Friday, November 20, 2015

0 THE 6TH ANNUAL YA DISCOVERY CONTEST HAS BEGUN!

THE 6TH 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!

 

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their sixth annual Young 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 book Writing Great Books for Young Adults now available in a second edition.
Great 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 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 from editors at Scholastic, Random House/Penguin, Little Brown, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Abrams Books.
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 serendipitylit.com/contest.
 
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.

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 HERE!


 
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"

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