Have you ever wondered if your young adult, new adult, or middle grade manuscript would hook a teen reader? We all have. So what better way to find out than through a contest with the talented teens of TEEN EYES EDITORIAL!
First, a bit about the editors:
Kate Coursey has completed nine novels to date. Her fifth novel, tentatively titled LIKE CLOCKWORK, won the 2010 PUSH Novel Contest. It is currently undergoing revisions with Jody Corbett at Scholastic Press. She is represented by Edward Necarsulmer IV of McIntosh & Otis, Inc. In addition to having extensive experience as a freelance editor, Kate worked as an intern at Scholastic Press where she read many (agented and unagented) submissions. She received the prestigious Sterling Scholar Grant in 2011 based on an extensive creative writing sample. Later that year, Kate underwent a comprehensive evaluation of her editorial skills (both technical and content-related), beating out dozens of post-grad students for an editorial internship at a mid-sized publisher, where she worked during the fall. She is nineteen years old and lives in
Kate loves all things fantasy, contemporary, and middle grade. To learn more about her, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.
Taryn Albright is a nineteen-year-old author whose choice to write instead of do homework led to a Creative Writing major. When she isn't being a college student, swimmer, or writer, she is an intern with Movable Type Literary Management. She is also the personal assistant to the amazing Genn Albin (CREWEL, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, October 2012). Her YA fiction is represented by Vickie Motter of Andrea Hurst Literary Management.
Taryn is particularly interested in contemporaries, mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, and dystopians, but she also loves fantasy and historical fiction. She's probably not right for your paranormal, but pleasant surprises happen. She loves strong heroines, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and stories about sports. Some of her favorite authors include Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Perkins, Rae Carson, Kirsten Hubbard, Kendare Blake, Veronica Roth, Ilsa Bick, and Ransom Riggs.
To learn more about Taryn, visit her blog or follow her on Twitter.
Brent Taylor lives in
Brent was raised in middle grade fantasy, hung out with YA contemporary for years, and is now enjoying every stolen moment on his porch swing with nice literary and not-so-literary fiction. He loves narrators that take him on wild rides to worlds and situations he’s never experienced before and fresh plotlines.
You can visit his blog, or--and this is if you’re feeling particularly adventurous--follow him on Twitter.
THE EDITORS WILL ONLY CONSIDER ENTRIES IN THE GENRES THAT MEET THEIR TASTES, so please read those guidelines carefully to determine which editor or editors will fit your manuscript. Then check out whichever blogs will host the editors you pick.
Mother. Write. (Repeat.)
I will host Kate Coursey, who will judge ONE-SENTENCE PITCHES and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of completed manuscripts. The winner will receive a 20,000-word in-depth critique.
Miss Snark's First Victim
Authoress will host Taryn Albright, who will judge QUERY LETTERS. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to use toward any of Taryn's editorial services.
Brenda Drake Writes...under the influence of coffee
Brenda Drake will host Brent Taylor, who will judge 35-WORD PITCHES. The winner will receive a 20,000-word in-depth critique.
The submission posts on all three blogs will go live on Tuesday, July 31, at 8:00 a.m. EDT (or 5:00 a.m. PDT). And here's the really great part: You can enter on one, two, or all three blogs (though everyone will only be eligible to win one prize).
You don't have to follow us or spread the word to win, but we'd love it if you did. All you have to do is come back and enter on the submission post next Tuesday, July 31!