19th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Young Adult Fiction


Winners (no order): 1) Sociopop by Annette Christie
2) Checkmate by Jaime Olin
3) Spontaneous Combustion by Sara Alan


In celebration of my three new books released this September (what an awesome fall!), I’m going to waste no time in bringing you yet another awesome & free Dear Lucky Agent Contest. All details below.

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Welcome to the 19th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE 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 any kind of young adult fiction, this 19th contest is for you! (The contest is live through EOD, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.)



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 dearluckyagent19@gmail.com [this email went active as of 9 am Monday morning]. Please paste everything. No attachments.


The first 150-250 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed book-length work of young adult fiction (all categories of YA are acceptable). 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/nz6n2p8 [this links is updated as of Monday morning — sorry]. 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. If we’re friends on FB, tag me in the mention. 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 include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point. And if you use Twitter, put my handle @chucksambuchino at the middle or the end, not at the very beginning of the tweet, or else the tweet will be invisible to others.)

Here is a sample TWEET you can use (feel free to tweak): New FREE contest for writers of Young Adult fiction http://tinyurl.com/nz6n2p8 Judged by agent @ericsmithrocks, via @chucksambuchino


Completed young adult novels (any category is acceptable, from quiet contemporary to loud sci-fi and fantasy).

Please note that this is a contest for young adult fiction only. So if your book has a main character who is not in high school, it would not qualify for this contest. Sorry.


  1. This contest will be live through the end of Oct 29, 2015, PST. Winners notified by e-mail within three weeks of end of contest. Winners announced at the top of this blog post thereafter.
  2. To enter, submit the first 150-250 words of your book (i.e., your first double-spaced page). 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: A Content and E-Commerce Company, 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)! 3) Their choice of any of Chuck’s 3 new books (mentioned at the top).


Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 10.43.51 AMEric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary. He is the author of the YA novel INKED (Bloomsbury Spark) as well as the nonfiction humor book THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO DATING. (See all the ways to buy his books here.) Along with Tim Quirino, he’s the co-founder of Geekadelphia, a hyperlocal blog in Philadelphia, covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love. In 2011, he co-founded the Philadelphia Geek Awards with the Academy of Natural Sciences, a ceremony honoring local geeks. Before he joined P.S. Literary, Eric could be found at Quirk Books, an indie publishing house in Philadelphia. A native of New Jersey (don’t hate), he currently lives in Philadelphia. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks and @geekadelphia. His writing is represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary.

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23 thoughts on “19th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Young Adult Fiction

  1. AJFlowers

    Please clarify the requirement “Must be in High School”. If it’s a fantasy where high school doesn’t exist, is it enough if the main character is sixteen years old?

    Also what novel word length is required to qualify for this contest? (Any min or max?)

    Thank you! Excited about this contest.

  2. wordsmithing

    Similar question to authormeyer’s but the other way around–my protagonist is thirteen the summer before he starts high school. Would this still qualify? Thanks!

  3. TayTayK02

    So excited that there’s a Young Adult contest! I know that it says you need to submit from a completed Young Adult book, but can we submit even if we think we may revisit the book to revise again? My manuscript is completed, but I feel as though I may want to look at it again with fresh eyes and change some details… The work of a perfectionist is never finished haha!

  4. llainoff

    I’d love to submit, but as an NCAA athlete, I’m not allowed to promote any type of product via social media. Is there anyway to get around the requirement of the two promotions?

  5. KARiley

    So, prologues. Would you guys rather have the first 250 words from chapter 1 that introduces the main characters or the first 250 words from the prologue that explains some of the workings of the universe. Normally, I’d pick the first chapter, but this is for science fiction, so there’s lots of world building going on.

    1. Chuck Sambuchino Post author

      That’s not Eric’s call to make. You should submit the first 250 words of your book, whether that is Chap 1 or the Prologue. If the writing is good, simply submit with confidence.

  6. S.T. Ranscht

    Please clarify the contest’s live through EOD. The “Welcome…” paragraph states, “The contest is live through EOD, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2015”, but the Contest Details state, “This contest will be live through the end of Oct 29, 2015, PST.”


  7. authormeyer

    Long shot, but just asking: If my protagonist just finished high school and the story takes place that summer before college would that still qualify? He’s 17 at this point in my book. Thanks!


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