Submissions for the contest will run 2/1/2010 – 2/28/2010. PLEASE NOTE: Sourcebooks Fire has launched their ning community. They have awesome contests and info on their releases. You may even see someone you recognize there. Also, if you've not RSVP'd to the contest yet, do so there. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP in BOTH PLACES.
Please follow the following directions carefully to submit a piece of YA fiction for consideration:
To participate in the contest, you MUST RSVP to the event.
Instructions on where to send submissions, as well as outlines for what we're looking for, will be emailed on Friday, January 29th. Instructions as to the email address you'll need for all submissions will be provided in that document.
Only submissions from people who’ve will be read and judged to prevent multiple submissions.
In the body of your email please include:
Author contact info (full name, email), the title of the piece (less than 15 words) under a header reading “Title,” an up to 100-word description of your novel under the header “Novel Description” and the first 250 words of your novel and under the header, "Chapter 1."
No additional information will be read by judges.
Best B. Known, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grapes of Wrath
Haunted by dreams of chocolate, boy unwittingly dreams the cure for chocolate addiction in YA writers. When he posts the cure to his blog one day, he becomes instantly hated and ostracized.
The sky, gray above, hung like the rug Mrs. Lewiston used to drape over the porch railing each weekend. Drab, lifeless and low; we were the same in our defeat.
Submissions will go through three rounds of judging. Georgia McBride, founder of #YALitchat will be the first-round judge, whittling down the entrants to the top one hundred fifty (150).
These one hudred fifty (150) entries will then be ranked on a scale of one(1)-ten (10) by three (3) Sourcebooks Fire editors. The top twenty (20) submissions (calculated by adding scores) will be notified and allowed to submit a pitch letter and first twenty (20) pages of their novel for further consideration by Sourcebooks editors, as well as YA literary agent, Regina Brooks, founder of Serendipity Literary agency.
These twenty (20) up will also receive copies of books Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
Depending on the number of submissions, winners will be announced at the end of March.
Of additional consideration and interest: This contest is open to international submissions. All submissions are property of author. Author retains all rights. Sourcebooks Fire may use winning entries including author names in contest promotions. Writers are not required to sign with Serendipity Literary Agency. Manuscripts must be in completion stage but do not need to be completed.