Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Great Links

There are some pretty cool contests and challenges floating around the blogosphere right now. Check out these links:

Today is your last chance to enter Nathan Bransford's writing prompt contest. Submit up to 500 words written as a diary entry and you could win some pretty amazing prizes, including a query critique, partial critique, or 10 minute phone conversation/consultation/dish session with Nathan himself. Sweet! All the details are at his blog.

Mary Kole, a new agent at Andrea Brown, is also running a contest. Send her the beginning (up to 500 words) of a completed MG or YA before January 31 and you could win one of at least four different critiques. Her blog has all the info: kidlit.com

Sourcebooks is launching a new YA imprint (Sourcebooks Fire) and they're running a contest in conjunction with #YAlitchat. To participate, you need to RSVP to the event and be a member of #YAlitchat’s ning community. Get all the details at author Georgia McBride's website.
Bonus: Tonight on #YAlitchat, Sourcebooks Fire Acquisitions Editor, Dan Ehrenhaft will be the featured guest. How cool is that?

Zombie lover and YA author Carrie Harris is offering critique prizes as well. Leave a comment on her blog and you could win a five-page critique. She'll be running this contest every month (!) so be sure to check her blog often for a chance to win. This month's contest is open until Monday. And if your story includes Richard Simmons or midget goatherders, all the better!

If you've never checked out the Inky Girl website, why not? Debbie Ridpath Ohi has some brilliant comics designed for writers (like the one up above) and she has also thrown down the gauntlet with a writing challenge for the new year. Commit to writing anywhere from 250 to 1000 words each day (6 days a week) and you too can proudly display one of these awesome badges :)



And speaking of challenges, Mother Reader and Lee Wind are once again running the Comment Challenge. I'll admit: I'm a recovering blog lurker. I was scared to leave comments until I read about this challenge over a year ago. Joining in was one of the best things I ever did. Plus it's a great way to discover new blogs. The challenge runs Friday, January 8 through Thursday, January 28. Find out more from Lee and Pam.

And finally, today is your last chance to win a copy of Becky Levine's new book, The Writing and Critique Group Survival Guide. Read the interview and leave your comment before 10 p.m. tonight. I'll announce the randomly selected winner on Friday.

19 comments:

Yat-Yee said...

Thanks for all the great links!

Susan R. Mills said...

I'd heard about some of these contests, but not all of them. I will have to check them out. Thanks for the info.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow! That's a lot of great info, Sherrie. Thanks for putting it all together for us.

Lori W. said...

You're fast becoming my go-to gal on all things writing and Mac related. Thanks for these links.

The Things We Carried said...

I must check these out. I am going to give it a whirl! Thank you!

Hope all is well in your life~

lotusgirl said...

I'm too focused on finishing up my WiP for querying to enter any of these.

ElanaJ said...

Wow, this is the best post ever! Thanks so much for putting all this together!

The Things We Carried said...

I entered Nathan's contest! Cross your fingers for me, please :). First contest EVER!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Yat-Yee: You're welcome :)

Susan: Glad I could introduce you to some new stuff.

Shannon: You're welcome.

Lori: I like that - the go-to gal!

Meredith: Things are good and I'm excited that you're going to give it a try!

Lois: Best wishes on the querying :)

Elana: Glad it helps!

Meredith: Crossing fingers, toes and eyes -- good luck!!

Kelly said...

Yow! That's a whole lotta contests! Thanks!
I also did the comment challenge last year. It got me in the habit of commenting frequently and like you said, I found some great blogs! I'll have to do that again! (plus check out the other links!!)

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, what a great list. Thanks.

Sharon Mayhew said...

Great links, Sherrie! I loved your post on Nathan's blog! Best wishes. :)

T. Anne said...

Yay! More contests! I did not know about sourcebooks. And, I hope I win your prize!! =)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Kelly: I think I found you through the comment challenge :)

Corey: Glad you like it!

Sharon: I was trying to sneak in at the end so no one would see :)

T.Anne: Sourcebooks is one of the few publishers growing in leaps and bounds. They're an excellent one to watch!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

You are so awesome! Thanks for doing all this work and sharing it here for us to reap the rewards. Great blog!

georgiamcbridebooks said...

Thanks for posting a link to the Sourcebooks Fire #YAlitchat Writing Contest! It seems like quite a few of your friends have already joined us over on ning. I hope you find the community and chat to be useful. Welcome!

Cheers-
Georgia

Niki said...

I'm doing the comment challenge. Thank you for the link :o)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for all the awesome links, Sherrie. I feel like I've been living in a cave and haven't seen many of them!

Gwen said...

This is wonderful information, Sherrie. Finding about all these other resources is invaluable to writers.

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