For authors who don’t want to invest a lot of time on a manuscript contest without knowing they’ve got a shot at winning, here’s a new contest where the writing and judging are done in stages. Loose Id has announced their “Hot Hooks” competition.
What is it: A multi-stage contest to find the hottest stories with the hottest hooks.
What’s a hook? A unique premise, clever idea, or new twist on old trope.
Who can enter: Anyone not employed by or working for Loose Id. Current Loose Id authors, however, may enter.
Entrants start by entering a blurb of 250 words for an erotic story in any genre of 30K+ words. Loose Id’s in-house editing team selects the top twenty, and then visitors to the publisher’s site pick the top ten. The top ten then submit the first 1000 words of their manuscripts which are judged by the editors. Of those, the top five are asked to submit their full manuscripts by February 1, 2010.
The winner receives a publishing contract, while the remaining four in the top five win critiques of their full manuscripts. According to a survey by Marianne LeCroix, titles from Loose Id sell well for their authors, with 52.6% self-reporting that they make between $1K-$5K per year on one title.
Remember, however, that Loose Id publishes erotica only, so all entries must communicate a high heat level.
We’re looking for stories that unleash the power of fantasy and the id. New twists on old favorites, both erotic and romantic. Whether it’s that hotass cop and the speeder he pulled over, a threesome with your two best gay friends, anonymous sex with the guy you saw pumping gas, capture fantasy, sex slavery, cowboy and city slicker, secret babies, secretary and sheikh, we want stories that tap specific reader fantasies and make them as erotic as the plotline will support.
Be sure to take a glance at their submission guidelines before entering.