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The Compulsive Reader: Writing Contest for YA Writers!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Writing Contest for YA Writers!

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 first250 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 ofWriting 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 atRandom House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Sourcebooksand Penguin. All 20 will receive free autographed copies ofWriting 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 Writermagazine. 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 theU.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.

2 comments:

biblio794 said...

this would be so cool! But I'd totally be too scared to try it *bites nails*

JR Hoch said...

This sounds like a great opportunity.

For all you YA writers, here is another contest to try:

Here’s the link: http://kidlit.com/kidlit-contest/

The deadline is 1/31/10

JR