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5th Annual YA Novel Discovery Contest

I was asked to share this for you writers out there. I’m not a writer myself but I’d love to pass on the word for something that might help you. Take a look and let me know how it works out for you!


5th Annual YA Novel Discovery Contest

Get in Front of Top YA Editors and Agents with

ONLY the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel!

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc.  is hosting their fifth  annual Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition.

 No query? No pitch? No problem!

Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.


In honor of National Novel Writing Month (—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

The Grand Prize Winner
will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from!

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 with editors from Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Random House, Little Brown, Kensington, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, Penguin,  and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!
First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: The rules of the contest are simple and entering is easy.  Submit entries of ONLY the first 250 words of your manuscript and the title via the contest website at

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1st, 2013 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2013 (ET).
YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Deidre Jones Little Brown, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks, Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Annie Nybo Simon and Schuster, Erica Finkel Abrams Books, Monica Jean Random House, Catherine Laudone Simon and Schuster, Stacey Friedberg Penguin Group, Paula Sadlet Random House, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends. These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

So enter now!

PREVIOUS WINNERS: Previous winners are being published by major houses and many have received representation.

 2012 winner

 Last year’s winner, Lori Goldstein received a two book deal. Her first book BECOMING JINN will be published by Feiwel and Friends.

 2010 winner

“ I ended up signing with an agent, and she sold the book to Candlewick’s Nicole Raymond, who served as one of the judges of the 2010 YA Novel Discovery Contest. Breakfast Served Anytime is slated for publication in Spring 2014.”  Sarah V. Combs

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Contest


Win your copy of Fear by Michael Grant

You said you wanted it, so I’m going to give it to one of you.

I’m giving away a copy of Fear by Michael Grant!





Night is falling in the FAYZ. Even though it’s been nearly a year since everyone over the age of fifteen disappeared, the sun has continued to shine on the kids of Perdido Beach. Now, though, the gaiaphage has blotted out the sun and plunged the FAYZ into perpetual gloom. Divided and dispirited, the survivors face their greatest enemy yet – the darkness of their own minds…





I’m really excited to give you the chance to win Fear by Michael Grant. I’ve really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read the sixth book. I’m sure you feel the same way about Fear, so I want to make sure one of you can get your hands on a copy of Fear as soon as it comes out.


The contest will run until midnight MST on March 30th. I’ll announce the winner on March 31st.

Entries are simple, all you have to do is comment!
No forced blog or twitter follows. Just a comment. Tell me you want to win or something random about yourself. It doesn’t matter, just comment!

If you tweet the giveaway and leave a comment with the link I’ll count that as an extra entry. I know I love being able to double my chances, so of course I’ll give you that chance too. Be sure to link the contest and mention @ThisBlondeReads.

If you leave your twitter or blog info in your comment I’ll be sure to link your blog and mention you on twitter as well. That isn’t a contest requirement though.

Good luck! And be sure to spread the word.


Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Contest, Giveaways


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Contest Craze

Do you love contests? How about contests for free books?

I know I do!

If you are also a huge fan of free books you Need to check out Princess Bookie’s Contest Craze! October 10th is the last day to sign up so be sure to head over & attempt to win the books you’ve been wanting!

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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Contest


Princess Bookie is having Another contest!

Cindy is having yet another contest! She always offers such great books, hopefully I’ll win some one day! If you haven’t yet be sure to get over there to check out her contest and enter. You only have til May 1st, so get over there!

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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Contest


Book Contest from Princess Bookie

I am a big fan of Princess Bookie since she recommends so many great books. She has an awesome book giveaway she’s hosting. If you love young adult books (like Meg Cabot) you should definitely check this out. You could win up to 8 books!

To take part of the contest just follow the link. Here you go.

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Posted by on April 11, 2010 in Contest