L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest entries ends on September 30, 2020. So, hurry and get your submissions in.
Writers L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, with an annual grand prize: $5,000 additional! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting. To enter, go here.
Illustrators L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new science fiction and fantasy artists worldwide. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All judging by professional artists only. $1,500 in prizes each quarter. Quarterly winners compete for $5,000 additional annual prize! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting. To enter, go here.
Every writer has a dream of seeing their manuscript published. To hold the bound pages and sniff the fresh ink would bring a euphoric state of mind. Those who’ve never slaved over writing a manuscript may not be able to relate.
Then there is the ultimate dream the dream of having your book optioned for a movie! I’m talking the double payday. During a break in my “binge blog pre-scheduling”, I surfed the net to see how many books for children have actually made it to the big screen. Here is a list of just a few:
The Fault in Our Stars
My Dog Skip
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
If I Stay
A Monster Calls
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The Book Thief
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Hunger Games
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
And so many more.
I perused to see what was interesting about the books, meaning I read a LOT of opening pages on Amazon and book blurbs (for the books I haven’t read yet). The honest truth is what we’ve all heard so often. You just need a damn good story! (And, of course, good writing skills and voice.)
It’s an interesting list, and it’s not absolute. If you want to check other stories that have made it to the “big screen”, go to this Wikipedia link. Some books I’ve listed are not on the Wikipedia site yet though. But have fun reading, or watching (if that’s what you choose), about the ones that are there.
If you haven’t heard, PitchWars has posted the mentor’s blog hops for 2020! Can you believe it’s that time of year again? Be sure to check out each mentors blog in the genre you write to see what’s on their wish list. Remember, you can only choose four, so start early researching.
Unfamiliar with PitchWars? This is an event where mentors select a mentee’s manuscript to revise to help them get ready for an agent round. That’s right, they help a mentee rework their entire manuscript for free. This is because agented authors and editors want to give back to the writerly community. How exciting is that? There is so much love people!
Submissions will be open from September 27, 2020 (midnight EST) and ends on September 29, 2020 (10pm EST). Manuscripts must be completed and polished in order to enter. This is the crème de la crème of writing contests and only happens once a year! So, get those manuscripts edited and select the mentors you want to sub. And as always, good luck!
Folio Literary Management is offereing several remote internships. The internship is a two part learning experience. First, interns will participate in a twelve-week workshop leds by their agent to give an introduction of publishing through various methods. Second, interns will work closely with one or two Folio agents to develop an understanding of publishing through a variety of tasks.
This is a great opportunity with a very successful agency. For guidelines on what each agent is looking for in an intern and application guidelines, go here. As always, good luck!
Nothing soothes the writerly soul than a good twitter pitch party! This Thursday on September 3, 2020 is the infamous #PitMad founded by Brenda Drake, ran now by Managing Director Sonia Hartl, and a full committee (yeah, it’s grown that much!). This event will run between the hours of 8am-8pm (EDT). Common age category and genre hashtags are below.
Age Categories: #PB = Picture Book #C = Children’s #CB = Chapter Book #CL = Children’s Lit #MG = Middle Grade #YA = Young Adult #NA = New Adult #A = Adult
#BVM = Black Voices Matter (to be used by black creators) #POC = Author is a Person of Color #OWN = Own Voices #IMM = Immigrant #LGBT = LGBTQIA+ subject matter #IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural subject matter #MH = Mental Health subject matter #DIS = Disability subject matter #ND = Neurodiverse subject matter
The rules clearly state to only pitch THREE times per manuscript during the contest. Don’t break the rules and clog the feed! Also, please remember anyone can stalk the pitches. So, do your research before submitting your manuscript. And as always, good luck!
Per the Boston Writing Workshop website, this writing event (October 3, 2020) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats (200) at the event, even with it online.
Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:
Avengers of Colour is a mentorship program created by faridah àbíké-íyímídé for unagented writers of color who are ready to query but need help with their query package. Winners will receive professional help from experienced (agented and traditionally published) authors of color. Feedback will be given on editing the authors first 25 pages of their manuscript, query letter, synopsis and pitches.
Manuscripts must be finished though the query package doesn’t have to be perfect. The mentors will help with that, as long as writers are near ready to query. Current mentors are:
Submissions openAugust 27, 2020 and closeAugust 31, 2020. The link to the application will go live on the Avengers Twitter at Midnight EST / 5am GMT. Be sure and read the complete guidelines! As always, good luck!
LatinxPitch is a kidlit pitching event for creators of children’s literature who belong to the Latinx community. The event was created to raise up Latinx voices and increase a diverse representation in children’s literature. All kidlit Latinx unagented and agented authors and/or illustrators are permitted to participate. Kidlit includes board books, picture books, chapter books, middle grade, graphic novels and young adult.
The event will take place on Twitter September 15, 2020 from 8am to 8pm EST. Be sure to use the hashtag #LatinxPitch. Agented authors and illustrators should check with their agents before participating and must include the hashtag #Editor to indicate they are looking for an editor and not an agent. For complete guidelines, go here. Also, don’t forget to check out the team that organized the event and follow them on twitter or their blogs! As always, good luck!
Authoress (aka Jillian Boehme) is hosting a round of Secret Agent on her popular Miss Snark’s First Victim site. If you’ve followed Authoress for several years, then you know that she unveiled herself because she got her first book deal, which is out in the world to read now! (And this was her one condition she had promised herself before unveiling her true identity.) And many of us are so excited for her because she has given back to the community for so-so-so long! (Thank you Jillian!)
Now, for a few basic details of the contest:
Submissions open between Noon to 6pm EDT, August 24, 2020
This is a lottery. The BOT will draw 50 random names.
Only the First 250 words will be submitted.
Only completed and polished manuscripts may be entered.
Only ONE entry per person!
As always, there is no fee to enter the contest. This month’s contest will include the following genres only:
High-concept women’s fiction (NO genre fiction-high fantasy, romance, etc.)
For complete guidelines and entry form, go here. Also, keep an eye on her blog because she’ll post more details a week before submissions, especially the brief time the window for entries will be open. As always, good luck!