Get Pumped for The Writer’s Voice 2015

Get Pumped for The Writer’s Voice 2015

The Writer's Voice

We’re so excited to be a part of  “The Writer’s Voice” this year! Brenda, Kimberly Chase and I will be joining forces as a coaching team and are so excited to read your manuscripts!

For those who aren’t familiar with “The Writer’s Voice,” it’s is a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Brenda Drake, Mónica Bustamante Wagner, Elizabeth Briggs, and Krista Van Dolzer. We’re basing it on NBC’s singing reality show The Voice, so the four hosts will serve as coaches and select projects for our teams based on their queries and first pages.

Here’s the timeline:

May 20: Everybody enters the Rafflecopter lottery
May 21: The lottery winners sign up on the widget
May 21 – June 4: We select our team members from “The Writer’s Voice” Blogfest
June 4-18: We coach our team members, helping them polish their entries
June 19: We post our team members’ entries on our blogs
June 23: 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:

MG fiction (all genres)
YA fiction (all genres)
NA fiction (all genres except erotica)
Adult genre fiction (excluding erotica)
Adult literary fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica)
Adult commercial fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica)

In other words, we’re accepting pretty much everything this year:)

To determine who gets to participate in the blogfest, we’ll hold a single-entry Rafflecopter lottery on Wednesday, May 20. The lottery will remain open for 12 hours, from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 9:00 p.m. EDT, at which point the Rafflecopter will select 200 random winners. Those winners will then sign up for the blogfest on one of Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets the next day, May 21. 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 20 during the submission window listed above.
2. Sign up on the widget on May 21 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 by June 4, then spend the next two weeks 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 June 19, 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:

Caitie Flum of Liza Dawson Associates

Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media

Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management

Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency

Sara Megibow and Renee Nyen ofkt literary

Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency

Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

Courtney Stevenson of Pippin Properties

Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency

The agents will vote for their favorites on June 23. 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 a.m. EDT on June 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 20, 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.)

Author: Nikki Roberti

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  1. Hi Brenda, I’m so looking forward to this but I’m not clear how to enter the Rafflecopter lottery. Would that be entering on this blog? Thanks so much for all your help.

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  2. This really sounds like a great gift! Thank you for putting it together.

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  3. I have the same question as Beverly. We will need to post our stories on our blog, but how will you know that they are available to read?

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  4. Oh my gosh! How fun!!!! Win or lose in the big picture, it seems like anyone who’s drawn in the raffle would win in the big picture! Thanks for doing this!

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  5. 2 questions!

    1) what if you already have a full (slash partial slash query) out to one or more agents on the list?

    2) what if you get an offer of rep after May 21st but before things go on the blog on June 19th? I understand after June 19th you give the agents who have voted on your novel a chance (same as you would if they had partials etc through traditional querying), but what if you get an offer before then?

    Thank you so much for doing this, btw. I’ve watched TWV Contest every year – this is the first time I (hopefully) can participate!

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  6. Does no erotica mean no erotic romance or just no erotica?

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  7. For our first 250 words, can we complete our sentence if it means going over by a few extra words?

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    • Yes! You can go a couple over if it completes the sentence that lands in the middle of 250.

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  8. Thanks so much for putting this together! I’m excited for your feedback!

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