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!