Dear Lucky Agent Contest

IMAG0208My mother-in-law has a knack for winning contests.  Door prizes, giveaways, raffles.  You name it, she wins it.  My son also has the gift.  So far, he’s won books (twice), a gift basket of water toys and a bike.

Since I lack the gift of winning effortlessly, I try to make up for it by entering writing contests.  The one I entered a few months ago worked out well, so now I’m entering the 15th free Dear Lucky Agent contest, sponsored by the Guide to Literary Agents blog.

Chuck Sambuchino and the GLA blog have been instrumental in helping me identify agents to query for Some Flew North.  I was thrilled to see the current contest focuses on Young Adult fiction.  Fingers crossed!

A win!

Remember the series of story snippets I posted around the end of the year?  They were entries in the 1,000 Prompts, 1,000 Dollars contest sponsored by Build Creative Writing Ideas.  Well, I learned this morning that The Reluctant Vampire took a first prize win!!  My first writing win.  Wow.

Visit the contest site to read the other awesome winners. (And to confirm that my name is really there – it’s really there, right? I didn’t make this up?)

Here’s a quick link to The Reluctant Vampire.  You can also read my other entries: The Amethyst Shield and The Project.

The (anti)hero of The Reluctant Vampire, Nathaniel, came to me in a dream a few years ago (this is why I keep paper and pen by the bed). Nathaniel was briefly incarnated in a failed NaNoWriMo novel and then insisted he be brought back for this contest.  Soon he’ll get his own full-fledged story.

The characters in The Amethyst Shield will likely appear in the sequel to Stone’s Throw into the Deep, while the characters in The Project are slotted to appear in a historical fiction novel that I’ll start this year or next.

Lunch will see me raising a glass to the contest judges and to Nathaniel.  Cheers!