WriteOnCon is an online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators to teach, learn, and mingle. You do not have to be published to attend, nor do you have to leave your house! And if you think I’ve been sitting on my laptop waiting for the campaign to start, YOU ARE RIGHT! The campaign often has very affordable critiques and I WANT IN!
During the campaign, writers can purchase critiques of their queries, partial pages, or full manuscripts from NYT Best Selling Authors, publishing editors, or literary agents. Authors can also opt to purchase a sensitivity read of their manuscript. Writers can even purchase calls from a couple of literary agents to discuss the publishing industry. Some of the participants of the crits or chats include:
- Kaitlyn Johnson, literary agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency
- Natalie Lakosi, literary at Bradford Literary Agency
- Patricia Nelson, literary agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
- Caitie Flum, literary agent at Liza Dawson Associates
- Dawn Frederick, owner/literary agent at Red Sofa Literary
- Sara Raasch, NYT best-selling author of the SNOW LIKE ASHES trilogy
- Beth Revis, NYT best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, A WORLD WITHOUT YOU, and STAR WARS REBEL RISING
- Eric Smith, associate literary agent at PS Literary
- Kira Watson, foreign rights coordinator at Janklow & Nesbit Associates
- Ashley Collum, literary agent at Defiore and Company
- Charlie Holmberg, Best-selling fantasy author of Paper Magician, and more.
- Axie Oh, New Visions Award author for Rebel Seoul
- And more!
All purchases appear to include conference registration and entry into a raffle to win a critique, book ARC, or a phone call from an agent! (There will be multiple winners.) And of course, you can purchase only the conference if not interested in any of the critiques. The prices are:
- General Admission: $1
- Full Conference Admission: $5
- Extended Admission: $10
- Time Traveler Admission $15
No, you’re not reading those numbers wrong! This will be the cheapest conference you will ever attend that will be packed with hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of information from the comforts of your home! What else could you ask for? For complete information of what the tiered admissions cover and to search through critiques you might want to purchase, go to the campaign page. The crowdfunding will end on December 6, 2018. so hurry if you want to purchase a critique. They’re going fast.
As for the conference, it’ll be February 8th – 10th, 2019. Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there, uh, virtually of course!
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.
Futurescapes is seeking short stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward addressing the complex intersection of homelessness, mental health, and drug and sex trafficking. Thus, their theme for 2018 is “Cities of Promise.”
Here’s a breakdown of some of the important stuff:
- You’ll need a work of short fiction up to 8,000 words.
- No fee to enter for first entry, but you can submit a second for a fee.
- $2000 for first prize.
- $500 for five runners-up.
- Publication in an anthology.
The contest deadline is December 31, 2018. For complete guidelines and the form to enter, click here. As always, good luck.
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction
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 only unveiled herself because she finally got her first book deal! (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 & 11:59 pm EDT, March 5th, 2018
- 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:
- Literary Fiction (family saga, immigrant stories, etc.)
- Upmarket Women’s Fiction
- YA (literary and commercial)
For complete guidelines and entry form, go here. As always, good luck!
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.
It’s that time of year again when Amy Trueblood and Michelle Hauck host Sun vs Snow! This is not a twitter contest, but a blog contest for unpublished writers. Last year they had 21 agents participating (half shown here and the other half shown here). Keep an eye on their blogs for agent listings for this year’s contest.
Get your submission ready via email and submit when the window opens on January 23, 2018 at 4pm EST. They only take the first 200 entries, so don’t wait to long. But if you’re worried you’ll miss the entry timeframe, Michelle has a chance to win a FREE PASS on her blog via rafflecopter and comment (deadline of January 19, 2018). Get your query and first 250 words polished now!
This is only for completed manuscripts, so please don’t send WIPs. Go here for complete guidelines.
As always, good luck!
Blogger and writer MG/YA fiction