Carolrhoda Books Open Submission

Thanks to twitter, I found about another opportunity coming up in January for unagented debut YA fiction authors.



Submissions will run from 1/6/2014 to 1/12/2014

What To Do: 

Please email a very brief cover and your manuscript to Include the word “QUERY” in the subject (We’re not asking for queries. Just put the word in the subject line and ignore the contradiction). Please put the cover letter in the body of the email and include the completed manuscript as an attachment. Do not send partials. Do not include any portion in the body of the email. Microsoft Word or RTF files much preferred. PDFs are OK if you need to show illustrations. All non-compliant emails deleted with prejudice and without reply.

Sun Versus Snow Query Contest

With #pitchMAS in full swing, I’m moving forward into January and preparing for other contests out in the blogosphere. Luckily, there are two! First is #pitmad on twitter, which is just like #pitchMAS and dealing with twitter pitches, but later in the month is #sunvssnow and it focuses on your query and first 250 words.




Hosted by: Michelle Hauck (Team Snow) and Amy Trueblood (Team Sun)

Submissions Open:  Saturday, January 18th at noon Eastern time

Submissions Close:  Sunday, January 19th  at 8:00 pm Eastern time

Open to: Adult, NA, YA, and Middle Grade with POLISHED and READY manuscripts

Qualifications to enter: Follow both Michelle on Twitter and their blogs (see original post for information)

What to Submit: Query & First 250 words of your manuscript

What to Expect: Michelle & Amy will pick 15 queries each. Mentors will provide feedback from JAN 23 – JAN 27 as will each of the 30 participants. After receiving two days to make improvements, the new queries and 250 words must be resubmitted by 8pm, January 29th. Beginning Feb 1, agents will have access to your work. There is also a FREE PASS opportunity you can win, where you get to skip the selection process and get placed directly in the pile to be viewed by the agents. 

So are you going to enter? I can’t wait!

Preparing for #PitchMAS

Thanks to the amazing efforts to @Pitchmas, there is an amazing contest about to take place for authors seeking representation and publication. I’ve been working all week to hone my twitter pitch for the upcoming #PitchMAS and I think I’m going to test the waters with these three.  You have to tweet your novel in less than 140 characters while including the genre and the hashtag #PitchMAS


Hell wants to open the gates of Heaven & spark the end of days, leaving Carri & her Guardian Angel to stop a war or die trying. #PITCHMAS YA


17yo Carri & her Guardian Angel boyfriend are banned from heaven, but it’s up to them to prevent Hell from breaking in. #PITCHMAS YA/UF


Banned from Heaven for who she is. Wanted by Hell for what she can do. An ancient plot makes her a danger to both. #PITCHMAS YA/UF


Which (if any) are your favorite? Pitch 3 is my favorite


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