Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Best Action Sequence Ever

Do you have a great action scene in your work in progress? Have you always wanted to write a chase scene but never knew how to work it into your novel about struggling Cape Cod strawberry farmers from the 1700s? Well, listen up. Agent Nathan Bransford has a contest going. He's looking for "the most compelling chase and/or action and/or suspenseful sequence. It may be something you have written for the purpose of the contest or from a work in progress."

It needs to be 500 words or less. You pop it into a comment over at his blog, and on June 3rd (that's tomorrow) he'll read and choose the winner. Best Action Sequence Ever. What's the prize?

"The winner will receive:
- Their choice of a query critique, partial critique, or 10 minute phone conversation/consultation/dish session
- The pride of knowing you suspensed the heck out of me and your fellow readers.
Runners up will receive a query critique or other agreed-up on prize."

Sweet. I'm combing my back pages to find a short gem that moves. How about you? He's got some guidelines and rules to follow, so check those out before you post your action comment. Good luck!


Cynthia Sherrick said...

This sounds like a great opportunity.

I do have a pretty good action scene in IM. It's near the end of the book when the hero and villain go at it on the hero's boat, out on the Gulf of Mexico with a tropical storm roaring in.
It needs work but might be fun to give it a try in this contest. :)

Dell Smith said...

Yes! Go for it. I'm still thinking of what scene to submit...

Robin said...

Hi guys -- I tried to find your entries to the contest with no luck. Would love it if you posted them here! Thanks.

Dell Smith said...

I didn't end up adding an entry to the contest. I looked through everything I thought might be appropriate, but I don't have any action scenes that last for 500 words. I have moments of action, but nothing I'd call an action sequence. Especially compared to some of those being posted. I don't know if Cindy did it. But I hope you picked up some action tips reading through all those comments.

Cynthia Sherrick said...

Nope, I didn't post. But I read through some who did. Pretty cool idea.