Big prizes for YA! 2015 Young Adult Fiction Competition

Calling all YA writers! is sponsoring more than $4,000 in prizes for top YA manuscripts. It’s our chance to support great writers who have knocked themselves out to create entertaining YA fiction. Three talented writers will be chosen to receive prizes including a complete line edit of their manuscript or a one-hour session with a book coach after a careful read; a free one-year membership with; and of course, cash. (Details here.)

I love the genre! I have written a couple YA mysteries of my own; raised 5 kids who surrounded me with YA books; and although I’m in the over-40 crowd, one out of three books I read today are classified Young Adult. I am currently reading The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. Case in point, who in their right mind doesn’t love the Harry Potter Series?

We define young adult fiction as a story for a young adult audience, that is, a book for a readership between the ages of 12 to 18. The protagonist, story theme and POV should be within the same age range. Beyond that, your imagination knows no bounds.

The judges for the contest are top-flight publishing professionals. They include Danielle Chiotti from Upstart Crow Literary; John B. Bryans of Plexus Publishing; Jackie Lindert from New Leaf Literary and Media; and editor and bookseller Christen Thompson. Each has a solid footprint in the YA field and will readily recognize a talented YA author.

My advice to YA writers out there – be brave. Submit your work, not just to YA! 2015, but also to as many places that will take it. Get some feedback. Keep at it. If you do not happen to win this contest, so what! We grow and get better by doing it.

Keep in the loop with our contest on Twitter. Follow the hashtag, #AUTHORSmeContest. We’ll announce the winners here on February 1, 2016. If you are reading this before December 31, 2015, you still have a chance to enter! Click here for details.