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2015 Contests for Young Adult Writers

In less than 2 months 2014 will be gone. Forever.

For my part I will spend last days of this year finishing a new manuscript (a YA summer camp themed romantic comedy). I will also be contemplating whether or not to enter said manuscript in a writing contest. 

To get warmed up I compiled a list of writing competitions that caught my eye. 

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award’s yearly manuscript competition which includes a YA category.

In 2014 Amazon received about 10,000 entries. They chose a finalist from each of the five fiction categories, all of which received an Amazon publishing contract and a $15,000 advance. Of the five finalists, they select a Grand Prize winner who received a $50,000 advance.

2015 Deadline: TBA – usually February 

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition 

Writer’s Digest yearly manuscript competition which includes a YA category.

They hand out ten prizes. The first place receives $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop.

2015 Deadline: November


YARWA, the Young Adult Romance Writers of America, sponsors the Rosemary Award for unpublished manuscripts. Categories include Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Fusion and New Adult.

Finalists receive a website badge, an ad in RWR, and a free YARWA class of their choice.

2015 Deadline: TBA – usually March 

Serendipity Literary Agency

Serendipity Literary Agency holds several contests a year including a YA manuscript contest and a memoir contest. 

One grand prize winner wins a full manuscript reading and feedback from agency President Regina Brooks.

2015 Deadline: TBA – usually in October/November 

Do you know of any other contests? Leave a message below. 

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