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1. Goodreads Giveaway! Win a signed paperback of Tales of Ever!

You don’t want to miss out on this one!

Win a signed print copy of Tales of Ever!

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(USA and CAN only) Ends May 4th 2014

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Tales of Ever by Jen Wylie

Tales of Ever

by Jen Wylie

Giveaway ends May 04, 2014.

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2. ALSC Blog Photo Contest: Deadline Tomorrow!

ALSC Blog Photo Contest

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A reminder to ALSC members to submit their photos by tomorrow for the ALSC Blog Photo Contest. Give us your best photo of your library space, program, display, book, craft or something else that you think relates to children’s librarianship. May the best photo win!

Participants must be ALSC members to enter. Anyone, members and non-members, can vote in the final round. Be sure to visit the ALSC Blog to vote for your favorite library photo beginning April 25, 2014. Prizes include tickets to the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet and $50 gift certificates to Barnes & Noble. Entries must be submitted by 8 am Central Time, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. For rules and entry form, see the ALSC Blog Photo Contest site.

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3. Reminder: Submit Your Photo in the ALSC Blog Photo Contest by 4/23

ALSC Blog Photo Contest

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Show off your creativity! We’re giving you a reminder about the ALSC Blog Photo Contest. Send us your great photos related to children’s librarianship. We’ll even give you some ideas:

  • Library spaces
  • Programs
  • Displays
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Children’s technology
  • Reading

May the best photo win!

Participants must be ALSC members to enter. Anyone, members and non-members, can vote in the final round. Be sure to visit the ALSC Blog to vote for your favorite library photo beginning April 25, 2014.

Prizes include tickets to the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet and $50 gift certificates to Barnes & Noble. Entries must be submitted by 8 am Central Time, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. For rules and entry form, see the ALSC Blog Photo Contest site.

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4. Why Online Contests Are A Good Thing

Chances are if you have a completed manuscript ready to query you’ve at least heard about one of the many online contests available. Pitchmadness, Pitmas, Sun Vs. Snow, and our own PitchPlus1 are just a few that are out there. Hundreds of people can enter and do. So why should you? 

1. You get some practice. Let’s face it, writing means discipline. Yes, we are self-motivated, but there are those days when other life calls, or maybe the Internet… The point is, if you have a deadline approaching you have added incentive to work. Really work. You know others will see it, and you know the submission window is only open so long, so what better reason to practice writing? 

2. You see what else is out there. Sure you’ve written the best thing since HP? Positive your Dystopian is one of a kind? This let’s you see what else is being shopped right now at least by a handful of others (perspective). The books on the shelves right now were probably purchased around two years ago. What editors are buying presently won’t come out for at least a year and a half or so. What people are pitching now is the future. 

3. You meet people. I asked our Pitch Plus One participants for feedback. One of the biggest common threads was connecting with other writers. It doesn’t surprise me, it’s also the main reason I love doing this! Just look at these quotes: 

“I've met some wonderful writers and I love how supportive the writing community is and how helpful other writers can be. We really mean it when we "pay it forward" and that's awesome.” – Kathleen S. Allen. 

“I've met so many others who are as determined as I am, and it's been a blast getting to know them.” –Rebecca Fields 

4. Feedback. The obvious one, right? The feedback from others is invaluable to writers. A fresh set of eyes, that knows nothing about the manuscript can reveal so much, since that is exactly the situation an agent is going to be in when they see your query! And with these contests you have the opportunity to get feedback not only from other querying writers, but from published authors, bloggers, and even agents and editors! That’s a pretty amazing opportunity. 

5. Empathy. You get it and the other participants get you. But I mean more than that. I mean you now have empathy for the agents and editors who read a never-ending slew of slushpile queries. Does it make you dizzy to think that over 500 people submitted to Pitch Madness? Just imagine that times forever. I loved this post from Eliza West, a contestant from Pitch Plus One, saying much the same thing. We are all in this together, folks. We all do it because we love the craft and we want good books to share with others. And you know what’s awesome about our profession? The more good books, the better!

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5. Atlantic Records Hosts Instagram Contest For ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Soundtrack

tfioscoverWant to contribute a few words to music video for The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack?

Author John Green announced on his blog that Atlantic Records is accepting instagram pieces with “a word or phrase of encouragement.” The organizers behind this contest “will pick their favorite entries and include them in the music video.”

To participate, all images must feature the #TFiOSencouragements hashtag in the description. Thus far, more than two dozen people have sent in submissions. A deadline has been set for April 11, 2014.

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6. Three Days Remain to enter the Dorkly Fan Art Contest

Dorkly is a sister site of College Humor that offers a lot of comics and gaming-related humor, but in a positive, not mean spirited, way. They’re ramping up a lot of their offerings including launching a a series of events based around nerd-centric gatherings.

One of the first is the Dorkly Fan Art Expo , where fan art will be displayed at C2E2 April 25-27. The exhibit will be located in the C2E2 Fan Village, and promoted on their site. And there will be other events including:

The Dorkly Fan Art Expo will also feature several daily live illustration sessions–”Morning Drawfee Live” and “Afternoon Drawfee Break Live”–from Dorkly artists, an interactive Fan Art Trivia Challenge for C2E2 attendees, a panel conversation on the evolution and impact of fan art, and a screening of curated fan films, including the premiere of a new Dorkly Original video. Throughout the weekend, Dorkly editors will create C2E2 photo galleries and original editorial content including video interviews with fans, artists, celebrities and more.

The art for the show is being judged by a bunch of top level industry folks…and The Beat! Seriously how do I get to be included in these groups of great people?

Michel Balasis (artist; owner, Pop Chicago Gallery)
Andrew Bridgman (Editor-in-Chief, Dorkly)
Cliff Chiang (artist & comic book illustrator)
Mike Drucker (writer, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; comedian)
Heidi MacDonald (Editor-In-Chief, The Beat)
Ozge Samanci (graphic novelist; Assistant Professor at Radio TV Film Department, Northwestern University, focusing on interactive art and comics)
Sam Spratt (illustrator & painter)
David Steinberger (Founder & CEO, comiXology)
Noelle Stevenson (comic artist & illustrator; creator & author, NIMONA)
Caldwell Tanner (Head Illustrator, CollegeHumor)

Once accepted, the art will be displayed and promoted by Dorkly, but artists retain all the rights to it.

The deadline has been extended to Monday, April 7th at 9 am EDT, so you have over the weekend to submit your fan art – details here.

So fire up those pencils and get going — I look forward to seeing what arrives!

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7. New York City Hosts Twitter Poetry Contest

twitter304In celebration of National Poetry Month, New York City is once again hosting a Twitter poetry contest.

To enter, all poets must include the #NYCPoetweet hashtag in their tweets. All participants must adhere to this rule: “keep it clean and to one tweet.”

According to silive.com, “the best tweets posted before April 8 will be considered for publication in Metro New York on April 24, or ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day.’” First Lady Chirlane McCray, poet and wife to Mayor Bill de Blasio, will serve as one of the judges. Follow this link to learn more details about the contest and view last year’s winning poems.

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8. Children's Book Review

The Children's Book Review is 6 years old today.  Check out their Happy Anniversary Win-a-Kindle Contest.

Good luck, everyone! 

Panel 0  PS.  If you win, let me know!

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9. Announcing the ALSC Blog Photo Contest!

ALSC Blog Photo Contest

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The ALSC Blog is excited to announce a photo contest! We’re looking for photos that relate to children’s librarianship. Give us your best photo of your library space, program, display, book, craft or something else that you think relates to children’s librarianship. May the best photo win!

Participants must be ALSC members to enter. Anyone, members and non-members, can vote in the final round. Be sure to visit the ALSC Blog to vote for your favorite library photo beginning April 25, 2014.

Prizes include tickets to the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet and $50 gift certificates to Barnes & Noble. Entries must be submitted by 8 am Central Time, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. For rules and entry form, see the ALSC Blog Photo Contest site.

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10. Requests, Critiques, and Math: A Pitch Plus One Contest Wrap Up

Hi, it's Lisa here with a wrap-up of the Pitch Plus One Contest that just concluded this weekend.

In case you missed the results, LEAVING PEACESYLVANIA by Olivia Hinebaugh won the Grand Prize of a three-chapter critique from literary agent Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis, and our second place winner, A SERPENT IN THE GARDEN by Rebecca Santelli, won a two-chapter critique from Kent D. Wolf of Lippincott, Massie, McQuilkin, who is also Martina's agent. IF I PROMISE YOU THE SUN by Heather Davis, won a chapter critique from agent Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency, and SEE YOU THEN, JOSHUA JACOBS by Peggy J. Sheridan won a chapter critique from Roseanne Wells of the Jennifer De Chiara Agency

Huge congrats to all who participated! And a major thank you to all our wonderful judges!

As we wind things up, I wanted to take a moment to provide some commentary. I've always wanted to be a part of a contest like this because I've seen how helpful it is to writers participating in things like PitchMadness. Well, now I've had my opportunity and boy was it a wild and wonderful ride! 

We started with almost 100 entries from aspiring writers and had a popular vote to narrow it down to only 50. The next round was judged by 10 respected bloggers, who picked the top 25 using score cards that were eventually passed along as feedback for each participant. This was to make things fair for everyone except me, because I was forced to use math. But it was worth it! 

I have to point out that it was at this time that entrants began emailing, withdrawing entries due to offers of representation! How awesome is that?? We had four in total and we are very excited and proud of all of them!

The top 25 were reviewed using the same score card method by 10 published authors, who narrowed the field (a very difficult task) to only 10. 

The top 10 were then judged by our five amazing agent judges. We were thrilled to have four of them make requests despite only being asked to judge the entries! And three of the four agents requested more than one manuscript. I'm sure those who received requests are even more thrilled! 

Our agents gave thoughtful comments and I tallied the scores. I want to point out that BOTH of the winners (as judged by agents) were past participants in our own First Five Pages Workshop, another tool I'm very proud of creating with Martina. I love that it continues to evolve and help writers find agents and editors for their manuscripts. 

All in all, I'd call this contest a success. How about you? Would you enter again? What would you change? Feedback is always welcome! I for one am looking forward to helping host the next Pitch Plus One Contest later this year. 

And in the meantime, here's some feedback from our two winners themselves!

Rebecca Santelli: 

My name is Rebecca Knickmeyer Santelli. I love writing books and I hate writing pitches. I envision my manuscript crouching outside an agent’s window, tiny hands pressed against the glass, eyes glistening with disappointment as the agent presses delete. So I’m very grateful to the ladies at Adventures in YA Publishing for running their recent pitch contest. This was my first pitch contest. I started with a pitch I liked and by revising every round ended up with a pitch I am pretty d*** proud of. 

Of course, I did not enter the contest for purely educational purposes. I secretly hoped to make the final round and capture the attention of those elusive agents. With that goal in mind, I tested pitches with my online critique partners, local writers’ group, querytracker comrades, and Evil Editor. I had already honed my opening through the First Five Pages Workshop, also hosted by Adventures in YA Publishing, and revised the entire ms based on what I learned. Making the final was thrilling; getting 3 full requests from the agent judges was even better. For those debating whether to enter next time, do it! Send in your best and let the readers and judges make it even better.

Olivia Hinebaugh: 

The first few pages of LEAVING PEACESYLVANIA came to me really suddenly and just in time to enter the First Five Pages Workshop. I really had only written about 15 pages when I sent those first five in. And it was really helpful. I questioned where I started my manuscript and I played around with the tone. Those first five pages evolved quite a bit over the month. And though I ended up keeping my initial starting point, I was definitely geared toward focusing on those crucial first pages after the workshop.

I finished drafting in February and while polishing and revising I started working on pitches. That's when I saw the AYAP Pitch contest and I thought it'd be a great place to test drive some ideas. My favorite and least favorite part of the contest was that it spanned a month. It was really hard to wait week to week, BUT I was super motivated with each subsequent round to not only perfect my pitch but to rock my revisions on the entire manuscript knowing that agents might want to take a look.

Posting all of the pitches entered was really helpful! I entered the pitch plus 250 contest last year with another manuscript and we only got to read the top ten. It's really cool to see what's out there and to get a good sense of what ideas are done a lot and what's truly unique and new. It's also fun to pick out your faves so that when they pop up in other contests or on twitter, you can cheer them on. It was a bit daunting to read and vote for my favorite pitches, but, again, it was helpful, because this is what agents have to do. I was a little torn on whether or not I liked the voting format because I didn't plan on campaigning for my pitch, but others seemed to have no problem doing so.

The community formed around the contest was really great. The comments from the judges were helpful and the so were the comments from other participants. I didn't take all the advice, but if many people said the same thing, obviously they were on to something!

I could not have been happier to have made it into the agent round and I was thrilled when I got two requests for the manuscript. I wasn't entirely sure I was ready to query because initially my goal was to do the contests, refine, and then send, but I sent out some top picks soon after getting the requests. I loved having a polished 150 word pitch, because it basically worked as my query letter. I added in my info and a couple words here and there, but it was ready to go. And I'm happy to say that already I've gotten one more request from the slush pile.

I was over the moon to find out I had won a three chapter critique from Christa Heschke. It's seriously the best prize in a contest ever! I cannot wait to hear what she thinks and to make this book the best it can possibly be. This was absolutely the best place to start my querying journey.

About the Author

Lisa Gail Green writes all types of genre fiction.The first novel in her DJINN series, THE BINDING STONE, is now available! She would most definitely have a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.


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11. Half Price Books Hosts Tournament of Sidekicks

sidekickInspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, Half Price Books has launched a Tournament of Sidekicks, pitting 64 characters against one another.

All of these characters belong to one of four categories: literature, children’s entertainment, geek culture, and TV/film. Voting opens on March 18th and the winner will be announced on April 7th.

Who would you pick as your faithful sidekick? Follow this link to download a copy of the bracket. In the past, the bookseller had hosted a Tournament of Villains and a Tournament of Heroes: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy.

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12. The Great Tumblr Book Search Contest, The Sequel

shitroughdraftsChronicle Books and Tumblr have teamed up for their second annual book search contest. The Great Tumblr Book Search, The Sequel is looking for funny Tumblr blogs that could potentially be turned into books. The idea is to find humor books without going through a formal submissions process. Rather than submit a book proposal, bloggers are encouraged to submit their Tumblr pages to the contest.

The contest is open to U.S. residents with Tumblr blogs, who can submit their blog throughout the month of March. The grand-prize winner will have their idea considered for publication and will be featured on the Chronicle Books Tumblr page. They will also earn a feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor, and $300 worth of Chronicle Books. Winners will be announced by April 30th.

In April, Chronicle Books is publishing a book by the winner of last year’s search Paul Laudiero. His book,Sh*t Rough Drafts reimagines first drafts of books and screenplays.

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13. The Great Author Giveaway

Don’t miss out on entering The Great Author Giveaway!

LOTS of awesome prizes, including some donated by me :)

Enter and share! Good luck! :)


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14. Contests

Two contests crossed my desk that I thought might be interesting. The first is for anyone. Chronicle Books is looking for a new humorous book, of any length or genre, to publish as their second (annual?), The Great Tumblr Book Search. Unpublished writers are encouraged to submit a story.


For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on! Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sht Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sht Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!

How to Enter:  Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!

Contest Details at Chronicle Books Tumblr

Hurry, the contest ends 3/31/2014Read the official rules and submit your Tumblr entry now! Winners will be announced by April 30th.

1 Grand Prize:

  • Book idea considered for publication
  • $300 of Chronicle books
  •  Feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor

3 Runners-Up:

  • $100 of Chronicle books
  • Written critique from Chronicle Books editors

Questions? Email contests@chroniclebooks.com


“The second contest is for kids. Peachtree Publisher is asking kids to write an essay in celebration of the April release of Charlie Bumpers and the Nice Gnome (reviewed here). Mrs. Burke, Charlie’s teacher, will explain.

You vs. Who? Contest & Giveaway

Mrs. Burke“Since the title of Teacher of the Year was bestowed upon me, I’ve received a number of inquiries on an array of subjects.

“What is my first name? What activities are best for fourth graders? Did I suffer any lasting effects from the flying sneaker incident? How is my snap so impressively loud?

“I’ve been asked to answer a few of those questions here today.

Snap Fingers

“The Snap”

“The snap, I’m afraid, is one of the most fiercely guarded secrets of the Empire—Mrs. Burke’s Empire, that is. The technique was passed down in a sacred trust from my mother, and I couldn’t possibly divulge it here.

“Actually, I suppose I could, but my hood of ninjas would instantaneously escort every person reading this post to a remote island surrounded by man-eating octopi. I doubt the secret of the snap would do you much good in such an exile.

“Activities, however, I am happy to share!

“1. Plays:  Each year, the citizens of Mrs. Burke’s Empire perform a play. I’m not given to bragging, but this year’s—The Sorcerer’s Castle—might be this director’s masterpiece. I’ve found that my students learn quite a bit about themselves when they’re forced to play someone else.

“2. Writing:  I suggest having your students write about their own experiences. Here’s a prompt that works well with my own students: You vs. Who?

“Students must write a story about a time they faced some sort of obstacle. Stories can be silly or serious; true or fictional; about school, home, or extra-curriculars! Give it a title like Suzie Rice vs. The Vacuum of Suction Destruction or Mrs. Burke vs. The Slippery Ramen Noodle.

“3. Contests:  When all other hope is lost and mutiny seems inescapable, make it a contest. In fact, let’s do just that! Have your child, student, or library patrons answer the You vs. Who? prompt.

“You (the teacher, librarian, parent, etc.) must send the stories to the folks at Peachtree Publishers via e-mail or snail mail before the deadline. (March 26, 2014) See details below. Win a glorious prize and bring honor to your own empire!”

Charlie Bumpers Gnome Title


PRIZE: Peachtree Publishers is giving away ten (10) Charlie Bumpers prize packs!

Nine winners will receive one (1) hardcover copy of Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year, (reviewed HERE), and one (1) galley of Charlie Bumpers vs. The Really Nice Gnome (April 2014!).

One Grand Prize winner will receive one (1) hardcover copy of Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year, one (1) hardcover copy of Charlie Bumpers vs. The Really Nice Gnome, and one (1) Audio Book CD of Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year (performed by author and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Bill Harley!).

TO ENTER: Students must write a story about a time they faced some sort of obstacle like Charlie does. Adult must send the stories in to Peachtree Publishers via e-mail or snail mail. Stories can be silly or serious; true or fictional; about school, home, or extra-curriculars!

E-mail Address:  publicity(at)peachtree(dash)online(dot)com

Snail Mail Address:

Peachtree Publishers

Publicity Dept.

1700 Chattahoochee Ave.

Atlanta, GA 30318

DEADLINE: Contest ends March 26, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST

OPEN TO: US Addresses Only


Okay, what are you waiting for? Get those sharp pencils or fully charged computer out and get to writing. Imagination encouraged!


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15. LET THE STORM BREAK Launch Day Celebration

Wow, I can't believe LET THE STORM BREAK's launch day is finally here.

These last few years have been a crazy whirlwind of a ride (see what I did there? Yeah, that probably won't be the only wind pun in this post) and I can't believe my fourth book (second in my YA series) is now hitting shelves. No wonder I haven't slept in 2 years!!!


Anyway, I know you all have so very many books you could choose to read, so I wanted to do something to show how much I appreciate those of you who give that time and love and support to Vane and Audra and all their adventures. (and the haboobs!)

So I've put together a very special giveaway, with three very special prizes,  I think you're really going to love. Here's what's up for grabs:

In case you can't tell, whan't you're looking at are signed hardcovers of LET THE SKY FALL and LET THE STORM BREAK, all featuring original artwork drawn by me. Three winners will win one of each book, which can be signed and personalized if they would like*
*If you're wondering if you can request which drawings you win specifically, the answer is unfortunately "no." That would make things way too complicated. But I promise, they all look awesome, and I made them each different so you'd know you have a prize that's truly unique.
Since these are very special, very time consuming prizes for me to make, I want to make sure they go to true fans of the series. So like I've done in the past, I'm going to make you guys put in a *little* extra work to enter--but I've still done my best to also keep it as simple as possible. So here's the details.

To enter, you MUST complete these two simple steps.


You must either:

  • Post a review of LET THE STORM BREAK on amazon / goodreads / B&N / youtube / your blog or website / ANYWHERE ELSE YOU POST YOUR REVIEWS
  • Tweet / Instagram / FB / tumblr / google+ / ANY OTHER WAY YOU ATTACK THE INTERNETS with a photo of LET THE STORM BREAK somewhere in the wild (could be your own personal copy in your hands, or a shiny copy on display in a store or library--doesn't matter to me. And if the store you go to is sold out, you can always request they bring in another copy. In fact, I would love you FOREVER for doing that!)
  • Tweet / Instagram / FB / tumblr / google+ / ANY OTHER WAY YOU ATTACK THE INTERNETS with your own Sky Fall series fan art (Anything goes here--feel free to be as creative as you want.

You only have to do one--though you are welcome to do as many as you want. I'll reward you with an extra entry for everything you do (and every social media platform you post it on)--you'll just need to tell me what you've done so I can count your entries accordingly. Which brings me to:

  • Fill out the form at the bottom of this post, along with links to anywhere you posted the pictures/reviews. Form must be filled out by 11:59 pm pacific on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014*
*I'm giving you more time for this contest, because I know some of these things might be slightly time consuming (especially the reviews, since you'd probably, yanno, wanna read the book first) So I'm giving you two full weeks to enter. 

Step two is an absolutely essential step, because it's the only way I will see your entry. So don't forget to fill out the form. And International entries ARE accepted. 

I'm pretty sure that's everything, but if I missed something you are welcome to ask in the comments. 

Okay, here's the form! And if you can't access it for some reason, click HERE.

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16. Top 25 Entries Announced in the Pitch Plus One Contest!

We interrupt this regularly scheduled post to share the 25 titles that have progressed to the author round in the Pitch Plus One contest.

It's the post you've all been waiting for! First a reminder that our hope in doing this contest is that you will receive valuable feedback that will help you hone your work so that it catches an agent/editor's attention. You've all shown bravery for putting your work out there, and if your manuscript is not on the list below it does not mean it isn't great. Writing and publishing are subjective.

Now, the rules!

Revised pitches and first pages are due back to us at ayapcontest at gmail dot com by Sunday at Noon. High noon. Please include:
  1. Name: Your Name

  2. Email: Your Email

  3. Title: Book Title

  4. Genre: Age and Genre

  5. Length: Manuscript word count

  6. Pitch: Pitch of no more than 150 words

  7. First Page: First page of no more than 250 words.

  • Note we've added word count and the whole first page. 
  • Subject line should read Pitch Plus 1 top 25 Entry: Entry #XXX Title

  • ONLY ONE EMAIL per person please. It gets confusing when I get twelve versions from eight people. I know you're excited, but take the time to review the above two items before pressing send. 
  • They will be posted Monday by 8PM EST. 
  • You may comment on each others posts. The authors will do so sometime this week at their discretion up to NOON ON FRIDAY. Remember these are published authors donating their time to give you guidance. :D 
  • Again, the judges will fill out score cards and a discrepancy judge will be available if there's an issue. The results will be tabulated and announced next Saturday morning. The top 10 will go on to the agent round. 

  • Now what you're all waiting for. Or have already scrolled down to so you could check the list first. In no particular order:
    1. Defy the Stars
    2. Paloma and the Bow Wow Bar Mitzvah
    3. Gerald and the Amulet of Zonrach
    4. Class Clown
    5. Camp Cammoodle
    6. Something Wicked
    7. A Serpent in the Garden
    8. Where there is Dark
    9. Luma
    10. Roger Firebug
    11. The Unbelievable Misadventures of Avery Mann
    12. Becoming Hook
    13. Don Q. Oatney - Vampire Hunter
    14. Witches Brew
    15. Ivan and the Grey Wolf
    16. See You Then, Joshua Jacobs
    17. If I promise you the sun
    18. Twist of Fate
    19. Darkenwear Inc.: Feathers vs. Scales
    20. Words in the Windowsill
    21. Love and the Bard
    22. Leaving Peacesylvania
    23. Heritage Blade
    24. Nanny Morto
    25. Conduit

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    17. Inspirational Quote of the Week

    Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
    Vaclav Havel


    Mom’s Highlights Contest story is finished resting, and thanks to her Contest Magic classmates giving her tons of help, she revised it –  AGAIN – cutting and adding and switching and tightening and tweaking (not twerking – trust me – nobody wants to see that).

     Yesterday, we went to the mailbox


    and Mom unceremoniously dropped it in. She said, “I could work on this thing for the rest of my life.” and “It’s time to stop staring up the steps and step up the stairs.” and “Where do you think you’re going?”


    Mom is hoping to win big, but she is also hoping for her cyberclassmates to win big right along with her. She said, “Their stories are amazing.” and “Can I even compete with these people?” and “There’s nothing up there for you.”

    Is she talking to me??

    Is she talking to me??

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    18. Frenzy

    Sometimes, when I play with my monkey in a barrel, it puts me into a frenzy. There’s just too much going on! Too much to do. Too many possibilities. Bite the barrel? Tear off the lid? Growl at the talking? Rip the monkey’s face off? Chew his arm till he stops laughing? Shake the whole thing till I’m dizzy? I don’t know what to do first.

    Since NewYears, Mom has also been in a frenzy. She’s not biting, tearing, growling, ripping, chewing, or shaking, like me. But she does have a lot going on, a lot to do, and a lot of possibilities. She may have bitten off more than she can chew. I’ve done that occasionally, too…. (And by “occasionally” I mean every day.)


    Gah! Why is my mouth so tiny?!

    Mom has entered a ton of challenges, and made a bunch of goals for herself this year. She will read 200 picture books in the Goodreads Challenge again,

    2014 goodreads

    she joined 12×12 for 2014, which means she needs to write a new first draft in the next few weeks,


    she’ll get 30 new ideas when PiBoIdMo starts,


    and she will write 30 poems this year.


    In between all those jobs (and a bunch of others – if you can believe such a thing), Mom decided to enter the Highlights Annual Fiction Contest this month, AND take Susanna Hill’s Making Contest Magic class this week.

    So Mom is learning, mind-writing, registering, paypal-ing, reading, commenting, revising, studying, listing, rhyming, critiquing, and ….do you see what’s missing here??

    Snow pea?? Blech! I may have bitten off (stolen) more than I can chew again.

    Snow pea?? Blech! I may have bitten off more than I can chew again.

    Rocky, over at my friend Bacon’s blog told me that January 6 was National CuddleUp Day. So I made sure Mom took some time out to celebrate. Actually, I will make sure we celebrate that thing EVERY day!!


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    19. Giveaway Weekend! Come play and win!

    For the past little while both Broken Aro and Broken Prince have been in best seller lists on Amazon (YAY!) They are doing well and I’m just thrilled. I’ve been busy working on Book 3 but thought I’d take the time this weekend to give, and help spread the word some more.

    Come by my facebook author page this weekend for a number of Giveaways/contests that will run until Sunday night. Win ebooks, bookmarks, mini books, charms and even enter to give a character a name in book 3!

    Fun right? Of course it is. In playing you also help spread the word about my books, which sure helps a small press author like me out!

    So come on by this weekend! Send your friends too!

    If nothing else, give my page a like so you can keep up to date on when book 3 will be out!

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    20. Win a Literary Vacation from Kirkus Reviews


    To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Kirkus Reviews, you could win a two-person literary vacation in New York City.

    You can enter the contest by sharing your name and email address at this link. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 22, 2013 and the winner will be picked on October 23.

    In celebration of its 80th birthday, Kirkus Reviews is hosting a contest to give away a literary tour of New York City. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Manhattan, 2 nights at Library Hotel, Breakfast at the Algonquin Round Table, Gift certificates to Strand BooksMcNally Jackson Books and Three Lives & Company bookstores, Passes to the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl and dinner at PUBLIC.

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    21. Smart Books for Smart Kids Halloween SbookTACULAR Giveaway!

    Please visit my book review site to enter to win free Halloween themed children’s books.

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    22. OMC Book Auction and Giveaway to benefit the Spina Bifida Association

    I have donated to the OMC Book Auction and Giveaway to benefit the Spina Bifida Association

    Enter the auction or  the rafflecopter giveaway! Oct 1-31st

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    23. Kudos – Traveling Cherry – Book Winner

    betsycropcropYAY! In case you missed all the screaming from Betsy Devany and all her friends, Betsy signed a contract for her first picture book, SMELLY BABY to Christy Ottaviano of Christy Ottaviano Books at Henry Holt.

    Betsy’s debut book will be illustrated by Christopher Denise.

    Everybody thinks Smelly Baby is gross, but she is beloved by Lucy. No one understands how amazing Smelly Baby is – or so Lucy thinks until Smelly Baby is … Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Emily van Beek at Folio Literary Management did the deal on behalf of both Devany and Denise.


    crestonbooksRobin Newman is celebrating, too.

    She has two picture books coming out in 2014 with Creston Books.

    Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep,
    PastedGraphicillustrated by Chris Ewald (Spring 2015)

    The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery,
    illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Fall 2015)



    WINNER: Rosi Hollinbeck is the winner of IT’S A FIREFLY NIGHT written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Betsy Snyder.


    Please send me your address, so I can pass it on to Dianne. I know you will love the book.

    cherry money babyNow for my idea to send CHERRY MONEY BABY traveling:

    I bought a copy Of John Cusick’s new book and will send it out to someone who leaves a comment saying they will read the book within a month or less and then pass it on to another person who can read it less than a month. I would like everyone who receives the book to email me with a little blurb of what they thought of the book and take a picture of yourself with Cherry holding the book and telling us about your location. It would be fun if you could mail it to someone in another state, etc. If everyone took a month that would take her off to twelve locations, but if it goes to some fast readers she could really see the world. I will post each month about Cherry’s travels. I will put up a blurb about you, too, so if you have signed a contract or have a published book, it would help show you off, too.

    If you end up with the book and don’t know who to send it to, I will be glad to give you a name and address. So join in the fun and leave a comment letting me know you are willing to read and send on. You could even say the winner could send to you.

    Talk tomorrow,


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    24. Enter Out of Print’s ‘Put a Poe On It’ Contest

    poeOut of Print, a book-themed clothing merchant, is hosting the “Put a Poe On It” design contest.

    To enter, just download this PNG file of Edgar Allan Poe’s head, create a piece of art with the image and submit to the ”Put a Poe On It” Tumblr page.

    One grand prize winner will receive the “Poe Prize Pack.” The runner-up will be awarded a $50 Out of Print gift card.


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    25. What Is a Fair Price for a Writing Contest Entry Fee?

    penpaperlife304Over at Reddit, writers are debating the common practice of charging a fee for writing contests.

    This question has always intrigued me, so I wanted to ask GalleyCat readers–what is a fair entry fee price for a writing contest entry fee?

    I’ve collected a few responses from writers below, illustrating how contentious this issue is within the writing community.


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