Entries Now Accepted for Hook 'Em Writing Contest; Win an Agent Appointment

Agents and editors agree, to compete with today's flashier entertainment, authors must 'hook' a reader in a book's first five pages. Writers need to decide:  'How can I establish an opening that promises excitement … or romance … or adventure … and still offer a fresh, original product?' It must all happen in the first five pages, or few readers will buy the book.

New at the 2010 DFW Writers' Conference is the HOOK 'EM Writing Contest. The contest focuses on those all-important first five pages. The best entrant in each category, as determined by a panel of judges independent of the DFW Writers' Conference and the DFW Writers' Workshop, will win a 10-minute appointment with an agent. The categories are:

  • Literary

  • Mystery / Suspense / Thriller

  • Non-Fiction

  • Romance

  • Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror

  • Young Adult / Middle Grade


Contestants may enter in several categories, or have several entries in one or more categories. The contest is open to everyone, age 16 and older, regardless of registration to attend the 2010 DFW Writers' Conference. There is a $35 fee per entry per category.  A portion of the registration fee will be donated to the children's charity, First Book.  

The deadline to enter is midnight on January 16, 2010. Visit  Hook 'EM Writing Contest for the contest rules, formating guidelines, and to enter.

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