Critique Contest With Entangled Publishing Editor, Heather Howland
***This contest has ended. Thank you to all who entered! Results will be put up in a seperate post in a few days. Watch our blog, Twitter, or Facebook for updates on the contest winners.***
Today we’re lucky enough to present you with a seriously awesome contest. If any of you follow the publishing world, you’ve probably heard of Entangled Publishing, a new publisher that has taken the small press world by storm. They produce some excellent titles, many of which can be found at your local bookstore. In less than a year in running they already have books on the USA Today, New York Times, and most other major bestseller’s lists. So yes, they are beyond awesome. Here a few of their YA titles:
Anyway, today the managing editor at Entangled Publishing, Heather Howland (who has edited some of those bestselling titles), was kind enough to join us for this contest. She’s offering to critique the first page of 3 different people’s manuscripts! Whether the first page of a short story or a novel, it doesn’t matter. To be honest, I’m sort of jealous that I can’t enter, because Heather really knows what she’s doing. Be sure to make the best of this opportunity and enter for yourself!
- You MUST be a teenager–yes, that means you must somewhere in the ages 13-19 category (though we will let you enter if you’re 20, because we’re nice like that). Let me repeat: You MUST be a teenager. I’m surprised we got entries from grown adults in the last the contest we had.
- You must have thick skin. Heather isn’t going to bash your first page if you’re one of the winners, but she’s going to be honest with her critique. Please enter only if you’re genuinely looking for a critique and not a cheerleader, and please please please don’t get upset over any comments she makes. They’re intended to help.
How To Enter:
Please comment on this post with the following:
- Your first name or pen name
- The title of your manuscript
- A three sentence pitch
- The first 100 words of your manuscript
So, your entry should look something like this:
Pitch: [This is my improptu pitch. Please write your own.] Sixteen-year-old Alex Tanner always knew there was something beneath Tanya Ward’s popular girl surface. Look, he was thinking something along the lines of “fun,” maybe even “smart.” But running from the same organization that killed his father? Not exactly what he was going for… [Okay, that was four sentences. You should keep yours to three.]
First 100 hundred words: [Pretty self-explanatory what this is...]
Make sense? This contest will run from July 22nd through July 29th. After the contest ends, Heather will read through the entries and choose her top three. Winners (with their entries) will be announced on this blog a few days after the 29th, and we’ll get your first page to Heather (if you win, obviously) for critique from there. Also, no need to include your email in the entries; we’ll have you email us if you win. Questions? Concerns? As not to get them confused with the entries, it’s best not to comment with your questions. Please either email us (TeenRiter[at]gmail[dot]com), or ask us on Twitter or Facebook instead.
Thank you! Excited to see your entries!
EDIT: Because some of you seem to be confused, you don’t have to end exactly at 100 words. It’s usually best to complete the sentence you’re writing. And it’s up to you whether you cut it off short, or go a little long.
Posted on July 22, 2012, in Contests and tagged critique contest, entangled publishing, entangled publishing contest, heather howland, teen critique contest, teen writer contest. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.