Tag Archives: Middle Grade

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

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Self-published writers are often left out in the cold, struggling to market and promote there books. But every so often, there is an event to help them get noticed. The Published Book Awards via Writer’s Digest is such an event. Here is what is up for grabs:

GRAND PRIZE:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book for the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot

FIRST PRIZE:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Promotion in the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest

BOTH WILL RECEIVE:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • One year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A digital award seal for use in promoting your win.

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. Be sure to check out the categories, guidelines, and submission details. Deadline is April 1, 2020.

As always, good luck.

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

BOOKCON in NYC

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BookCon will be May 30-31, 2020 at Javits Center, NYC. This event will allow you to interact with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. It will have Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. Some of the guests will be:

Tickets are selling fast and hotels are getting booked, so hurry if you want to attend. And as always, have fun and learn lots!

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

YALLWEST BOOK FESTIVAL

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If you are in the Santa Monica, California area on April 24-25, 2020 and you love books, you might want to attend the Yallwest Book Festivalwhere more than 100 authors are participating in book signings, panels, giveaways. There will be food trucks, rock ‘n’ roll, and photo ops too. Plus notable TV, film, video game, and comic creators will be in attendance.

Some of the fantastic author lineup includes:

  • Stephanie Garber (New York Times Bestselling Author of CARAVAL, also optioned for film)
  • Becky Abertalli (New York Times Bestselling author of SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, also a motion picture)
  • Victoria Aveyard (New York Times Bestselling author of RED QUEEN)
  • Ransom Riggs (New York Times Bestselling author of MISS PERIGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN, also a motion picture)
  • Kacen Callender (Stonewall and Lamda award winner author of HURRICAN CHILD)
  • Hafsah Faizal (New York Times Bestselling author of WE HUNT THE FLAME)
  • Marie Lu (New York Times Bestselling author of LEGEND)
  • Tahereh Mafi (New York Times Bestselling author of SHATTER ME)
  • Adam Silvera (New York Times Bestselling author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT)
  • Angie Thomas (New York Times Bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE, also a motion picture)
  • And sooooo many more!

To check out more authors attending, go here. Have fun!

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

Ireland Writer Tours

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Oh my gosh in chocolate heaven! There is an Ireland Writer Tours not just once this year but several times! How can someone choose which one to attend?

June 28-July 5, 2020

The tour will be hosted by author, screenwriter, and forensic specialist  JENNIFER DORNBUSH and literary agent from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency JILL MARR.

July 12-19, 2020

This tour will be hosted by multi-published & award-winning author & Writers’ Digest instructor Donna Russo Morin and agent & editor with Marsal, Lyon Literary Patricia Nelson

The tours are mini-writers’ conferences that help get your manuscript ready for publication. With dinner in a haunted castle and visits to a mysterious lake, ancient forest and a cave with eerie true stories, the tour is filled with enchantment and enough creepy to spark your writing juices.  Combine this with professional critiques and editing advise and you’ve got one helluva trip! And don’t forget you can write this off at tax time since it’s a learning event.

Get your passports ready! And happy day writing.

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

Chicago Writing Workshop

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Per the Chicago Writing Workshop website, this writing event (June 27, 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 at the event (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.

Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:

 

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. Have fun and learn lots!

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

Pass or Pages Contest

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Operation Awesome is hosting a Pass or Pages this month. For this round, the category is  for Adult Suspense/Thiller genre. Submissions open between March 9 (6am EST) to  March 13 (6pm EST), 2020. This is an opportunity to get feedback from an agent on your query and first 250 words of your manuscript. Peeps, this is priceless! And as a possible bonus, the agent reserves the right to request your FULL.

The participating agents:

There will be a form for submissions on Operation Awesome when the entry window opens. For complete rules and previous feedback reveals, go here. As always, good luck!

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

#PitMad is March 5, 2020

Nothing soothes the writerly soul than a good twitter pitch party! This Thursday, March 5, 2020 is the infamous #PitMad founded by Brenda Drake, now ran by 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

Genres/Sub-genres:
#AA = African American
#AD = Adventure
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#DIS = Disabilities
#DV = Diversity
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#INSP = Inspirational
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#LGBT
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#S = Suspense
#SF = SciFi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

Nothing soothes the writerly soul than a good twitter pitch party! This Thursday, March 5, 2020 is the infamous #PitMad founded by Brenda Drake, now ran by 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.

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

 

#FaithPitch Twitter Event for Faith-Based Fiction and Non-fiction

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A Twitter pitch event exclusively for faith-based fiction is being hosted by Little Lamb Books on February 27, 2020 between 8am – 8pm CST. This is for board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction that fall under the categories of inspirational, faith-based, biblical worldview, or Christian. Different denominations, ethnicities, a POV in this niche are encouraged. Be sure to use the hashtag #FaithPitch and only pitch 4 times per manuscript during the pitch window. (Maximum of 4 manuscripts are permitted.)

As with all pitch events, any agent or editor can troll the feed. Be sure to do you research before sending off your book baby to them! For complete guidelines, go here. And as always, good luck!

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

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest

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The deadline for Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest is approaching. All unpublished entries must be received by March 1, 2020 (online entries) or March 27, 2020 (paper entries by 6pm). This is also a chance to get feedback on your work. There are twelve categories:

  1. Mainstream
  2. Historical
  3. Romance/Women’s fiction
  4. Mystery/Thriller
  5. Sci-fi/Fantasy/Paranormal
  6. Young adult
  7. Middle grade
  8. Nonfiction/Memoir
  9. Short story
  10. Children’s picture/Chapter book
  11. Adult short topics (articles/essays/memoir)
  12. Screenwriting/TV pilots

There are three monetary prizes:

  • FIRST PLACE: $600
  • SECOND PLACE: $250
  • THIRD PLACE: $150

Eight finalist will receive two critiques on their submissions. The agents and editors participating in the PNWA‘s summer conference will pick winners out of the finalists. Go here for contest details. As always, good luck!

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

#WriteOnCon is Almost Here!

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The WriteOnCon creators of this marvelous online gathering say this is “A writing conference you don’t even have to wear pants to. (Please wear pants, though.)” And yep, this is my favorite line! The conference isn’t just an opportunity to attend a writing workshop, but it’ll be the cheapest (aside from being free, of course) and closest conference you’ll ever attend. Seriously, you can participate from your home! And while you might have missed the raffles and perks to buy critiques, there is still time to sign up to join. Admission is either $10 (General Admission), $15 (Full Admission), $20 (Extended Admission) or $25 (Time Traveler Admission). You can’t go wrong with any choice!

WriteOnCon is an online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators. Connect with writers, authors, and agents in this event. There will even be SUPERHEREOS (agents and authors) sneaking around the forum to give you feedback on your queries and manuscripts. This year’s heroes are:

SuperAgents:

SuperAuthors and Editors:

Check their disguises out here. There will also be live pitch sessions! Check the schedule for all 3 days and who the speakers will be. But hurry to get registered because it’ll take place Friday-Sunday, February 21-23, 2020.

As always, good luck!

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