Show us a new world!
YA and fantasy are two hot commodities in today's market. Now's your chance to show off your writing skills and pull us into your character's world, compelling us to know the whole story.
This contest is a "first pages" competition. Register and submit the first pages (up to 750 words) of your YA Fantasy manuscript.
Deadline: July 31, 2019
If you can't get your reader past the first pages, they won't ever get to the rest of your story. The first page or two needs to be dynamic, grab our attention, and make us want to live in your main character's world for the remainder of the book (or series).
Alternate historical versions, mysterious underworld figures, all-powerful societies, witch hunters, and worlds where dragons and humans live side by side ... these (and more) are all elements you might find in a YA fantasy. Recent books include The Hunger Games, Uglies, Divergent, and the Harry Potter series.
As a YA first page, your main protagonist should be a teenager or in their early twenties. Check out this post from Quirk Books on What Makes a Good YA Fantasy.
$1,300 Cash Prizes
All entrants are invited to a FREE instructional online workshop with our esteemed judge and the Director of Institute for Writers.
Winning entries will be workshopped by our judge to help writers understand what worked and what could be improved to make it submission-ready.
Submissions will be judged on clarity, originality, potential in the market, and your ability to match standard manuscript format (double spacing, clear contact information, no creative use of fonts).
The winning entries in this YA Fantasy First Pages contest will be announced at a live online workshop within 90 days after the contest closes. All contest entrants will be invited free of charge. (Non-entrants may attend for a nominal fee of $7.)
Second Story members of the Writers' Block get to enter IFW and ICL contests for free. Click here to find out more about the Writers' Block.
This is a great opportunity to build your writing and submitting skills!
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