Jan 2, 2010

Sourcebooks Fire #YAlitchat Writing Contest

remember about this great site i told you about, #YALITCHAT?
well, turns out it's going to be the home site for a writing contest!
Sourcebooks is launching a new Young Adult division called Sourcebooks Fire and
we're celebrating for two whole months!

Submissions for the contest will run 2/1/2010 – 2/28/2010. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF #YALITCHAT TO ENTER.

Please follow the following directions carefully to submit a piece of YA fiction for consideration:

To participate in the contest, you MUST RSVP to the event.

Instructions on where to send submissions, as well as outlines for what they're looking for, will be emailed on Friday, January 29th. Instructions as to the email address you'll need for all submissions will be provided in that document.

Only submissions from people who’ve RSVPed will be read and judged to prevent multiple submissions.

In a one-page word document (standard 8.5 x 11 size, font size 10-minimum) include:
The title of the piece (less than 15 words) under a header reading “Title” A 250-word description of your novel under the header “Novel Description” A 100 word bio, under the heading “Author Bio” No additional information will be read by judges.

The Grapes of Wrath
Novel Description
The greatest novel ever written.
Author Bio
I am the world's greatest undiscovered YA author. Period.

Submissions will go through three rounds of judging. Georgia McBride, founder of #YALitchat will be the first-round judge, whittling down the entrants to the top 150.

These 150 entries will then be ranked on a scale of 1-10 by three Sourcebooks Fire editors. The top 20 submissions (calculated by adding scores) will be notified and allowed to submit a pitch letter and first 20 pages of their novel for further consideration by Sourcebooks editors, as well as YA literary agent Regina Brooks, founder of Serendipity Literary agency.

The top 20 entries will receive copies of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

Depending on the number of submissions, winners will be announced at the end of March.

Authors can find out more about what the judges are looking for by chatting with Dan Ehrenhaft, head acquisitions editor at Sourcebooks Fire on January 6th, 2010 during #YAlitchat on twitter!

if you're a YA writer who wants a chance to get published, then this is the contest for you!

i'm definitely going to try to enter. who knows what could come out of this?

i just need to finish my ms, and i'm ready to go!

even if you don't want to enter this contest, you should definitely check out the site. it's a great place, a lot of known bloggers and authors have already joined and you can chat and learn a lot about the book publishing industry!

happy 2010 :)

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