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AUTHORS.me Young Adult Fiction Writing Competition

And the winners are...

Read more about our winners here.

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Danielle Chiotti
Upstart Crow Literary

Danielle Chiotti is an agent specializing in YA fiction. She has worked in publishing for twelve years. Formerly an editor, she joined Upstart Crow when it was founded in 2009, specializing in young adult and middle-grade fiction, as well as cookbooks and select nonfiction. Thanks to her extensive editorial background, she enjoys working closely with authors to develop projects. She welcomes first-time authors with a unique voice and point of view.

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John B. Bryans
Plexus Publishing

John B. Bryans, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Plexus Publishing, Inc., began his publishing career as an editor of mass-market historical fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense before expanding into YA publishing. John acquired and published Boardwalk Empire, which inspired an Emmy-winning series on HBO and, in 2010, became Plexus’s first New York Times bestseller. His most recent Plexus project is a seven-part YA series, Adventures Along the Jersey Shore, by Dave Hart and John Calu.

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Jackie Lindert
New Leaf Literary

Jackie Lindert attended the Denver Publishing Institute after earning her B.A. in English. She has worked as a Subsidiary Rights Assistant at Penguin Random House and is now a Literary Assistant at New Leaf Literary & Media, where she had previously interned. New Leaf represents a wide range of books from children’s to adult titles, both fiction and nonfiction. They are most recognized for their numerous bestselling YA authors including Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, and Kody Keplinger​.

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Christen Thompson
Editor and Bookseller

Christen Thompson is an acquisitions editor and bookseller living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has acquired over one hundred titles and published five middle-grade and YA titles and is an avid fan of young adult books. A writer in her own right, her work has been featured in Americana Magazine and Creative Loafing Atlanta. Her 2012 short story, “The Birds of Bessemer City,” was a finalist for the state-wide Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival in the fiction category.

The following are the prizes awarded to our top three writers. Everyone else will receive AUTHORS.me Basic service; your submission viewed by multiple publishing professionals; and access to future contests and writer services.
A 1st
  • Line editing of your full manuscript by BookLogix editors, ($1,500 value)
  • $750 cash prize
  • 1-Year subscription to AUTHORS Discovery, valued at $190
A 2nd
  • One hour call with Book Coach Carolyn Cohagan after careful reading of your manuscript ($800 value)
  • $400 cash prize
  • 1-Year subscription to AUTHORS Discovery, valued at $190
A 3rd
  • $150 cash prize
  • 1-Year subscription to AUTHORS Discovery, valued at $190
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BookLogix is a non-traditional publisher (a publisher that offers a variety of publishing methods other than traditional publishing) with a mission to change the publishing landscape. By producing quality work and educating authors on the necessities of publishing standards, BookLogix contributes to a market in which independently published books stand toe-to-toe with traditionally published books. They are not a service provider—they are a publisher dedicated to helping authors understand the industry and what it takes to make it.

Published author and Book Coach Carolyn Cohagan’s first novel, The Lost Children, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, became part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011, and was nominated for a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award in 2014. Her second book, Time Zero, is forthcoming from She Writes Press this May. Carolyn has taught writing at USC, been a judge for the Slamdance screenwriting competition, and has traveled to Rwanda as an Arts Envoy working for the U.S. State Department. She has a Master in Professional Writing from USC, and she is the founder of Girls With Pens, a creative writing organization in Austin, TX for girls aged 9-17.  http://carolyncohagan.com/consultation-services/

Rules & Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY:  This is an open call for writers who write young adult fiction. Your story must be for a young adult audience, defined here as a work for a readership between the ages of 12 to 18. The protagonist, story theme and POV should be within the same age range. You must be the owner of the book rights. Your work cannot be previously published by a traditional publisher even if it is out of print. Works that are self-published are acceptable.

SUBMISSIONS: There is a limit of one entry per person and e-mail address throughout the Contest Period. FREE registration is open from November 22 thru December 31, 2015. All submissions must be original and be in English. All entrants must use the AUTHORS.me submission platform that follows the eligibility guidelines. No submissions will be accepted by mail or email. Writers will complete a series of forms and upload a minimum of  their first 30 pages. Complete manuscripts are welcomed. 

JUDGING: The general submissions will be reviewed to determine if the entry qualifies the writer’s manuscript for review. Judges includes a group of distinguished industry professionals as noted above. Entries will be judged on the quality of the writing, originality of the story, and the uniqueness of the characters. Winners are determined by two rounds of judging. In the first round, judges will narrow down the entries to a group of semi-finalists. In the second round, judges will select the finalists and winners. No critical evaluation or commentary of your entry will be offered by the Judges.

PRIVACY:  AUTHORS.me is all about the security of the writer’s work. No submissions will be made public. A writer can withdraw their submission and uploads at any time. If a submission is withdrawn prior to January 31, 2016, the writer becomes disqualified from winning.

Terms: For complete listing of  Contest Rules, click here.