Yesterday I discovered an award/grant from SCBWI: Work in Progress Grants
I meet all the requirements and my WiP meets the requirements. The only thing I need is a 250 word synopsis, and I should be able to drink enough liquor to sufficiently dull the pain to write one in less than a month. So I'm interested in submitting. The deadline is March 31.
However, the information includes the following:
"Award: The works submitted by winners will be made available on a secure webpage and presented to a hand-selected group of editors for their consideration. Although this is not a guarantee of publication, the opportunity to have your work presented to acquiring editors, along with an SCBWI endorsement, is a unique opportunity."
Remembering all of your previous warnings about not submitting directly to publishers/editors if we want an agent, should I NOT submit my almost-ready-to-query WiP to this particular opportunity?
SCBWI is a very reputable group; I encourage everyone working in kid lit to join and avail themselves of the resources there.
This award does NOT fall under the "don't send to editors before agents" rule.
The reason is you are not submitting your work. They're reading contest results.
The difference seems minor, but it's important.
When you get an agent for this work, you'll mention that you entered/won this contest and that some editors saw the manuscript.
If an editor reaches out to you after seeing your work, you alert the agents you're querying with that news. You tell the editor you're agent hunting.
Bottom line: An editor seeing something is not the same thing as a submission.
Good luck with your entry!