WMx Grabber 1250!
Opening Hook Contest
Grand Prize (1st Place) $100
Second place $50
Third place $25
Winning entries must transcend genres and will
be judged primarily on the writer's skill to engage and interest the reader and the ability
to follow contest guidelines and standard industry conventions.
The Basics: Submit story's "Grabber" or "Hook" opening of no more
than five (5) manuscript
pages or 1250
words long. Format according
to industry standards as indicated below. In addition, provide a
one-page synopsis and a cover letter for each submission. Deadline
for our winter contest is November 1 and May 1 for the summer contest.
US Mailed entries with SASE as well as emailed entries will receive
brief feedback. The top three finalists' entries will be reviewed
and judged for the prize round by an established editor at a major NYC
publishing house (Executive Editor Tom
Colgan at Penguin Books judged the
Winter 2010 Grabber Contest finalists' entries)!
You'll find the complete
rules with crucial contest details below.
Here's the scoop:
All genres are welcome, including, but not limited to: suspense, thriller, mystery, romance,
western, sci-fi, fantasy and mainstream (please, no pornography).
All entries must be original and never published in print or electronically prior to
Entries that have placed before in any Writers Matrix contest are not eligible to be entered
No more than five entries will be permitted per person.
Summer 2011 Grabber submissions will open January 1st, 2011. Deadline is midnight, May
1st (as determined by postmark or email date). Winners will be notified, prizes
awarded, winners' names posted on Writers Matrix website and entries returned by July
Winter 2011 Grabber submissions are now open. Deadline is midnight, November 1st (as
determined by postmark or email date). Winners will be notified, prizes awarded,
winners' names posted on Writers Matrix website and entries returned by January
All emailed entries, as well as USPS mailed entries with SASE, will receive basic
Late entries may be rolled over to next contest by author’s request and Writers Matrix’s
Contest Rules for All Entries
You may submit up to five (5) entries. A $10 fee will be charged for each
individual entry. Your entries:
must not be permanently bound or stapled in any way-paper clips are okay;
must be double-spaced, on bright-white 20 lb bond paper or equivalent;
must have one-inch margins top, bottom and sides;
must be written in an Arial, Courier or Times New Roman, 12-point, black
must have first line of each paragraph indented 1/2", with no extra lines between
must show your novel's title in the header in the upper left corner of each
must show page numbers in the upper right corner of each page except the title
The story portion of the entry (not including title page and synopsis) must not be
more than five pages nor more than 1250 words long.
Author's name should not appear on any of the story pages nor on the
A one-page synopsis must be included for each entry and may be single-spaced and up to 500 words
long (do not include in the story page or word count). The author's name should NOT
appear anyplace on the synopsis or on the story pages. The synopsis should start with a
one to three sentence pitch and include, in some manner:
a summary of main characters’ and their motivations,
the primary setting elements,
the primary external and internal conflicts,
the climax summary,
Each entry must have a title page (do not include in the story page count nor word
count) that gives:
title of work,
basic genre (suspense, thriller, mystery, romance, western, sci-fi, fantasy, mainstream,
author’s full name,
author’s email address,
author’s phone number,
author’s mailing address.
Submission Guidelines: Entries may be either emailed or snail-mailed (US
Email instructions: send entry as an MS Word file (.doc) attachment to Writer@WritersMatrix.com
with “Winter Grabber” or “Summer Grabber” in the subject line. You will receive an automated “Got
Your Grabber!” email to confirm our receipt of your submission. All contest fees for electronically
submitted (emailed) entries must be paid with credit card or PayPal via Writers Matrix website.
US Mail submission instructions: send submission and fees by check or money order (paid to the
order of Writers Matrix) in an envelope large enough for the manuscript to lay flat (unfolded).
Multiple entries may be sent, separated by paper clips, in a single large envelope. Include an
SASE with appropriate postage for manuscript's return after the contest. Mail entries
WMx Grabber 1250!
11936 W. 119th ST, #199
Overland Park, KS 66213
: Entries not following any of the above rules and guidelines may be disqualified and fees kept for
handling charges at the discretion of Writers Matrix.