Friday, August 26, 2011



YA Highway First Lines Contest - Due midnight PST (3am EST) 8/27.  I usually like to list contests that give critique or agent exposure as a prize.  This one gives away books as prizes, but you still can get some feedback on your first line.  Enter with the form at the bottom of the post.  YA entries may be presumed, but it doesn't have explicit genre requirements.

Would You Read It? Contest - This is an ongoing opportunity.  Email your pitch to Susanna and each Wednesday she posts pitches on her blog.  Once a month, her readers vote and the winning pitch is sent to editor Erin Molta for review and comments.  Only YA, MG, early readers, picture books.

Hooked on Hooks Contest - Coming up on 9/30.  Follow for the official entry post and details to come.  All genres.

Upcoming Romance Contests - Find 5 upcoming romance contests on this post from the Women's Fiction Chapter of RWA.

Critique Opportunities

Writer A.L. Sonnichsen is giving away a full manuscript critique to a random commenter.  Leave a comment here to enter.  Due midnight PST (3am EST) 8/31.

Head's up, the Rach Writes blog will be doing a beta match for critique partners on 9/19.  I'll probably be there looking for some new readers for my upcoming draft of Stormland, upgraded with lots of extra awesome.  I also encourage you to become a part of Rachel's Writer's Platform Building Campaign or at least follow the blog to enjoy all the campaign events and information.

Freelance editor C.A. Marshall is going to randomly pick two Twitter followers to give away a $35 gift certificate for her editing services.


  1. I LOVE finding a good contest! I love getting free books and I love getting critiques or exposure. Thanks for listing all of these. I can't wait to check them out.

  2. There are so many great things about contest opportunities like these, but one thing I've particularly found it that it often provides some great material for a short and effective query letter. Thanks for this great round up, Sharon!