Well some things are more important than a sabbatical -- or at least that's how I feel about supporting She Writes' philanthropic partner, Girls Write Now. (If you want to be blown away, spend a little time on their site and read about their work mentoring the next generation of women writers; girls whose voices and stories are too often ignored.) I am honored to have just been elected chair of GWN's Board of Directors, and thrilled to present our first-ever official partnership in the form of a writing contest for women writers of YA fiction!
This contest is open to all -- we do ask that the work be unpublished, but unlike in previous contests, it's okay with us if you have published in other genres, and even if you already have an agent. We are simply trying to find the five best new YA novels out there, and to give our five winners a priceless prize: feedback, guidance and concrete advice about what to do next from a literary agent and three editors from major publishing houses, all with expertise and contacts in the YA world.
She Writes and Girls Write Now share the belief that all too often, writers (particularly women and girls) struggle to have their work discovered. It is hard to get attention when you don’t have personal connections or contacts in the publishing industry; and it is hard to know, as an outsider, exactly which agents or publishing houses to query, and how. Through our first-ever "Young Adult Novel" contest, She Writes and Girls Write Now hope to help provide that access and know-how to women writers everywhere.
The contest deadline is December 15th, 2011. Click here for details on how to enter, and please, SPREAD THE WORD to anyone you know who might enter a contest like this...it might change their lives, and their contribution to Girls Write Now (in the form of the entry fee) will definitely change the lives of the girls who will inherit our passionate work someday.
Good luck everyone, and thanks for being a part of She Writes.