Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The submission window is open!

The contest is now closed. Thanks!

If you’re late to the party, here are posts one and two, where you will find all of the necessary contest rules/guidelines/squee-worthy details about the second annual Xmas in July pitch contest.
The submission window is open today from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.
As a reminder:
Please put your name, title and genre of your ms in the subject line of your email, like this:
Ruth Steven: AND LIFE CAME TUMBLING AFTER: MG Contemporary
In the body of the email please put your query (no salutation necessary) followed by the first 500 words (to the nearest sentence) of your ms. Whether that includes a prologue is up to you – send what you want us to read. There’s no need to include a bio, and any names or contact details provided to us will be redacted.
When you’ve checked that it all looks good, send your submission to:
You’ll receive an auto-response to let you know we have your entry. Please give it a little while to come through!
Good luck, and see you on the other side of the slushpile!


  1. Hi, if you already have a query out to a couple of these agents or have been rejected by one is it still okay to enter?

  2. Hi!

    According to the guidlines the contest closes at 6 pm. it is 5.34 now. I sent my entry a few minutes ago. Please please say you will consider it.

    Leila Hugh

    1. Hi Leila. The guidlelines stated 6pm EST. Or llpm GMT. Your email was received at 11.30pm GMT.

      Both Michelle and I have read your entry(we're not ogres)but we'd like to respectfully remind everyone to take careful note of the timings involved when we run the contest : )

  3. Hi!
    I am so sorry, I have no idea how that happened! I had installed the EST clock on my computer to make sure that didn't happen. You are very kind :)


  4. Hi Ruth,
    I sent you a private note today through the Christmas in July mailbox -- I hope you are still checking it.

    Sarah Floyd

    1. We have your note and are responding : )

  5. How many entries did you get?

    1. There'll be a stats post at some point : ) About 208 (but they're all in different folders at the moment, so that's approx.


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