Write YA? 2 days left to enter this Writer’s Digest contest

All you need is the first 150-200 words of your finished YA novel.

OK, I lied. You also need a logline, to mention the contest twice via social media, and to include your real name, book title, and contact email in your submission.

But seriously. THAT IS ALL.

There are two days left to enter this annual Dear Lucky Agent Contest put on by Writer’s Digest (repeat, Deadline: April 9). This round is open to all young adult entries. See the link for full details, including how to submit, or let me tempt you with a few more here:

Why you should enter

  1. Three winners get a professional critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of their MS (this contest’s judge is agent Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.) AND a free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com.
  2. A previous judge went on to sign with one of the winners, and sold two of her books. MOTIVATION!
  3. It’s ridiculously easy. And FREE!

What you need to enter (again, note how little it is):

  1. The first 150-200 words of your completed YA novel (or as the site says,  “book-length work of fiction”).
  2. The book’s title
  3. A one-sentence logline that describes the book
  4. Your real name and an email where you can be reached (be sure to include the email address in the entry)
  5. To share the contest twice via social media, and include proof (links, etc.) that you did so in your submission.

Why are you still reading this?

If your work is eligible, you should be dancing! (Alternatively: Submit first. Dance later.) Read more and learn how to enter on the official page for this contest before April 9.

Good luck!

Guys, guys, guys!

No, it’s not about to start raining men– this is just my barbaric yawp announcing a fantastically good (and free!) chance to win agent consideration.

The Guide to Literary Agents blog (of Writer’s Digest) is now hosting its 13th free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest, with sci-fi and young adult fiction being this year’s eligible themes. Basically, you send in the first 150-200 words of your sci-fi and/or young adult novel and then spread the word.

Prizes (for three winners) include:

  1. Agent critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work and
  2. A one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com

PLUS– and here’s where you should really get excited– at least one past judge has gone on to sign a winner and sell two of her books! Think of just how lucky you might get here…

How it works:

  1. Share the contest with others at least twice via any social media. Be sure to include a link to the contest.
  2. Submit your real name, contact email, book title, one-sentence logline,150-200 words entry and proof of sharing via social media.

BAM! You’re done.

The contest is open until January 31st, so you have time– but don’t dally! Check out the contest webpage for full details. Good luck!