Not a contest, but the most important thing on my list this month: http://www.katemessner.com/kidlit-cares-our-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/
Kidlit Cares is an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort for Hurricane Harvey & related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. What you need: Your highest bid on the service you’re interested in. What you get: Many different fabulous offers from published authors and well-known agents & editors. Bidding is open now, some closing as early as 9/5.
If you can’t participate, please share this link everywhere! All money is going directly to the Red Cross!
https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/submissions/ Chicken House Times Competition. Open now – Dec. 8 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.
https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/childrens-novel-award/ Bath Children’s novel award. Open now – 11/19: 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.”
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, Lauren Spieller
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.
http://mswishlist.com/ Sept 12- #MSWL day. Agents and editors tweet the types of books they’re hoping to see in their inbox. What you need: A bit of time to read through the feed. What you get: Insight into the mind of an agent & the chance to query the agent who’s already looking for what you’ve written.
http://www.literaryrambles.com/ Danielle Burby Agent Spotlight Interview 9/25/17. 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.
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.
https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/ Pass or Pages- Middle Grade Science-fiction and Fantasy. September 4th: Agent panel announcement. September 11th-13th: Entry window (via a form here on our blog). September 25th-29th: Feedback reveals! - What you need: Polished query & first 250 words of your completed YA contemporary novel. What you get: Five entries will be chosen at random to appear on the blog with agent’s comments. Bonus: As promised in the title, there’s a possibility the agents will request pages!
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!)
http://www.michelle4laughs.com/p/writer-contests.html Nightmare on Query Street. 40 entries are chosen to be paired with expert mentors. The shined and polished query letter and first 250 words go before agents for requests. Contestants must answer a Halloween-themed question in their submission.
http://thewingedpen.com/four-on-400/thewingedpen.com/four-on-400/ This opportunity occurs on the 5th of each 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 September, 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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