Inside Scoop: Dish From a Literary Agent Intern – Contest Time!


This week I present to you a contest of epic proportion… or rather marginally small proportion, with a few exciting giveaways. ‘Tis the season for blaring Holiday music, over packed stores and chaotic family get togethers that leave you drained and deflated. Well, I don’t think I can help with any of that, but I do know that a way to unwind in times like these is to be creative. At least for me, I know taking time to myself to do something fun, which gets my mind working in a carefree way, always brings me joy. Which is what this season is all about.

So I would like to throw down a book spine poetry contest. The rules are simple, using only book spines, create a poem, take a picture, post it, and the five I like most will win! You can see in the photo above what I am talking about (I wrote that from the inspiration of a special someone). FYI – THE PICTURES AREN’T POSTING IN THE COMMENTS, so after posting your entry in the comments, also email the picture to linda (dot) p (dot) epstein (at) gmail (dot) com.

A few other things:

  • Submissions are being accepted from 6 A.M. Monday, December, 15th to Thursday, December 18th at 8 P.M./EST
  • Post your submission in the comments section of the blog
  • Only 1 entry per person
  • Clients are exempt (sorry guys!)
  • Only for the continental US
  • Winners will be announced Friday, December 19th

imgresIf you follow these guidelines, the best five I find will win some pretty stellar giveaways for their reading (and listening) pleasure. First place will receive an ARC of The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konisberg; second place will receive a 10 minute Skype session with Linda; and runners up will receive The Hunger Games Trilogy book set; an audio of If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth; and an ARC of The Best Friend Battle by Lindsay Eyre (with illustrations by Charles Santoso).

I wish you all the best of luck! Use your originality and talent and send me some authentic pieces of literary masterpieces using… well, literary masterpieces (if you so choose). I look forward to seeing what you all come up with and wish you all very Happy Holidays!!

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Kimberly Richardson is currently interning for Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, while pursuing her Masters degree in Pace University’s Publishing Program. She also interns at the National Association of Professional Women. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @kimberly_ann688.


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26 responses to “Inside Scoop: Dish From a Literary Agent Intern – Contest Time!

  1. Why do we say it?
    Three cups of tea
    The hundred secret senses
    The secret life of bees
    The mastery of love
    Not without laughter
    The moon is down
    The last time they met
    Men are from Mars, women are from Venus

    Photo sent by email

  2. Why do we say it?
    Three cups of tea
    The hundred secret senses
    The secret life of bees
    The mastery of love
    Not without laughter
    The moon is down
    The last time they met
    Men are from mars, women are from Venus

  3. Linda C.

    Here’s my post!

    Fairytales & Nightmares
    On a Clear Day
    While Beauty Slept
    The Glass Castle
    Under the Blood-Red Sun
    A Midsummer’s Nightmare

  4. Photo on the way! –MN

    Sabbatical Journey
    Eat, Pray, Love
    A Walk on the Beach
    The Art of Doing Nothing
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    The Year of Magical Thinking
    Breath, Eyes, Memory
    Grace (Eventually)

  5. Jamie Borenstein-Laurie

    Dearly Beloved,
    The Girl Who Was Saturday Night,
    Let’s Get Lost
    100 Sideways Miles
    …Since You’ve Been Gone
    The Distance Between Us
    Dearly Departed

    (Great contest idea, lots of fun! Openly Straight was my favorite book of the year!)

  6. REJourneys

    What a fun idea! I could’ve (and wanted to) spend days on this.

    Wolf Queen,
    Child of the Morning, Goddess of Yesterday
    Make Gentle the Life of this World,
    [for] Something Wicked This Way Comes.
    Vision of the Future:
    Black Ships, Battle Royale, City of Ashes,
    Death Comes As the End,
    [for] The Heretic Queen.

  7. Janet Richardson

    Here is my submission:
    Someone to Watch Over Me
    An Hour Before Daylight
    Joy In the Morning
    The Opposite of Loneliness
    I’ll send a pic in an Email…this is a grand idea & it was fun doing it even if I might not be eligible!

  8. Ok I’m sending this via email too!

    In the name of Salome,
    rise and shine, sister.
    Everything is illuminated.
    I know why the caged bird sings,
    what we ache for
    until the real thing comes along:
    I know this much is true.

  9. Mary Moreno

    A Feminist Treatise
    Mary Moreno

    Boys Will Be Boys?
    That was then, this is now
    Reality is Broken
    Learning How to mean; a long strange trip
    America’s Women, Nobody Belongs Here More Than You.
    Don’t Forget To Write!

  10. Nancy C

    Winterdance America !
    A Higher Call
    Somewhere safe with somebody good
    for purpose and pleasure !

  11. Endless night,
    Small town,
    Crooked house,
    Unexpected guest,
    Cards on the table,
    Murder in retrospect.

  12. Bad Habits
    Open City Metaphysics,
    The Golden Ass:
    Moneyball Capital.
    It’s Obvious You Won’t Survive By Your Wits Alone.
    The End Of Power To The End Of The Land,
    Swing Changes The Possessed.

  13. Rolla D

    Books over 160 years

    A day in the country,
    roughing it in the bush
    then reading
    the story of art
    or the art of fiction
    about killer ambition
    and the beauty of Flowers

    Photo of spines sent by e-mail

  14. “You Can Remember
    A Night Sky,
    Ella Enchanted
    Crazy Love.
    Drama within Drama,
    The Importance of Being Earnest.
    Changing Ways,
    Graduation Day,
    Gone Girl.”

  15. At bedtime all are asleep, and dreaming their dreams.
    I am downstairs sitting, and screaming silent screams.
    Why do you scream as such ask the creatures of the night?
    Because I’m a fool, all is gone, and I can’t make it right.

    Picture of book spine sent by email.

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    Because of Winn-Dixie
    The Planets
    Walk Two Moons
    Creating a Charmed Life
    Did you know that?

  17. Hi, I just read the contest information and wondered if there was a word limitation on the contest? Thanks.