pressed "submit."

As I saw the "submission accepted" acknowledgment, lightning cracked the sky and thunder shook the window.

"It was a dark and stormy night..."

Copyright 2010 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved
Information regarding the contest from QueryTracker.net


  1. Good luck with that!! If I wrote YA I would have entered. Those things are great because even if you don't get anywhere, they often go through all the other submissions anyway, for their own info. I know ... because I got a couple of ... rejections that way!

  2. Notice that the contest next month will be for adult novels.