A Free Contest for Middle Grade and YA

If your middle grade or YA novel has a pro-business theme, take a look at this opportunity! The deadline is at the end of this month. (Not for me. My ultimate bad guy is a big-time developer.)

No Fee Fiction Writing Contest with Cash and Contract – MG to Adult | Writing and Illustrating.

Write a Funny Book for Kids and Get an Agent

Here’s a great opportunity for writers of humorous children’s books.

John M. Cusick


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Hey gang, check it out. The Greenhouse Funny Prize is back. And guess what: this year, it’s open to North American writers!

Last year’s competition saw over 700 entries, and Pip Jones was our winner. Julia Churchill quickly sold Pip’s book, SQUISHY McFLUFF, THE INVISIBLE CAT, to Faber Children’s Books in a 4 book pre-empt.

So we’re putting out a call for funny stuff, from quirky picture books to wry y.a. The winner will receive an offer of representation from Greenhouse.

Wait, what?

That’s right. The winner gets rep’d people. Not bad.

Entry guidelines:

The Greenhouse Funny prize is open to un-agented writers writing funny fiction for children of all ages.

To get a good sense of the voice and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description (a few lines) of the book AND a one page outline that…

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2013 Contest Opportunities for Children’s Writers

The deadline for this year’s Highlights fiction contest has passed, but you can still submit stories to the magazine. Just check the guidelines on their site. It is also useful to go to the library and read all the copies from the last year cover to cover before submitting.

If you are interested in other competitions, here’s a great resource. Click on the link below.

writermorphosis: 2013 Children’s Writer’s Calendar: Contest Opportunities.

Brush Up Your Manuscript and Try Your Luck with This Contest!

Take a look at this contest on Query Tracker. An agent is judging! The deadline is January 30. There are details and helpful hints in the post below.

QueryTracker Blog: Latest Contest.

Legitimate Poetry and Writing Contests

Legitimate Poetry and Writing Contests.

Writing contests may or may not shorten your path to publication. If you win a legitimate one, it can add sparkle to your resume. Unfortunately, too many are just ways to raise money for the clubs that sponsor them.

Google the contest name and “scam” before you submit.

The link at the top of this post leads to an article that  lists a few good contests. At least one has a deadline coming up soon.

Check the websites for submission details and follow all rules to the letter. Judges may (or may not) look for any excuse to toss out entries. It cuts down their reading time. To be fair, in their place, you probably would too.

Good luck!