Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#FicFest 2016 Details

#FicFest, the brand new writing contest hosted by the incredible Tiffany Hofmann, opens for submissions on April 24, 2016 @ 12:00am EST! First, you might be asking yourself:

What exactly is #FicFest?

#FicFest is an online writer’s contest which helps put manuscripts in front of literary agents. This contest, unlike most, is open to manuscripts in ALL genres (including those usually excluded such as Paranormal Romance or Erotica) in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult.

#FicFest mentors are structured into fifteen (15) teams. Each category that I listed has three teams. Each team is comprised of a team leader, and two (2) team members. Once the submissions open, each team will choose three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the agent round. This means that an equal number of manuscripts for each category will move to the agent round, guaranteeing that one category does NOT overpower another when it comes time for the agents.

45 manuscripts total move to the agent round, with 15 manuscripts being held as alternates in case one of the main finalists drops out of the contest for any reason. This is one of the things we stress in promoting #FicFest because most contests are overrun with Young Adult. In many contests, they may advance 40 manuscripts to the agent round, but the problem lies in the fact that 30 of that 40 are all Young Adult. That won’t happen with #FicFest.

Nine manuscripts from each category will make their appearance in the agent round. No more, no less. NINE each. Let me stress this one more time. In the agent round, you will have 9 Picture Books, 9 Middle Grade, 9 Young Adult, 9 New Adult, and 9 Adult. Everyone gets a fair chance.

There are 25 agents confirmed to participate in #FicFest this year, and we can’t wait!

Who are the agents?

To read the full Meet the Agents post, click here: Meet the Agents

Here's a brief preview:

Laura Zats – Red Sofa Literary Agency

Stacey Graham – Red Sofa Literary Agency

Susan Hawk – The Bent Agency

Nicole Tourelot – DeFiore & Company

Rachel Marks – Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency

Lana Popovic – Chalberg & Sussman
How to submit!
The official #FicFest Submission Guidelines can be found here: #FicFest Submission Guidelines Please, review the rules, regulations, and guidelines carefully to be sure your submission makes it through to the mentors!

#FicFest dates to remember:

April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 am EST - April 25, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST

Submission window

April 26, 2016 - May 3, 2016

Teams chose their finalists/alternate

May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am EST

Finalists/Alternate Reveal
(Team Leads Blog)

May 5, 2016 - June 30, 2016


July 8, 2016 @ 12:00am EST - July 14, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST

Agent Round

I am excited to be a new adult mentor this year on team USA! You can find out more about my team here: Meet Team USA

And to read about the other amazing mentors, check out the master list at the bottom of this post: Meet Team Ireland & The Team Master List

If anyone has any questions about #FicFest 2016 please feel free to post them in the comments section and I'll get back with an answer ASAP.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, and good luck in the contest!