Writing Contest for Aspiring YA Authors

Hey y'all!Recently I was emailed about a writing contest. The contest asked if I would share with it my readers (and writers). You could win some amazing things and it broadens your perspective when you read the anthology.

Aspiring YA writers: win a literary agent or acclaimed author's feedback on your unpublished manuscript. This rare opportunity is being offered to the six winners of an essay contest recently announced by the literacy charity Book Wish Foundation. See http://bookwish.org/contest for full details. Open to U.S. residents age 13+.You could win a manuscript critique from:Laura Langlie, literary agent for Meg Cabot Nancy Gallt, literary agent for Jeanne DuPrau Brenda Bowen, literary agent and editor of Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A Corner of the Universe Francisco X. Stork, winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for The Last Summer of the Death Warriors Cynthia Voigt, winner of the Newbery Medal for Dicey's Song and the Newbery Honor for A Solitary BlueAll that separates you from this prize is a 500-word essay about a short story in Book Wish Foundation's new YA anthology, What You Wish For. Essays are due Feb. 1, 2012 and winners will be announced around Mar. 1, 2012. If you win, you will have six months to submit the first 50 pages of your YA (or middle grade) manuscript for critique (which means you can enter the contest even if you haven't finished, or started, your manuscript). You can even enter multiple times, with essays about more than one of the contest stories, for a chance to win up to six critiques.If you dream of being a published YA author, this is an opportunity you should not miss. To enter, follow the instructions at http://bookwish.org/contest.

Isn't that incredible? I won't be entering unfortunately, because I really don't think I could write something great on the topic, but it's an opportunity that you shouldn't miss! It's a great chance for aspiring writers to show a taste of what they can do and it could gain you some valuable feedback and connections in the industry. Not to mention, look at those incredible authors! Personally, I love Meg Cabot, I just read Irises by Francisco X. Stork, and the rest of them are just amazing!This is one writing opportunity that you won't want to miss.