Contest

Win a Ticket to the WE ALL LOOKED UP Release Party at Joe’s Pub!


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WE ALL LOOKED UP drops March 24th. Now you can win a chance to celebrate with author Tommy Wallach at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan on Friday, March 27th. Hobnob with the y.a. literati and see Tommy perform with his band live on stage.

How you can win a free ticket: Between the 24th and noon on the 27th, head on down to your local book store and tweet a picture of yourself with a copy of WE ALL LOOKED UP, and tag it #WeAllSelfie. Best picture wins a ticket and universal admiration and acclaim.

(Just a reminder, Joe’s Pub is 21+, so you gotta be of age to get into *this* end-of-the-world party.)

You can also buy a ticket here. Seating is limited, so click it now!

Check out WE ALL LOOKED UP on Goodreads. Pre-order now at Barnes & NobleAmazon, or Indiebound.

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The Greenhouse Funny Prize


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Hey gang, check it out. The Greenhouse Funny Prize is back. And guess what: this year, it’s open to North American writers!

Last year’s competition saw over 700 entries, and Pip Jones was our winner. Julia Churchill quickly sold Pip’s book, SQUISHY McFLUFF, THE INVISIBLE CAT, to Faber Children’s Books in a 4 book pre-empt.

So we’re putting out a call for funny stuff, from quirky picture books to wry y.a. The winner will receive an offer of representation from Greenhouse.

Wait, what?

That’s right. The winner gets rep’d people. Not bad.

Entry guidelines:

The Greenhouse Funny prize is open to un-agented writers writing funny fiction for children of all ages.

To get a good sense of the voice and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description (a few lines) of the book AND a one page outline that shows the spine of the plot. Please send this as a Word doc attachment.

If you’re submitting a picture book (or shorter fiction that comes in under 5,000 words), then send the complete text.

Please send your entries to funny@greenhouseliterary.com

If you’re writing from the US or Canada (ie, North America), please put NA in subject line. If you’re writing from UK or the rest of the world, please put UK in subject line.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 29 July.

The shortlist will be announced Monday, 12 August.

The winner will be announced Monday, 19 August.

The US/Canada and the UK will have separate judging and shortlists and we will choose a winner in each territory.

Entrants will receive an acknowledgement on receipt of script, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

North American entries will be judged by myself and guest judge Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel, Penguin. UK entries will be judged by Julia and guest judge Leah Thaxton, Publisher of Faber Children’s Books.

Winners will receive an offer of representation from the Greenhouse and the UK winner will also get full weekend ticket to the wonderful Festival of Writing (worth £525). The runners up will each get five of Greenhouse’s favourite funny books.

So get writing!

March Madness Agent Pitch Match is Nigh

These Handsome Faces Are A Metaphor for the Brilliance and Poignancy of Your Writing

On March 12th-14th, a handful of amazing, brilliant, and physically appealing agents (including me) will be reading your young adult and middle grade pitches at the March Madness Agent Pitch Match, hosted by Brenda Drake, Shelley Watters, and Cassandra Marshall.

You may remember that these things can get nuts.

Now: Initial slots go to the lucky few who participated in Brenda and company’s February Pitch Workshop.

But: For those who weren’t in the pitch workshop, we will have two submission times on March 2.

1ST SUBMISSION TIME: 12:00 pm EST for the first 50.
2ND SUBMISSION TIME: 6:00 pm EST for the next 50. 
 
Only the best of the best will make it to the final round.
 
Make sure to check their sites on March 1 for instructions on how to format your entries.There’s a big embarrassing hole on my client list where *your* name should be, so mark your calendars, and get in there!

 

Why Vickie Motter Might Break My Heart; Love Triangle Query Contest

Andrea Hurst agent Vickie Motter and I are squaring off next week in Cupid’s Literary Connection Love Triangle Query Contest. Here’s the tick: the *manuscripts* aren’t about love triangles, but Vickie and I will compete over manuscripts like jealous Lotharios.

What author wouldn’t want to be in a love triangle with two agents?

Hearts gonna break. Tears gonna flow. And someone might snare a representation agreement.

Entries accepted until January 20th. Check out Cupid’s site for details on how to enter.

Here’s the timeline:
Day 1 (Tuesday the 24th): Selected Entries are posted to blog for agents to review and public to comment on.
Day 2 (Wednesday the 25th): Agents come in and select ONE for a full request, then can make unlimited amount of partial requests and comments. *Once an agent has put a FULL on an entry it’s out of the race. The OTHER agent can notify me if they’d like that requested full after TWO weeks have passed. 
Day 3 (Thursday the 26th): Agents can use their SECOND full request, even if it overthrows the other agent’s partial request. More partial requests can be made at this point too.
Day 3 (4pm EST): Contest closes and agents are given ONE last full request to use. And who knows maybe they’ll surprise you with no additional request or even an extra. 
WINNERS will officially be announced on the blog and arrangements will be made for the requests.