Wednesday, June 16, 2010

NY Times Bestselling Romance Author Lori Wilde’s Drive 'Em Wilde Contest

Here's an AWESOME contest. I just might enter if I can come up with the extra money. :)

Good Luck!

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Does your query can make editors and agents pant, moan and beg for more? Have you written a story that will keep editors up at night, thinking of you and your prose? If you think you have what it takes to drive editors and agents wild with anticipation, Lori Wilde’s Drive 'Em Wilde Contest is your chance to prove it.

Our first-round is judged by published authors who will act like slush pile readers, pulling only the best three in each genre to pass along to the final round editors who will select the winners.

But it doesn’t end there!

Lori Wilde, USA Today bestselling author, will choose an Overall Grand Prize Winner from each genre's first place winner to receive free tuition for her year-long mentoring track at Savvy University—a value of $1800! This individual will be mentored by Lori to improve his or her writing and edit a market-ready manuscript that really will drive an agent or editor wild!

**NEW: Enter contest today to reserve your spot, but you can upload your file any time until contest deadline!

Contest Deadline: July 15, 2010


Fee: $20 Premium Savvy members / $25 Basic & non-members

Judging: Each entry will be judged by three published authors and scored using the contest’s scoresheet. Judges will provide comments and feedback for each score given. All scores will be combined and averaged. Three highest scoring entries for each genre will advance to the final round. All judged copies will be returned via email to non-finalist entrants following finalist announcement. Finalists entries will be returned after winners are announced. Final Judges will rank finalists one through three, with the First place winners sent to Lori Wilde who will choose an Overall Grand Prize Winner.

Finalists Announced: August 1, 2010

Eligibility: Must not have been published in the last 2 years by any of the major publishers (or its imprints) listed by Agent Query here:

Enter: Query letter AND first 10 double-spaced pages of unpublished manuscript (See Official Rules)

First Place Winners: All first place winners for each category will receive $25 credit towards a workshop of their choice at Savvy Authors.

Overall Grand Prize Winner: Lori Wilde will read each of the first place winners and rank them 1 thru 7, with the first place winner receiving a free year’s tuition in her upcoming Mentoring course at Savvy University (details here: This prize is non-transferrable.

To enter or view Official Rules, go to the website:

Payment via PayPal is preferred.

2010 Categories and Final Judges: 
  • Historical: Deb Werksman, Editor, Sourcebooks
  • Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Fantasy: TBA
  • Science Fiction/Futuristic: TBA
  • Contemporary: Angela James, Editor, Carina Press
  • Suspense: Kristin Sevick, Editor, Tor/Forge Books.
  • Young Adult: Danielle Rose Poiesz, Editor, Gallery/Pocket Books Editorial
  • Erotic Romance or Erotica: Lindsey Faber, Managing Editor, Samhain Publishing
**NOTE: Each entrant will have an opportunity to further designate whether their entry is most like commercial fiction, commercial fiction with romantic elements, literary fiction or romantic fiction for the sole purpose of managing judges’ expectations.


Entries shall consist of a one (1) page query letter plus first ten (10) pages of manuscript, combined as one file. Query letter should be page 1, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript should be pages 2 through 11. No additional pages will be accepted.

Do not include illustrations, author bio/photos, vocabulary lists, or footnotes.

Entries shall be in standard manuscript format, 12 inch Courier or Courier New font or 12 inch Times New Roman font, 1" margins, and double spaced (single-spaced is optional for query letter) formatting on 8.5" x 11" standard paper. Query letter and chapter headings should begin 1/3rd down the page.

Query letter and chapter headings should begin 1/3rd down the page.

The title and category should be on top left of the page, page number on top right.
The author's name or any personal information should not appear anywhere on the manuscript or query letter. Entries bearing the author's name shall be disqualified.

Entries must be submitted by midnight PST July 15, 2010. If requirement is not met, entries will be unopened. (Late entries will not be opened.)

NEW!! Entry forms may be submitted in advance of file upload. Entrants will receive an email with instructions for how to edit their entry form and/or upload or re-upload their files. No changes may be made after the contest deadline.

Entries will be received in RTF (Rich Text Format) files only. (To convert your file to RTF, open the document, go into File, click on Save As and choose RTF format. This will create a new document with the same title in RTF format.)

Questions: Please contact the Contest Coordinator at

Lori Wilde - Writers Helping Writers

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