2011 CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The response to the 2011 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest was exceptional. Close to 1,000 entries were submitted. After an extensive judging process (detailed below), these were whittled down to 23 semi-finalists from which the Top Five Finalists and Grand Prize Winner were selected.
Regina Brooks, the judges, and Gotham Writers' Workshop extend our congratulations to the following writers:
Clara Kensie (Round Lake Beach, IL)
Deception So Deadly
Ann Shepherd (Anaheim CA)
Christine Dokko (Guilford, CT)
Michelle Lee (Lewis Center, OH)
Mellisa Dempsey (Greenville, NC)
Semi-finalists (Listed alphabetically)
Dana Arlien (Incline Village, NV) - The World of Wishes that Shouldn't Come True
Travis Darcy (Fairfax, CA) - Castoff: From the Druid's Lair to the Streets of San Francisco Sondra Eklund (Centreville, VA) - The Mystical Mantle
Sarah Flusche (Baytown, TX) - The Changeling
Jacquelyn Harp (Loveland, CO) - Rewrite Redemption
Tracy Jorgensen (Richland, WA) -The Impending Demise of the Girl with Brown Eyes
Kimberly Kreines (Marina del Ray, CA) - Mind Games
Katherine McDermott (Manassas, VA) - Mongrel
Jennifer McLaughlin (Freeland, PA) - Stolen Lives
Layla Messner (Canmore, AB - Canada) - Molten
Emilya Naymark (Mineola, NY) - Lead Me Follow Me
Deanna Newsom (Yellow Springs, OH) - The Tunnel Jumpers
Lindsey Nkem (Edmonton, AB - Canada) - Will
Erin Recht (Hamilton, MT) - Ballooning
Alona Shabat Amir (Hoboken, NJ) - The Untold
Tanya Spencer (Tehachapi, CA) - Streetlight
Elizabeth Thompson (Raleigh, NC) - Wishing Well
Robert Villanueva (Indianapolis, IN) - Paradisa: The Burning
THE 2012 YOUNG ADULT NOVEL DISCOVERY CONTEST
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The Grand Prize Winner won the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks and received a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers' Workshop.
The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) received a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They also received commentary on their submissions by editors at Scholastic, Roaring Brook Press, Dial, Disney, and VIking. They also received a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine. Regina Brooks will be contacting the top five finalists to schedule their pitch session.
YA literary agent Regina Brooks and a select group of readers read all of the entries to determine the 23 semi-finalists. These submissions were then read by:
Rachel Griffiths, Editor at Scholastic
Nancy Mercado, Executive Editor at Roaring Brook Press
Leah Hultenschmidt, Executive Editor at Sourcebooks
Viola Krista, Editor at Dial (Random House)
Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor at Harlequin Teen
Abby Ranger, Editor at Disney (Hyperion)
Kendra Levin, Editor at Viking (Penguin)
Based on scores assigned by these editors, the top 23 was whittled down to five finalists.
The Grand Prize Winner was selected from these finalists by Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books and author of Writing Great Books for Young Adults.
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