Thursday, December 15, 2011

Contest for aspiring YA authors :)

Win a literary agent or acclaimed author's feedback on your unpublished manuscript for young adult or middle grade readers.  This rare opportunity is being offered to the six winners of an essay contest recently announced by the literacy charity Book Wish Foundation.  See for full details.

You could win a manuscript critique from:

  • Laura Langlie, literary agent for Meg Cabot
  • Nancy Gallt, literary agent for Jeanne DuPrau
  • Brenda Bowen, literary agent and editor of Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust
  • Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A Corner of the Universe
  • Francisco X. Stork, winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
  • Cynthia Voigt, winner of the Newbery Medal for Dicey's Song and the Newbery Honor for A Solitary Blue
All that separates you from this prize is a 500-word essay about a short story in Book Wish Foundation's new anthology, What You Wish For.  Essays are due Feb. 1, 2012 and winners will be announced around Mar. 1, 2012.  If you win, you will have six months to submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript for critique (which means you can enter the contest even if you haven't finished, or started, your manuscript).  You can even enter multiple times, with essays about more than one of the contest stories, for a chance to win up to six critiques.

If you dream of being a published author, this is an opportunity you should not miss.  To enter, follow the instructions at

Good luck and best wishes,

Logan Kleinwaks
President, Book Wish Foundation

Sounds neat. Are y'all going to try it? Lemme know below!

Now here's a song to write by, "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars, because I've been rocking out to this one lately. And by rocking out, I mean putting it on repeat, not headbanging...


  1. I love that song, and his hair.

    Too lost in revisions right now to think about writing something else.

  2. Sounds good! Thanks for letting us know!

  3. Thanks for the info. I'm going to have to think about this one!

  4. Oh, what a cool idea! The contest sounds wonderful, and it's really great of you to let everyone know. I love Meg Cabot (and therefore, love Ms. Langlie for giving her writing to us :))! Anyone to win these critiques w/be getting a priceless gift.
    Hope you're doing well Kelley, and if you decide to enter good luck!! :D
    Ninja Girl

  5. How exciting. Thanks for the great info :0)

  6. sounds like a nice thing for YA writers ;)

  7. Wow! Thanks for letting us know!

  8. I'm sorry, but as soon as I saw the word, "essay", I had college flashbacks. I wrote quite enough essays then, so I think I'll leave this to the more essay-oriented people :). Thanks for letting us know, though. It's a fantastic prize!

  9. Oh I love Bruno Mars. He's got the voice of an angel.