Call for Entries to the 4th Annual
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL DISCOVERY CONTEST
Get in Front of Top YA Editors with only the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel!
NO QUERY? NO PITCH? NO PROBLEM!
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 exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s top young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.
The contest is presented by Serendipity Literary Agency in collaboration with Gotham Writers Workshop and Sourcebooks.
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, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.co!
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 with editors from Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Penguin, Random House, Harelquin Teen, Kensington, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Sourcebooks, Feiwel and Friends, and Kimani Tru.
In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!
First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
The rules of the contest are simple and entering is easy. Submit entries of ONLY the first 250 words of your manuscript and the title via the contest website at WritingClasses.com/YAPitch
One entry per person; anyone age 14+ 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 1st, 2012 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2012 (ET). Entry fee is $15 (USD).
YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team, will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by nine editors representing nine publishers:
Simon and Schuster - Navah Wolfe
Scholastic – Rachel Griffiths
Viking Penguin – Kendra Levin
Random House,- Krista Viola
Candlewick - Nicole Raymond Rachel Griffiths
Bloomsbury – Laura Whitaker
Sourcebooks – Aubrey Poole
Kensington, - Mercedes Fernandez
Harlequin teen, - Nataysha Wilson
Harlequin Kimani - Tracey Sherrod
Feiwel and Friends – Anna Roberts
These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.
Previous winners are being published by major houses and many have received representation.
“ I ended up signing with an agent she sold the book to Candlewick's Nicole Raymond, who served as one of the judges of the 2010 YA Novel Discovery Contest. Breakfast Served Anytime is slated for publication in Spring 2014.” Sarah V. Combs
For more information, contact Regina Brooks: firstname.lastname@example.org