Friday, August 16, 2013

Writing Competition for YA Novels: Elephant Rock Books

New Teen Imprint Looking for a Great Story to Lead the Way
Please review the guidelines carefully.

We're after quality stories with heart, guts, and a clear voice. We're especially interested in the quirky and the hopeful and the real. We are not particularly interested in genre fiction and prefer stand-alone novels, unless you've got the next Hunger Games. We seek writers who believe in the transformative power of a great story, so show us what you've got.

Prize: Winner will receive a $1,000 lump-sum prize as part of their book deal with our new imprint Elephant Rock Books YA.

Contest Judges:
Becky Quiroga Curtis, Children's Book Buyer, Books & Books
Louise Brueggemann, Children's Services Supervisor, Naperville Public Library
Emil Ostrovski, author of The Paradox of Vertical Flight

Submission Period: July 1 to Sept. 15.
Reading Fee:$20

Submit the Following via Submittable.

•Cover letter including a brief novel summary, your bio/credits, capacity/ideas/availability to promote the book
•First 50 pages of your manuscript, and brief chapter-by-chapter synopsis

General Terms and Conditions:
•This is a two-tiered process: initial entries are no longer than 50-pages. If we love what we read, we'll request a printed copy of the entire manuscript. The novel must be received within one week of our request.
•Only completed English-language manuscripts are eligible.
Must be a work of unpublished fiction with a minimum word count of 50,000 words.
•Contest is open to all authors over the age of 18.

•Notifications by November 1. Due to the volume of interest we won't comment on rejected manuscripts.

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