The Georgetown Academy Contest

Download Georgetown Academy for freeIn a town where one misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at D.C.’s elite Georgetown Academy know there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.

In Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz’s series Georgetown Academy, we step into the shoes of four sophomores as they navigate issues of love, friendship, betrayal and scandal, in the hot-bed environment of nation’s capital.

Cool interactive feature alert: This digital series also lets you choose which girl you want to follow during a critical night of fun-filled drama. Depending on who you pick, you’ll see scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals…all giving you a different perspective as the night unfolds.

Sound intriguing? Well this month we’re offering you a chance to read the first book in the series for free AND get a story published in Georgetown Academy: Book Four! Scroll down for details.

Chat with the Judges!

Join the Georgetown Academy authors Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz along with Coliloquy’s CEO Lisa Rutherford to discuss what they are looking for in winning entries. The chat will be held right here on this page!

Date: Tuesday, June 30
Time: 7-8 p.m. ET / 4-5 p.m. PT



Get a free copy of Georgetown Academy: Book One emailed to you by going to You’ll have the choice of a Kindle edition, NOOK edition, or a PDF.

Read the novella. Then, in 1,000 words or fewer, write a story about two of your favorite Georgetown Academy characters at a DC monument. Do they break in? Use Dad’s connections? Make out? Fight? It’s up to you!


Two grand-prize winners will have their story published in a special section of Georgetown Academy: Book Four, coming June 2013. The two grand-prize winners will also be invited to submit a manuscript to Coliloquy, the publishers of Georgetown Academy, to be considered for publication.

Five runners-up will receive Books Two, Three, and Four in the Georgetown Academy series.

How to Enter

White House Washington DC

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,000 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with Georgetown on the “Details” tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

You have until Wednesday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Jessica Koosed Ettiing and Alyssa Embree Schwartz, along with the editors from Coliloquy, the publishing company behind Georgetown Academy, will be reading all the entries and choosing the winners.

White House photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia


Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues. For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

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51 thoughts on “The Georgetown Academy Contest

  1. I was JUST looking at this series at the YA Central Website! 😀 But my library doesn’t have it and I DON’T KNOW WHY B/C THIS IS SO MY SORT OF SERIES! 🙁

    • Hey Molly!

      Your Kindle may not be set up to receive books not purchased through Amazon. Can you read the book on your computer? (There’s a Kindle application for both Macs and PCs.)

  2. Hi, ok so I just finished reading the story but I have a question are we writing this from only the perspective of the first book or would it be wise to look into what happens in the second and third book, because I am just worried that if I make with too people in a relationship what if they have broken up in the third or second book. Or what if other people got together. So basically I guess I am just asking if we can use a character from how they end off in the third book or if it has to be form the things we only know from the first book?

    • Hey!
      You can just write from the perspective of the first book. If it disagrees with what happens later, that’s fine!

  3. If we receive the free book, do we have to submit to the contest? Or can we ask for the book if we just want to read it?

  4. Sorry, but how do I send the mobi file to my Kindle app? I don’t see an option for this and my computer won’t open it…

    • We’re unable to provide tech support for your Kindle, but if you google it you’ll probably find some helpful Internet folk.

  5. Okay, I am more than interested in this contest! This series is wonderful!
    I’m just a tiny bit confused though. The prompt says we should write about our two favorite characters at a DC monument, and that we can essentially have them doing whatever we want (fighting, stealing, hooking up), but when I read the full rules, under Winner Selection it mentioned that a huge chunk of how we will be judged is based on whether or not the scene we write is a romantic scene between the characters. I’m just wondering whether the scene /has/ to be a romantic one or if it can be something else. The conflicting instructions are a bit confusing.

    also, sorry this is so long haha.

    • Hey April,

      The story does not have to be romantic and the rules have been update to clarify this. Thanks for pointing it out!

  6. If one or both of the winners chosen don’t have a manuscript to submit at the present time, will they be allowed to come up with one and submit a manuscript at a later date? Or does the manuscript have to be submitted as soon as they winners are chosen?

  7. Let’s say you win, and you want to submit something for consideration to be published, but you don’t have anything you can give them to review at the time you win. Will they give you time to write something or do they want something from you right after the contest is over?

  8. i left a question here a few days ago about the contest rules and it seems to have disappeared? I asked whether or not the story we submit has to be a romantic one since the instructions conflict.

  9. If you do win and get to submit your manuscript do you have to submit t right away or do you have some leeway? I’m just thinking that if you’re working on a book and it’s unfinished do you still have he chance to finish it before you submit it to the publisher?

  10. Hey there! One question. Let’s say I win the contest, what if I don’t really have a manuscript to submit since that is one of the prizes, is that okay? I just in it for the competition and the books 🙂

    • Please refer to the official rules which state: “you must submit one (1) original scene between two characters from the book Georgetown Academy that takes place at a Washington D.C. monument”

    • Hey Maddie,

      Please refer to the official rules which state: “you must submit one (1) original scene between two characters from the book Georgetown Academy that takes place at a Washington D.C. monument”

  11. This probably sounds stupid, but is the White House considered a DC monument? A travel website lists it as one, but I don’t want to get disqualified if it isn’t.

  12. Hey! I was just wondering if by two favourite characters, does that mean two characters out of the four main characters (Ellie, Brinley, Taryn, Evan), or could it be one of the main and a minor character? It isn’t clarified anywhere.

  13. I submitted my entry for the Georgetown Academy competition yesterday and have yet to see it on the page. I don’t know what to do.

    • Hey Elisa,

      If your entry is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re entered! So check those 3 things.

  14. Someone told me that we are unable to edit our entries once it’s been tagged. Is this true? I didn’t see anything mentioned about this on the full rules.

    • Hey! As long as your entry is:
      -tagged correctly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created on Figment after the announcement of the contest and before the entry period closes
      You’re entered.

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