Book Wish Foundation’s Essay Contest for Aspiring Writers

Are you writing a manuscript for young adult or middle grade readers? Now is your chance to submit it and win a literary agent or acclaimed author’s feedback!  This rare opportunity is being offered to the six winners of an essay contest recently announced by the literacy charity Book Wish Foundation (see http://bookwish.org/contest for details).

You could win a manuscript critique from:
– Laura Langlie, literary agent for Meg Cabot (Abandon)
– Nancy Gallt, literary agent for Jeanne DuPrau (The City of Ember)
– Brenda Bowen, literary agent and editor of Karen Hesse’s Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust
– Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A Corner of the Universe
– Francisco X. Stork, winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
– Cynthia Voigt, winner of the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song and the Newbery Honor for A Solitary Blue

All that separates you from this prize is a 500-word essay about a short story in Book Wish Foundation’s new anthology, What You Wish For.

Essays are due Feb. 1, 2012 and winners will be announced around Mar. 1, 2012.  If you win, you will have six months to submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript for critique (which means you can enter the contest even if you haven’t finished, or started, your manuscript).  Update: Each essay must be about only 1 story, comparing the wishes in that story to the wishes of the refugees.  There is no limit to the number of essays you can submit.  You can write more than one essay for the same story, or submit an essay for each of the 6 stories that are part of the contest. All in all, you have the chance to win up to six critiques!

14 thoughts on “Book Wish Foundation’s Essay Contest for Aspiring Writers

    • Hi Ariel,

      I’m almost positive that you have to buy the book, but please contact the Book Wish Foundation with further questions.

  1. Yes! An essay contest! What I’ve been waiting for!

    Can we write an essay that includes more than one of the contest story, or should each story have a different essay? Like a synthesis essay of many books versus one book per essay?

    • Hi, Meghan. Each essay you submit should be about one story only. If you want, you can submit six essays, one about each story, for multiple opportunities to win. One winner will be selected for each story.

  2. This sounds quite interesting! I think I might enter, but I’ve never read the book, nor can I shell out the cash to buy it right now, but Amazon has a preview of it from their site, so take a look at that, and see what you can do from there.

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