Monday, April 27, 2009

YA & Children's Fiction Contest

The young adult side of writing is really starting to get some (deserved) attention. Here’s a new contest for YA and children's writers:

Calling all YA and children’s writers! Hunger Mountain is thrilled to present the inaugural Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing!

Hunger Mountain, the arts journal of Vermont College of Fine Arts, will launch our new online arts journal early this summer. Our new site will include YA and Children’s Literature; we’ll feature articles on hot topics and trends in YA and children’s literature, interviews with publishing industry insiders, and fiction selections by well-known and up-and-coming YA and children’s authors. Upcoming issues will feature pieces by Katherine Paterson, Carrie Jones, Cynthia Leitich Smith, K.A. Nuzum, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sara Zarr and many others!

Writers of Young Adult Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, and Picture Books are encouraged to enter the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing. Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Paterson will judge. One winner will receive $1000.00 and publication in Hunger Mountain online, and two honorable mentions will receive $100.00 each. Entries may include:

-Young Adult Fiction (novel excerpt or short story)
-Middle Grade Fiction (novel excerpt or short story)
-Picture Book (text only)

Submission Fee: $20 per entry

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by June 30th, 2009

Contest Guidelines: Your packet should include four items:
-A one-page cover sheet that includes:
Your name, address, email, and phone number
The title of your manuscript
The category of your manuscript (YA, MG, PB)
-A brief (one to two paragraph/200 word) bio of yourself
-A brief (one to two paragraph/250 word) synopsis of your manuscript
-Your manuscript:

Up to 5,000 words of middle grade/young adult fiction, or one picture book manuscript (text only)
Entries must be double-spaced, with margins of at least 1”
Please number the pages of your entry, and label each page with the title
Please DO NOT label the manuscript with your name (entries will be judged anonymously)
Please paperclip (do not staple) your entry

Entry Fee:Check or money order for $20, payable to Hunger Mountain
Self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of award winners
A self-addressed, stamped postcard for us to acknowledge receipt of your entry (optional)

Packets should be mailed to:
Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602


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