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New Visions Award – Middle Grade/Young Adult Manuscripts is Ending Soon

Lee & Low Books

Tu Books, the middle grade and young adult imprint of  Lee & Low Books will be closing submissions soon for the New Visions Award. Established in 2012, this award is given annually to an unpublished author of color for a middle grade or young adult manuscript. Previous winners include the award-winning Ink and Ashes as well as the forthcoming novels Ahimsa and Rebel Seoul.

Manuscripts may be novels or graphic novels in any fictional genre for children ages 8 to 12 or young adults ages 12 to 18. Manuscripts should address the needs of children and teens of color by providing stories the can identify with and which promote greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to LGBTQ+ topics or disabilities may also be included.

Contestants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:

  • Self-identify as a person of color or a Native/indigenous person.
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.
  • Be a resident of the United States.
  • Not have had a middle grade or young adult novel published.

The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and their standard publication contract, including their basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500.

Please read the submission guidelines before sending. But be quick, all entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2017. As always, good luck!

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

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One For Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn

One For Sorrow BookPublisher: Clarion Books
Sold By: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: July 18, 2018

Okay, I’ll admit the cover drew me to this story! But look at it, soooo spooky! ONE FOR SORROW is set during World War I and the influenza epidemic of 1918, this story unravels the tale of childhood school days gone wrong. Annie is eager to make friends at her new school, but Elsie claims her as her own bestie, refusing to allow Annie to connect with other girls. After Elsie passes from influenza, her ghost returns to torment Annie for befriending others and to make sure Annie is isolated and disliked as much as she had been when alive.

While this was an easy read, Elsie didn’t become a ghost until halfway into the story. This was delayed longer than I’d anticipated, making some of the bullying redundant in order to get to the good stuff–a scary ghost! And even though the historical setting enriched the story, I felt cheated with the lack of generational terms. But make no mistake, author Mary Downing Hahn creates a realistic story of how easy it is to get swept into bullying when a child just wants to be liked. She also paints a cruel tale of how difficult it is to get out of a this horrible situation. So, if you’re looking for a darker read, this is for you!

Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Wait Till Helen Comes, which is being adapted for film. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her cat, Oscar.

***THE OFFICIAL BLURB***

Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.

Amazon | BN | Kobo| Google PlayGoodreads | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Target | BAM! | Audible

And check out these additional reviews:

“Hahn’s story is characteristically steeped in eerie atmosphere, and the novel’s blend of historical drama, the supernatural, and the intricacies of adolescent friendship is a gripping combination.” —PW

“Hahn is a veteran author who clearly knows her apples about writing ghost stories, as this, her latest inventive page-turner, evidences… Shivers aplenty, but also genuine emotion that will invite empathy.” — Booklist

“Another historical and chilling success.” —Kirkus

“Another solid addition to Hahn’s oeuvre, this would also make a spine-chilling pair with Cohen’s The Doll’s Eye.” —Bulletin

Author Links: Website | Facebook

#ShoreIndie Contest

#ShoreIndie Contest

Thinking about self publishing your manuscript? Have you noticed the contest buzz for #ShoreIndie on twitter? It’s a contest supporting emerging indie authors! Oh yes, you heard me write…I mean right. This new 2017 contest helps by providing quality editing services and book marketing resources, creating a Twitter-based learning community for established as well as emerging indie and hybrid authors, and connecting with existing online communities that share their mission of supporting the development of writing craft as well as the technical and business skill and knowledge needed for a successful indie author career. (Phew! That’s a mouth full.)

GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE (est. value: over $3,465 USD):

  • Up to 100K words of copy editing on one manuscript by Laura Dennison at Book Light Editorial
  • Cover design and interior design/formatting for ebook and print by CardboardMonet
  • A graphic design package of five promo images and cover design consultation by USA Today bestselling author and former graphic designer and marketing director Elise Kova
  • Mentorship from USA Today bestselling indie author Rebecca Syme in the form of two video chats and some email availability
  • One month of New Author Marketing Counsel with Cynthia T. Luna
  • A one-month listing on NetGalley, donated by Weapenry
  • A copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson

RUNNER UP PRIZE PACKAGE (est. value: over $1,780 USD):

  • Up to 100K words of copy editing on one manuscript by Tayna Jarvik
  • Cover design by one of Reedsy’s professional cover designers
  • A graphic design package including FB & Twitter headers and two promo post graphics by Balance Less Author Assistant Services
  • Mentorship from indie author Scott Burtness in the form of three 1-hour voice or video chats
  • A copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson

ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAYS:

  • 6 authors will win half an hour of marketing brainstorming with Cynthia T. Luna
  • 5 writers will win a copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • 5 lucky winners will receive How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • 5 indie authors will win Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • 5 ShoreIndie community members will win Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson
  • We’re also ecstatic to be running giveaways of books written by each of our Featured Authors and our Judges!

 

Submissions begin on June 3rd (9am EST) and end on June 5th (9am EST), 2017. Don’t forget to check out their additional savings to all the ShoreIndie community on Write! software and services from Reedsy. Please note, this is for previously unpublished novels AND novellas (YA, NA, and Adult). As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Blogger and author of MG/YA fiction

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Winning Writers

Winning Writers is sponsoring the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest , which ends April 1, 2017. This contest seeks today’s best humorous poems. There isn’t a fee to enter, and even better, it’s for published or unpublished work! That’s right, even if the authors works was already published, it’s still eligible.

The judges will award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. To enter, submit a funny poem of no more than 250 lines. As always, good luck!

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

National Endowment For The Arts Grant

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This is a grant for published writers to help them set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The grant awards $25,000 to the winners. The deadline to submit your application is tomorrow, March 8, 2017.

This year applications are for fiction and creative non-fiction. The winners won’t be announced until around December, 2017. Their support of a project will be anytime between January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019.

If you write poetry, applications will be taken early 2018 for a 2019 winning and support. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction.

Writer-in-Residence via Mall of America

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Thanks to Sarah Vowell, I learned Mall of America is celebrating their 25th anniversary in the year 2017. As part of the celebration, they are sponsoring a Writer-in-Residence Contest to find a gifted writer to capture how much they’ve grown over the years.

According to the website, the winner will spend five days deeply immersed in the Mall atmosphere while writing on-the-fly impressions in their own words. The winner will stay at the attached hotel and receive a $400 gift card to buy food and drinks, as well as collecting an honorarium for the time put into their prose.

You don’t have to be experienced to enter, as they will take writers from all levels of writing backgrounds. Entries are open to the U.S. and D.C. Submissions are now open and end on March 10, 2017.

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

Monthly Mumbles: Book Covers (or Lacking)

MEH.

Please note, these are solely my thoughts and nothing more. But, I had to share, regardless of how shallow my readers might think me to be. Recently I got asked to select a free book from a publisher to read. It was my choice, so I could’ve selected anything. I was slightly familiar with the publisher, since I know someone that edits for them. Thus, I was thrilled to take my freebie! (Besides…booooooks people!)

Now, we’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”. And sure, this holds true for many things, especially humans. But in marketing, what’s in front of a consumer must be visually stimulating. And I confess, I am a consumer that needs roused to pick up a book before I’ve ever read the blurb. But from a marketing standpoint, this is just smart business!

So, imagine my dismay as I perused unpleasant cover art from various titles to select my awarded freebie. Most looked cheaply done or simply didn’t mesh with the title. And forgive me for this, but I judge the lack of detail given to a book’s cover as indication of the lack of editing probably given to the story. My eyes will roam over the cover and move along to the next. And with technology today, there simply isn’t a good reason to have bad cover art!

As authors, we don’t always have control over the cover art, but I’d stress to stand ground when something seems extremely off or comes across cheap in appearance. Should a writer want a lovely embracing couple on their horror book? No, this would lead readers to think it’s a love story and could result in bad reviews from romance readers. And authors wouldn’t want a picture of an ocean if their entire story is set within a magical forest. Why would authors expect anything less than perfect for their book baby? This is even more important for authors self publishing. Take the same amount of time on the cover art as you spend on editing. If you hire out the art, be sure to check previous work before settling on the artist or company. This is about proper marketing. Give the reader a reason to pick up the book BEFORE they’ve read the blurb!

That’s it. Rant over.

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

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000)

Pen America

The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship of $5,000 is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction. It has been developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in his or her career to complete a book-length work-in-progress.

Who Is Eligible

  • A candidate is a writer of children’s or young adult fiction in financial need.
  • Candidates must have published one or more novels for children or young adults that have been warmly received by literary critics, but have not generated sufficient income to support the author.
  • The writer’s previously published book(s) must be published by a U.S. publisher (not self-published).
  • The submitted work must be fiction and a work-in-progress. Graphic novels and picture books are not accepted.
  • Judges will be looking for candidates whose work has not yet attracted a broad readership.

For submissions guidelines, go here. But if you want to participate, you need to hurry because the deadline is September 19, 2016.

As always, good luck!

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