I just read about a Women's Novel competition for unpublished female authors (that's me). And I was wondering if it was acceptable to query an agent if I've already entered my manuscript in the competition?
Or should I enter my novel in the competition, and then wait and see if I make the short list before querying an agent?
Or should I query a few agents, and if those are unsuccessful, then enter it in the competition?
I'm a big fan of contests. Good ones, not the scammy kinds. And by good ones, I mean contests that are run by real publishers or organizations, don't cost a fortune to enter, don't have a gazillion categories, and the previous winners include some names you recognize.
My favorite contest is the William F. Deeck Malice Domestic Unpublished Manuscript contest because that's where I found Stephanie Jaye Evans and her wonderful Sugar Land mystery series. (Yes it is true I vaulted over a table and stepped on Charlaine Harris' toes to reach Stephanie before anyone else did. I regret nothing!)
If this contest looks legit, enter.
But do keep querying. If you win, someone might vault over the table to sign you up.