15th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Young Adult Fiction

This contest is finished and closed. Winners chosen by
Andrea are as follows, in no order (note that Andrea chose
4 winners instead of 3 — exciting!):

2. Casee Maxfield, ARE WE DEAD, YET?
3. Anne Tedeton, A MURDER OF ANGELS
4. Christine Kaiser, THAT HARLEY GIRL


Welcome to the 15th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you’re writing young adult fiction, this 15th contest is for you! (The contest is live through EOD, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.)




After a previous “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, the agent judge, Tamar Rydzinski (The Laura Dail Literary Agency), signed one of the three contest winners. After Tamar signed the writer, she went on to sell two of that writer’s books! How cool! That’s why these contests are not to missed if you have an eligible submission.


E-mail entries to dearluckyagent15@gmail.com. Please paste everything. No attachments.


The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, completed book-length work of young adult fiction. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any any social-media. Please provide a social-media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your official e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step! Simply spread the word twice through any means and give us a way to verify you did; a tinyURL for this link/contest for you to easily use is http://tinyurl.com/pcmopmq. An easy way to notify me of your sharing is to include my Twitter handle @chucksambuchino at the end of your mention(s) if using Twitter. And if you are going to solely use Twitter as your 2 times, please wait 1 day between mentions to spread out the notices, rather than simply tweeting twice back to back. Thanks. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to have the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point.)


Young adult fiction. The agent judge did not choose to exclude any subgenre, so everything is fair game.


  1. This contest will be live through the end of April 9, 2014, PST. Winners notified by e-mail within approximately three weeks of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
  2. To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.
  3. You can submit as many times as you wish. You can submit even if you submitted to other contests in the past, but please note that past winners cannot win again. All that said, you are urged to only submit your best work.
  4. The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media, Inc.
  5. By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the “Comments” section of this blog post. (If you have questions or concerns, write me personally at chuck.sambuchino (at) fwmedia.com. The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions.)


Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value)!


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A literary agent for close to fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects aimed at a young adult and middle grade audience. Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005. Andrea has also been a MediaBistro instructor, teaching courses on writing nonfiction and memoir book proposals. Learn more about Andrea on Twitter, Facebook, or Publishers Marketplace.






Check out some of these great YA books that Andrea and her agency has represented. Give them a look/read and see if her tastes match up with your writing style.


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Sarah Beth Durst’s CONJURED (Walker)

Sasha Dawn’s OBLIVION (Egmont, May 2014)

Skylar Dorset’s THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (Sourcebooks, June 2014)

Jessica Warman’s BEAUTIFUL LIES (Walker)


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3 thoughts on “15th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Young Adult Fiction

  1. rdrmeints

    Hi Chuck, could you clarify this part “with your official e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility.”

    I followed as far as that, but my mind went blank on that part!
    I really want to take part in this contest! 🙂

  2. Manders

    Could you clarify what a ‘finished manuscript’ is? Do you mean first draft, second draft, 9th draft? What are you looking for when you say “finished manuscript?”
    And thanks! I’m really looking forward to this! 🙂


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