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''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest: Middle Grade and Young Adult

Categories: Contests.

Note from Chuck: It’s Feb. 22, 2010, which means this contest
is now closed. Thank you for entering. Winners
should be announced on the blog within 7 days or so.
Winners will be contacted personally by me beforehand.
Meanwhile, our next contest should start
within a week or two, as well. I believe the next
contest will be for writers of urban fantasy
and paranormal romance.


“Dear Lucky Agent” Contest:

Kids Novels (Middle Grade and Young Adult)

Welcome to the second “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This will be
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 a book-length kids novel, this second contest is for you!


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


The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of middle grade or young adult fiction.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 your entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, I ask that you do one of two things: 1) Mention and link to this contest twice through your social media – blogs, Twitter, Facebook; or 2) just mention this contest once and also add Guide to Literary Agents Blog (www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blogto your blogroll. Please provide link(s) so I can verify eligibility.


      1. This contest will be live for approximately fourteen days – from Feb. 7 through the end of Sunday, Feb. 21, EST. Winners notified by e-mail within seven days of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
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.
This contest is solely for completed book-length works of middle grade and young adult fiction (kids novels).
You can submit as many times as you wish
The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media.
6. There are more rules (most of them dealing with legal stuff) that you can find in the comments section of this post. 
7. 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 the terms added by me at the beginning of the “Comments” section of this blog post.


First place: 1) A critique of 25 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A query critique from your agent judge. 3) Two free books from Writer’s Digest Books (I will give you several choices and you pick the books your want).

Runner-ups – second and third place: 1) A critique of 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) One free book from Writer’s Digest Books (I will give you several choices and you pick the book your want).


Jennifer Laughran
is an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Books she’s repped include:


The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., by Kate Messner

Flash Burnout, by LK Madigan

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It, by Adam Selzer

Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl, by Daniel Pinkwater


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52 Responses to ''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest: Middle Grade and Young Adult

  1. Marie Williams says:

    This is my first contest, and it’s been fun so far! Thank you for the opportunity. I linked the contest on facebook and myspace.


  2. Thank you for the opportunity. Sounds like a fun contest. I blogged about it here:


    I also added the GLA blog link to my blog roll. My entry is on its way!

    Christine R. Boone

  3. Matt Heppe says:

    I blogged and tweeted about the contest. The blog entry and the tweet can both be seen at: http://mattheppe.blogspot.com/

    GLA is also on the blogroll at the bottom of the page.

    Entry on the way.


  4. Sheila Brodhead says:

    Hi — I posted the contest in the discussion area of SHE WRITES and also on my FACEBOOK. I’ll send my entry in soon. Thanks
    sheila brodhead

  5. What an awesome opportunity – thank you! I’m sending my entries today, on my son’s 9th birthday – hopefully that’ll bring me good luck! :)

    Blogroll: http://fabwriterchick.blogspot.com/
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/liberty.kontranowski?ref=profile#!/liberty.kontranowski?ref=profile

  6. Thank you for your contest and your informative blog. I’ve linked this contest on both my facebook and twitter pages.

  7. Thank you for doing this!

  8. Jessica Owen says:

    What a great contest! Thank you so much.

    Blogged here, with links back: http://www.jessofalltrades.com/2010/02/writerly-ramblings-inspiration-and.html

    And linked from Facebook, here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1287602915&ref=nf

    Entry on the way.

    Good luck everyone!!

  9. Thank you for sponsoring this contest. I’ve added your blog to my blogroll:

    I also tweeted it: https://twitter.com/fvanhorne/favorites

    And I posted an update on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1066553178

    Entry is forthcoming. Thanks again.

  10. Eli Ross says:

    What a great opportunity! Many thanks.

    I mentioned the contest on my blog (http://elirosswriter.blogspot.com) and added the link in my gadgets. Also mentioned and linked to the contest on my Facebook page (search for it through my email: elirosswriter@gmail.com).

  11. Rahma Krambo says:

    I wrote a post about the contest on my blog: http://deadcatssociety.wordpress.com/
    and added GLA on my blogroll.

    I also posted the contest on Facebook:

    Thanks for providing this opportunity!

  12. janet heller says:

    I have told my writers group about this contest. I do not have a blog, I am not oh Facebook, I do not twitter, etc. Am I ineligible? Please clarify this.

    Thank you.


  13. Nice contest! (With Jennifer Laughran, no less! Woot! Woot!) Thanks for offering this. I’ve tweeted and posted on FB:


    I’m following you through my iGoogle feed. BTW, congrats on your upcoming gnome book – funny premise!

  14. Valerie Kemp says:

    I included these links in my email entry but am posting them here too.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/valeriekwrites
    Blogroll: http://valeriekwrites.blogspot.com

  15. Jennifer DeMotta says:

    I mentioned you on my blog and put you on my blogroll here:


    Thanks for such a great contest!

  16. Katherine Christensen says:

    Am about to begin sending out queries to agents so the contest comes at a perfect time.

    Link to facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000614644554
    Link to Twitter: http://twitter.com/KLKChristensen

    I will include these in the email as well–not sure which is correct. Good luck to everyone!

  17. Amanda Sun says:

    I was really excited about this contest, but see that Canadians aren’t eligible. Good luck, everyone!

  18. Paul Brown says:

    Thank you for offering this great contest. 200 words and logline on the way.


  19. Author’s real name: Warren Christopher Benham Skidmore
    Title of the work: RHAINE OF TORMENT
    Logline: A young fencer believes he must fight to protect innocent victims from a despotic menace– with the help of a winged teenage girl from another dimension.
    Link to posts about the contest: http://warrenchristopherbenhamskidmore.blogspot.com/2010/02/writing-contest.html
    Link to posts about the contest: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Christopher-Benham-Skidmore/140876736225
    Contact e-mail address and first 177 words of a 76,000 YA Novel: On its way

  20. Genetta Adair says:

    Thanks for offering this contest! Posted to:

    Midsouth Kidbooks listserv: <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midsouth_kidbooks/message/22037&gt;

    Twitter: <http://twitter.com/GenettaAdair&gt;

    Genetta Adair

  21. Natalie Aguirre says:

    I linked to Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/home.php?sk=lf and the SCBWI Michigan yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MichKids/post. I don’t have a blog. Thanks for your contest.

  22. I added GLA to my blog roll and blogged about the contest here:

    Yat Yee

  23. Laci Smith says:

    I posted a link to my blog and you’er on my blogroll. Plus, I tweeted many times about this.

    Thanks for doing this!

  24. I tweeted it:


    And included a link to this site on both my blogs (links sidebar):


    Thank you for the contest!

  25. Tiffany Neal says:

    I blogged about the contest and added you to my blog roll at tiffanyneal.blogspot.com


  26. I added you to my blog roll, and I mentioned the contest specifically on my blog.


    This is a great contest!

  27. So sad – I just noticed this contest is not open to those outside the USA. Do you ever run contests that include international readers? I’d be really keen to participate if there are.
    Thanks for your time.
    Good luck for the contest everyone :)


  28. Alex says:

    I have a question on the social media requirements. Is there anything other than Twitter, Facebook and blogs that is acceptable? What about SCBWI member forums? Thanks for offering the contest!

  29. Krista says:

    I sent in my entry this morning and I included the links in the e-mail, but here they are again in case I am supposed to post them here instead.

    I blogged about the contest on my Livejournal — http://crowinator.livejournal.com/32967.html

    I added the Guide to Literary Agents on my blogroll on the same site.

  30. shelley seely says:

    Shelley Seely+facebook
    Emily Seely +Facebook
    I already sent my entry with these links, but didn’t realize I was suppose to link on here.

  31. I blogged and facebooked and here are the links. My entry will be zooming into your inbox shortly. (I home-school, so it will be after that.) Thanks for this opportunity. =)


    Putting Pen To Paper

  32. Becky Mushko says:

    Thanks for doing this! Those of us who write kid lit appreciate the opportunity!

    I Tweeted and Facebooked:

  33. I blogged and facebooked and here are the links. My entry will be zooming into your inbox shortly. (I home-school, so it will be after that.) Thanks for this opportunity. =)


    Putting Pen To Paper

  34. ChristaCarol says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    I added you to my blog roll: http://christacarol.blogspot.com
    And tweeted the news: @christacarol

  35. Meradeth says:

    Fun contest! I blogged about it here:


    And this blog has been on my roll for quite some time :)

  36. Wonderful contest, thanks! I tweeted a link to this post, and added your blog to my blog roll:


  37. Nikki Katz says:

    Thanks for the contest!

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/katzni/status/8790577660

    On blogroll here: http://www.nikkikatz.com

    And contest entry is on its way!

  38. Margay says:

    I added this site to my blogroll (cant’t believe I didn’t do it before, I love this site) here: http://margayleahjustice.com/?page_id=51

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Margay/status/8782965399

    Facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/MargayLeahJustice?ref=nf



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