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Writing Contest Alert: 19th GLA “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest!

For those with finished YA manuscripts,  the Guide to Literary Agents (GLA) blog is holding its 19th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest. The judging agent, by the way, is Eric Smith with P.S. Literary.

HOW TO SUBMIT

E-mail entries to dearluckyagent19@gmail.com. Paste everything. No attachments.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

The first 150-250 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed book-length work of young adult fiction (all categories of YA are acceptable). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any social media. Please provide a social media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc. and notes with your entry.

PRIZES!!!

Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value)! 3) Their choice of any of Chuck Sambuchino’s 3 new books.

For more details about the contest, go to the GLA website!

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Writing Contest Alert: Pitch-A-Partner Festival and GLA “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest!

For those of you who:

  1. Have critique partners and
  2. Write middle grade or YA

check out  the Pitch-A-Partner Festival (PAPfest)! This contest is being hosted by RC Lewis, MarcyKate Connolly and Mindy McGinnis, an amazing trio of writers with whom I’ve had the privilege of swapping manuscripts.

The premise of their contest is that writers  pitch their critique partner’s project, and their team will decide whose pitching abilities are so strong that they’re interested in seeing the pitcher’s own project.

Agents participating in the PAPfest are:

Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary
Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary
Pooja Menon of Kimberley Cameron
Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary
Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary
Tina Wexler of ICM

The contest begins Wednesday, Jan 23 at 8 AM EST! For more details about entering and the prizes, etc, go to Mindy’s website.

And just as a reminder for those with finished manuscripts  in either science fiction or YA, you have till the end of the month to enter the Guide to Literary Agents (GLA) blog’s 13th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest.

Writing Contest Alert: GLA “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest!

For those with finished manuscripts  in either science fiction or YA,  the Guide to Literary Agents (GLA) blog is holding its 13th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest. The judging agent, by the way, is Victoria Marini, an associate literary agent with the Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency.

HOW TO SUBMIT

E-mail entries to dearluckyagent13@gmail.com. Paste everything. No attachments.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of your sci-fi novel or young adult novel. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any social media. Please provide a social media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc. and notes with your entry. For more details go to the GLA website.

PRIZES!!!

Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value)!

For more details about the contest, go to the GLA website!

Writing Contest Alert: Pitch Wars!

If you’ve got a finished manuscript that you’re trying to polish nice and pretty for querying, Brenda Drake’s got a contest you’ll want to check out! Pitch Wars is an event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents!

They’re taking applications from aspiring writers in MG, YA, NA, and adult from now till December 5, 8PM EST.

For more details about the contest and coaches, go to Ms. Drake’s website!

50 Page Critique Giveaway!

Hey all, the awesomeness is building up in Deana Barnhart’s Gearing Up to Get an Agent (GUTGAA) Blogfest/Pitch Contest.  For those needing an extra pair of eyes on their manuscripts, GUTGAA attendee RuthAnne is giving away a 50-page critique! For more details, go to her website here.

By the way, the big agent pitch contest is coming up soon. It’s not too late to join in on GUTGAA so head over to Deana Barnhart’s site and sign up!

Gearing Up to Get an Agent (GUTGAA) Meet and Greet!

As mentioned in my earlier postDeana Barnhart is hosting the Gearing Up to Get an Agent (GUTGAA) Blogfest/Pitch Contest this month. This week she’s kicking it off with the Meet and Greet Bloghop! For those participating in the bloghop (or just wanting to get to know me better), here’s my mini-bio:

Once upon a time, I was an engineer who spent my days writing dry technical reports in passive voice. Then I chanced upon anime fanfiction and decided to give it a try. That was my first foray into creative writing, and I’ve been writing fiction, mostly YA, ever since.

So far I’ve had three short stories published (you can find links to them on the side bar) and have just finished my second novel-length manuscript, a historical about the ancient Olympics. I still write non-fiction, mostly in the form of book and manga reviews for The Fandom Post. When I’m not writing, I’m usually spending quality time with my extraordinary husband in a Korean-style spa, cosplaying (hooray for anime conventions!), or plotting ways to make LA County a better place.

And here’s the answers to Deana Barnhart‘s questions:

Where do you write? In the kitchen, dining room, or community college library, whichever is quietest.

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? The microwave.

Favorite time to write? Whenever it’s quiet.

Drink of choice while writing? Hot water.

When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? Silence.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? A footnote in history texts about ancient Olympic victors when I was researching ideas for another story.

What’s your most valuable writing tip? Keep a pen and paper handy in all rooms and wherever you go. Can’t tell you how many times inspiration has struck while I was in the shower.

Writing Contest Alert: Pitch Madness!

Remember what I wrote yesterday about it being the season for writer contests? Well, here’s yet another one hosted by Brenda Drake! This contest involves 9 agents who will judge pitches for finished manuscripts for ADULT, YA and MG.

What will you need to submit: A 35-word (exact-anything over will be disqualified) pitches and the first 150-words of your manuscript.

The submission windows for Drake’s semi-annual Pitch Madness go live on Saturday, September 1 at 12PM EDT (EST – NY time) and 6PM EDT (EST – NY time).

Interested? Then go to Ms. Drake’s website for more details!

Writing Contest Alert: Gearing Up to Get an Agent Pitch Contest!

Wow, seems like it’s the season for writer contests! This latest one,  Gearing Up to Get an Agent (GUTGAA), is being hosted by Deana Barnhart and will take place the month of September.It includes random drawings for prizes and an agent pitch contest! The current roster consists of 8 agents who will accept ADULT, YA and MG.

Interested? Got a complete manuscript in those genres? Then go to Ms. Barnhart’s website for more details!

Writing Contest Alert: Three-Two-One Pitch contest!

For those of you who are writing graphic novels, YA, new adult, or middle grade, Author Dorothy Dreyer is hosting a contest that goes something like this:

THREE – Pitch your story in only three sentences.

TWO – Two days to enter: August  20th and 21st.

ONE – One agent will judge and pick a winner.

Interested? Polish up your pitch and go to Dreyer’s website We Do Write for more details!

Writing Contest Alert: Teen Eyes Editorial

For those of you who are writing YA, new adult, or middle grade, Teen Eyes Editorial is hosting a contest on July 31! Miss Snark’s First Victim,  who is one of the contest hosts, has the details posted on her blog. And the very cool thing is that all the contest judges are teenagers. So get your queries, pitches, and first 250 words polished and ready!