There’s a new contest for YA/middle grade novels over at the Guide to Literary Agents blog. The judge is agent Jennifer Laughran with Andrea Brown. There’s no entry fee, and you might win!
First place: a critique of 25 pages of your work plus a query done by the agent/judge. Also, you’ll get two free books from Writer’s Digest Books (out of several choices). Second and third place winners will get a critique of 10 pages and one free WD book.
You’ll be e-mailing the first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of middle grade or young adult fiction. For more details, click the link.
Of course, I’m entering. There’s no entry fee, so why not?
I’ve kind of slowed down on contests with entry fees. I found one that has fees of $50 per entry. Their prizes total $600, which is good, but it also means they’ve covered the prizes with 12 entries. I suppose that’s fine for those who can afford the entry fee, and it’s fine for them to make a profit and pay their judges or whatever. It’s just that we don’t have that in the budget–we’re tightening up a bit, now that Texas is suffering economically.
But contests without entry fees? Judged by an agent? Well, you can’t beat that with a stick.