First Line Contest
What makes your manuscript stand out? We know how important that first line is for hooking an agent, editor, and reader. Now show us some great beginnings!
Open to picture book, chapter book, middle grade or young adult. Deadline: Midnight April 2, 2011.
A query critique by agent Mary Kole (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
$30 Gift Certificate* towards Writing and Illustrating for Young Reader’s Conference, held June 13-17th, 2011 at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah.
A 5-page critique by author Martine Leavitt + 1 page of notes
$20 gift certificate* towards Writing and Illustrating for Young Reader’s Conference, held June 13-17th, 2011 at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah.
Runner Ups can win one of the following books:
MATCHED by Ally Condie signed copy
FRESHMAN FOR PRESIDENT by Ally Condie signed copy
WHITE CAT by Holly Black signed copy
THE WHEAT DOLL by Alison Randall signed copy
WORLDSHAKER by Richard Harland (Simon & Schuster)
MONSTERS OF MEN by Patrick Ness (Candlewick Press)
FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan (Harper)
DEMONGLASS by Rachel Hawkins (Hyperion)
REMOTE CONTROL by Jack Heath (Scholastic)
THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM: LORD SUNDAY by Garth Nix (hardcover)
THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM / MISTER MONDAY by Garth Nix (paperback)
A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD by Lisa Ann Sandell (hardcover)
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork (hardcover)
THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY by Tiffany Baker (hardcover)
DAWN by Kevin Brooks (ARC)
Rules: To be eligible to enter, you must do one of the following options: [OPTION A] sign up for the WIFYR Newsletter (fill out your info and select that option at the bottom) OR [OPTION B] follow WIFYR on Twitter and ‘like’ WIFYR on Facebook. If you aren’t on facebook or twitter, you can still enter but mention that in your comment (if you do that option, you should at least be on one of those). Don’t worry about giving the links, but we will be disqualifying anyone who hasn’t followed the instructions. One entry per person; entries must be the first line of your manuscript. They need not be a complete sentence, but an entry that is more than one sentence, such as an entry that clearly tries to squeeze multiple sentences into one, may be disqualified.
Submit your entries by commenting below. Please make sure you’ve qualified by going to Twitter and Facebook and signing up for the newsletter, then submit your comment in the following format:
option you chose [A or B]
Your amazing first sentence.
You don’t have to spread the word, but this contest is so awesome that we’ll give you an extra entry for every place you post about it (for the runner up book prizes). Just give us the links below to verify! Contest winners will be posted no later than April 9th here on the blog. First and Second prize will be judged based on merit of the first sentence.
*You can use your gift certificate for the following workshops at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference:
Please note: The conference discount cannot be applied to registration fees that have already been paid. It is, however, exchangeable.
Mike Knudson’s Chapter Book and Middle Grade class: Mike’s class will be an enjoyable step back into the students’ middle-grade selves, discussing how to create strong, memorable characters even reluctant writers will love.Editors and agents are consistently looking for books that appeal to boys. Mike has written successfully for that audience in his popular chapter books. He is also gifted at writing humor, and he will also share his secrets for successful marketing.
Emily Wing Smith’s Beginning YA class: Emily is the author of two successful books and has an MFA in children’s writing. She has attended WIFYR in years past, and feels this has taught her how to run a workshop with the right balance between instruction and class participation. She encourages writers to finish their YA books, and loves to nurture her students as they work toward that goal.
Kristyn Crowe’s Picture Book Class: With the goal of having each student leave the workshop with at least one salable manuscript, she will provide writing tips, a list of agents presently acquiring, and other valuable information. In the past she’s seen how writers can do well at critiquing other’s writings, but have difficulty translating that into their own work. She has devised a “critique sheet” to help writers evaluate their own work.
Sharlee Glenn’s Beginning Writing Class: This class focuses on the writing process and the fundamentals of good writing. Attendees will also learn the nuts-and-bolts of children’s book publishing (how to submit a manuscript, the publication process, copyright issues, negotiating contracts, etc.). Throughout the course of the week, we will touch on all the major categories of children’s books (picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, middle-grade novels, and YA novels) and will enjoy guest lectures from published authors in the above genres. Because this is a hands-on workshop, participants are asked to bring a work-in-progress (a picture book manuscript or several chapters of a novel) to class to be shared, critiqued, worked on, and polished.