First of all -- a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered our first-ever "Young Adult Novelist" contest, with 100% of the entry fees going to support the important work of Girls Write Now. It's such a worthy organization, I hope that the $3975 raised is some consolation to the 260 of you who didn't make this list. The quality of the entries was mind-bogglingly good (hence our needing an extra day to decide), so please, continue to work on your projects and stay tuned for more contests on She Writes!
And now (I can't imagine any of you actually read that first paragraph), drum roll, please...
Our five winners, who will get feedback on their synopses and excerpts, as well as guidance about next steps toward publication from agents ELIZABETH KAPLAN (Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency) and KIRBY KIM (William Morris Endeavor), and editors MICHELLE H. NAGLER (Bloomsbury), LANIE DAVIS (Alloy), and STACEY BARNEY (Penguin Putnam), are...
I know that hundreds are you are disappointed right now, and I hate that! I do hope you will take this encouragement, and use this amazing community (don't forget to connect with your fellow entrants, who may become great writing buddies or even valuable readers for your works-in-progress) to KEEP GOING.
And stay tuned -- in the next hour or so I will post the synopses and excerpts our five winners submitted, so that they can share their work with She Writes, and you can enjoy it -- even if it might be a bit bittersweet at first.