YALITCHAT Query-Kick Around Contest

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2010 YALITCHAT Query Kick-Around Contest**

**This contest is FREE for annual subscribers of YALITCHAT who are members of the Query Kick Around group. Non-subscribers (and student members) must pay a $20 entry fee. ENTRIES ARE CLOSED. PUBLIC VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!

–UPDATED March 18, 2011–

Winners Announced!

Best Query — Thirty Decibels by Margo Rowder

Most Improved Query — Bridger by Megan Curd

Congratulations to all who entered! Thanks to our amazing judges!

—UPDATED November 5, 2010—

We’ve added TWO more finalists for a total of TWELVE!! Due to an error in the software calculation, we missed 2 in the original count and decided to add them! Check back enxt week for news on which judge your submission has been assigned! Please check the names of the entries below to see if YOUR entry has been chosen. Please note: they are in NO particular order. They do however reflect the ten entries which received the MOST public votes.

  • The Hundredth Daughter
  • Boomerang Nights
  • Lavender’s Blue
  • Requiem
  • Gate Crashers
  • Thirty Decibels
  • Bridger
  • Flower Girls
  • Mortal Enchantment
  • Open Minds
  • Bound
  • Home Base

Best of luck to everyone moving on the the panel judging stage. Please scroll down to see more about how the panel judging stage works!

Judges include:

1.Alvina Ling, Senior Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
2.Elizabeth Law, Publisher of Egmont USA
3.Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency
4.Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency
5.Elana Roth of Caren Johnson Literary Agency

Contest begins August 30, 2010. Submissions and public voting are now closed!

HOW THE CONTEST WORKS

Round One-Submissions Season
Beginning August 30-September 30, young adult and middle grade writers will post their queries to be voted on by YALITCHAT members as worthy to move in a two-round battle to be critiqued by our judges. NB: To enter you must be a member of YALITCHAT with an annual subscription in order to enter for FREE. Non-subscribers (including student members) must pay a $20 entry fee.

Submission Materials Include:

 

 

 
 
 

  1. Work Title (The title of your book-you may not leave this blank. VOTING is done by title)
  2. Hook/Pitch (1-2 line description of your work’s main plot)
  3. Query (a brief letter describing your overall plot. Your goal is to get the reader interested in your book so (s)he’ll want to read more.

Round Two-Voting Season
TEN finalists (voting season October 1-31) will be chosen based on the semi-public voting within YALITCHAT.ORG. If you are not already a member (no subscription required in order to vote) you might like to join at least to vote for your own work. NB: No YA or MG writers may join so please do not encourage friends or family to join simply to vote.

Each judge will perform two (2) critiques a piece. ALL crits will be posted on our PUBLIC site (https://yalitchatquerycontest.wordpress.com) and those writers will have 2 weeks to REVISE and RESUBMIT their queries based on feedback from the judges for a FINAL round which will be re-judged by the entire panel to determine the winners.

WINNERS and PRIZES
There will be TWO (2) winners–BEST QUERY and MOST IMPROVED QUERY. For the purposes of this contest Best Query is that query, which is, according to the judges, best suited to current market conditions.

In addition to receiving professional critiques from editors at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Egmont USA and agents from Caren Johnson Literary, The McVeigh Agency and Wolfson Literary; winners will receive promotional prizes that include books from Egmont USA, an Egmont USA totebag (MOST IMPROVED QUERY), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers book of their choice, full manuscript submission to Alvina Ling (BEST QUERY) and a 30-minute consult with agent Michelle Wolfson (BEST QUERY).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION on JUDGING PROCESS
Judges will have up to 2 weeks to do critiques (Nov 1-15) and up to 1 week (Thru Nov 22) to judge the final round. Contest winners will be announced on Nov 29th. NB: Editorial critiques cannot be rushed. Judges will be allowed whatever time is necessary to make the proper assessment of your work.

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is FREE for annual subscribers of YALITCHAT who are members of the Query Kick Around group. Non-subscribers (including students) must pay a $20 entry fee.

READY TO GET STARTED?

  • Annual subscribers of YALITCHAT.ORG–CONTEST ENTRIES CLOSED! VOTING IS NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC!
  • Non-Subscribers of YALITCHAT.ORG CONTEST ENTRIES CLOSED! VOTING IS NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC!

Not sure if you’re an annual subscriber of YALITCHAT.ORG? The annual membership fee for YALITCHAT is $30. Click here if you’d like to join.

 

 

 

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