Like most writers, I queried far too early. Since then, I’ve worked on my writing craft, so now I'm contemplating dipping my toe into the query trenches again.
But I’m hesitating: I don’t want to repeat my ‘query too early’ mistake. Instead, I’ve been pondering how to competently judge the standard of my writing, against a literary agent’s standard.
And your flash fiction contests sprang to mind :)
So my question - and yes, I realise your answer will be utterly subjective, and I’m okay with that - if the entries were queries, and assuming you repped the entry’s category, at which standard of writing (long list, short list, winner, none of the above) would you request pages?
I completely understand if you’d prefer to not publish this question/your answer on your blog. I can likewise understand why you’d prefer to not answer at all, because the asking of something so personal may be considered as cheeky. And if - even worse - you’ve found the question offensive, I apologise profusely! I vacillated for days before sending this email, but have finally clicked ‘send’ because I’d like to know, and there’s only one way to get that knowledge :)
Thanks again, for everything you do for us!
You're looking for guidance in the wrong place. You want QueryShark.blogspot.com
Queryshark has actual queries, and it often includes if/when I'd ask for pages.
It also includes a list of queries that made it to page requests on the left side of the blog. You may not be able to see it if you are using your phone. Here's an image of it.
The writing contests are a unique art form. They're more like skill building exercises than actual writing samples.
Think of it as the scales a musician plays to practice or warm up before playing the real piece.
QueryShark on the other hand: Actual queries, Actual chomping.