SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Query Kombat coming in May!

Discussion started on

Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI PAL
  • SCBWI Region carolinas
As the PBPARTY picks are currently getting requests (YAY!) Michelle asked me to post this on the Blue Board for her. I brag on this board to her ALL the time! For those of you who know her, she's a master of contests. So this is from her, Kara, and Michael (the cohosts of Query Kombat).

Good luck to all who enter!! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Michelle on twitter (@Michelle4laughs) or me on this thread and I'll get the question answered and post back here.

QUERY KOMBAT CONTEST:

Bloggers Kara, Michael, and Michelle are back again to bring you the SIXTH annual Query Kombat tournament.
 
***Contest Mission: To showcase the work of diverse and talented novelists, while providing a learning environment that unites the writing community through knowledge, kindness, and a little friendly kompetition.

The submission window will open on May 16th at 9:00 AM Eastern time and close on May 18th at Noon.
 
The Basics: (updated from previous years. Read carefully.)
Query Kombat will host 64 kombatants in a single-elimination, tournament style query-off. Entries will go head to head (one on one) with one another until only ONE entry remains. There will be a total of six rounds in Query Kombat. 64 entries in round one, 32 in round two, 16 in round three, 8 in round four, 4 in round five, and 2 in round six.

Unlike traditional tournaments, we won't be using tournament brackets. Entries will be matched up based on target audience and genre. We'll continue grouping that way until it's no longer possible.
If you secure a spot in the tournament, your query and the first 250 words of your manuscript (to the end of a complete sentence) will be pitted against another query and first 250 words. Judges will read each match-up and vote 'Victory' on the best entry. Remember, this is subjective. Considering last year, votes may come down to personal tastes.

The entry with the most ‘victories’ at the end of the round will advance to the next round until only one champion remains.
The agent round will be held after the first round. That mean the top 32 entries will make it to the agent round.
Of course, there's a twist!
The agent round will be conducted in secret. And by secret, we mean TOP SECRET. Entrants won't know who requested what—or how much—until they are eliminated from the tournament.

On the plus side, winners of the first round will be able to update their entry prior to the agent round. So any feedback the judges give can be implemented before the agents see your work.
We have 21 agents on board so far. We're hoping to double that number before the Agent Round kicks off in June so get your entries ready!
 
 
Who’s Invited to Submit:

The Query Kombat Tournament is open only to unagented writers seeking representation. Your manuscript must be complete, polished, and ready to submit. If your manuscript has been in the agent round of another major contest within the last four months, you are not eligible to participate in Query Kombat. Please don’t try to sneak in. The QK team includes about a hundred industry professionals, and a few hundred spectators. Someone will notice and inform us. If you're unsure if a contest qualifies as major, contact us through Twitter before submission.
Submissions for MG, YA, NA, and Adult works will be accepted (Sorry we aren't accepting Picture books or Chapter Books this year.). Only one entry per person. Do not attempt to submit more than one entry by using different email accounts. Again, the QK family is huge. Someone will notice.
Submissions:


We will have email confirmation. If you don't receive it within an hour of submitting your entry, contact us via Twitter and let us know. Kontestants will be revealed on May 25th, and the tournament will kick off on June 1st.
In order to enter the contest you MUST follow formatting guidelines, and submit during the contest window. All entries that follow the follow guidelines will be considered.
 
For more info, visit this link. http://writersoutworld.blogspot.com/2018/03/query-kombat-2018.html
 
Hope to see you in the tournament! Good luck!
#1 - April 04, 2018, 07:43 AM
« Last Edit: April 04, 2018, 08:48 AM by Schriscoe »
Vehicle Dreams Series-RPKids '16 -'18
(Fire Truck, Bulldozer, Race Car)
Rainy Day Picnic-Read Your Story '18
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale '15

Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region socal
This looks great, Sharon, but I don't see a link. That's probably my fault. I can't find anyway in a grocery store either. :)
#2 - April 04, 2018, 08:19 AM

Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI PAL
  • SCBWI Region carolinas
This looks great, Sharon, but I don't see a link. That's probably my fault. I can't find anyway in a grocery store either. :)

Oops! Fixed to add it. Sorry! :)
#3 - April 04, 2018, 08:49 AM
Vehicle Dreams Series-RPKids '16 -'18
(Fire Truck, Bulldozer, Race Car)
Rainy Day Picnic-Read Your Story '18
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale '15

Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region socal
Oops! Fixed to add it. Sorry! :)

It's good to know I'm not the only one who does things like this. :)
#4 - April 04, 2018, 12:33 PM

Members:

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.