quote:"Del Rey/Spectra through Suvudu will be accepting submissions from now through March 18, 2011, of previously unpublished manuscripts of no more than 150,000 words. Over the next few months, they will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, and writing style. The top submission will receive a full edit of the submitted work by Betsy Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey Publishing, and the story will be considered for publication. Three runners-up will receive a set of Del Rey/Spectra titles selected by Suvudu."
Per the full rules, winners will be offered a contract.
As much as I would like to enter, I recognize my urban fantasy manuscript contains popular culture references (a hazard of the genre) and one line of a lyric for which I need be assured I am not in violation of copyright and for which I need guidance on how to receive permission if I am.
While I would hope a publishing house editor or agent would have the knowledge and resources in regard to this concern, this particular contest requires affirmation of the absence of such infringement as a condition of entry.
Guess I am stuck to seeking the advice of an agent--when, if ever, I decide to query one.
This one doesn't sound bad with Del Rey involved. If I worked super hard and did nothing else I might have two novels-SF and UF- ready to submit by the 18th. I don't know if you can submit two. The SF probably needs a whole bunch of work since I wrote it five years ago but I have a prologue and two and a quarter chapters mostly done. The UF probably would go a lot faster and be better--I hope.