The Like a Virgin contest starts on July 12th at 6AM EST and is hosted by Kristina Perez and Rhiann Wynn-Nolet. If you meet the aforementioned requirements, then I would definitely get in on this awesome contest. Click here to learn more about the contest in general and what the various rounds entail. Lastly, click here to read up on all the details on how to enter and how to format your entry.
Now, on to what this post is for! I’m not personally entering this contest (I don’t have a manuscript to do so with!), but I know how tough these contests are. The first round is a first-come, first-serve deal for 50 entrants. After that, five judges will be picking only 2 entries each. That means only 10 people will be passing on to Round 2. So you want your query + 250 words to be as polished, tight, and jam-packed with awesome as possible to catch their eye.
So I want to help you make your entry as polished as possible. I have experience entering contests and having the good fortune of being chosen by judges to pass on to the next round. I’m an editorial intern, as well as a submissions intern. I’m also getting published next year. I want to put my experience to good use in the writing community.
If you’re entering this contest, then feel free to post either your query letter or first 250 words (or both!) as a comment to this post and I will critique it. If you have the time and are willing, I would also ask that you help critique your fellows in the comments section as well–this is not a requirement, merely a courtesy.
Lastly, good luck to everyone entering Like a Virgin!