First I want to talk about the contest: “The winners will be selected on the basis of the merit of their entries, which will consist of a cover letter and a 2,000-word excerpt (preferably the first 2,000 words) from their young adult novels. Each of our five winners will receive this priceless prize: feedback, guidance and concrete advice about what to do with their work next from a literary agent and three top YA editors from major publishing houses.”
Easy, right? You have a book either completed or in the works, and all you have to do is enter the contest (where all entry fees are donated to Girls Write Now) with the first 2,000 words of your masterpiece.
Want to learn more? Click here for more information about the contest and how to enter.
Before I end, I want to talk next about Girls Write Now, a non-profit organization based in New York City striving to give a voice and an opportunity to high school girls in the NY city school system.
While women have always struggled to have their work discovered and recognized, the problem runs deeper than that: from an early age, many girls are missing the encouragement they need to become flourishing writers of tomorrow. Girls Write Now provides a home base for creatively-inclined high school girls, a mentor system, and more. Even if you don’t enter the contest, consider supporting this great organization.
I know I couldn’t do what I’m doing now without the amazing support and encouragement I received as a high schooler.