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250 word contest for YA writer-wannabe’s

I don’t blog about many contests, but this one did appeal to me while I was wishing I had the freedom to just stay home and write. (Don’t you have fantasies like that periodically?) National Novel Writing Month began today. It’s usually written NaNoWriMo, but I keep forgetting for what that stands. During’s National Novel Writing Month you are challenged to begin writing November 1and finish by midnight, November 30th with a 175-page (50,000-word) novel.

If one of you have a YA novel or a YA novel idea, you can submit "the FIRST 250 words for a chance to have the idea seen by top editors at Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin and Sourcebooks—and even get a one-on-one pitch session with one of New York’s top YA literary agents… the winning submission will also get a FREE 10 week writing course, courtesy of the Gotham Writer’s Workshop. 

You can get all the details here: or click here to read the press release. I’ll post another document tomorrow with tear-off tabs for your students to take. I can see promoting this contest with my students in middle school, also. Several have asked me how they can become paid and published authors (note the word "paid" is first). 

Have you heard about the young adult writing competition through the (National Novel Writing Month) site or blog? If you are part of NaNoWriMo, their support groups or sites, please feel free to forward this along, or just have them write to  Paul  Samuelson’s email address for more information.