‘Dear Lucky Agent’ Writing Contest

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?

10 thoughts on “‘Dear Lucky Agent’ Writing Contest

  1. I did once win a bottle of champagne in a witty caption contest. But writing? I’d to afraid that I would trail in last. I’m hardly what one would call mainstream. Good luck.

  2. wow, another thing we have in common. I entered the 1st Dear Lucky Agent contest, but didn’t win, place or show.

    I did, however, win a first page contest back in July. The winners submitted their partial ms to the agent who picked the winners. She ultimately rejected me. I had a great experience with this contest in that not only does the agent critique the first page, but so does anyone else who wants to. You get a lot of valuable feedback.

    The blog site has many contests that run throughout the month. I’m sorry to say I found your blog too late to alert you to the Y/A secret agent contest that is currently running right now. The site name is Miss Snark’s First Victim. You can jump to my blog and find her in my blog roll under Community Writing Sites and see how the contest works.

    Good luck with your Dear Secret Agent

    1. Thanks for the tip. I’ll check out your blog and Miss Snark’s First Victim.

      Valuable feedback as a prize is worth a lot. Although a check in the mail would be a great boost too!

  3. I much enjoyed this! I would have to say this is an overly informative post that deserves mentioning elsewhere. This is for 2 types of people:current writers who are considering a independent career,and people trying to decide to become a writer.

  4. I entered the Isaac Asimov Contest for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing when I was in college. I got second place, and it helped me have the confidence to try and build a career out of writing. I love contests. ^_^

    1. Thanks for sharing that. I imagine that would be quite a boost to your writing career. I’m more encouraged now to go ahead to do this.

      I’ve actually got all my ducks in a row for this contest, so I should not procrastinate any longer and go send it off.

      Wish me luck!

  5. As you know, I won the Children’s Fiction Award at last year’s San Francisco Writers Conference. Great boost for confidence, and I think it may have helped me garner a couple of full requests, but the agents passed. Haven’t decided if I’ll include the win in my bio section on future queries.

  6. Congrats on your entering. It is a big step and I wish you the best.

    I have won a few odds and ends over the years with my writing, but never anything as awesome as a 25 page critique.

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