First Pages Contest #2: Romance, Judged by Agent Amy Brewer

UPDATE: Judge Amy Brewer has chosen her three winners.
In no order, they are Miranda D, Michelle G, Michelle M, and
Britt M. Yep, Amy picked a bonus 4th winner! Congrats to all


We love contests. So welcome to our new First Pages Contest on the Write Query Publish Blog. Contest #2 is for writers of Romance. If you’re writing romance, keep reading, and submit your work!

(Contest #1 is running now elsewhere on the blog, also, and it’s for adult sci-fi and fantasy writers. Find it here.) And Contest #3 is for writers of women’s fiction.)

Here’s how it works. We invite awesome literary agents to judge the contest. The agents pick the genre they want to judge. Writers in that genre are invited to send in their first page as part of the competition. Winners get an awesome critique from your agent judge. It’s free to enter. Sound good? Then let’s get to some details and rules!

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Contest #2. You have until 11:59 p.m., PST, FEBRUARY 15, 2019, to submit to the contest. [WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE TO FEB. 15, 2019 DUE TO DEMAND. KEEP SUBMITTING!]

This contest is only for writers of adult romance. (No young adult please.) Main characters should probably be aged 20 or older. This contest is for all sub-genres of romance. Anything goes.

The agent judge has 3 weeks from the contest’s end to judge all entries. Then we will inform the winners and post the names here on this blog post.


Submit your manuscript’s first double-spaced page, via email, to

300 words maximum. Do not attach anything. Just copy and paste the text into the email submission. Remember: This is for romance only.

At the beginning of the email, before you paste your first page, this is what we need to know: 1) your full name, 2) the city and state you’re based in, and 3) your contact email, 4) proof that you’ve shared news of the contest via social media (such as your Twitter handle), and 5) a logline of your work. A logline is a one-sentence summary of your novel. For example, “A new divorcee unearths her romantic to-do list from high school and picks up where she left off.”

Self-Published novels are not eligible for this contest. Unpublished (new) material only, please. You may submit more than one submission; however, you are encouraged to only submit your best work.

PLEASE NOTE OUR SOCIAL MEDIA REQUIREMENTS: Although the contest is free to enter, in order to be considered, you must fulfill our social media requirements. For every submission, you must spread word of this contest twice through social media — either Twitter or Facebook. You can tweet news of it, or share on Facebook.

When your email us your submission, make sure you include some kind of way for us to understand you have followed these guidelines. If you have shared news on Twitter, then just include your Twitter handle. If you have shared news of it on Facebook, then feel free to take a screenshot or send us a link. An easy way to notify us is to tag us. Either tag me — @chucksambuchino — or tag the blog –@writequerypub — when you spread news. And if you use Twitter, put any handles at the middle or the end, not at the very beginning of the tweet, or else the tweet will be invisible to others. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point.)

Here is a tweet that can be used: New FREE contest for writers of Romance (all types) Judged by agent @42amer, via @chucksambuchino and @writequerypub


Screen Shot 2018-11-20 at 9.27.54 AM.pngAmy Brewer is a literary agent with Metamorphosis Literary. She’s seeking: Romances of all kinds, if your plot revolves around love or angst or both, send it to her.

She is also looking for general fiction, LGBTQ+, women’s fiction, book club reads, and quirky humor. Amy wears many hats everyday, from literary agent at Metamorphosis, to co-author of the Texting Prince Charming series, to social media manager, to yoga teacher. For the last few years she has been learning all she can about social media optimization and platform building in the publishing industry. Amy’s experience in the mental health field and yoga training help her guide and assist clients with stress and anxiety in this highly competitive industry. All of this is pulled together with a multi-tasking and hyper-organized brain, so that at the end of every day she feels accomplished and grateful.

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Amy will pick 3 winners (no order). All three of those winners are invited to send their first 10 double-spaced pages to Amy for a critique. If you ever wanted to know what an agent is thinking when they read your submission, this critique is a great way to learn just that.


By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the “Comments” section of this blog post. If you have questions or concerns, write us personally at The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions. This contest buys no rights, so even if you win, you can still do whatever you like with the work. We do not acquire or own or publish anything. Good luck! Make sure you fulfill the submission requirements to be considered.

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