Contests

 

5th Annual YA Novel Discovery Contest

 

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners of the 2013

YA Novel Discovery Contest!

 

WINNER

 

Karen Fortunati (The D-Day List)

 

 

FINALISTS

 

Amelia Ross (Meadowview)

Deborah Schaumberg (The Tombs)

Micole Miles (Someone Like Me)

Betsy Wernert (No Room for the Dead)

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4th Annual YA Novel Discovery Contest

Please join us in congratulating this year's winners of the
2012 YA Novel Discovery Contest!

WINNER

Lori Goldstein (Cambridge, MA) Becoming Jinn
 

FINALISTS

Renee Combs 
(Baldwinsville, NY)Taking Daybreak

Georgene Smith (Los Angeles, CA) Noah's Ark

Kevin Penwright (Lawton, OK)Our Earth is a Tomb

Rachel Swain (San Francisco, CA) The Water Seekers

 

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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 Gotham Writers Workshop and Sourcebooks Inc.  is hosting their fourth annual Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition.
 
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.
 
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.

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, 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, Feiwel and Friends, Random House, Harelquin Teen, Kensington,  Kimani Tru, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster ,  Penguin,  and Sourcebooks. 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 Adultsby 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 titlevia the contest website at
www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/YAPitch.php.
 
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).
 

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 byNavah Wolfe Simon and Schuster, Tracey Sherrod Harlequin Kimani, Krista Viola Random House, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Rachel Griffiths Scholastic, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks,  Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Nataysha Wilson Harlequin teen, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends. These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

 
So enter now! http://bit.ly/YAContest
 
PREVIOUS WINNERS: 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 Anytimeis slated for publication in Spring 2014.”  Sarah V. Combs
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Please join us in congratulating this year's winners of the
2011 YA Novel Discovery Contest!
 

WINNER

Clara Kensie (Round Lake Beach, IL) for Deception So Deadly

FINALISTS

Ann Shepherd (Anaheim, CA) for Seeing Red

Christine Dokko (Guilford, CT) for ReMemory

Michelle Lee (Lewis Center, OH) for Arcana

Mellisa Dempsey (Greenville, NC) for Zero

 

Congratulations to our semifinalists!
 
Kimberly Kreines (Marina del Ray, CA), 
Mind Games

Travis Darcy (Fairfax, CA),
 Castoff: From the Druid's Lair to the Streets of San Francisco

Deanna Newsom (Yellow Springs, OH),
 The Tunnel Jumpers

Robert Villanueva (Indianapolis, IN),
 Paradisa: The Burning

Sarah Flusche (Baytown, TX),
 The Changeling

Erin Recht (Hamilton, MT),
 Ballooning

Sondra Eklund (Centreville, VA),
 The Mystical Mantle

Jacquelyn Harp (Loveland, CO), 
Rewrite Redemption

Tanya Spencer (Tehachapi, CA),
 Streetlight

Tracy Jorgensen (Richland, WA),
 The Impending Demise of the Girl with Brown Eyes

Alona Shabat Amir (Hoboken, NJ)
, The Untold

Jennifer McLaughlin (Freeland, PA),
 Stolen Lives

Elizabeth Thompson (Raleigh, NC),
 Wishing Well

Dana Arlien (Incline Village, NV),
 The World of Wishes that Shouldn't Come True

Layla Messner (Canmore, AB - Canada),
 Molten

Emilya Naymark (Mineola, NY)
, Lead Me Follow Me

Lindsey Nkem (Edmonton, AB - Canada)
, Will

Katherine McDermott (Manassas, VA), 
Mongrel



Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition

Get in Front of Top YA Editors and Agents with

ONLY the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel!

No query? No pitch? No problem!
Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Gotham Writers' Workshop, is hosting its Third Annual Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York's leading YA literary agents!

If you've written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit only an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel.  http://bit.ly/YAContest

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, 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 by editors at Scholastic, Disney, Harlequin Teen, Random House, Viking, Roaring Brook Press, Sourcebooks, and Kimani Tru and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

The First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
Enter to win at  http://bit.ly/YAContest   Hurry contest ends November 30, 2011


Please join us in congratulating last year's winners of the
2010 YA Novel Discovery Contest:

WINNER

Sarah Combs (Lexington, KY) Breakfast Served Anytime

FINALISTS

Marie-Eve Girard (Ajax, ON) Bois Can't Have Babies 

Lisa Cresswell (Shoshone, ID) Hush Puppy

Mary Lawrence (Limington, ME) The Alchemist's Daughter

Rex Bull (Kansas City, MO) Heartland

Valerie Johnson (Randolph, WI) Circle of Nine
 
The next Dear Lucky Agent Contest will be judged by agent Regina Brooks!

The “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog is a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. Check the Guide to Literary Agents Editor’s Blog for details.

Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition 2010

Get in Front of Top YA Editors and Agents with
ONLY the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel!

No query? No pitch? No problem!
 
 
Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Gotham Writers' Workshop, is hosting the 2010  Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York's leading YA literary agents! 

If you've written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit only an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel.  http://bit.ly/YAContest  The contest begins November 1, 2010 and ends November 30,  2010

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 Candlewick, Scholastic, Penguin, Harlequin, Roaring Brook Press, and Sourcebooks and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

The First 100 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
 
Enter to win at  http://bit.ly/YAContest   Hurry contest ends November 30, 2010
 
 
 
The Winners of our 2009 YA DISCOVERY CONTEST  were as follows:
 
The Grand Prize writer is Kirsten Lopresti of Oak Hill, Virginia, for her entry, “Bright Coin Moon.”  
 
The remaining top five finalists were:
2.   Mary Danielson (Austin, TX) – “The Confessions of Evie Black”
3.   James Riley (Dubois, IN) – “Forever and Ever, Stevie”
4.   Miriam King (Kingwood, TX) – “The Blade and the Breath”
5.   Anne Levy (Scottsdale, AZ) – “The Temple of Doubt”
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