Here’s a wonderful opportunity for children’s book writers who have a completed manuscript.
Delacorte Press for Young Readers is sponsoring the Eighteenth Annual Delacorte Yearling Contest for a First Middle-Grade Novel.
I’m a little late posting this; the deadline is June 30, but hey, better late than never, right?
WHO: U.S. and Canadian writers who have not previously published a novel for middle-grade readers.
WHAT: book contract for a hardcover and a paperback edition of contemporary or historical fiction set in North America, for readers age 9–12
WHAT ELSE: Manuscripts should be no shorter than 96 typewritten pages; no longer than 160 typewritten pages. Include a brief plot summary with your covering letter.
WHEN: must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2009.
PRIZE: $1,500 in cash and a $7,500 advance against royalties.
NOTIFICATION: Writers will be notified between July and October as submissions are evaluated by the editors. Final results announced on Web site on or around October 31, 2009.
For complete details, please click here.
Best wishes and happy writing,