For anyone who posted a title and first line on this thread, I've put the list together for my agent. Please make sure I didn't miss anyone by looking HERE and confirming what I need confirmed there. (I'm trying to make this easy for my agent, which I hope will inure to everyone's benefit.)
Years ago I was a finalist for the Barbara Kingsolver-founded Bellwether Prize in Support of Literature of Social Change, which this year has become the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Even though I didn't win, it changed my literary life. A new agent sent out my manuscript and The Language of Lightwas picked up by the first editor she sent it to.
The entry date is coming up: January 1! And the prize is $25,000 AND publication with Algonquin Books, which is a fabulouspress.
What have you got to loose?
If you're submitting, please post the title and your first sentence (just one!), so I can live vicariously, and I'll ask my agent to take a look at the thread. No promises, but you never know! And the contest site is here if you haven't already entered. Good luck! - Meg
I'm the author of The Four Ms. Bradwells (now in paperback, just out from Random House this week!), The Wednesday Sisters, a writing group novel and national bestseller, The Language of Light, and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (all Random House/Ballantine). Find more tips on writing on the writers page of my author website and at 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started