New Writers Breaking Through

abna_1101Have you been looking for an outlet for your Great American Young Adult Novel? For the first time Penguin Group and Amazon are opening the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition to young-adult submissions. Authors Sarah Dessen and Nancy Werlin are two of the judges on the young-adult panel, and entries will be accepted until February 7. Each of the two winners (one for general fiction, one for a young-adult work) will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group.

On another writing note, last week HarperCollins launched inkpop, an interactive writing platform for teenagers.  What makes this site especially interesting is the fact that HarperCollins editors and authors review the site’s top selections and provide feedback to participating writers whom they think have potential. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Remember, first-time authors, even Madeleine L’Engle had to work herself out of the slush pile to get A Wrinkle in Time published.



About the Author:

Laura Tillotson was the editor of Book Links magazine from 2006 to 2011 and Booklist's Books for Youth editorial director from 2008 to 2011. Before joining Booklist she was an editor at Cricket and Spider magazines.

2 Comments on "New Writers Breaking Through"

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  1.' Rica says:

    My friend & I wrote a children’s story. Any competition for picture books that you know about?

  2. Laura says:

    You might want to check out the awards and grants offered by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: Good luck!

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