Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 2011 Contests - Part I

I turned 30 this week and at midnight on my birthday I immediately lost touch with my YA audience and can no longer relate to the youth of America.  At least that's what I told my husband was happening over a few too many drinks.  We'll hope that's not true.  :)

As for contests this month, I am hopeful that this is only Part I of at least II because I only found a couple contests.  Please let me know if I'm missing some!  I am mostly thinking about probably planning to enter these (yes...I am using adjectives to stall the verdict on my WIP), so I hope to see you there!

Can We Guess Your Character's Age Blogfest Contest
On December 8th, post the first 250 words of your manuscript on your blog and have readers stop by and guess their age.  So cool!  Editor Gabriela Lessa will choose winners to receive free and discounted editing services.

She Writes Young Adult Novel Contest
Deadline December 15th.  Cost $15.  Submit a cover letter and the first 2,000 words of your YA manuscript.  The prize is "coverage" of your novel with major agents and editors.  All proceeds benefit Girls Write Now.


  1. Hey Sharon - first of all, happy birthday! Glad celebratory drinks were involved, but that's probably what's behind the "I'm too old for YA" thinking. I am 4 months shy of my 40th birthday and don't think I'm out of touch with the whipper snappers of today (I jest.) Mostly because I read a lot of YA and because I never really grew up myself. Believe me, you are definitely not out of touch!

    Thanks for the contest links!

  2. Alex - Thanks for the birthday wishes! I loved the "whipper snappers" comment. :D I feel the same way. I love YA for my own reasons unrelated to age and because I am also a little young at heart...which is a nice way of saying that sometimes when I read grown up books I roll my eyes and say "boooooring".