Here's a list of contests and opportunities for writers for April 2017. I've included dates, links, and hopefully enough information to see which contests are right for you.
http://www.literaryrambles.com/2017/03/agent-spotlight-interview-with-kristy.html Already posted-taking comments until Apr.8/ What you need: Your polished query. What you get: Agent spotlight is one of the most detailed agent interviews you can find. (priceless if you’re querying) One lucky commenter will win a query critique from the agent being interviewed.
http://www.scholastic.com/graphixcontest/rules.htm Deadline Apr. 1st (Sorry to be so late with this!)/ What you need: A PDF portfolio with 12 pages of finished art and all other materials and information required under the submission form
http://www.scholastic.com/graphixcontest/submissions.htm . What you get: 5 winners will receive an offer to publish with Scholastic, and a $15,000 advance.
http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/ Apr. 1st/ What you need: Pitch & 1st five pages. What you get: The first five correctly formatted entries get to participate in a month-long workshop in which you will be mentored by at least 2 traditionally published authors and get feedback from the 4 other workshop participants. You get 2 chances to revise your pages, and final entries get critiqued by the mentoring agent. One lucky winner receives a first chapter or 10 page critique from the mentoring agent.
https://heidinorrod.wordpress.com/KidPit/ April 5th/ What you need: Twitter pitch for your finished children’s (PB – YA) book. (If you’re not familiar with Twitter pitches, the post has everything you need to know. What you get: The opportunity to have participating agents request your query/pages by favoriting your tweets.
https://heidinorrod.wordpress.com/adpit-and-kidpit/ April 5th/ What you need: Twitter pitch for your finished adult or NA book. (If you’re not familiar with Twitter pitches, the post has everything you need to know. What you get: The opportunity to have participating agents request your query/pages by favoriting your tweets.
http://www.reviseresub.com/ April 7 http://www.reviseresub.com/submissions What you need: Query, synopsis, and first 5 pages of your polished manuscript. You will also be required to answer the three questions mentioned in the rules. What you get: Feedback and full edits from professional editors in a 1 month process before polished entries are posted on the blog. There is no mention of participating agents—but if there’s enough buzz perhaps agents will stop by and take a look.
http://pitch2pub.com/node/6 Submission window opens April 7 for 96 hours. (Woo hoo! 4 days!)/ What you need: Query and 5 pages. What you get: A chance to work with an editor to polish your query & five pages for the agent round, and a chance to get your story in front of participating agents. What you need to do now: Check out the editors and decide who your 5 subs go to. (they recommend choosing 6 in case one of your chosen editors “caps out.”)
http://pitch2pub.com/editors *Important Note* A March 19 Twitter post says this contest is postponed. (I’m trying to get more info-Meanwhile, watch the site for updates.)
http://authormentormatch.com/ Submission window opens April 13 What you need: Query letter and ten pages of your completed polished MG or YA manuscript. What you get: A mentor to help you revise and prepare for the query process. *Personal note* As a previous Pitch Wars contestant, I can assure you that professional advice is far more valuable than an agent round. I would have loved this opportunity when I began querying.
https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/ Open now through April 20. This month's featured agent is Holly McGhee What you need: 1st page revised & ready for scrutiny by this month’s featured agent. What you get: a chance to be picked at random for an agent critique of your 1st page. (Don't forget to watch the blog for Holly's upcoming interview.)
https://khopkinswriter.wordpress.com/teenpit/ Submission date April 15. (Mentor day April 10)/ What you need: You have to be in 10 – 12th grade to enter. Submit 50 word pitch and first page. *Note: Submission window opens at 8 am and only the first 200 entries are taken* What you get: a chance to work with an adult mentor (published author or other industry pro). An undisclosed number of winners will be posted on the blog with a short bio. (Yes, this is a big deal. You never know how many agents might take a peek) One super lucky grand prize winner will receive a free pass into the 2017 Pitch Wars Mentor round!
http://www.literaryrambles.com/ April 17/ Agent Traci Marchini/ What you get: Agent spotlight is one of the most detailed agent interviews you can find. (priceless if you’re querying) One lucky commenter will win a query critique from the agent being interviewed.
http://www.dvpit.com/rulesguidelines /April 25 (children’s book submissions, PB-YA. April 26 Adult submissions. What you need: This contest is for pitches from marginalized voices http://www.dvpit.com/about /Twitter pitch for your completed manuscript (authors are not required to pitch ownvoices work). What you get: A chance to stand out in the slush! Participating agents will request your query/pages by favoriting your tweets.
https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/p/passorpages.html Most likely May. Judging from the archives, this opportunity occurs every other month.
http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/ This opportunity occurs monthly, and the submission window is usually early, with the information available a week before the beginning of the month.
If you know of other contests coming in April, please add them in the comments. I'd also love to hear about blogs that occasionally host writing contests or other opportunities as I hope to post a monthly list.
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