To celebrate the 5/13 release of the YA fantasy, Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade, we're having an awesome editor judged contest with Curiosity Quills Press! Our honorable judge will be none other than the Curiosity Quills Acquisitions Editor for Young Adult, Krystal Wade.
What can you win? Only the best possible prize. A chance at a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills. Before I move on to the contest details, check out the trailer for Wilde's Fire.
Okay, now on to the details. This contest is open only to unpublished manuscripts in the categories of New Adult / Upper YA (protags in late teens, early 20′s) and Young Adult (protags in mid-to-late teens). If you have an adult manuscript you'd like Curiosity Quills to consider, just follow their standard submission guidelines.
Under the YA and NA umbrella, Curiosity Quills is most interested in the following genres:
Speculative Fiction / Dark Sci-Fi / Traditional Sci-Fi
Paranormal and Urban Fantasy
Steampunk / NeoVictorian
Mystery / Crime Thrillers
Quirky/Humorous Fiction (in any of the above genres)
Here's how it will go down....
1) Sign up with the linky below
2) By 5/25, post your query and first 500 words on your blog. I recommend that you refer to Curiosity Quill's submission guidelines when crafting your query. They don't need the bio section, they like to judge a work by its merits only. You can go slightly more or less than 500 words so you're not stopping in the middle of a sentence.
3) From 5/25-5/28, pop over to the other blogs and comment on entries. Contests like this are a great way to get useful feedback from a lot of people. So let's make it useful! Please post meaningful and helpful feedback that we can use to improve our work. Constructive criticism is encouraged but of course, unhelpful meanness will not be tolerated. If you're lucky, you may even find comments from Curiosity Quills editors themselves.
4) On 5/28 I will post again asking you to email me your revised, final entries for consideration by Krystal. From these entries, she will choose winners (assuming entries are strong enough, she will choose more than one winner!). These winners will get a full request from Curiosity Quills.
Good luck! Please comment with any questions.