Crafting the Perfect Entry

Here it is, the post on how you should be crafting on your submission. You’re not the only one who gets confused on crafting an entry, so I thought giving an example was the best way. The contest entries will be formatted for blog posts — each entry is getting its individual post, and if the agent comments on the post, it means they want to see more of the work.

Remember, you should still verify the submission guidelines before submitting.

This contest example was provided by Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL.


Name: Gillian Flynn

Genre: Adult – Thriller


Word Count: 145,000

Themes [optional]:

35 Word Pitch: When Nick Dunne’s wife disappears, everyone thinks he’s done her in. And when police finds her journal and start investigating, Nick must do whatever it takes to find her and prove that he’s innocent. Or is he?

500 Words:

When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it. Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed fossil. She had what the Victorians would call finely shaped head. You could imagine the skull quite easily.

I’d know her head anywhere.

And what’s inside it. I think of that too: her mind. Her brain, all those coils, and her thoughts shuttling through those coils like fast, frantic centipedes. Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?


Here you go, and I hope this clarifies all your doubts!



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