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. 

abna_logo-200Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon.com'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 

wd-annual-iconWriter’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 pink and black wordsYARWA 

YARWA, the Young Adult Romance Writers of America, sponsors the Rosemary Award for unpublished manuscripts.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-logoSerendipity 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. Other posts to enjoy: The power of Wattpad: find your readers and build your audienceIncorporating Test Reader Feedback Research at the Museum, a Step-by-Step Guide