I’ve never entered a writing contest before but I’m planning to participate in the second ‘Dear Lucky Agent’ Contest being held over at GLA. This one is for middle grade and YA fiction. Maybe it’s the ‘lucky break’ my cats have been waiting for.
The judging agent is Jennifer Laughran with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, one of the top agencies for juvenile literature. Jennifer also happens to be one of the agents on my query list.
The prize? There’s no money, but the first place winner gets a critique of 25 pages of their work by the judging agent; second place winner gets a ten page critique.
That’s worth a lot to me and I needed a boost to get moving again with the publishing end of things. I’ve been having so much fun developing my newest project that the Guardian Cats have been neglected. I’m sure they are a bit grumpy and would like a chance to get out and about.
Have you ever entered a writing contest? What was your experience?
Do you think it helped your writing career?
Know any other good contests for middle grade fiction?