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Do you have a great idea for a YA novel?

October 21st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Sourcebooks , Inc. sent this to me and it sounds very cool!  Have you heard of  The basic idea is participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.  As a part of this there is a great contest going on.

If you have a great idea for a YA novel or started writing your own YA novel Sourcebooks, Serendipity Literary Agency and Gotham Writers’ Workshop are hosting the first Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition.  Find out all the details here.  You basically submit the title of your book and the first 250 words of your book through their form for a chance to have the idea seen by top editors at Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin and Sourcebooks—and even get a one-on-one pitch session with one of New York’s top YA literary agents

The Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

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 by editors at HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin, Random House, and Sourcebooks.

The Top 20 Entrants will receive autographed copies of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

One entry per person; anyone age 13+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1 until 11:59pm (ET)

Posted in Books, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. L. Diane Wolfe

    Dare I say that is a ‘novel’ idea? LOL Wow, just the first 250 words…

  2. J. Kaye

    Holy Cow! What a seriously fantastic opportunity!

  3. dsuzuki

    L. Diane Wolfe-I know, I didn’t realize how short 250 words were until I had to start writing reviews that were 175-200 words long including a brief description of the book for a local paper.

    J. Kaye-I know right! How cool.

  4. Kailana

    That’s a great idea! Thanks for posting about it. :)

  5. Amanda

    Are you doing NaNo? I am – AND I’m doing a YA book! I’m going to have to check this out!

  6. dsuzuki

    No problem :)

    Amanda-no, I’m not doing NaNo. I’m a horrible writer but admire those who do it well. The idea of writing an entire book just boggles my mind. Good luck!

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