Serendipity Literary Agency and Sourcebooks, Inc. are proud to announce the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s YA Discovery Contest. 

A big Congratulations to this year's top five!!


The Criminal Gene: Nancy Scott Hanway 


2. Discovering Virginia: Olivia Arroyo

3. Until New Ground: Sophie Henry

4. The Untold: Alona Shabat Amir

5. The Second Chance: Liz Morrison

Serendipity wants to give a huge THANK YOU to all of the talented individuals who participated!
There were so many well written, engaging, and enticing starts …
Even if you didn't make the top 5, we’d still love to read your YA stories!




Serendipity Literary Agency and Sourcebooks, Inc. are proud to announce the top 20 finalists of this year’s YA Discovery Contest. These top 20 entries will now be forwarded to our panel of editors who will help choose the top five and...

 Grand Prize Winner.


Alona Shabat Amir               The Untold

Olivia Arroyo                         Discovering Virginia

Carol Baldwin                       Half-Truths

Jessica Blanco                        Summer of 1989

Richard Blumenthal             The Freedom Game

Mya Douglas                          The Clover Chronicles: Battling Brelyn

Nancy Scott Hanway            The Criminal Gene

Erica Hayes                            Hurt on Purpose

Sophie Henry                         Until New Ground

William Hugel                        Napoleon

Mal King                                The Rustling of a Wing

Barry Mathias                       The Unusual Tale of Malvolio Tuppins

James Mitchell                       Pink Triangles and Paper Crosses

Liz Morrison                          The Second Chance

Toni Nicolino                         Upper East Lies

Linda Parisi                           Resistance

Amy Weir                              44th Flight

Nicole Westerhouse               Nowhere

Juwanda Ford Williams       Writing in the Sand

Douglas Wood                       Ladies of the Canyon



The top 5 winners will be announced soon! 




Thank you to all who entered; winners will be announced in February.

No query? No pitch? No problem!


Get in front of top YA Editors and Agents
with only the first 250 words of your YA novel!


Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their sixth annualYoung Adult Novel Discovery Competition.

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 reading of your manuscript by one of New York’s TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.

Regina Brooks is the CEO of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author of  the award winning bookWriting Great Books For Young Adults now available in a second edition.

reat Prizes
The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a collection of gourmet teas from!

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 from editors at Scholastic, Random House/Penguin, Little Brown, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Abrams Books.

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

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. There is a $15 entry fee.  Open to the U.S. and Canada (void where prohibited).  Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01 am (ET) November 1st, 2015 until 11:59 pm November 30th, 2015 (ET). 

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 editors at Scholastic, Random House/Penguin, Little, Brown, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Abram Books.  Judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.


In honor of National Novel Writing Month ( - 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.








The wait is over!!

Serendipity Literary Agency is extremely proud to announce

the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s Young Adult Discovery Contest.  

A big Congratulations to this years' top six!


The Whitecoat's Daughter: Olivia Cole 


2. Waiting For Darkness: Marion Van Arsdell

3. Dream Catcher: Abby Minard

4. A Thousand Harmonies: Lisa Schinhofen

5. Viridian: Kathleen Wilson and Subversive: Elise Chidley

(Tied at 5th Place)

Serendipity wants to give a huge THANK YOU to all of the talented individuals that participated!
There were so many well-written, engaging, and enticing starts
Even if you didn't make the top 5, we’d still love to read your YA stories!


 The Memoir Discovery Contest

Grand Prize Winner Is In!


Serendipity Literary Agency and She Writes Press are extremely proud to announced the Grand Prize Winner of this years Memoir Discovery contest. 

A big Congratulations to this years' top five!


Red Eggs and Good Luck: Angela Lam 



2. These Little Earthquakes: Dhana Musil

3. My Mother's Money: Lynette Benton

4. Is My Crazy Showing?: Leigh Baker

5. Pure Land: 
Annette McGivney

Serendipity and She Writes Press want to give a huge THANK YOU to all this years participants!
There were so many amazing, heartfelt, and humorous memoirs
We're already looking forward to reading more next year!

** All participants will receive their critiques by November 10th **


The Memoir Discovery Contest Finalists are in!


Serendipity Literary Agency and She Writes Press are extremely proud to announced the much anticipated top 20 finalists of this years Memoir Discovery contest. We were amazed, tickled, educated, and transported!
Allison Merrill Zhongshan Road
Angela Lam Red Eggs and Good Luck
Angela Moscarella Kill the Sun
Annette McGivney Pure Land-
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder Filling Her Shoes
Candy Schulman Raising My Mother
Dani Alpert The Girlfriend Mom
Dhana Musil These Little Earthquakes
Leigh Baker Is My Crazy Showing
Leslie Nack Finding the Wind
Linda Morrow Possibilities Not Disabilities
Loreen Lee The Lava Never Sleeps
Lynnette Benton My Mother's Money
Mandy Smith Secrets in Big Sky Country
Nga Nguyen Narratives of a Vietnamese Boat Girl
Olivia Espin My Native Land is Memory: Stories of a Cuban Childhood
Preeva Tramiel Shadow Sister
Risa Nye There Was a Fire Here
Susan Swetnam Idaho Elegy: A Memoir of Love and Loss, Moose and Mountains
Tara Shuman Hope is a Good Breakfast

The top 5 winners will be announced
Thursday, October 30th!





Calling All Memoir Authors! 

Serendipity Literary Agency and She Writes Press are hosting their first Memoir Discovery Competition. Read on to find out more...

Memoir Discovery Contest

The women behind She Writes Press and Serendipity Literary Agency are excited to offer an opportunity to win a partnership publishing contract for your memoir. Read more about partnership publishing here.

Serendipity Literary Agency CEO and author Regina Brooks was inspired by She Writes Press’s mission to support the efforts of women who write. She contacted Brooke Warner and Kamy Wicoff of She Writes Press to partner around a shared passion to promote and publish women’s voices. We’re mutually grateful for this collaboration and we look forward to awarding one of you a contract with She Writes Press, for publication in 2015.

The Grand Prize Winner
 will receive a publishing deal with She Writes Press, which will include the full services of the She Writes Press Publishing Package (value $3900).

  • Custom interior design for up to 120,000 words
  • Custom cover design
  • Print-on-demand setup with Lightning Source (LSI)
  • e-book file preparation and upload to Amazon, B&N, and iBookstore
  • She Markets Plan
  • Distribution to the trade via Ingram Publisher Services
  • Proofreading of your final laid-out manuscript
  • Copyright filing and obtaining your Library of Congress control number
  • Warehousing of short-run printed books
  • Preordering and fulfillment of all orders
  • Telephone and email support from your She Writes Press project manager

The winner will also receive a copy of You Should Really Write A Book: How to Write Sell and Market Your Memoir, by Regina Brooks.

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one consultation session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents.

FEE: There is a $25 fee to submit to this contest. Each entrant will receive a short written assessment of their submission. This assessment is similar to the assessments offered by She Writes Press for authors submitting to publish with the press. We hope that providing you with these assessments will help you by giving you some concrete feedback as to our feeling about the status of your project, and that you will have some guidance about what your next editorial steps (beyond the contest) might be for your memoir. (For more on the assessment process, read here.)

HERE’S HOW IT WORKSThe rules of the contest are simple and entering is easy. The winner will be selected on the basis of the merit of her entry, which consists of a query letter and at least two full chapters of the work. You can also submit a query letter and afull-length nonfiction book proposal. For guidance, Both Brooke and Regina have books that can assist you. Check out Brooke’s How to Sell Your Memoir:12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal, or Regina’sYou Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir.

Submit entries via the contest website at



WHO CAN ENTER: One entry per person. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the Memoir Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) July 21st, 2014 until 11:59pm August 31, 2014 (ET).

  • Anyone over the age of eighteen.
  • woman-identified—whatever that means to you.
  • You may be agented or unagented to enter this contest.

JUDGING PROCESS: She Writes Press Publisher Brooke Warner and Serendipity Literary Agency founder and CEO Regina Brooks will be enrolling industry professionals to review and vet the submissions. Our team will assign the tracks. Our team will assign the tracks and entrants will be emailed an assessment of their project. Track 1 authors will automatically qualify to move forward to the final round. Brooke and Regina will then personally review the Track 1 selections and select the top five entrants. The winner will be announced on November 3, 2014.

Enter now!



1) You will be disqualified if you submit past the due date.
2) Your project MUST be a memoir. If you are writing a fictionalized account of your own story, you cannot apply. It is perfectly legit and okay by industry standards, however, to change identifying details of the real-life characters in your story to protect yourself and them. Dear novelists, poets, and playwrights, we are on the search for other contests geared to you!
3) Rewrites are not accepted. In other words, please be sure you are happy with your submission before you click “send” because we will not accept rewrites, follow-up emails, additional material, etc.
4) Only one entry per person.
5) We only accept material that is unpublished. We will not accept revised or new editions of previously published work.
6) You agree to have your entry (exclusive of your contact information) shared with the She Writes (on and Serendipity Literary Agency communities, and to let us use it for promotional purposes.
7) You must be at least eighteen years old to enter.
8) You must be woman-identified—whatever that means to you. This is an inclusive contest, open to trans women, genderqueer writers, and non-binary identifying writers, but specifically not to male-identified writers.


  • The contest will not cover the cost of a print run. SWP authors print their books in one of two ways—either as offset print runs or as print-on-demand (POD). POD allows for books to be printed on demand so the author does not have to front any funds for printing. SWP and the winner will discuss the author’s options as the publication date approaches. We want to make it clear that the winner will not be expected to front ANY costs unless they so choose.
  • The contest will not cover the cost of an outside publicist. The contest winner will receive SWP’s Marketing and Publicity Boosterand can decide if they want to allocate additional funds to publicity beyond what the booster offers.
  • By entering the contest, you agree to our terms and conditions.