John Frain asked
how does one land in your "Prospects" file? Are those writers that catch your eye with a short story or who win a flash fiction contest or post on your blog at 7:11 so you figure they must be lucky people in general?
No. They are people who have submitted work for consideration. People who win a flash fiction contest are in my data base as just that: flash fiction contest winners. I don't really reach out to writers who haven't sent work for consideration. My experience has taught me that writers who do not go through the tempering flames of QueryHell are often a bit too "easy come easy go" about their agent.