Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Writerly News

Today I thought I'd share with you a few writing opportunities.

The first one is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Each Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance. All Entries can be submitted through the CreateSpace platform and must be received no later than February 6, 2011.

Up to 5,000 Entries will be accepted within each category (General Fiction and Young Adult). The contest officially started yesterday. When the spaces fill up, they close. So if you are interested, than don't delay.

For those of you who write Speculative Adult Fiction, here is a chance to win an editorial review from an editor at Del Rey.

Suvudu is holding a contest that started on January 18th and will run until March 18th. One Grand Prize Winner and three Runner Up Winners will be selected on or about May 13, 2011, by members of Sponsor's editorial department. Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and writing style. GRAND PRIZE (1): A full edit of the work by Betsy Mitchell, Editor in Chief of Del Rey Publishing and a set of Del Rey books selected by Sponsor. Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $2250. RUNNER UP PRIZES (3): A set of Del Rey Books selected by Sponsor. ARV: $250.

In March, UK Publisher, Angry Robot books, will be having an open door submission, for one month only.

Angry Robot is a global imprint dedicated to the best in modern adult science fiction, fantasy and everything inbetween. Their book line launched in July 2009, with both physical books across a wide variety of formats, e-books with audio to follow.

AND..... a week from today we will have another Mystery Agent Contest!! 

This super awesome agent would love to see your Middle Grade or Young Adult Entries from your completed novels. The first 50 people get the spots, so have your 25 word pitch ready on February 1st.

The winner gets the awesome prize of a Full Manuscript Request.


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  2. Thanks for the awesome tips! I heard about the Amazon contest last night from a British friend living in France. She was bemoaning her fate because the contest isn't open to French (and only French) citizens/residents. She didn't know why.

  3. I've submitted my novel to Amazon for the Breakthrough Contest - and my pitch is ready for yours! Can't wait.

  4. You already know from my blog that I was staggered by the 25-word pitch, but I think I've come to terms with it. ;)

    Good luck to all who enter the contests!

  5. Awesome collection of contests and opportunities! Thanks! I love it when you guys do all the research work for me and all I have to do is submit. :) Operation Awesome FTW!

  6. Thanks for the list! I knew about Suvudu and ABNA, but Angry Robot is a new one :D

  7. Ooh, yay! I'm already entered in ABNA and this would be fantasic, too! Thanks so much!! (oh, and since I'm enjoying Across the Universe after I won it here, you have the chance to win some books off of me, too. Just see today's post on ours and comment!).

  8. Great blog! Does the pitch need to be EXACTLY 25 words, or is there any wiggle room to end a sentence?

  9. Woops -- I see I've fallen for the New Year's mirage...this was all from LAST January and February! Sounds like a great contest, wish you'd offer it again.


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