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So I want to say a word about this exciting annual event, running currently (if you've missed it, MSFV also runs multiple "secret agent" contests during the year, so don't despair). I'm not entering myself, because I already have my ms. queried out to my favorite agents. But I did go through a round of logline critiques during the process to sharpen my logline writing skills.
So what is MSFV's Baker's Dozen?
In a nutshell, a crazyfest of logline critiques leading up to a logline + 250 word submission to be judged and bid on by a dozen of the most illustrious literary agents in the business. Even if you don't submit an entry, it's a crash course in writing a zingy concept sentence. Reading other people's loglines is just as illuminating. You see what people are working on, and judge for yourself which entries rise to the top of the scrum.
Later on, you find out if your assessments are shared by agents. You get a good look at your competition (if you're an unpublished writer) and what genres are hot (or maybe a trifle crowded). If there's a better worm's-eye view of the industry, I don't know where to find it, except maybe at a packed pitch session at some national conference.
Is it a good idea to enter?
A well-respected literary mentor I know says, "no." Her opinion is that agents get to know writers cycling through these contests, and that the entries start to look stale. In her words, "You should guard your ms. like your virginity. Don't put it out in the blogosphere for people to paw over."
I don't have an opinion, but I wonder, dear readers, do you? Online agented contests, and forums for critiquing pages and queries, yay or nay? Have you entered any? What did you think?
And now, I hereby pass the Liebster blog award to:
K.T. Crowley, smart critic and hostess of MSFV loglines.
Escape Artist Linda McLaren, just as smart and another gracious hostess.
A certain Wanton Redhead that I'm rooting for, on her way to Big Sur.
The vociferous Tricia Clasen, doing so much to help insecure writers.
And Bluestocking, for being unfailingly interesting and mysterious.
Here are your rules, peeps. Go forth and multiply.
The Rules: You must mention and link to the person who awarded you the Liebster, and mention 5 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers you think worthy of the Liebster.