December 2016 Contest Roundup

SIC Contest RoundupIt’s the last Contest Roundup of 2016! If there’s one thing that the Contest Roundup does for me, it’s give me a sense of how quickly time passes. It seems like I get one Roundup done and BOOM! it’s time for the next one. I think that’s a lesson we can all use when waiting to hear back on our work. Yup, 4-6 months can seem long for a response on a submission (even a couple of weeks can!) but if you are hard at work on more submissions, other writing, and life in general, BOOM! you will hear back “all of a sudden”. I know, hard to believe when you’re chomping at the bit waiting for a reply, but it’s true. Time passes us by, let’s not waste it waiting to hear back. Let’s keep moving forward with what’s best for our career, which is writing and/or illustrating and submitting! To that end, you know that contests are a fun and sometimes quick way to jump ahead of the line. Here’s what’s coming up:


12/1: #Pitmad – Open to all genres. Pitch your completed manuscript via Twitter using the #Pitmad hashtag betweet 8am and 8pm EDT. Three pitches per project. (Don’t forget, you can post your pitch in the Sub It Club Submission Support Group for feedback to help you perfect that pitch before putting it out there on Twitter!)

12/1: Tomie dePaola Award Open to illustrators who are SCBWI members. Enter an image of your autobiographical character in a scene. Convey emotion. “The viewer should be able to read the emotion of the character immediately and clearly. No words or captions are allowed in the image.” Winner will receive a trip to the SCBWI New York Winter conference, with tuition, travel and hotel included. The winning piece will also be displayed during the New York VIP Party and Portfolio Showcase.

12/1: SCBWI Art Contest – Open to SCBWI members only. Submit your kite-themed children’s illustration for a chance to be featured on an SCBWI promotional postcard, exposure on SCBWI social media, and a $50 art supply certificate. Enter via email.

12/8: #SFFPitOpen to works of fantasy or science fiction. All age categories (PB, MG, YA, NA, and adult). Pitch your completed manuscript via Twitter using the #SFFPit hashtag between 8am and 6pm EST. Pitch up to 10 times in total. Need pitch tips? Check out #SFFPit creator Dan Kobalt’s tips!

12/12: Pitchmas – Send your 35 word pitch via email. Top 50 pitches will be put on the Pitchmas blog on 12/15 for agents and editors to comment on. Participating agents and editors can be found here.

12/12: Susanna Hill’s 6th Annual Holiday ContestEnter your children’s holiday story using the basic format/concept of The Twelve Days Of Christmas based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate. Story not to exceed 300 words. Entry via blog. Prizes include:

12/13: Sub It Club Pitch Day with Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis – Open to literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery/suspense, memoir, narrative non-fiction, history and current affairs. Post your Title, Word count, Genre, 35-word pitch, and the first 250-words of your novel on our Pitch Day post. Elizabeth will be making requests and giving feedback as time permits.

12/16: #PitchMAS – Twitter pitch party. Pitch your work via Twitter using the #PitchMAS hashtag between 6am and 6pm EST. No more than two pitches per hour.

12/18: Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition – Open to “full length children’s novels”. There is a L15 fee for this contest. Enter a cover letter, synopsis, and full manuscript. First prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000, plus representation from a top children’s literary agent.

12/31: Dear Lucky Agent ContestOpen to Historical Fiction. Submit the title, logline, and first 150-300 words of your completed manuscript. Three winners receive a critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of their work by your agent judge Elise Erickson of Harold Ober Associates.

12/31: Society of Classical Poets Poetry Competition – Enter 3-5 poems of no more than 50 lines that fit the contest themes along with a short bio. Top prize of $500.

January 2017:

1/1: L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest – Open to unpublished writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Enter your prose, up to 17,000 words. This is a quarterly contest with 3 cash prizes in each quarter: a 1st of $1,000, a 2nd of $750, and a 3rd of $500. At the end of the year a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000.

1/15: Little Brown Emerging Artist Award Open to illustrators. Contest mission is “to encourage the development of high-quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, that in some manner draw from the rich cultural experiences of this country—whether they manifest in character, theme, setting, plot, or are derived simply from the artist’s own experience of identity. Diversity includes literal or metaphorical inclusion of characters of underrepresented ethnicity, religious background, gender identity, class, mental or physical disability, or any other nondominant populations.” See official contest rules. Winner to receive $2500 inAmerican Express® gift cards, round-trip travel to New York City, aday at LBYR’s offices including lunch with an editor, an art director, and the Artist Mentor, an in-person portfolio review by the Artist Mentor and the LBYR publishing staff, and a tour of the office, and the opportunity for the winning submission to be reviewed by LBYR’s editorial team.

1/18: #Pit2PubThe last one was open to all categories and age groups. Pitch your manuscript on Twitter using the #Pit2Pub hashtag. More info to come.

Upcoming 2017:

2/23: #PBPitch – Open to picture books. Pitch your picture book via Twitter using the #PBPitch hashtag between 8am and 8pm EST.

2/24: Pitch Madness – Submit a 35-word pitch and the first 250 words of your completed manuscript. A team of readers choose the top 60 entries to move onto coaching and an agent round.

3/23: #Pitmad Open to all genres. Pitch your manuscript via Twitter using the #Pitmad hashtag between 8am & 8pm EDT. Only pitch 3 times per project.

4/1: Scholastic Graphix ContestOpen to Graphic Novels for kids. U.S. Residents only. Up to 5 winners will receive an offer to publish their work with Scholastic and a $15,000 advance.

6/8: #Pitmad Open to all genres. Pitch your manuscript via Twitter using the #Pitmad hashtag between 8am & 8pm EDT. Only pitch 3 times per project.

Know of a great, no fee contest that I missed? Please link us up in the comments!

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