Finding a Couple Contests for Children’s Writers

Sure, you can find a ton of poetry contests, or essay contests, even novel contests. But for that sparkly children’s story? Not so much. But today, wheee! I found two. Pick one or try both. What have you got to lose? Um, besides the entry fee. (Sorry.)

The Carteret’s 19th Annual Writing Contest has a category for children and a deadline of March 9th. Yes, there’s an entry fee, but you also have a chance of winning three cash prizes. Check out the site here for more details.

The Annual Writers-Editors International Writing Competition also has a children’s category. You can send fiction or non-fiction, too.  Along with your entry fee. But again, you have a chance to win multiple cash awards. If you send your winning words in by the March 15th deadline. Check out details here.

And while we’re on the subject of contests, I’ll add my own little Wheee! I found my name here (at Georgia McBride’s blog). And while (Hmmm. Didn’t I just say that?) I haven’t won the Big Prize, I still feel pretty darn good about winning a wee weekly prize. Not that Merlin’s Harp is a wee prize. Not at all. But the contest is still running, and there are quite a few weekly winners. And the top winners go on to bigger and better and…okay, here’s the bottom line. You still have a few days left to send in your swell YA and win in this YA contest. (And you might want to read Georgia’s post with Dan Ehrenhaft, the Acquisitions Editor at Sourcebooks Fire. It’s a winner, too!)

Finding Fun at YALitchat

Let’s say you’ve got a swell YA manuscript, just hanging about, wondering what to do with its bad self.  Time to quit wondering and get moving.

I found a great place to swing by and join, where you’ll find other swell YA manuscripts, writers, agents, editors, and publishers. It’s called YALitchat, and it’s perfect for socializing in a YA way. Oh, and I found a few contests over there, too!

I’m just dipping my writing toes in there now, so I’m sure there’s plenty of YA stuff I haven’t found. But I’m hoping that someday my prince will come…or I’ll find an agent or publisher for my swell YA manuscript. Whichever comes first. But I’ll be happy if I find you, too.

(And I’d be thrilled if I could find a way to add the swell badge here. But alas, after 45 minutes of techno-tinkering, I’ll have to pass for now. Hey, if you figure it out, let me know, huh? One good tip deserves another, right?)