Open now - Dec.
https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/submissions/ Chicken House Times Competition. What you need: cover letter, synopsis, and full manuscript for kids ages 7-17. A £15 entry fee, payable through Paypal or snail mail. What you get: First prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000, plus representation from a top children’s literary agent.
Open now – 11/19: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/childrens-novel-award/ Bath Children’s novel award. What you need: First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis and £25 entry fee. What you get: Prize: £2,000 Shortlist: £500 award. Judge: Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates Literary Agency. Special Note: Entries are shortlisted by a panel of Junior Judges aged from 7 to 17 years, with the winner chosen by a leading children’s literary agent. (So your MG or YA novel will be read by your target audience!) “As well as offering a £2,000 prize, we are also known for our track record in helping writers find literary agent representation. These are some of the MG & YA novelists who have received offers after reaching our shortlist.”
Open now -10/9
http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2017/09/nightmare-on-query-street-free-pass-2017.html Nightmare on Query Street Free Pass – Open to all genres except picture books and erotica. Enter via Rafflecopter. One randomly chosen winner will move on to the mentor and agent rounds of the Nightmare on Query Street Contest so have your query and first 250 words ready to go. Make sure your manuscript is completed and polished in case you get requests in the agent round.
Open through 10/31: https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-visions-award New Visions Award – Open to U.S. writers of color who have not had a middle grade or young adult novel published. What you need: complete revised YA or MG manuscript. Submit via Submittable. What you get: Chosen winner to receive $1000 and a publishing contract with advance.
10/4: http://thewingedpen.com/four-on-400/ Feedback Opportunity Comments open after 4pm 9/4 What you need: A comment for the blog post on the 4th at 4pm and the first 400 words of your polished MG or YA manuscript. What you get: One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to get feedback for their first 400 words from 4 of the blogs members.
https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/ First Page Critique: What you need: 1st page revised & ready for scrutiny by this month’s featured 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 the editor’s upcoming interview.) Entries picked at random
10/7: http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/p/workshop-rules.html 1st 5 pages Workshop. What you need: Query and 1st 5 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
Nightmare on Query Street – Open to all genres except picture books and erotica. What you need: your query, first 250 words, and answer a question. What you get: Chosen entries will participate in mentor and agent rounds. 20+ agents participating.
10/23: http://www.literaryrambles.com/ Molly O’neill Agent Spotlight Interview Comment window stays open many days. 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.
10/24: http://authormentormatch.com/Author Mentor Match – Open to Middle Grade and Young Adult. What you need: Submit your query, first 50 pages, and synopsis. What you get: The chance to be matched with a mentor for the revision of your complete manuscript.
10/26: http://www.pbpitch.com/pbpitch-twitter-event.html #PBPitch – Open to picture books. Pitch your picture book via Twitter using the #PBPitch hashtag from 8am – 8pm EST.
10/26: http://jasonhuebinger.com/pitdark/ #PitDark –Twitter Pitch contest for horror or “Dark writing.” 8am-8pm. What you need: Your best Twitter pitches. 1 pitch per hour allowed. What you get: A chance to stand out in the slush! Participating agents will request your query/pages by favoriting your tweets.
10/27: https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/news/curtis-brown-and-conville-walsh-launch-pitchcb #Pitch CB- What you need: One Twitter pitch for your completed manuscript. What you get: A chance to skip the slush if an agent from Curtis brown and/or Conville & Walsh favorites your tweet. (Bonus! This opportunity occurs the 4th Friday of each month!)
10/30: http://www.literaryrambles.com/ Danielle Burby Agent Spotlight Interview Comment window stays open many days. 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.
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