Contests

 

THE 5th ANNUAL

YA DISCOVERY CONTEST

starts November 1st, 2014

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!

 

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 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 CEO of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author of  the award winning book Writing Great Books for Young Adults now available in a second edition.
 
The top 20 submissions will all be read by a panel of five judges comprised of top YA editors at Random HouseHarperCollins, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and PenguinScholastic, Feiwel and FriendsKensingtonCandlewickBloomsburySimon and Schuster, and Penguin.   The top 20 authors will receive a free copy of Writing 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 Writer magazine. ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a full manuscript reading and feedback from Regina Brooks.
 
Please submit all entries via the contest website at One entry per person; anyone age 13+ 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 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… ENTER NOW! http://goo.gl/dAxPt2 
 



 

Winner Testimonials


"I'd like to thank you and your staff for running the Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest.  I've had a YA story percolating for years and when I read the no-stress entry invitation to your contest and the amazing prizes offered, I decided to submit.  The best part of winning has been the incredible boost to my self-confidence that has extended to my writing.   I feel recharged and excited now when I sit before my computer.  My conversation with Regina Brooks and the editors' comments (taped to the wall above my desk) will continue to motivate me as I complete my manuscript.  Many, many thanks!"

—Karen Fortunati, "The D-Day List"


"I’d copied and pasted the opening lines to my manuscript and clicked “send” before my inner skeptic could talk me out of it.  I promptly put Gotham’s YA Novel Discovery Contest out of my mind, since I was already flogging myself for dusting off a years-old manuscript and beginning the umpteenth revision.  It was my albatross, not an eagle, I told myself, and it would clearly never get off the ground. Then came Gotham’s email thanking me for participating.  Well, that’s a bad sign, right?  But there under the list of five finalists was my name.  I’m number five!  I’m number five!  I now have an agent and a publisher and my novel is a fact, not a fiction, and it’s due out in 2015. Oh, and my inner skeptic has taken to measuring my albatross’s wingspan."

—Anne Boles Levy, “The Temple of Doubt”
 

“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 was published Spring 2014.” 

—Sarah V. Combs, "Breakfast Served Anytime"


"After I won the YA Discovery Contest, Regina Brooks offered to represent me and she found the perfect home for my novel. Bright Coin Moon will be published on November 18, 2014"

—Kristen Lopresti, "Bright Coin Moon"

 

 


 

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



STAY TUNED...
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 http://bit.ly/1z2HoB0.

 

CONTEST PARAMETERS:

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!

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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 SheWrites.com) 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.

 

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”
Childrens Book Writing
Writing Great Books for Young Adults
is now published through Black Expressions Book Club,
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