Honestly, our queries may get submerged in the deluge of the slush pile every agent is flooded with. I have heard that some agents don’t even go through unsolicited queries, forget about reading either the synopsis or the first few pages.
There are many blogs and sites which hold competitions where one has to submit either the pitch or the first 250 words of one’s manuscript. And many writers have got their agents through this route. Even winning short story competitions can work in our favour, as agents and editors’ interest is perked when they hear about prize winning writers.
I came across one such competition while researching a few agents last night. The Greenhouse Literary agency is conducting the Greenhouse Funny Prize, a competition to find new writing talent. It’s the second year for the competition. This year the competition has become bigger. It’s open to the world. The winners will receive an offer of representation from the Greenhouse Literary Agency. If you can make people laugh with your writing, then check out the guidelines here.
Have any of you ever entered a competition where agents and editors where judging. What’s your take on competitions? Do you think competitions work in a writer’s favour?