Can you hook a teen? Teen Eyes Editorial Contest … submission post
Aug18

Can you hook a teen? Teen Eyes Editorial Contest … submission post

  THE SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED!! Have you ever wondered if your manuscript would hook a teen reader? We all have. So what better way to find out than a contest with the talented teens of TEEN EYES EDITORIAL. How is this going to work? You’ll post a 35-word pitch and the first 250 words of your middle grade or young adult manuscript in the comments of this post from now and we’ll take entries until August 26 at 1PM EDT. Your manuscript doesn’t have to be completed, but the pitch and first page should be polished. The three Teen Eyes editors will go through the comments and each select one winner. The winners will be announced on September 1st. What are the prizes? There will be three (3) winners. The winners will receive a free 25-page critique from the editors. Each Teen Eyes editor will pick the entry they feel is best, and then work with that writer on the critique. Can I enter this contest if I entered Pitch Wars? Absolutely. The critique would be an added pair of eyes on your manuscript … teen eyes. If you make it into Pitch Wars and win a critique from Teen Eyes, you and your mentor will decide how best to use the critique. Formatting … Your Name Your Email Title of Work Category/Genre Your 35-word (max) pitch. (Single spaced, a space between paragraphs, no indentions.) The first 250 words of your manuscript. If the 250th word stops in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of that sentence. (Single spaced, a space between paragraphs, no indentions.)   Here’s a bit about the teen editors . . .   Kate Coursey Editor Twitter Kate Coursey has been editing professionally since 2010. She helped found Teen Eyes in 2011, working with clients from all over the world to perfect their manuscripts. As a YA autho, her novel LIKE CLOCKWORK won Scholastic’s PUSH Novel Contest when she was 16 years old. In addition to having extensive experience as a freelance editor, Kate worked as an intern at Scholastic Press, where she read many agented and unagented submissions. She received the prestigious Sterling Scholar Grant in 2011 based on an extensive creative writing sample. Later that year, Kate underwent a comprehensive evaluation of her editorial skills, beating out dozens of post-grad students for an editorial internship at a mid-sized publisher. She is currently finishing up her ninth novel, which took first place in the LDS Storymakers First Chapter Contest. Kate spends far too much time messing around on the Internet and occasionally succumbs to caffeine-induced fits of hysteria at...

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MEGA GIVEAWAY! Many Pitch Wars mentors will give away first-chapter critiques … Updated with the winners!
Aug18

MEGA GIVEAWAY! Many Pitch Wars mentors will give away first-chapter critiques … Updated with the winners!

The fabulous Mónica B. Wagner, author of FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, has put together a mega giveaway with some of our Pitch Wars mentors. Obviously, all the Pitchwars mentors are slotted into specific categories and genres. That keeps you from getting help from some great experts. But here is your chance to get help from a mentor you couldn’t normally submit to! Everyone can enter once and after that, if you help out a mentor by buying or preordering their books, you’ll get additional entries from them. Some of the Pitch Wars mentors, including me, are hosting a chapter-critique Rafflecopter Giveaway! Anyone can enter. It will run until September 4, 2015! Here’s the list of mentors that will participate giving a chapter critique: Brenda Drake, author of TOUCHING FATE and THIEF OF LIES. Mónica B. Wagner, author of FROSH: FIRST BLUSH. Kate Brauning, author of HOW WE FALL. Emily Martin, author of THE YEAR WE FELL APART. N.K. Traver, author of DUPLICITY. Helene Dunbar, author of WHAT REMAINS. Joy McCullough-Carranza, who’s supporting Laura’s Shovan book, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY. J.A. Souders, author of RENEGADE~REVELATIONS~REBELLION Elizabeth Briggs, author of MORE THAN MUSIC, MORE THAN COMICS, MORE THAN FASHION. Kelly Siskind, author of CHASING CRAZY. Trisha Leaver, author of THE SECRETS WE KEEP. Jaye Robin Brown, author of NO PLACE TO FALL and WILL’S STORY: A No Place To Fall Novella. Michelle Hauck, author of GRUDGING: BIRTH OF SAINTS and KINDAR’S CURE. K.T. Hannah, author of CHAMELEON. Stacey Graham, author of HAUNTED STUFF: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls, and Other Creepy Collectibles. Lee Gjertsen Malone, author of THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S. Sarah Nicolas, author of DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO. Brighton Walsh, author of CAGED IN WINTER, TESSA EVER AFTER, CAPTIVE and EXPOSED. Stacey Trombley, author or NAKED. Kate Karyus Quinn, author of (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, and DOWN WITH THE SHINE. Here’s how this giveaway will work: you’ll get a free entry just for stopping by and signing in, and if you want to increase your chances, you can support the mentors by buying their books or pre-ordering them. If you want to increase your odds to get a critique from a particular mentor, you can go and buy/preorder said mentor’s book by following the links above. You can buy more than one book, and up your chances in more than one giveaway, too! You might even win a chapter critique by more than one mentor.   UPDATE!! The giveaway ended and here are the winners! WOOHOO!!  Kate Brauning winner: Nicole Hoeffs. Michelle Hauck winner: Heather. Sarah Nicolas winner: Meredith Kreisa. Lee Gjersten Malone winner:...

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