Google+ Reading Teen: Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition

Friday, November 14, 2014

Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition

THE 5th ANNUAL

YA DISCOVERY CONTEST

has begun!

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 HouseHarper Collins, 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 30.
 
—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"





 Proud to have been a winner of the 2013 contest Expected publication: May 12th 2015


--- Lori Goldstein 






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