Fantasy Novel Hook For Your Book Contest: Enter Now!

Today is the day! Fantasy novelists may now enter our Fantasy Novel Hook for Your Book contest here on my blog which will be judged by my agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.

We had a mystery/thriller contest in August. We'll have one for Romance December 12th through the 19th and one for historical fiction February 13th through February 20th, 2012.

The contest will run until October 17th. That means you have until midnight Eastern Time on 10/17/11 to enter your pitch here on my blog.

To Enter:

You must be a follower of this blog and provide a link to either a tweet or a blog post spreading the word about this contest.

You must have a completed novel. Your novel MUST be finished to enter this contest.

Write a 50 word paragraph that is the hook for your book. Basically pitch your book in fifty words.

Post your 50 word pitch in the comments section of my blog with a TITLE and your contact info before the closing date of the contest.

The example I used for the mystery/thriller contest was as follows:

Finding Claire Fletcher

Detective Connor Parks, newly divorced, with his career in jeopardy, spends the night with a woman he meets at a bar. The next morning Claire Fletcher is gone; leaving behind a hint of a decade-old mystery. Abducted when she was 15 years old, no one has heard from her…until now. Will he find Claire Fletcher?

Lisa L. Regan

Jeanie will choose three finalists. The finalists will send her a synopsis of their book as well as their full manuscript. From those three finalists, Jeanie will choose one manuscript and that manuscript will get a full read and a possible contract with Sullivan Maxx.

Good luck everyone!

Also Melodie Wright at Forever Rewrighting and Carrie Butler at So You're a Writer will be putting together a Casting Call for Your Character Blog Hop which will run from October 24th through October 28th and be hosted on Carrie's site. Melodie is supposed to have a sample post up today so head on over there and check it out!


  1. I've linked back to my blog for this contest. I hope you have some good entries. I can't wait to read the pitches!

  2. I hope you have a great response, Lisa! It's such a wonderful opportunity. :)

  3. Such a great contest, thanks for having it! I tweeted about it here:!/beyeager/status/123508090241949696
    Do we enter on this post? I'm going to assume yes, but if I'm wrong I'm sorry!


    When King Jesham accuses his charismatic heir of treason, the country's loyalty is split in two. Despite his popularity, Prince Theyrin never denies the charge of sending aid to rebels and is declared guilty. His penalty? Execution.

    At least, that’s what was supposed to happen - until Evyn appears.

    Bethany Yeager

    Thank you for the contest!

  4. I heart contests! :)

    I blogged:
    I tweeted:!/Robin_Weeks/status/123548726676557824.

    Like Bethany, I'm assuming we enter here?

    Title: GEAS
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    50-word Pitch:
    Brina, like all pixies, can make her own drugs – er, dust. Which the humans appreciate, even if no one can quite get used to Brina’s brown skin, courtesy of her Hispanic human mother. But there’s dust and dust, and a hybrid shouldn’t be suddenly able to make all eight kinds.

    Robin Weeks
    robinweekswriter [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. Awesome contest. Here is the link to my tweet:!/Randsay/status/123563106529058817

    Title: HELLATHON
    Genre: Fantasy

    50-word Pitch:
    Every thousand years, Hell has a footrace to the gates of heaven. The winner receives a second chance at life.

    Randy Lindsay

  6. Thank you for this opportunity! Here is my very excited blog post-

    Title: Threads
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    50-word Pitch:
    “Reality had cracked down the middle like a badly made clay pot,and all her assumptions of what was real and normal were leaking out the bottom.”
    When Alice inherits her Aunt’s vacuum cleaner shop, she isn't impressed. Until she is sucked into a world of Centaurs,Sirens and narcissistic Greek gods.

    Erin Latimer

  7. Thanks for this awesome contest! I blogged at:

    And my entry :)

    Title: The Privileged
    Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

    50-word Pitch:
    Jonathan’s first day of school isn’t what he expected. An earthquake lands him underground with a girl who claims she is an immortal…and he is too. And he’s being hunted by ‘the Master’ who wants his power to kill mortals. Jonathan needs to trigger his power before he is captured…or killed himself.

    Cassie Cook

  8. I tweeted:!/LBelowtheauthor/status/124038574139125760

    Title: The Secret Diary of a Girl-Turned-Troll
    Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

    50-word Pitch:

    A mistake at her old school leads Valerie to the North American School for the Gifted. A mistake at the NASG might just curse her for life.

    Lindsay Below

  9. This is a great opportunity, thanks!

    I blogged about it here:

    Title: Ravenous Dusk
    Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
    50 word Pitch:

    Necromancer Blake’s life changes completely when a gorgeous demon tells her she was born to help him reap souls for the Underworld. But when a murder investigation uncovers deadly secrets between the Underworld and the human world, only Blake and a newly gained power can keep both worlds from destruction.

    contact: aje237(at)

  10. Tweeted:!/StephanieEDiaz/status/124216904759001088

    Title: The Demon Sword
    Genre: YA fantasy

    50-word Pitch:
    Though in her world the stars have wings and animals guard the noble lords, seventeen-year-old Heiren doesn't set much store in fairytales. Then a captain sprouts claws, kills her father, and turns hell-bent on setting the world on fire. Heiren might be the only one who can stop him.

    Stephanie Diaz

  11. Best of luck to all the participants! And I joined the blog hop. Have a great day! :)

  12. What fun! So much going on in the blogosphere these days.

    Wandered over for the Pay It Forward Bloghop. You got listed by another blogger.

  13. Thank you for the opportunity.!/JLSelby/status/124903353355481088


    Otwald intervenes when Torvald's dissolution of his affair with Princess Annelie turns violent. Otwald sends her to the hospital. But when she never arrives there, Torvald accuses him of kidnapping her. On the run, Otwald searches a city fractured into rival societies, but in so doing, may spark a revolution.

    Joseph L. Selby
    josephlselby {at} gmail {dot} com

  14. Great contest!!/NicoleZoltack/status/125323395448578048

    ELENA'S PEN - an upper MG fantasy

    When thirteen-year-old Elena's magical pen writes of its own accord about a mystical fantasy land being overrun by demons, she vows to save the land. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as writing a happy ending - whenever Elena uses the pen, someone turns into a demon, and she could be next.

    Nicole Zoltack

  15. Tweeted @S_M_Johnston & blogged

    GENRE: YA Speculative Fiction (Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction mix)

    Pitch: Being brought back to life runs the risk of something from the other side coming back over too. Even in a medically controlled death like eighteen-year-old Mishca Richardson's. Since her heart transplant she's had nightmares, hallucinations, increased speed and strength. But something else has been inside her from the start.


    Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. Tweeted:!/LinseyMiller/status/125687680385298433

    GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy

    Pitch: Advisor Adalmund Port will do anything to save her country—she’s gone to battle, been an assassin, and sacrificed her arm for the princess. Now, to stop a war she’ll have to start a revolution, but the price of Peace, the flippant but fatal revolutionary, might be too much.


    Thank you for this contest!

  17. I love your good friend Nancy's blog so had to click over. Yep, I'm following you - you've also got a great blog.

  18. Tweeted at:!/lindseysnowbaby

    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Pitch: Destiny may find you, but fate will overwhelm you. For Celestria Hale the familiar darkness becomes her enemy. She discovers she is one of the last five Dark magicians alive. The winds of war approach, and Celestria is left to fight in a battle determining the existence of her kind.

    Lindsey Sablowski

    Thank you for your time and this great opportunity.

  19. Blog Post:


    Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

    Darkness threatens the galaxy from within. Magellan Talbot, a poor miner's son, is chosen by their Goddess to defeat it. But a tragic accident erases Magellan’s memory. If he can’t fight Darkness it will smother the Goddess, and the galaxy with her. Magellan can prevail, if he could only remember.

    Jennifer Eaton

    Thank you for looking!


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