Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Critiques-Blurb Submissions Open!

logo2Going to the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Atlanta in July? The agents and authors from the Seymour Agency want to meet you there!

Enter, Cupcakes, Cocktails & Critiques, the Seymour Agency’s novel blurb and elevator pitch contest, to have you work crtitqued by authors and considered by top-selling agents.

Submissions are open from May 13-May 25, 2013. I will post the blurbs here on my blog on Tuesday, May 30th. The Seymour Agency authors and agents will critique and comment on those blurbs from June 1st-15th. Visit Seymour Agency Agent and Author Marisa Cleveland’s blog on Wednesday, May 15th to learn about the authors who will be critiquing the blurbs.

Everyone who attends RWA and enters this contest will be invited to the Cupcakes, Cocktail & Critiques Party during the conference at the hotel’s bar. This party is not a pitch session but a celebration and opportunity to network with agency authors and agents. Cupcakes will be provided!

Also during this time, the Seymour Agency agents and authors will be reviewing the blurbs and vote for their favorites. Brand new agent Marisa Cleveland will treat the author Agent Mary Sue chooses, the author Agent Nicole chooses, and the author with the most votes from our authors to a cocktail at the agency party at RWA!

However, you do not have to attend the conference to have your blurbs critiqued by the agency authors and agents. Even if you are unable to attend RWA, this is a wonderful opportunity to get your work in front of bestselling agents and maybe even get signed!

The Agents:

Mary Sue Seymour, Founder of the Seymour Agency and the #1 Top Selling literary agent in Inspirational Fiction.

Nicole Resciniti, Senior Agent, one of Publisher Marketplace’s Top Dealmakers, and ACFW’s Agent of the Year 2012

Marisa Cleveland, Associate Agent and Romance Author with Entangled Publishing

How to enter and rules:

Email your blurb (100 word limit) and one sentence elevator pitch for your book to

Submissions close on Saturday, May 25th. Submissions will be posted here on my blog on Friday, May 31st. Authors and Agents will review and votes on the submissions June 1st-June 15th. Winners will be announced Monday, July 1st on Marisa Cleveland’s blog.

11 thoughts on “Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Critiques-Blurb Submissions Open!

  1. This is so exciting! I can’t wait to meet everyone at RWA! Even if Feel the Heat author Kate Meader prefers chocolate cupcakes. 😉

  2. Pingback: Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Critiques | Marisa Cleveland, romance author

  3. Quick question for anyone…I just want to be clear…are we submitting two things (a 100 word blurb and elevator pitch) or is it just one thing? Thanks!

    • That’s right! You don’t have to attend the conference to enter the contest. You can either tell me when you enter in the email you won’t be attending RWA or through the party evite, which I will be sending to all the entries in June. Either way works. Thanks so much for your interest!

  4. Are you considering the “blurb” to be almost like a 100 word limit query (like something on a book jacket) or do you mean like the first 100 words of the opening page? Sorry if this is a stupid question but I don’t want to send the wrong thing 🙂

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