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1. Get To Know the Red Light Green Light Winning Entries

Our Red Light Green Light competition has been going on for weeks now, and it's finally come time to announce our winners! After voting closed on Monday night, we tallied the votes from our judges and you, our fabulous community, and pulled out our Top 10. The entries below had the highest score overall, and will all receive a critique from a published (or soon to be published) author, or an agent.


Our overall winner and two runners up will be revealed next week. The runners up will be receiving critiques from some of the industry's most sought after agents, and our overall winner will receive a partial request from the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette.

Congratulations to our finalists (in alphabetical order) below! 

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2. Revealing the Red Light Green Light Top 10!

Our Red Light Green Light competition has been going on for weeks now, and it's finally come time to announce our winners! After voting closed on Monday night, we tallied the votes from our judges and you, our fabulous community, and pulled out our Top 10. The entries below had the highest score overall, and will all receive a critique from a published (or soon to be published) author, or an agent.



Check back next week to see each finalist's pitch and the first 100 words of their manuscript! And check back the week after that to find out who our overall winner and two runners up were! The runners up will be receiving critiques from some of the industry's most sought after agents, and our overall winner will receive a partial request from the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette.

Congratulations to our finalists (in alphabetical order) below! 
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3. Writing Contests

Questions you should ask before entering a writing contest.

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4. Interview Sources We Love to Hate: Twitter Game Winners + Knee-Slapping Tweets!

twitterSo this week I ran another Twitter game. (You may remember that last week I did #killaqueryin5words.) This one was #sourcefromhellin5words, and the idea was that we writers would give five-word phrases that would make us want to never interview a source. Like:

  • How much will you pay?
  • Who else are you interviewing?
  • Can I see the article?
  • Is the article out yet?
  • Sorry, I forgot the interview.
  • I’m the foremost expert!
  • We’re creating a new paradigm!
  • You should mention my book.
  • I could talk all day!

What was really cool was that ProfNet and HelpAReporter, the two biggest source-finding services for journalists, got in on the action, so we had a ton of submissions…and also, expert sources who use those services got a lesson in what NOT to do when working with a writer. Not only that, but ProfNet did a post about the contest where they featured their favorite contributions!

As with last week’s game, some tweets were just so AWESOME that I decided to offer prizes to my favorites. And they are:

@anngol: “Oh you’re not from Redbook?” #sourcefromhellin5words [This was hands-down my favorite! The snobby source…ugh.]

@write4income: (In response to everything you ask): “That question is too personal.” #sourcefromhellin5words @LFormichelli [Persnickety sources don’t get called back!]

@lilbusgirl: How’s 10pm your time sound? #sourcefromhellin5words [Yeah, because we writers don’t have a life!]

@CaroleeNoury: Answers are in my book. #sourcefromhellin5words @LFormichelli [Hint: We journalists need to get quotes straight from the source; we can’t just pull quotes from books.]

@RobinDarling: “I read it on Wikipedia” #sourcefromhellin5words @LFormichelli [And you call yourself an expert?]

@danielcasciato: “Get a quote from PR” @LFormichelli #sourcefromhellin5words [Yes, we writers LOVE sanitized PR-speak!]

@RAHolloway: “I will need final approval. @LFormichelli #sourcefromhellin5words [Now THAT’S good journalism!]

?@rebekah_olsen: It all started in 1965…(when you only need one quick quote about their work) @LFormichelli #sourcefromhellin5words [I hope you took a bathroom break before this interview!]

Winning tweeters, I’d love to offer you a free book, course, or checklist from the Renegade Writer Store. Please choose your favorite and email me at hello@therenegadewriter.com with your selection! (FYI, I’m out of town because my grandma passed away. :( So please be patient and I’ll send you your book next week for sure. Thanks!)

Thanks so much to everyone who played #sourcefromhellin5words. It was a blast!

On Monday morning I’ll be launching a new Twitter game called #editororgasmin5words. I think you can tell what we’re looking for here! Some examples I’ll have on my Twitter feed include:

  • Yes, I’ll write for free! (Yes, we can get snarky in this game! :)
  • I created an extra sidebar.
  • I fact-checked all stats.
  • Pynchon agreed to an interview.
  • Can I file this early?

The game will start Monday at around 8 am ET (New York time) and run all day. (Please wait until then to start posting, and I’ll retweet your contributions!) Just add the hashtag #editororgasmin5words to your post, and feel free to tag me at @lformichelli!

If you want to get announcements when I hold a new Twitter games like these, please join the Renegade Writer email list! You’ll also get a free e-book and checklist for writers, plus my Monday Motivations for Writers emails!

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5. #GreenLightWIP Final Voting is Live!

It's time for the very last round of posting in our Red Light, Green Light competition! In one week, we'll announce the finalists, all of whom will receive a critique from a published/soon to be published author or agent! We'll also be posting a round up of our finalists, including links so you can follow their publishing journeys, and the elevator pitches for their novels!

In just one tiny little week after that, we'll be announcing our three winners, who'll be receiving critiques and/or partial requests from one of our participating agents!

Please help us out by voting! Your votes count for forty percent of the total score!

Vote for as many entries or as few as you like. Voting will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday August 24th.

Click Read More on the right below to see the entries and cast your vote!


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6. Can You Kill a Query in 5 Words? Winners + Hilarious Tweets!

killaquerySo the other day my husband Eric, who’s the news editor over at BoardGameGeek, told me about a board game publisher that created fun Twitter games like #BoardGameBand, where tweeters would come up with fun mashups of board game titles and band names — like “Frankie Goes to Hollywood Blockbuster” or “Dungeon Petzshop Boys.”

“Why don’t you do that?” Eric said.

Ding ding ding!

Together we came up with the hashtag #killaqueryin5words, and the premise was simple: I wanted writers to offer up five-word phrases that would cause an editor to trash their magazine query.

I launched the game on Monday morning, seeding my feed with such 5-word screw-ups as “I never read your magazine,” “You don’t publish poetry, but…” and “Google says you like chocolate.”

#killaqueryin5words took off! Writers around the web got a good laugh reading hilarious (but sadly common) query snafus. (In fact, contributions are still rolling in!)

Then I had another brainstorm: Why not pick my favorite #killaqueryin5words tweeters and offer prizes?

The #killaqueryin5words Winners


Here are my top picks. If you’re listed as a winner, please choose any e-book from the Renegade Writer Store that you’d like to receive for free (yes, even the $29.99 one!) and email me your choice at hello@therenegadewriter.com.

Most Prolific

I have to give props to @GiulianoDebra because she contributed more posts than anyone! (I think someone was procrastinating on their work yesterday. :) ) Congrats, Debra!

Most Creative

Next, I was super impressed that @NewJerseyWriter created the graphic you see at the top of this post just for the game. She used morguefile to find the photo and Canva to create the image. She also gave me permission to use her graphic on the blog. Thank you, and please choose your prize!

Most Insightful

Another winner is @justinrbannon for his insightful tweet about the game: “Perhaps the most concerning thing about #killaqueryin5words is that it’s provided more than one actual tip.”

Most Hilarious (But Sadly True)

Finally, I had trouble choosing just one most awesome #killaqueryin5words tweet, so we have five winners:

1. @danielcasciato: I’m giving you first dibs. #killaqueryin5words @LFormichelli

2. @BretteSember: “you’re probably not interested but…”

3. @sharonnaylorwed: #killaqueryin5words “my writing group loved it!”

4. @RitaMailheau: #killaqueryin5words To Whom It May Concern

5. @BillDavisWords: I’m here in your lobby #killaqueryin5words

These tweets showcase five fatal query flaws:

1. Arrogance.
2. Under-confidence
3. Unprofessionalism
4. Laziness and lack of research, not to mention a stiff writing style!
5. Stalkerishness

Congrats to the five of you…please choose your prize!

One thing I discovered is that Twitter doesn’t seem to save hashtagged tweets for long, so if you want to check out the funny feed, do it now! It’s at https://twitter.com/hashtag/killaqueryin5words

I have a great idea for a new writer Twitter game for next week…stay tuned!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the #killaqueryin5words game. It’s been a blast!

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7. #GreenLight WIP Writing Contest, Round 2 Voting Is Open: Vote Now for Your Favorite Opening Lines!

It's time for Round Two of the Red Light, Green Light Writing contest! In a combination of public voting and voting by our agent and author judges, we've narrowed the entries to the top fifty eye-catching first sentences. The entries are now up to two sentences for your reading enjoyment.

Please help us out by voting! Your votes count for forty percent of the total score, and you'll get a chance to see how your votes compared to the industry professionals. Want to see the results?

Click here to see the results so far from the public vote!

Click here to see the results so far from our industry professionals!

Vote for as many entries or as few as you like. The top twenty-five will be moving on to the next round. Voting will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday August 10th.

Click Read More on the right below to see the entries and cast your vote!

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8. The EVERBLAZE paperback release giveaway!

They're here! They're here!

THE SHINY EVERBLAZE PAPERBACKS ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I know a lot of you already bought the shiny hardcovers. (if you did--THANK YOU SO MUCH! *tacklehugs*)

But I still get crazy excited when my books finally release in paperback, because they're so much more affordable, and I know for so many families (including mine, when I was a kid) that makes a HUGE difference. I've heard from so many readers who've been waiting for the paperback before they can read (it's why I try to be so vigilant about spoilers) so I'm super excited they'll finally be able to.

Plus, even if you DO own a hardcover--there's something extra special in the paperbacks you might be excited to see:


Why yes, yes that IS the first chapter of NEVERSEEN!!!! 


So I think this calls for a giveaway. After all, the hardcover readers shouldn't be the only ones who get some fun extra goodies.  So here's how this works:

If you pre-ordered the paperback version of EVERBLAZE any time before August 4, 2015--OR if you purchase a paperback copy between now and August 11, 2015--fill out the form at the bottom of this post by 11:59pm pacific time on August 11, 2015, and I will send you these:


(in case you can't tell, that's a signed bookplate and a character art print postcard--which has all four covers on the back)

In addition to that, five random winners will also get one of these exclusive Black Swan mirrors:



If you buy more than one copy of the paperback, you can definitely get more than one set of swag. Just make sure you fill out the form separately for each copy, so I know how many to send you. 

And please note, this giveaway is only available for people who buy the paperback during the designated time period. (If you've bought the hardcover or ebook, I've already done giveaways for those--sorry if you missed them!) Also: no proof of purchase is required. I like to keep my contests on the honor system, so if you say you bought it, I trust you. But remember: every time you lie, Iggy has to miss a meal, and do you really want an angry imp coming after you????

International entries also totally count. I will mail swag anywhere you live. But this is only for a very limited time, so don't miss your chance.  And don't forget to fill out the form* (you must fill out the form in order to get your swag).

And... I think that pretty much covers everything. But if I missed something, ask in the comments. Otherwise here's the form you need to fill out: (and if you can't access the form for some reason, you can find it HERE). 

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Go!

*You must be 13 or older in order to fill out this form. If you're not, please have your parent or guardian fill it out for you.

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9. Round 2 Voting Now Open: Vote for Your Favorite Opening Lines!

Vote for your favorite opening lines below!

Winners of the contest receive critiques from industry professionals, aiding their careers - by spending a couple of minutes voting, you're helping emerging writers!

Voting closes at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday 3rd August.

Spread the word using the hashtag #GreenLightWIP. Good luck to all that entered! We'll be contacting those who successfully made it into the next round on Tuesday morning.

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Some people using Internet Explorer have been having issues with the voting form above. If this is you: don't worry! You can still vote HERE.

If you'd like to read over the rules and see what you're helping our emerging authors win, then click here.

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10. Retweet for a Chance to Win “A Little Chaos”

SnitchSeeker is giving away Blu-Ray copies of Alan Rickman’s new film, A Little Chaos. All one has to do is retweet a tweet from SnitchSeeker’s Twitter feed. This contest only applies to US Residents only. Please visit the original article for more details!

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11. Red Light: Contest is now closed to entries

Entries are now closed!

Look over the fabulous entries and vote for your favorite first line here

Spread the word about the contest and increase your favorite first line's chances of winning by using the hashtag #GreenLightWIP on Twitter.

You can find the rules here.
You can find a list of our AMAZING judges (including 8 agents) here.

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12. Online Writing Contests: Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Take the Plunge

I thought it would be perfect timing to broach this subject while running our new Red Light/Green Light Contest. I've seen several articles while poking around online, but most seem to relate more to entering your finished book as opposed to those in the "Searching for an Agent" stage.

There are so many contests these days if you look! Everything from PitchWars to Sun Vs. Snow. I entered my own fair share before finding my current agent and publisher, and since joining AYAP, this is the fourth contest I've run (not counting the times I've judged in the past).

So with all this experience, what have I learned? That there are three main things you should ask yourself before entering anything.


  1. Is this contest worth my time? 
      1. Do a little research. Who are the judges? Are they published authors who you respect? Agents you can verify with a site like QueryTracker or from established and known agencies? Editors for established publishers with a good track record? I entered a contest and won a partial and full! But guess what? My second book comes out in September and I still never received a response from either one. 0.o  
      2. What are the prizes? Is it something you can use like a critique from someone relevant to your work or ten dollars at the bookstore? Not that I'm knocking the ten dollars. I'd take it! But one would be more valuable to me than the other. What are the rules? Are you allowed to enter other contests at the same time? Are you being charged money? Personally I am wary of anyone asking for money, though I know some are legit, some are not. Weigh that carefully. 
      3. What kind of commitment are you looking at? Is it something that takes away writing and query time that you really should be focusing on? Or is it something that helps work out the piece you're having issues with or about to query?
  2. Am I ready?
      1. It's exciting sometimes to want to get your work seen by agents and authors! But don't forget you always want your best out there. If you haven't had any eyes on it but your own you may want to hold off until the next "season" of contests is upon us. Believe me it will come soon enough. 
      2. Are you prepared to receive criticism? We always strive to make sure that the feedback is respectful, but you can't control everyone and even with a positive intention it can be difficult to hear that something you've worked so hard on could stand some changes. Are you ready and willing to hear that? Because if the truthful answer is no then you should think twice. 
      3. Is the manuscript finished? If not, what happens if you win and an agent requests the material? That puts both of you in a difficult position. 
  3. Why am I entering?
      1. Feedback may not be a glamorous reason, but it is probably the most important. There is nothing more valuable than a fresh set of eyes on your work, especially if those eyes belong to amazing authors, agents, or editors! Just be sure to check the above question and make sure you're ready for it.
      2. Prestige may or may not come from these contests, depending on which one and who you're telling about it. If it's well known or respected it may be worth mentioning in a query letter. 
      3. Connections are important especially when genuine. So when you have a positive connection with other writers and get to know them through contests like this, that's a plus you can't measure. It may also make you feel more comfortable sending out your work when you've been through a contest or two. 

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13. Green Light!! Contest Open For Entries Again!

We want to give as many aspiring writers as possible the opportunity to have their work seen by others. Peers, published authors, and agents. So...

We will accept entries until we reach 100! 

Get those entries in for this great opportunity and help us spread the word to others. Use the hashtag #GreenLightWIP on Twitter to keep up.

We will post the rest of the entries by tomorrow morning at 9AM Eastern.

You can find the rules here.
You can find a list of our AMAZING judges (including 8 agents) here.

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14. Vote for Your Favorite First Line - Red Light Green Light Contest.

Voting for the Red Light / Green Light Contest is now open! Choose your favorite first lines below (you can pick more than one). Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom! Voting closes at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday 28th July.

Spread the word using the hashtag #GreenLightWIP. Good luck to all that entered! We'll be contacting those who successfully made it into the next round on Tuesday morning to get your second sentences.

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Some people using Internet Explorer have been having issues with the voting form above. If this is you: don't worry! You can still vote HERE.

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15. RL/GL Contest Entries Still Open!

UPDATE: Entries for the Red Light/Green Light are STILL OPEN! We'll be posting the voting form later today, but until then keep sending your entries as per the rules below.


Contest closes at 9am Eastern Time


Do you have a completed but unpublished MG, YA, or NA manuscript and are looking for an agent? Then do we have the contest for you!


Rules:

1. Email your entry (follow the format below) to ayapcontest@gmail.com with the subject line RLGL - Your Manuscript Title.

2. Each entry should include your name, email, manuscript title, manuscript length, Manuscript genre/subgenre, and first sentence.

Good form, horrible example,


IDA Luv Anoffer
Sillymadeupemail@ayap.com
BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN
78,000 words
YA Magical Realism

When I saw the hot vampire I knew immediately that I was in the best book ever written.

3. Any currently unagented person may enter only once with a completed but unpublished MG, YA, or NA manuscript.

Judges: Check out this link for all the bios!

Author Judges include: Martina Boone, Sheri Larsen, Dhalia Adler, Kimberly Little, Erin Cashman, Ron Smith, Holly Bodger, Liza Wiemer, Joy Hensley, Sarah Ockler, Kim Liggett, Sara Raasch, and Lisa Gail Green.

Agent Judges include: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Sarah Negovetich, Moe Ferrar, and Saba Sulaiman, Susan Hawk, Christa Heschke, Amaryah Orenstein and Dr. Uwe Stender of Triada US.


Prizes:

The top ten entries (excluding the top three) will each receive a one chapter (up to 12 pages) critique from a published or soon to be published author.

The 3 grand prize winners will each receive a one chapter (up to 12 pages) critique and/or partial request by at least one participating agent. The grand prize winner will also receive a partial request from the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette, who is currently open only to submissions via referrals.

The Contest

Today, July 21 at 9AM Eastern we will open submissions. We will take the first 50 entries that follow the rules! We will reopen at 9PM Eastern for the final 50 (and take the remainder in order from the morning if we do not fill up).

July 22: We will post 100 first sentences on the main blog! YOU will vote using an imbedded survey and our judges (some combination of agents and published authors for each round) will vote using a private survey, private votes will be worth 65% of the score and public will be worth 35%. The top 50 will be asked to resubmit with a second sentence added on!

July 30: We announce the top 50 and ask for the second sentences.

August 5: We will publish the top 50 entries and vote again!

August 13: We announce the top 25.

August 19: We publish the top 25 entries and vote again!

August 27th: We announce the top 10 entries!

September 2: The first 100 words and a maximum 30 word elevator pitch of the top ten entries will be posted! All TEN entries will receive a critique from a published/soon to be published author or agent.

September 8: The three winning entries will be announced.

Don't forget to follow along with the Twitter handle #GreenLightWIP

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16. Announcing Our New Red Light/Green Light Contest: Dates, Rules and Judges!

As you've seen Adventures in YA Publishing has been growing and changing in our constant attempt to reach out to aspiring writers and readers. Our contests are no exception! We've streamlined our methods, added even better feedback, and are pleased to announce our new

RED LIGHT/GREEN LIGHT CONTEST!


On July 21 at 9AM Eastern we will open submissions. We will take the first 50 entries that follow the rules! We will reopen at 9PM Eastern for the final 50 (and take the remainder in order from the morning if we do not fill up).

July 22: We will post 100 first sentences on the main blog! YOU will vote using an imbedded survey and our judges (some combination of agents and published authors for each round) will vote using a private survey, private votes will be worth 65% of the score and public will be worth 35%. The top 50 will be asked to resubmit with a second sentence added on!

July 30: We announce the top 50 and ask for the second sentences.

August 5: We will publish the top 50 entries and vote again!

August 13: We announce the top 25.

August 19: We publish the top 25 entries and vote again!

August 27th: We announce the top 10 entries!

September 2: The first 100 words and a maximum 30 word elevator pitch of the top ten entries will be posted! All TEN entries will receive a critique from a published/soon to be published author or agent.

September 8: The three winning entries will be announced.


Rules:


1. We will take the first 50 properly formatted entries beginning at 9AM Eastern (this will be judged by the time stamp on the email we open) to AYAPcontest@gmail.com. Subject line should consist of RLGL and your manuscript title. Then we will reopen submissions, taking the first 50 properly formatted starting at 9PM Eastern for a total of 100 entries!

2. Each entry should include your name, email, manuscript title, manuscript length, Manuscript genre/subgenre, and first sentence.

Good form, horrible example,


IDA Luv Anoffer
Sillymadeupemail@ayap.com
BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN
78,000 words
YA Magical Realism

When I saw the hot vampire I knew immediately that I was in the best book ever written.

3. Any currently unagented person may enter only once with a completed but unpublished MG, YA, or NA manuscript.

Judges: Check out this link for all the bios!

Author Judges include: Martina Boone, Sheri Larsen, Dhalia Adler, Kimberly Little, Erin Cashman, Ron Smith, Holly Bodger, Liza Wiemer, Joy Hensley, Sarah Ockler, Kim Liggett, Sara Raasch, and Lisa Gail Green.

Agent Judges include: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Sarah Negovetich, Moe Ferrar, and Saba Sulaiman, Susan Hawk, Christa Heschke and Amaryah Orenstein.

Prizes:

The top ten entries (excluding the top three) will each receive a one chapter (up to 12 pages) critique from a published or soon to be published author.

The 3 grand prize winners will each receive a one chapter (up to 12 pages) critique and/or partial request by at least one participating agent. The grand prize winner will also receive a partial request from the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette, who is currently open only to submissions via referrals.


Don't forget to follow along with the Twitter handle #GreenLightWIP





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17. Judge Bios for Red Light/Green Light Contest

Take a moment to get to know our esteemed Judges and the AMAZING team at AYAP that put this contest together!!

First let's introduce the newest members of our AYAP Team who've helped with the contest:



Lindsey Hodder is our new Communications Intern and Technical and Workflow Coordinator. She helps keep the contest sidebars up-to-date, helps coordinate Monday Round-Ups, and spreads the word about the goodness that is Adventures in YA Publishing by representing the team across the web, as well as curating a soon-to-be-instigated roundup of the best writing posts found each week.



Lindsey writes speculative fiction. She's also recently completed a postgrad thesis on the wonders of escapism, which pretty much sums up her love of YA. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, though she's often overheard attempting to convince her long-suffering partner to follow her around the globe.

She tweets about writing, life, and Super Secret Projects at @lindseyhodder.






Sam Taylor is the New Releases Intern. She documents all the YA new releases shared weekly on the blog and represents the Adventures in YA Publishing team by interacting with writing and bookish blogs all across the web.



Sam developed a voracious appetite for YA lit when her teen sisters introduced her to their favorite books. Now she writes her own YA manuscripts, when she's not devouring books and manga or playing the violin. Sam lives in Connecticut with her husband and cat.



You can find her on twitter at @jsamtaylor.



Sandra Held is our Marketing Manager and Outreach Coordinator. She is planning some fun new features that she hopes to introduce to the blog soon, and coordinates our outreach across social media.



She spends her time obsessing over her favorite YA reads, stalking Pinterest for the newest inspiration, and taking meticulous notes at the movies. After all, there's nothing better than discovering a great story!






Anisaa is the Graphics and Imaging Intern for AYAP and YASeriesInsiders.com. She creates beautiful graphics and images, along with managing the AYAP Instagram, which you can follow at @ayaplit.


Anisaa is a modern-day drifter who has live and traveled all over the east coast. Through her travels, she developed a strong passion for writing, and a slight shoe obsession. Recently, she just graduated with a degree in Journalism with minors in PR and English. When she's not reading, she can found binge-watching Netflix, daydreaming, playing video games and finishing up her YA manuscript. The quote she lives by is "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."



You can read her awesome tweets @lanisavida



Agent Judges:


Moe Ferrar of Bookends, LLC


Becoming a literary agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because "it has a hard cover." Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom's romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent and the foreign rights manager.

A Pennsylvania native, she is the proud owner of one rambunctious guinea pig who is a master at stealing extra treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin's Creed release.

You can contact Moe directly at MFsubmissions@bookends-inc.com or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/inthesestones.

Moe is interested in science fiction and fantasy for all age groups (no picture books). She loves a bit (or a lot!) of romance in her fiction, so the right contemporary or historical romance will spark her interest. She's LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket! At this time she's not looking for nonfiction, women's fiction, or cozy mysteries.




Susan Hawk of the Bent Agency



Before agenting, I spent over fifteen years in children's book marketing at Penguin, Henry Holt and North-South Books, where I was lucky to work on many different books ranging from Eric Carle's Baby Bear, Baby Bear to Betsy Partridge's This Land Was Made for You and Me, to Nancy Werlin's Black Mirror, as well as the work of Mary E Pearson, Richard Peck and Joan Bauer. I also worked as a children's librarian and bookseller, and remember still the satisfaction of putting just the right book into a child's (or teenager's) hands.

While at Penguin, I also worked for a time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring select picture book and YA projects for that list. My favorite part of that time was reading new submissions -- finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go was thrilling to me then and remains so now.

I handle books for children exclusively: picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA, fiction and non-fiction. The projects I represent share powerful and original writing, strong story-telling and a distinctive, sometimes off-kilter voice. In middle-grade and YA, I'm looking for unforgettable characters, rich world-building, and I'm a sucker for bittersweet; bonus points for something that makes me laugh out loud. I'm open to mystery, fantasy, scifi, humor, boy books, historical, contemporary (really any genre). In picture books, I'm looking particularly for author-illustrators, succinct but expressive texts, and indelible characters. I'm interested in non-fiction that relates to kid's daily lives and their concerns with the world. I'm actively looking for diversity in the stories and authors that I represent. My favorite projects live at the intersection of literary and commercial.

For more information please visit Susan Says, and check the Bent Agency blog for periodic updates to my wish list.


Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Agency



Sarah Negovetich is fully aware that no one knows how to pronounce her last name, and she's okay with that.

Her favorite writing is YA, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty, it's accurate if not exactly motivational.

Sarah's background is in Marketing. FYI, your high school algebra teacher was right when they told you every job uses math. She uses her experience to assist Corvisiero authors with platform building and book promotion.







Amaryah Orenstein of GO Literary


Amaryah Orenstein is the founder of GO Literary. As a literary agent, she is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, Amaryah represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction (including YA), narrative nonfiction, and academic titles. She is actively seeking works that wed beautiful writing with a strong narrative and tackle big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways. Amaryah began her career at the Laura Gross Literary Agency in 2009 and, prior to that, worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations,





Ammi-Joan Pacquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency




Joan is a Senior Agent with EMLA, working from her home office in Massachusetts as the "East Coast branch" of the agency. She represents all forms of children's and young adult literature, but is most excited by a strong lyrical voice, tight plotting with surprising twists and turns, and stories told with heart and resonance that will stand the test of time.

An EMLA client herself, Joan is also the author of numerous books for children, most recently the picture books Ghost in the House(Candlewick, 2013) and Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo (Clarion, 2013), and the novels Paradox (Random House, 2013) and Rules for Ghosting (Walker, 2013).—Her next novel, Princess Juniper of the Hourglass, is forthcoming from Philomel in July 2015. When she is not on the phone, answering email, or writing, you will most likely find Joan curled up with a book. Or baking something delicious. Or talking about something delicious she's baked. Really, after books and food, what else is there worth saying?




Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services



Saba Sulaiman is the newest member of Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She joined the team after working as an editorial intern at Sourcebooks, where she worked primarily on their romance line. She's looking for up-market literary and commercial fiction, romance (all subgenres except paranormal), character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, and memoir, both in adult and YA. She's also actively looking for MG. Follow her on Twitter @agentsaba






Author Judges:



Dhalia Adler: I'm an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and I do a whole lot of writing at every spare moment in between. I've also been a Production Intern and Editorial Assistant at Simon & Schuster, a Publicity Intern at HarperCollins, and a Fashion Intern at Maxim. (I'm kind of into that whole publishing thing.)

I'm the author of the Daylight Falls duology (consisting of Behind the Scenes and Under the Lights), the upcoming Just Visiting, and the NA novel Last Will and Testament. For information on those books and where you can buy them, check out My Books!

I live in New York City with my husband and our overstuffed bookshelves, and you can find me on Twitter at @MissDahlELama and blogging at B&N Teens, The Daily Dahlia, and YA Misfits. Come say hi!








Holly Bodger: A long-time resident of Ottawa, Canada, I have been working in publishing since I graduated with an English degree from the University of Ottawa.

I am represented by Lauren MacLeodof The Strothman Agency, LLC. My debut novel, 5 TO 1, was released on May 12, 2015 from Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House).





Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the author of SIBA Book Award nominated Compulsion, book one in the romantic Southern Gothic trilogy, the Heirs of Watson Island, which was a Fall ’14 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Bookstores Alliance, a Kansas State Reading Circle selection, Goodreads Best Book of the Month and YA Best Book of the Month, and an RT Magazine Best of 2014 Editor’s Pick. The second book in the trilogy, Persuasion, will be published in October 2015.

She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and a lopsided cat, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.



Erin Cashman is an attorney specializing in non-profit law. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College and earned her law degree at Boston College Law School. Her debut YA fantasy novel, THE EXCEPTIONALS, was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book. She primarily writes YA and middle grade fantasy while eating chocolate and drinking tea. She is also the Workshop Manager of The First Five Pages Workshsop, a free monthly workshop open to writers of Young Adult fiction, Middle Grade fiction, and New Adult Fiction who want to jumpstart their careers as aspiring authors. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Find her on her Website and on Twitter.




Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers so she's represented by the lovely Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.

SOUL CROSSED, Of Demons & Angels Book One is available now. Book 2 -- SOUL CORRUPTED comes out September 9th.






Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico with her husband and three sons in a solar adobe home on the banks of the Rio Grande. Her award-winning writing has been praised as "fast-paced and dramatic," with "characters painted in memorable detail" and "beautifully realized settings."

Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell and makes way too many cookies while writing.

She's stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; held baby gators in the bayous/swamps of Louisiana, sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

Kimberley's Awards include: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011 & 2014, Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist.






Joy N. Hensley is a former middle school teacher. She used to spend her twenty-minute lunch breaks hosting author Skype chats for her students. Once upon a time she went to a military school on a dare. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children, finding as many ways as she can to never do another push-up again.







S.A. Larsen grew up in one of New England’s smaller communities surrounded by family and the influence of tight-knit relationships with nearby towns. Through her love of dance, athletics, and writing, she expressed her hopes, and dreams, being involved in shows and the theater. She began creating quirky worlds at an early age, more attracted to telling stories through illustrations (elementary scribblings >_<). In middle school and high school this morphed into exploring her world through creepy and eerie tales, stretching her vivid imagination as she shared frustrations and misunderstandings as a teen with a world she figured would never ‘get’ her. And today, she’s just fine with being misunderstood.

Her deep love for writing children’s literature pushes her to explore the joys and angst of the young adult years, the awkward middle grade years, and the curious and sweet younger years of picture books. She lives in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya, with her husband of over twenty years, their four children, and a playful bich-poo Gracie.
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Her debut vineyard-set YA novel, MARKED BEAUTY, has just been acquired by ELYSIAN PRESS.




At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80′s.

After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children’s art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians.

She’s married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two grotesquely beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.




Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet, The Book of Broken Hearts, #scandal, and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, Amazon Top Movers and Shakers, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books. Her short works have appeared in the anthologies Dear Teen Me and Defy the Dark.

She’s a champion cupcake eater, tea drinker, tarot enthusiast, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in the Pacific northwest, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. Fans can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and at sarahockler.com.



Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then -- her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, is coming out Fall 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

She can be found on Twitter at @seesarawrite and blogging over at the Valentines. She is represented by Charlotte Sheedy Literary.





Ron Smith is the author of HOODOO, available fall, 2015 from Clarion Books and is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services. Say hello on his blog or on Twitter.








Liza Wiemer: I am the author of two non-fiction adult books, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. A pre-school to high school educator now writing YA fiction full time, which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! And I'm a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.

For my author posts on writing and my upcoming YA novel HELLO?: http://www.LizaWiemer.com

Unique "job" experiences: I spent a summer selling popcorn in a Koepsell's popcorn wagon while listening to awesome music on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. I also know my way around a fender and a quarter panel and under the hood of a car. I spent a few years driving to accident scenes, scrapyards, hospitals, auto repair shops as a claims adjuster for an insurance company.

I started WhoRuBlog to address YA issues and share my passion for reading. http://www.whoRuBlog.com

Besides articles that address tough issues facing young adults, I have author interviews and book giveaways. Check them out. :D

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18. Please join “Light Up Jo’s Birthday” Fundraising for Lumos

This year J.K. Rowling will celebrate her 50th birthday. To help celebrate this achievement, Always J.K. Rowling is hosting their fourth annual “Light Up Jo’s Birthday” fundraiser for Jo’s charity, Lumos. This year, they want the celebration and honoring of Jo’s birthday to be even bigger and better than in years past (she only turns 50 once in a lifetime). In the last four years, “Light Up  Jo’s Birthday” has raised more than 7,500 pounds for Lumos. This year, if the draw of giving back to the community isn’t enough, Always J.K. Rowling is offering prizes to encourage participation. Prizes include:

-A signed copy of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

– A limited edition, illustrated copy of A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, signed by the author and the illustrator, Ted Nasmith

– A rare dust jacket from an unsold version of A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin, signed by the author

– A one night stay in The Georgian House Hotel‘s ‘Wizard Chambers’ in London

– A copy of The Casual Vacancy on DVD, signed by the cast and crew

– A limited edition Marauder’s Map print by MinaLima

– A signed photo of Chris Rankin

– A pair of tickets to Potted Potter

– A pair of tickets to the Muggle Tours Walking Tour of London

– A Harry Potter t-shirt from Qwertee

– A surprise book bundle, including signed copies

Donations will be taken throughout the month of July, leading up to J.K. Rowling’s (and Harry Potter’s) birthday. You can enter to win prizes without donating, though donations are strongly encouraged. There is no residential or age limitation on the prizes. More information about how to donate and how to enter the prize draw can be found on the “Light Up Jo’s Birthday” donation page. Please share this news on social media to encourage more to help donate.

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19. The Winners of the Pitch Plus One Contest!!

We are proud to announce the winners of the Pitch Plus One Contest!! We hope all of our entrants feel as though they've had a great experience and have received valuable feedback along the way. The scores were very close, but here are the five prize winning entries:

Third Place Prize

FIGHT FOR THIS

You've won a one chapter critique from Agent Melissa Nasson!

Third Place Prize: 

RIVETED

You've won a one chapter critique from Agent Jordy Albert!

Runner Up 

THE SINNER ROSE

You've won a two chapter critique from Agent Danielle Barthel!

Runner Up

IF ONE OF THEM IS DEAD

You've won a two chapter critique from Agent Victoria Lowes!

And the GRAND PRIZE goes to

XAVIER AND THE MYSTERIOUS BLACK SPACESHIP

You've won a three chapter critique from Agent Christa Heschke!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and to all of our wonderful judges. 

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20. Blog Tour: Author Guest Post by Margi Preus PLUS Giveaway



Photo Credit: Shirleen Hieb Photography

I love to hear what writer's have to say about libraries. I relate so much to what Margi Preus shares about growing up surrounded by stories. May we all be as lucky!


            The stories of writers who as children were non-readers or slow readers or were saved from gangs or a life of crime by fairy godmother-like librarians—these stories are fascinating, and we readers thrive on hearing them.
By comparison, my own story is as dull as dirt. I grew up in a pleasant Minnesota town where people were generally good to each other. We had fine schools and nice teachers. I had a wonderful family and many friends. I was never bullied, nor do I think I was a bully. I was a good student. And I always liked to read. In short: a thoroughly dull and nondramatic life.   
            Except that it wasn’t. My world was populated with trolls and gnomes and golden castles that hung in the air—thanks to the stories my father told. I knew where fairies danced at night and that nissen(little people) were to blame for hiding my mother’s sewing scissors—because she told me that herself. I lived in a storied landscape and a world of stories, not least because my elementary school had a big, vibrant library stuffed full of books, and a librarian who made sure good books, important books, stayed on the shelves—even books that parents objected to, like (believe it or not) Harriet the Spy, the book that made me want to become a writer, or Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret, a book that caused me to wander about in a daze for a full week, mind-blown.
            I may not have lived an outwardly exciting life, but through books, I sailed with Jim Hawkins and rafted with Huck Finn, sat under a Spanish cork tree with Ferdinand, wandered the magical realm of Narnia, made way too many donuts with Henry Huggins, and had tea on the ceiling with Mary Poppins.
            I felt every kind of emotion and lived through times both devastating and joyous. I was grumpy with Harriet, knew the comfort of friendship with Mole and Toad and Rat, felt loneliness and privation on the Island of Blue Dolphins, suffered prejudice with Hannah in The Witch of Blackbeard Pond, felt wildly free and independent with Pippi, and wept with Wilbur over the death of our mutual friend, Charlotte.
Like readers before me and after me, I learned to empathize, at least in part—and maybe a big part—because of books. And by books I mean novels. Fiction transported me to many worlds where I made friends and even lost a few, and where I experienced every kind of hardship and sorrow as well as the best kinds of delight, pleasure, and joy. Thanks to stories, my life was never dull, has never been dull, and never will be dull.  And thanks to my elementary school library and librarian, I got a good start down the road to adventure just when it counted the most.




About Enchantment Lake: On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as seventeen-year-old Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hotdish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? 

Would you like to win a *signed copy* of Enchantment Lake
Fill out the form below to enter. 
Contest thanks to University of Minnesota Press!
(open to ages 13+, one entry per person, contest ends April 8)

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21. Writing contest results, The Long Ride Home

To celebrate the publication of THE LONG RIDE HOME by Kari Dell, we had a writing contest. Herewith the results:


Special recognition for lovely lovely images

S.D.King 10:16am


A phrase I am determined to find many future uses for
“Go ride the baloney pony!” 
Kregger 10:17am

Special recogniton for excellent use of prompt words

dell/bordello Kitty 10:23am

ride/iridescent brianrschwarz 12:02pm

dell/yodelling Amy Schaefer 4:48pm

home/psychometry Steve Forti 5:42pm

long/Longfellow's Phyllis E 5:13pm



Grease is the word!

Colin Smith 10:36am



Not quite a story, but holy moly

CarolynWith2Ns 11:17am
Christine Seine 11:55am



It's says NOTHING good about me that I laughed like crazy reading this one 

Amanda Capper 11:17am
Lance 11:23am



And of course, Carkoon now appears in these stories!

Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli 1:14pm



Special recognition for a story that would have been perfect if the last line got chopped.

Donnaeve 1:27pm

Dellwood Acres top child psychiatrist, Dr. Grate, glared at the young boy, “You ride him, you don’t converse with him. Keep that up and it’ll be a long time before you go home.”

The horse in the stall tossed its head.

Dr. Grate persisted, “Say it. Horses don’t talk.”

The boy, as usual, refused to speak directly to the doctor.

A voice came from the stall, “Of course, of course!”

Dr. Grate spun around, “Who said that?”

The boy, his face brightening, whispered, “See?”

Outside the barn, Doctor Grate’s assistant high-fived himself. His secret Mr. Ed routine worked every time.

And here are the nine finalists:


(1) Julie Weathers 11:34am

"I'll bring him home, little mama," I said. Then Dell and I rode off to war. She lost the baby while we were dealing death at Chicamauga. He was determined to go home to her, but I convinced him to stay. He'd be alive today if I'd let him. When he fell, she wrote and made me promise to bring him home. Like a fool, I did. Now I'm making that long ride home with his horse trailing behind that lead coffin. She'll have a husband to mourn, but be damned if I know whose he is.







(2) Geoff LaPard 4:40pm


Cruz stood back. The remodelling had worked perfectly. It had taken a long time, each brick, each joist requiring care. He allowed himself a small glow of pride.

He spent a few hours installing the furniture - the table his mother left him when she left; the horsehair sofa from his grandmother when his father disappeared; the bed in which his beloved Natalie had died.

He waited for Maisie to appear, as usual skipping - their secret, her daily cookie.

When he bolted the steel doors, designed to muffle her scream he whispered to the cold metal. ‘Quiet. You’re home now.’



(3) Amy Schaefer 4:48pm

Darla jolted awake like she had been unhorsed. She shuffled to the window and scowled. Damn neighbors and their strident yodelling. Waking an old woman in the dead of night.

Those hooligans needed a good scare, and no mistake. She fumbled her box of shotgun shells; they scattered with a sound like hail.

The door flew open. “Mama,” said Cliff. “I know the singalongs get rowdy, but this is summer camp. You can’t shoot buckshot at homesick nine-year-olds.”

She played contrite as he tucked the covers around her chin.

Then, alone in the dark, Darla grabbed the shell he’d missed.





(4) Lisa Bodenheim 6:42pm

The car tires hummed a strident refrain, ‘She’s seeing someone else, she’s seeing someone else.’ How ironic, now that gay marriage was legal. It felt like a knife to the heart.



In the backseat, the kids were zonked out after a frenetic day at the Wisconsin Dells Kalahari Waterpark. I focused on the freeway, steeling my nerves as I drove home.



That night, alone with her in the kitchen, my heart pattered like a mad hatter. “Sheila, let’s quit this horse—”



She knelt on her knees, tears of longing in her eyes, and a small box on her palm.





(5) Timothy Lowe 7:43pm

The bride threw up in her hands.

"It was a horse pill," the bride's mother whispered to an aunt.

"I can marry whomever I choose," she spat, wiping puke from her lips.

Not true. They'd found her yodelling in an alley the night before, drunk as a skunk. The pill had sobered her but made her sick.

"You belong with me," the groom said. He was a ratty little man in a monkey suit. He was also the only one who knew her sister's whereabouts.

"Shall we begin?" said the priest.

The bride swallowed her bile. She took his hand.



(6) Calorie Bombshell 8:26pm


Bride-to-be Ursula Langston Cordially Requests Your Presence.

Hand-delivered on linen paper. Name rings a bell but I can’t place her. Former co-worker? Googled address. Beverly Hills. “No gifts, please.” Classy.

I’m here. Gorgeous home. Which one’s Ursula? Face is familiar. Mannequin smile. But from where?
Headlong dash to buffet table. Mortadella and provolone pinwheels. Mouth stings of horseradish. Deathly allergic. Spit it out. Throat swelling. Mouths move as I stumble.

Remember now? Tenth grade. Ursula’s sister, Becca. Suicide. You tormented her. All of us.

I’ll tell them sorry. Beg their forgiveness. If I can just make it. to. the. door.



(7) Nadine 11:59pm


“He’s been gone a long time.” She held her handkerchief. “I think he’s met someone else. I heard he was seen in the woods with a girl.”
“Don’t think about that. You’re better off without him.”
She stood up. “Maybe he needs a ride back. I should go get him.”
“I wouldn’t bother if I were you.”
“Why?”
“He’s not coming home. He doesn’t love you.”
She glared at me. “Screw you and the horse you rode in on.”
“That’s just the thing,” I said. “He did. I was the girl in the dell.”



(8) A Velez 6:44am

She scrambles into the mill loft. The horse should be clear by now, she thinks. The children safe.

The loft is crammed with grain. No weapon. No escape. She shoves the barrels and they fall longwise like dominoes – flour explodes into air, denser than fog.

“It’s simple Della,” he emerges in the iridescence. “Sign over the homestead, you live.”

“No. I won’t.” And neither will you.

He raises the gun. A white apparition with a red, lying mouth.

He is already a ghost.

Flint to frizzen. A single spark. The glutted air ignites.

The explosion rages across the prairie.



(9) Pharosian 9:58am


"Howdy, ma'am," he said in perfect hayseed. He had that whole farmer-in-the-dell look going on, what with the overalls and straw hat.

"Let me show you where to bring the dining suite," I said, ushering him into my home.

He glanced around, presumably gauging dimensions. "Huh," he said, wiping his horsey face with a bandanna. "Never seen a chaise longue in a dining room before." He pronounced it "shayze lounge."

"It's 'shez long,' I said. I take pride in educating others.

"Smart lady." He nodded toward the wall. "So you know that Ver Meer is a fake?"

I stared.





I had to read all of these several times to make a final choice. I really loved what you all did with these prompt words.

The winner this week is Congratulations Calorie Bombshell.  A funny, yet twisted story with enough ambiguity at the end to really grab us!

Calorie Bombshell you'll email your mailing address to me, I'll send you a copy of The Long Ride Home by Kari Dell. If by some chance you have it already, let me know and we'll figure out something else.

Thanks to all of you who entered. As usual, I loved reading your work. Some of you are very very scary! (Just the way I like it!)




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22. Waterstones ‘Career of Evil’ Competition

Waterstones is holding a very exciting competition to win one of three signed copies of J.K. Rowling’s upcoming novel Career of Evil. The website states:

We have managed to secure a small number of signed copies of Career Of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling). Anyone who pre-orders a copy of the book on Waterstones.com will be in with a chance of getting a rare, signed edition.

Simply pre-order the book before 9am on 19th October 2015, and a signed copy could be yours. Don’t worry, if you’ve already pre-ordered a copy from us, you’ll be in with a chance too.’

For only £10.00 on the Waterstones website, we think this sounds like a worthwhile deal!

Career of Evil is due for publication on 22nd October 2015.

Thanks to SnitchSeeker.com for the heads up!

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23. The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest For Children's Illustrators!!!

WOO HOO!  The day has finally arrived!  It's time for . . .


The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous
Illustration Contest for Children's Illustrators!

The ContestDraw/Paint/Create a children's picture book illustration (no text required - art only) the topic for which shall be
discovery

Above all things, these illustrations are meant to evoke story, so it is crucial that they present at least one character, a setting, and ideally hint at/suggest some kind of plot or conflict idea.

Illustrations should be 8x10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px.  Illustrators may enter more than one entry if they're feeling ambitious :)

Post:  Your entry should be posted on your blog between right now this very second and Friday June 26 at 9 PM EDT (contest deadline!)  Please add your post-specific link to the link list below which will remain up all week so that people will be able to come visit and enjoy your amazing artwork.  If you don't have a blog but would like to enter, you will be able to copy and paste your entry into the comments below.  (If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, you may email me and I'll post your entry for you!)

Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of 40 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:

 - does the illustration evoke a sense of story,
 - is the picture readable to a young audience,
 - how well does it show the character(s) and
 - is/are the character(s) appealing (character development),
 - originality,
 - skill.

They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Monday June 29 for you to vote on for a winner.  The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Thursday July 2 and the winner will be announced on Friday July 3... along with something for the writers in our audience, so stay tuned! :)

The Prizes!:  There will definitely be a 1st prize.  Whether we give prizes for 1st only, 1st-3rd, or 1st-6th will depend on how many entries we get.  We need at least 12 entries to place through 3rd, and at least 20 to place through 6th.

We've got some great prizes lined up including a chance to take Mark Mitchell's fantastic Make Your Marks And Splashes Online Children's Book Illustration Class (a $249 value, but really priceless!)  This class is packed with video lessons on the topics of drawing, painting, and children's book illustration and video interviews with children's illustrators. It also includes three months of online group critique sessions (2 sessions per month, at this point) with Mark and guest instructors, so the winner could also get the equivalent of a portfolio critique if she/he participated in all six of the sessions.  You can read all about it here: http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/

http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/


Additional prizes will include:

 - a Wacon Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet (see details HERE)

 - a $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials (which is online)

 - choices of the following books:
      - Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
      - 2015 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market by Chuck Sambuchino

  - a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

and of course the bragging rights to having won or placed in a Pretty Much World Famous Contest! :)

So ready, set, GO! artists!  We can't wait to see what you've created!  We're ready to be inspired! :)

Remember, add your post-specific blog link to the link list below or email your illustration to me for posting here!

And our first entry to be submitted (from an artist who doesn't have a blog) is this one from Tina Marantettte:

illustration copyright 2015 Tina Marantette


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24. Win the Chance to Meet Jason Isaacs and Bonnie Wright at ‘Supanova’ in Perth

Over 18, live in Western Australia, and free on 27th June?

Enter Brisbane Times’ competition to win tickets to Supanova – a VIP event in a secret location in Perth, Australia. Members of the Harry Potter cast such as Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) will be there, along side many others, as Brisbane Times reports:

‘Reminisce with Brady Bunch stars Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland, flex your Futurama knowledge with Billy West and John DiMaggio or have a pint of butterbeer with Harry Potter’s Jason Isaacs… or any other star you can find.’

The full list of stars attending is here and features many exciting names, such as Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Dr Horrible, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the people behind Mad Max: Fury Road and so many others! Brisbane Times’ detailing of the competition are as follows:

‘If you could ask any of the Supanova guest stars (the full list is here) any question you like, what would it be?

Email your answer, along with your name, age, address and contact number to competitions@watoday.com.au. Please include the word PARTY in the subject line.

Competition closes at 4pm Thursday 25 June 2015 and terms and conditions apply.’

Definitely worth a try if you meet the entry requirements!

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25. The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest WINNERS!!!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

I know none of you has gotten a minute of rest or a wink of sleep for days, what with the torturous anticipation of finding out who the winners of the contest are!

No doubt you have paced a hole in your carpet!

But fear not!  The day has arrived!

Are you ready to see who won?


The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous
Illustration Contest for Children's Illustrators!
Great!

Me, too!

I just have one quick thing to say, which is that EVERYONE who entered this contest should be very proud of themselves.  You all showed up, put in the work, produced GORGEOUS illustrations, followed guidelines, and worked to a deadline - all very important skills to practice when illustrating and/or writing is your profession :)  Even if you didn't make the finals, be assured that your illustrations were greatly enjoyed by many upon many!  Seriously!  I am not making this up.  The contest post with all your links had around 3000 views, which means lots of people were visiting you, even if they didn't all comment!  So we are giving you a round of thunderous applause - clapclapclapclapclap!!!!! - and you should pat yourselves on the back and have an extra slice of chocolate cake - you did good! :)

So now, without further ado, by popular vote, the Winner of the 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest and the opportunity to take Mark Mitchell's fantastic Make Your Marks And Splashes online illustration course...

DDDDDRRRRRUUUUUMMMMM  RRRRROOOOOLLLLLLLLLL  PLEASE!!!!...

Anna Totten!!!

Congratulations, Anna!!!

2nd Place, and winner of the Wacon Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet is...

Dow Phumiruk

3rd Place, and winner of the $50 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials is...

Cheryl Pilgrim

Congratulations, Cheryl!!!

4th Place* is...
Michelle Todd

Congratulations, Michelle!!!

5th Place* is...
The Write Laura

Congratulations, Laura!!!

6th Place* is...
Micha Klann

Congratulations, Micha!!!

*4th-6th Places may have their choice of any one of the following:

     - Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
      - 2015 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market by Chuck Sambuchino

  - a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

and of course you ALL get the bragging rights to having won or placed in a Pretty Much World Famous Contest! :)

Winners, please email me so we can talk details :)

Thank you again to all the illustrators who participated in this contest and treated us all to such beautiful artwork; to our wonderful judges, Iza Trapani and Lisa Thiesing, without whom we could not have done this!; and to all the readers and viewers who visited, commented, and voted to celebrate these talented artists!  It is all of you who make these contests fun and worthwhile!

Have a spectacular 4th of July Weekend, Everyone!!!




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