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Wednesday, February 3, 2010 4:48 pm
New Writers Breaking Through
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

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.

2 Responses to “New Writers Breaking Through”
  1. Rica Says:

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

  2. Laura Says:

    You might want to check out the awards and grants offered by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Introduction. Good luck!


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