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New Voices YA Contest


Sunday, September 15, 2013



Entry Fees

$20 Reading Fee


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


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 written the next Hunger Games. We seek writers who believe in the transformative power of a great story, so show us what you’ve got.

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.

General Terms and Conditions:

· 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· Must be a work of unpublished fiction with a minimum word count of 50,000 words.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.

· 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.

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

Contact Information

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, followed by a brief chapter-by-chapter synopsis



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