Upcoming July Contests for MG and YA fiction

Two exciting contest opportunities this month for unagented kid lit writers:

1. The Writer’s Digest 16th free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Middle Grade. Happening now until July 30, 2014. Judged by Peter Knapp of Park Literary.

  • Submit: the first 150-200 words of your unpublished, completed book-length work of middle grade fiction; title; logline; proof of shares (see below).
  • Special rules: must mention the contest twice via social media and submit proof of shares with your entry.
  • Prizes: Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value)! But there is always the potential extra excitement of clicking with the agent who’s judging, too!
  • Full details here.

2. The Miss Snark’s First Victim July Secret Agent Contest (for YA, MG, and chapter books). Entry by lottery only. Enter on Monday, July 21, 2014 from NOON – 6:00PM EDT. Judged by a mystery agent whose identity will not be revealed until the contest is over.

  • Enter the lottery July 21 for one of 50 spots in the contest.
  • Submit: the first 250 words of your COMPLETED manuscript; your name/screen name; title; genre.
  • Prizes: vary each round. In May, THREE “winner” entries were awarded full MS requests!
  • Why this contest rocks: All 50 entries are posted on the MSFV blog and receive critique from both fellow entrants and the mystery agent. So even if you don’t win, you get helpful feedback! Can’t go wrong with that.
  • Full details here.

Happy submitting!


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