The Zebulon Checklist

Deadline: Entries must be received by 12:00 PM (Noon) MST, on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

 

Final Checklist for Entering the Contest:

  • I have gone to http://contest.pikespeakwriters.com/ and created an account.
  • I have gone to http://contest.pikespeakwriters.com/ to enter my entry/entries.
  • I have reviewed the Query Letter formatting checklist (below).
  • My Query Letter is addressed to the appropriate “virtual agent.”
  • I have uploaded a one-page Query Letter.
  • I have reviewed the Synopsis Formatting Checklist (below).
  • I have uploaded a Synopsis of up to 500 words in length.
  • I have reviewed the Manuscript Pages Formatting Checklist (below).
  • I have uploaded my Manuscript Pages consisting of the first 2500 words.  (Manuscript Pages can begin with a prologue if the manuscript has one.  Otherwise, Manuscript Pages must begin with Chapter One and should not exceed 2500 words.)
  • I have indicated that I want up to two critiques at a fee of $20 per critique.  (Skip this if no critiques are desired.)
  • Neither my name nor any personally identifying information appears in the Query Letter, Synopsis, or Manuscript Pages.
  • I have gone to http://contest.pikespeakwriters.com/pay.php to pay via PayPal.  Fee is $20 per entry. A fee of $20 is also charged per requested critique.

Query Letter Checklist:

  • Document is in .doc format (not .docx).
  • Single-spaced
  • Ragged right margin.  (That’s left justification, not center, right, or full justification.)
  • One-inch margin all around (top, bottom, left, and right).
  • Submission must use 12-pt. Courier New or 12-pt. Times New Roman font only. (Be aware that many word processors do not default to these fonts.)
  • No personally identifying information.
  • Use the fictitious author contact information listed below in your query letter:

I.M. Writer

123 Zebulon Place

Colorado Springs, CO 80900

(719) 023-4568

imwriter@email.com

 

Synopsis and Manuscript Pages Checklist:

  • Documents must be in .doc format (not .docx).
  • Double-spaced
  • Ragged right margin. (That’s left justification, not center, right, or full justification except title and chapter headings, which may be centered.)
  • One-inch margin all around (top, bottom, left, and right).
  • Submission must use 12-pt. Courier New or 12-pt. Times New Roman font only. (Be aware that many word processors do not default to these fonts.)
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • Headers may include title and page number, but not the name of the author.
  • Remember to adapt your header so that no reference to your name or other personally identifying information is included.

 

Download the checklist as a PDF.

Contest At a Glance

The Zebulon Contest will be open for entries September 15th, 2015, through 12:00 p.m. MST on November 2nd, 2015.

Looking for more information about our fictitious agency and the agents that "work" there? Find it here!

If you're going to enter the The Zebulon, you should read our rules and check out the frequently asked questions.

We've also put together a handy genre guide as well as the scoresheets by which the entries will be judged.

About Zebulon Pike

Pikes Peak, the majestic mountain west of Colorado Springs, is named for General Zebulon Pike, an Army captain who led the Pike Expedition to explore and document the southwest US. His published account of this expedition was so popular that it became required reading for all 19th century explorers who followed after him. We've named our contest "The Zebulon" because even though he failed to reach the summit of Pikes Peak, he's been immortalized as an intrepid explorer and as an author, revered by his peers.

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