Contest for a YA Novel


by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


I have stressed before, in this blog, the importance of the opening sentence, paragraph and page in any story.

With hundreds of manuscripts to choose from, agents and editors read submissions with one thing in mind: a reason to reject them. That is why your beginning must be perfect, a hook to grab the readers, reel them into your world and leave them begging for more.

If you think you have it, the perfect hook, I mean, and your story is aimed at young adults, you may want to send it to the Dear Lucky Agent contest running now at the Guide to Literary Agents Blog (
The contest is open from Oct. 21 through the end of Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, EST.

Three lucky winners will get: 1) A critique of the first ten pages of their work, by the judge, Tamar Rydzinski, an agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency. 2) A free one-year subscription to

Good luck and Happy writing.

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