Archive for the ‘writing contests’ Category

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Fun writing news

January 6, 2011

Lots of fun publishing news out the last couple days, so I thought I’d compile it for you:

Invasion book coverThomas Nelson has launched its science-fiction fantasy Chaos series for young adults with Invasion by Jon S. Lewis. Here’s the jacket cover:

When sixteen-year-old Colt McAllister’s parents are killed in a car crash, he learns it was no accident — his mother, a journalist, was writing an expose of the powerful biotech corporation Trident Industries.  Now, Colt has been targeted, and he and his friends Oz and Danielle find themselves battling the same sinister forces that took his parents’ lives.  A gateway between worlds has been opened, and Earth is in mortal danger.

Thomas Nelson says Invasion has “crackling plot twists, cliffhanger chapter endings, cyber attacks, alien invaders, and an undercurrent of teen romance.” As a sci-fi fan and writer, sounds good to me!

New York Times best-selling author Emma Walton Hamilton has launches the children’s writers’ salon Children’s Book Hub, a membership-based forum to provide information, resources and support for aspiring and established children’s book authors. There is a fee, $19.95, and members will reportedly have access to regular teleseminars with authors, editors, agents and other members of the children’s book industry. The site also will offer monthly newsletters, a members’ forum and lists of publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts, among others. The industry has lots of other places to get info and support, but another can’t hurt.

And in September, I wrote about the MeeGenius contest. They’ve now picked their winners:

Grand Prize: Pajama Girl by Sarah Perry and Ingvard the Terrible

1st Runner Up: The Cat Just Sat in the Chair by D.T. Walsh

2nd Runner Up: Floppity Phillip Flaut, words by Gary Guthrie, illustrations by Sunyoung Kim, characters by Taylor Lewis Guthrie

3rd Runner Up: Who Is the Most Beautiful Bird in the Barnyard? by Sharon Mann

and 4th Runner Up: The Little Green Bubbles by Kevin Malone, illustrated by Lee Hadziyianis.

Congratulations!

Got any news to share?

Write On!

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Win Storybook Treasures read-along DVDs from Scholastic

December 14, 2010

Scholastic's Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics DVD boxIf you haven’t seen Scholastic’s Storybook Treasures line of “read-along DVDs,” they’re a great blend of books and screen. Scholastic animated some of its best children’s books, along with award-winning titles, and put them on a DVD with the words so children can read along.

I’m all for anything that encourages children to read. Scholastic could have just made animated versions of all these books, but it’s wonderful (not too mention a smart business move) that they included the words of the books so they are read-along DVDs. Children who grow up with these with hopefully read books too. I’d say there’s more chance with these than for kids watching other children’s DVDs.

Anyway, my day-job website, www.discdish.com, is giving away huge bundles of Scholastic’s Storybook Treasures DVDs right now.

Wheels On the Bus Sing-Along Travel Kit DVD boxAmong the books on the DVDs in the contest are Where the Wild Things Are, Wheels On the Bus, The Ralph Mouse Collection, Curious George, A Very Brave Witch, Corduroy and Harold and the Purple Crayon. Here’s a review of one of the DVDs, the Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics 2.

DiscDish.com is giving away four bundles of these DVDs, the biggest valued at $685.

So, get over there and try out for your chance to win. You can enter every day, plus put up links to the page to get more entries.

Click here to enter the contest.

Write On!

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Contest links

September 18, 2010

Got some links to share today to great contests:

The Bookmuse is celebrating 1,000 followers by offering five five-page critiques, two first-chapter critiques and a three-month mentorship with author Angela Ackerman.

Freelance editor Cassandra Marshall is offering a whopping contest for a free substantial edit of an entire manuscript of up to 100,000 words! One word: WOW!

Authors at The Longstockings blog are offering feedback for 25 pages of a teen, tween or middle-grade novel. Yay!

And children’s book app maker MeeGenius is running a contest to celebrate the launch of its new app platform. MeeGenius is looking for books for children ages 3 to 8 that include illustrations. One winner will get an Apple iPad and four runners-up will get an Apple iPod Touch, and all will get their manuscript published as an ebook and receive 30% of the sales.

Some great oppoortunities, so get entering!

Write On!

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Pitch contest

April 27, 2010

Manuscript update: 4,954 words. Had a pretty good session yesterday. Today, I’m procrastinating with this blog post. 🙂 But then I’ll knuckle down. I think I’m behind if I want to meet my goal of finishing the first draft by the end of May.

QueryTracker is hosting a pitch contest today with literary agent Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary.

To enter, you must have completed the manuscript you’re pitching and pitch it in 25 words or less. You can enter as many times as you want, but you must be a member of QueryTracker and follow the site’s blog. More details are here, along with a link to a page for help in writing pitches.

The contest is open just today.

I can’t find anywhere what the prize for the contest is, but if you’ve got a completed manuscript that’s ready to go, it can’t hurt to get a pitch in front of a great agent.

Pitch On!

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Agent news and contests

April 15, 2010

Manuscript update: Still nothing new as I’ve been too busy with http://www.discdish.com. But I’ve got lots of ideas for I get back to the book.

Some quick agent news:

Bree Ogden has been made an associate agent at Martin Literary Management. She will represent children’s, young adult and graphic novels. Here’s some info on Bree, and she’s agreed to answer a few questions for DayByDayWriter, so stay tuned for that.

And Devin McIntyre has opened his own shingle: The McIntyre Agency. He has been an agent with Mary Evans Inc. since 2002 and reps childrens books, graphic novels and adult genres. Here’s his AuthorAdvance page and his Publishers Marketplace page.

And some quick contest news:

The Next Big Writer (sounds like a reality show, doesn’t it?) is running a Strongest Start Novel Competition for the best first three chapters of a novel. You can enter if whether you’ve completed the novel or not, as long as you’ve got the first three chapters and they’re polished. Oh, and you have to be a member of critique network The Next Big Writer. Here’s the rundown from the contest:

If you’ve been working on a novel, or have one written already, polish your first three chapters and consider entering this competition. TheNextBigWriter is an online workshop. By entering, you receive feedback on every chapter you submit. This is a great opportunity to have your work-in-progress reviewed, and you may even win! You do NOT need to have completed your entire novel, so this competition is open to those who have started or are working on their novels.

The grand prize is $500 and a $2,500 self-publishing deal from CreatSpace and feedback on every chapter.

$100 cash prizes will be given for sci-fi/fantasy/horror, romance and memoir/non-fiction. And the deadline is June 8.

And Writer’s Digest is holding its 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, with a grand prize of $3,000 and a trip to New York to meet with editors and agents.

Now, this contest has entry fees, and they increase by $5 if you submit after May 14 and by $10 if you submit after June 1. You can enter in the following categories:

  • Inspirational writing (spiritual/religion)
  • Memoirs/personal essay
  • Magazine feature article
  • Genre short story
  • Mainstream/Literary short story
  • Rhyming poetry
  • Non-rhyming poetry
  • Stage play
  • TV/Movie script
  • Children’s/young adult

I don’t endorse either of these, as I don’t have any experience with either.

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Young Adult and Middle Grade contest

February 11, 2010

Entering your work in contests is a great way to get noticed, not to mention all the cool prizes. There are plenty of bigger contests out there, but many blogs are offering smaller contests for free with a critique from an agent as the prize — always invaluable. Andrea Brown Literary Agency‘s Mary Kole has had a few contests like these, as has Curtis Brown agent Nathan Bransford.

The great thing about these contests is that even if you don’t get one of the prizes, you can still make a name for yourself with the agent. That happened with me last year. I entered a contest and got a lovely email back from the agent giving the contest saying that although I wasn’t a winner, the agent wanted to see my manuscript for representation consideration.

Jump on these contests as opportunities, always following the rules, of course, and making sure your work is in the best shape it can be before you submit. Everything helps to get your work out there.

The latest such contest is from the Guide to Literary Agents blog. Chuck Sambuchino is running his second Dear Lucky Agent contest, this time for writers of young adult and middle-grade books.

To enter, writers must have a completed manuscript and send in their first 150-200 words by end of day Feb. 21. Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is judging and will give the prize winners critiques.

Good luck to all!

Also, check in tomorrow when Laura Cross will be here answering your questions about ghostwriting. Laura also will reveal the winner of a PDF copy of her book, Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent: Everything You Need to Know to Become Successfully Published.

Know of any other contests? Or have a good story from a contest? Tell us about them in the comments.

Write On!