In case you didn’t know, November is NaNoWriMo Month. Okay I have to admit, I didn’t know either. After some careful research about NaNoWriMo I decided it was about the coolest tool for aspiring writers ever. The deal for November is to write a whole book in a month. You can do it! There is even that whole break for Thanksgiving. The extra cool thing about this year is a contest for aspiring writers.
The really cool people over at Source Books let me know they will be involved in the contest. Details are as such. You write the first 250 words and a working title, from November 1st to November 30th you can submit your entry and the judging process will begin. The cool peeps over at Source will select the 20 best, and send them on to today’s biggest and baddest YA publishing guys who will then pick the winner. So get started on that idea you always had but never found the time to write. You may be asking yourself “what do I win for all my hard work and dedication?”. Here is the scoop:
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin, Random House, and Sourcebooks.
The Top 20 Entrants will receive autographed copies of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
Seems to me like a great opportunity for new writers to get those ideas out into the pub world! Let me know if you enter and what your story is about!