bring you the fourth annual Query Kombat tournament.
single-elimination, tournament style query-off. Entries will go head to head
(one on one) with one another until only ONE entry remains. There will be a
total of six rounds in Query Kombat. 64 entries in round one, 32 in round two,
16 in round three, 8 in round four, 4 in round five, and 2 in round six.
target audience and genre. We’ll continue grouping that way until it’s no
first 250 words of your manuscript (to the end of a complete sentence) will be
pitted against another query and first 250 words. Judges will read each
match-up and vote ‘Victory’ on the best entry. Remember, this is subjective.
Considering last year, votes may come down to personal tastes.
will advance to the next round until only one champion remains.
round. That mean the top 32 entries will make it to the agent round.
Of course, there’s a twist!
requested what—or how much—until that entrant has been eliminated from the
can be implemented before the agents see your work.
Who’s Invited to Submit:
to unagented writers seeking representation. Your manuscript must be complete, polished, and ready to submit.
If your manuscript has been in the agent
round of another contest within the last six months, you are not eligible to participate in Query Kombat. Please don’t try
to sneak in. The QK team includes about fifty people and a few hundreds of
spectators. Someone will notice and inform us. Submissions for MG, YA, NA, and Adult works will be accepted (Sorry we aren’t accepting Picture books or Chapter Books this year.). Only one entry per person. Do not attempt to submit more than one entry by using different email accounts. Again, the QK family is huge. Someone will notice.
The submission window will open on May 16th at 9:00 AM Eastern time and close on May 20nd at Noon.
email confirmation. If you don’t receive it within an hour of submitting your
entry, contact us via twitter and let us know. Kontestants will be
revealed on May 27th, and the tournament will kick off on June 1st.
team reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time for any reason.
If an entrant is disqualified before the agent round, an alternate will take
its place. If an entrant is disqualified after the agent round, the opposing
entry will automatically advance to the next round. The only time we will ever
disqualify an applicant is if you say or do something to blemish the spirit of
query contests. Query Kombat is supposed to be fun…
In order to enter the contest you MUST follow
formatting guidelines, and submit during the contest window. All entries that
follow said guidelines will be considered.
(this is highly expected), Michelle, Laura, and I will savagely attack the slush
pile in attempts to build the best team. We will pick (and announce) three
alternates in case a submission is disqualified.
single-spaced with spaces between each paragraph. No (I repeat: NO!)
entry [colon] your genre (audience included). Do not skip this step or your
entry will be deleted. (ex. I Fell in Love with a
Ken Doll: Adult Erotica)
there are no duplicates. These will be the names used in the tournament (or an
abbreviated version if it’s too long) so keep it PG-13 and try to have it
relate to your story in some way.
Twitter Handle: @BarbforSenate36
Title: Eunuchs and Politics
of Barbra B. Doll, a US senator who goes against country, family, and the
Illumaniti to be with an amateur surfer with no genitalia.
Words, words, and more words.
the middle of a. Do not include a bio or comp title.
We will not edit them in any way, shape, or form. Please read, reread, and
rereread your submission before you hit send. You have several weeks to polish
your work. Take advantage of it. Competition will be fierce.
tournament will be hosted on three separate blogs. In order to enter the
contest, you MUST following Michael, Michelle, and Laura’s blogs (Twitter is cool too). All three blogs will host the
first round and agent round. The second round will be hosted by Michelle and Laura.
The third round will be hosted by Michael. The fourth round will be hosted by Laura.
The fifth round will be hosted by Michelle. The final round will be hosted by Michael.
Have no fear, each blog will have links to all rounds so you will not get lost.
as quickly as possible.
Contests are very time-consuming, and in order to continue hosting each year, we’re asking contestants to give a $5-$10 donation when making their entries. Asking for donations is one way to ensure we’re able to give you the time needed to carefully consider every entry. Chosen Kontestants receive feedback from up to 30 agented/published writers on their query and first page, plus the ability to query agents they otherwise may not have connected with. Some agents even read requested contest entries before the rest of the slush pile! All Kontestants, chosen are not, receive free slush tips from the hosts and the camaraderie that develops from entering contests together. Many writers find lifelong critique partners and good friends from these contests (I did).
Donating this year is strictly voluntary. Giving a donation does not increase your chances of being picked. Giving less than $5 or more than $10 will also have no impact on your chances. Donating will not affect how many rounds a person makes it through if chosen. People who are not able to donate will not be disqualified.
10% of all funds raised will go to FlintKids.org. Our friends in Flint still need our help. It’s an uphill battle that the QK Crew is committed to help fight, and we hope you’ll stand behind us.