Like I said before: it’s writing contest time!
First, there is Baker’s Dozen over at Miss Snarks’s First Victim which is too late to enter, but the real fun is just about to get started. Authoress has meticulously gone through all the entries and chosen 60 to go onto the Agent Round. They are already posted, so if you feel like having a read and maybe offering some helpful feedback to all of the writers, you should head over. Go Misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com
Second, there is Pitch Wars at Brenda Drake’s blog which begins on Monday, December 2. What do you do to enter? Well, you need to go to the link and check out all of the mentors. Then, you have to choose 4 of them to pitch your manuscript. You write a personalized query letter to each of the 4 and attach your first 5 pages. If one of them chooses to work with you, they will go through your entire manuscript and polish it up for the Agent round. The greatest part about this one is that almost all of them will offer you some feedback on the query and the 5 pages you send to them. It’s almost a win-win.
Third, there is a First 5 pages Workshop over at Adventures in YA Publishing. The workshop sounds pretty intense so be prepared to work your butt off.