Tag Archives: Creativity

YA4YA Mentoring Program

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The YA4YA platform is for writers of YA looking for free mentoring from industry professionals. This can range form query critiques, the first twenty-five pages, or an on-going mentorship until their manuscript is ready for submission. The actual critique is determined by the mentor participating. Check them out, along with their wish lists:

This mentorship doesn’t offer an agent round at the end, but what it does offer is help revising your manuscript without a deadline. The end result, of course, is hopefully polishing the writer’s manuscript so they DO get an agent. Submissions are October 1-15, 2019. And as always, good luck!

P. D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA Fiction

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships. Deadline Approaching.

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships (FY 2020) is a competitive award based on quality as demonstrated by creativity and skill in an art form. Applications are accepted in eighteen artistic disciplines in the fields of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music, and visual arts. Applicants can be emerging or established artists. (I think these are one year.) The Masters Fellowship is available in select disciplines on a three-year rotating basis to artists who meet specific criteria.

Judges are anonymous. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation assists with the administration of the program. Awards are $3,000 for Emerging; $6,000 for Established; and $10,000 for Masters. Deadline to submit is August 1, 2019. Artists MUST have been a resident of Delaware one year prior to submission, and has to remain a resident of Delaware during the entire fellowship. For complete categories and guidelines, go here.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Forever Yours Submissions (Hachette Books Romance Imprint)

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Forever Yours is a romance imprint of Hachette Books that not only accepts agented manuscripts, they also accept unagented submissions. (Yep, you heard that right!) The imprint is looking for adult contemporary, diverse reads, romantic suspense, cowboys, historicals, and paranormal romance styles. (Please note that they do not want YA, fantasy, mystery, general fiction, or nonfiction.) And further great news, they also accept novellas!

Be sure to read the complete guidelines for submissions before sending your manuscript. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

The best thing about writing conferences and literary festivals is the luxury of learning while on vacation! If you have an itch to get away but want to keep your writing skills tuned, escape to San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival.

As the largest and most prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, each February the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • Wally Lamb: Author of six New York Times Bestsellers.
  • Jane Friedman: Co-Founder of The Hot Sheet, columnist, speaker, and Author .
  • Rita Dove: U.S. Poet Leareate and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • John Vaillant: Award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Jorge Volpi: Author of over 20 novels and an international bestseller.
  • Joseph Boyden: Award-winning Canadian novelist and short story writer.
  • Emma Donoghue: International bestseller of Room (the film adaptatoin was nominated for four academy awards).

And don’t forget, conferences are tax deductible! Get you seat fast because the conference is February 14-18, 2018. Have fun!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Blue Mountain Arts Biannual Poetry Card Contest

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Blue Mountain Arts is holding their thirty-first Biannual Poetry Card Contest.  The winner will be published on their website and there are monetary prizes!

  • 1st prize: $350
  • 2nd prize: $200
  • 3rd prize: $100

Here are a few of the guidelines:

  • Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming.
  • Write about real emotions and feelings.
  • Poems should be original and unique.
  • English-language entries only.
  • Enter as often as you like!

You can mail your submission or use their online submission form. For complete rules and guidelines, go here. Entry deadline is December 31,2017. As always, good luck.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA Fantasy.

MasterClass With Author Judy Bloom

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Judy Bloom will be teaching a Master Class in early 2018. While the dates don’t appear to be set, you can pre-enroll for only $90. The award winning author broke the rules. Her refreshingly honest children’s books were banned by hundreds of libraries—and loved by generations of readers, who bought 85 million copies of classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Superfudge.

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Learn with one of the best with 24 lessons on writing vivid characters and realistic dialogue. There will be a workbook along with the videos, and Judy will critique select members of the class. Have fun and learn lots!
P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/Fiction

 

Pitch America for Lantinx Voices

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This contest will feature the first 500 words and the 35 word pitch of completed and polished manuscripts written by Latinx authors. This is a diversity contest with many well known agents and editors participating.

Submissions open at midnight on August 30, 2017 and close on September 3, 2017 at 11:59 EDT. Please check out the website for complete guidelines. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Don Freeman Illustrator Grant

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According to the webpage, the Don Freeman Work-In-Progress Grants are available to all members of the SCBWI, regardless of membership level, who are working on a picture book or their portfolio. They are not available for projects on which there is already a contract.

Two grants of $1,000 each will be awarded annually. One grant to a published illustrator and one to an pre-published illustrator. The money may be used in any way to help you complete your project. Acceptable uses include: purchasing art supplies, enrollment in workshops or conferences, courses in advanced illustrating or writing techniques, travel for research or to expose work to publishers/art directors, or childcare.

Enrolment is open and ends on  March 31, 2017. Visit the webpage to for complete information and guidelines to submit. As always, good luck.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Himalayan Writing Retreats

Want to whisk away to the Himalayan mountains for inspiration while writing your next novel? Then sign up for one of the Himalayan Writing Retreats, or one of the writing weeks (depending on your level of expertise). There is instruction, exercises, fireside chats, long walks, and writerly chats.

If you are looking for advise or simply inspiration for your next book, be sure to check out the Himalayan Writing Retreats/Weeks event calendar. They have more than one to enroll during the year 2017. Have fun and happy writing!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Who Can You Trust…A Charles Cumming Contest

St. Martin’s Press is giving 5 lucky winners the opportunity to be published in A DIVIDED SPY by New York Times Bestselling author Charles Cumming. Each winner will also receive $250.

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The theme of trust looms large in A Divided Spy. Throughout the book, new and old confidants surround ex-spy Thomas Kell, providing him with sensitive information, and he (and the reader) don’t know whom he can trust until the very end of the book.

  • How has trusting a family member, friend, or stranger affected your life? To enter Who Can You Trust, write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, style, and integrity.
  • The deadline is January 17, 2017 at 11:59 ET.

Be sure to check the official rules in the small box at the bottom of the contest page! As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.