This is the year of the contest!
Check out the "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest at the Guide to Literary Agents, or click on the title of this blog for a quick link to the contest.
This is the second "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest on the GLA blog. "This will be a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here's the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you're writing a book-length kids novel, this second contest is for you."
I decided to dust off a story I was working on a month ago, and send it in.