Monday, November 2, 2009

YA Writers Contest

This is something I'm going to be doing. I might be throwing up a little in my mouth from nerves, but I'm definitely going to do it. What have I got to lose, right? And it certainly has some boastable agencies working with it.

Get in Front of Top YA Editors and Agents with

ONLY the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel!


Have a young adult novel-or a YA novel idea-tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you're not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win both exposure to editors, and a reading of your manuscript from one of New York 's TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.

Regina Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author of Writing Great Books for Young Adults. Brooks has been instrumental at establishing and building the careers of many YA writers, including three-time National Book Award Honoree and Michael Printz Honoree Marilyn Nelson, as well as Sundee Frazier-a Coretta Scott King Award winner, an Oprah Book Pick and an Al Roker book club selection. As an agent, she is known for her ability to turn raw talent into successful authors.


ADDITIONALLY: The top 20 submissions will all be read by a panel of five judges comprised of top YA editors at Random House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Penguin. All 20 will receive free autographed copies of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. Of the 20, they will pick the top five submissions and provide each author with commentary. These five winners will also receive a free ONE YEAR subscription to The Writer magazine. ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a reading and editorial letter from Regina Brooks and free 10-week writing course courtesy of the Gotham Writer's Workshop.


Please submit all entries via the contest website at http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/YAPitch.php. One entry per person; anyone age 13+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1 until 11:59pm (ET).


NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMo


In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)-an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days-this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

So apply now! http://bit.ly/1PYGaN


GREAT PRIZES


The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers' Workshop.

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York 's premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin, Random House, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year's subscription to The Writer magazine!

The Top 20 Entrants will receive autographed copies ofWriting Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.


JUDGING


YA literary agent Regina Brooks, along with editors at Sourcebooks, will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Dan Ehrenhaft, head Acquisitions Editor at Sourcebooks Fire; Alisha Niehaus, Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin); David Linker, Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books; Michele Burke, Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House); and Evette Porter, Editor at Harlequin. These judges will whittle the top 20 down to four winners and a grand prize winner-all five will be provided commentary on their submissions.

1 comment:

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D

Donna, a little barf never hurt anybody ;) GO for it!!!
And the BEST of luck, too :)

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