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
It’s getting close to Halloween, which means Nightmare On Query Street is soon! But don’t let the title fool you into thinking you’re manuscript won’t qualify. The title is more about when the contest takes place. You can enter any age category or genre, excluding picture books and erotica.
The submission window opens at 4:00 pm (EST) on October 13th. All entries sent before this time will be deleted. For this years contest, there are 24 agents lined up! TWENTY FOUR! How awesome is that? But you’d better be on your toes if you want to submit. They will close submissions when they reach 250 entries or in two hours, whichever is first.
Michelle, Mike, and Laura will make 13 picks each. Then a few mentors they’ve selected will help the authors hone their entries before the agent round. Here are all the dates for the event:
- Submission Window Opens: October 13th 4:00 pm EST
- Final Picks are Announced: October 20th
- Mentors Go to Work: October 21th – 26th
- Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 11:59 pm EST
- Agent round: October 30th – 31th
Some rules to take note of:
- You are not eligible if you’ve been in an agent round in the last six months. (This does not include open twitter pitches.)
- You can enter if you have a different manuscript to enter than previous agent round you were in.
- Only ONE entry per person. (No using multiple emails or pen names!)
You’ll need to send you query and first 250 words, along with a short paragraph (no more than 100 words) answering this question: What is your main character’s most stressful relationship? Who really makes them sweat?
For complete details and submission formatting, go here. As always, good luck!
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.
Pitch Slam is a great contest where writers can find agents for their manuscript. For this game the theme is Star Wars. Oh what Fun! During this event, there will be a mini critique available before the agent round. What do I mean by mini? Well, let me tell you writerly friends! You’ll have an opportunity to have your 35 word pitch and first 250 words honed (in order to be eye catching) before they go live for agents to make their selections. Below is a calendar of the events.
Be sure to check out the complete guidelines here and the participating Jedi Council, er the agents. Take note to the submission stages so you don’t miss one of the rounds. And as always, good luck!
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.
Today the guidelines and theme should be revealed for the FicFest contest on Tiffany Hoffman’s blog. This is another contest where the winners will get help revising their manuscripts for 8 weeks before the agent round.
Update: Go here for guidelines and theme!
Here is a schedule for the event:
March 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST
Meet the Team Leads & Their Members!
April 3, 2016 @ 6:00 PM EST
Agent List Announced
April 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST – 10:00 PM EST
Q & A with Team Leads & Host
(Twitter – Using #FicFest)
April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – April 25, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST
April 26, 2016 – May 3, 2016
Teams will chose their finalists/alternate
May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 AM EST
May 5, 2016 – June 30, 2016
July 8, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – July 14, 2014 @ 11:59 PM EST
As always, good luck!
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction