I've had my head down for a while entering a competition run by Curtis Brown Literary Agents. Weirdly, it's not just for completed manuscripts but also for WIP's, would you believe?
It's only open to the UK, unfortunately, and showed up on ITV's This Morning, hosted by Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden.
Curtis Brown are asking for the first 3000 words of your MS and a one page synopsis (one page, I know. Double spaced, too!). And remember, it can be a work in progress, which may or may not make writing that synopsis more difficult. Personally, I find queries harder.
In general, though, I think competitions are good practice for pitching as they come without the risk of totally being scratched off the lists of your fave agents. Unless, of course, your fave agent happens to be running that comp.
Anyway, I'm now done obsessing over my entry and sent it in last night. Now I can get back to
bed writing. I'll leave you with the links for the comp in case you have something to enter with. It closes on November the 14th midday, so sorry for the late announcement!