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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

YA Contest - How to Enter

ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA A SPECIAL ENTRY FROM ON QUERYTRACKER.NET ONLY!!! Do not email the agent with your entry. Do not call the agent. There is only one way to enter!

Tonight's the night! Our YA contest opens this evening at 9 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m. Pacific) so here's everything you need to know:

  • Entries will be accepted on a special entry form on QueryTracker.net ONLY. The form will not be visible until the contest opens. This is a link to where the form will be: http://querytracker.net/contest.phpSo bookmark it for easy clicking tonight!

  • This contest is for completed Young Adult novels only. (All the genres that fall under the YA umbrella.)

  • You must have a QueryTracker.net membership to participate. (It's free!) If you do not have one yet, click here to sign up.

  • You will need to submit the following: Your first five pages AND a one-page synopsis. (Only one entry per person will be accepted.)

  • Due to the high word count of the materials being submitted, we will be capping the number of entries at 70.

  • You will need to CUT AND PASTE YOUR ENTRY into the submission form.

The entry form will not be visible until 9 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m. Pacific.) Be sure to submit early, as the slots will fill up quickly. And if you do not make it into this contest, don't feel bad - we have more contests scheduled in the near future!

To see some of the questions and answers about this contest, view the comments in last week's announcement post.

I'd like to shout out a big THANK YOU to Anna Webman of Curtis Brown Ltd. for juding our contest. Anna has graciously agreed to award the grand prize winner with a full submission, and partial submissions for runners-up. I'm lucky to have worked with Anna on a couple of different occasions, and can honestly say anyone who is represented by her is one lucky writer indeed.

Keep an eye on the blog for contest updates. Anna will need a couple of weeks to judge the entries (she'll have a lot of material to read!) Watch for an interview next week with last May's contest winner, Cameron Jacobs. She'll be giving us the scoop about her journey from winning the grand prize in our contest to signing with the agent who judged the contest. Cameron's book is now on submission.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments of this post, or send me a message, my email address is to the right of this post. Best of luck!


Suzette Saxton writes books for tots, teens, and in-betweens. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary.


Kristi said...

I just realized that I'll be out all evening and won't be able to enter - ah well - maybe next time. Good luck to all the entrants!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Woo Hoo, I'm actually able to enter after all! Good luck everyone who enters.

PaigeC said...

it says that we can check out the form (even though we can't submit until 9) But when I click the link the page that loads instant the form and it doesn't have a link for the form. It has a link to Anna Wevman of Curtis Brown Ltd. and then a brief description of the rules then a link to where the winners will be announced and a "Sorry, entries for this contest will not be accpected until Nov 10" but no form link. Am I missing it? I'm logged into Query Tracker. Help!

Suzette Saxton said...

Sorry for any confusion, Paige.

The form will not be visible until the contest opens. The entry form will appear at link I've provided. (I've provided it now so you can bookmark it for fast clicking once the contest opens.) :)

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Bethany Wiggins said...

What a fun contest. Thanks.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I won't have a chance to enter, after all. But I'm dying to know how many entries you get and how quickly you reach your quota (I'm predicting 3 minutes). Good luck to everyone who enters!

Suzette Saxton said...

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes. Someone asked me a great question via email so I thought I'd post it here:

"Should we include the genre and word count in our synopsis since there's no query being sent?"

There is a space on the entry form for both of these items. However, if they are already in your synopsis, that is fine, too!

wordcounters said...

Why do I feel as if I'm waiting for tickets to go on sale for a rocking concert? So excited! Good luck people.