There is nothing SCARIER than rejection, so this Halloween face your fears by entering our spooky writing clinic and contest. Not only will you get help crafting your submission package, you’ll have the opportunity to win a chance at publication by Curiosity Quills Press. And it’s all FREE!
We will have two types of bloggers involved:
Minions: Writers with query ready manuscripts.
All fiction genres are eligible for entry, however manuscripts that fall into our “favored genres” list will be more likely to win requests. Check the submission guidelines for this list.
Super villains: Published and pre-published authors from Curiosity Quills.
Each super villain will be assigned a team of minions to mentor. Each team will have a spooky name and theme. The super villain whose minions get the most requests from the judges will win bragging rights as villain supreme. Super villain Sharon Bayliss will announce the names of her rival villains on her blog soon.
Week of 10/8: Query Week – Super villains will post tips on how to craft a successful query and their own successful queries. Minions will post their query and super villains and other minions will stop by and provide critique.
Week of 10/15: First Page Week – Super villains will post tips on writing a great first page and their own successful first page. Minions will post their first pages and super villains and other minions will stop by and provide critique.
Week of 10/22: Mentoring Week – Super villains will pick teams of minions. and will provide personalized critique on their minions’ submission package. Minions from the same team are also encouraged to help and support each other.
10/31 - It’s fright night! Minions ready to face their fears will submit their query and first page to our criminal mastermind judges (three submissions editors from CQ). If they like what they see they’ll make requests to see more and hopefully graduate some minions to super villains.
Sign up as a minion here: