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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | A Dream Contest for Middle Grade Writers

A Dream Contest for Middle Grade Writers

Martin Luther King dreamed of sweeping social reform.
Some of us have smaller, more personal dreams, and for many of my blogging friends, it’s the dream of being published. 
If you’re a middle grade writer with a manuscript ready for querying, then you need to visit Project Mayhem today where there is an awesome contest going on – just for MG.
Michael Winchell is organizing the contest. He and Shannon O’Donnell are taking submissions of queries and first pages until Thursday. They will each choose 3 submissions and request more pages, looking for a promising manuscript that would interest their agents: Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group and Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary. Michael and Shannon will each send one winner’s manuscript on to their agent with their personal recommendation.
Some of the other Team Mayhem authors have offered up secondary prizes, such as a query critique by Matt McNish and a three chapter critique from me.
Best of luck to everyone who enters, and special thanks to Mike Winchell for the idea!
In other news,
a) I’ve still got one spot open in February for a first page critique.
b) THE CAGED GRAVES is one of Richie’s Picks on the Rutgers Children’s Lit newsletter.
c) I will have some awesome stuff to share on Wednesday about the SPIRIT GAME short film.
d) I skied the heck out of Jack Frost Mountain in Blakeslee, PA this weekend. In fact, depending on when you read this post, I might still be doing it.

15 Responses to A Dream Contest for Middle Grade Writers

  1. Cool contest. Too bad I don’t write MG. 😛

  2. DL Hammons says:

    Ditto what Stina said! 🙂

  3. Sounds awesome but I’m not sure I’ll get my query ready that quickly or that these agents are interested in a MG fantasy.

  4. mshatch says:

    That is one awesome review of CG! Very, very cool 🙂

  5. Julie Dao says:

    Thanks for the heads-up on this one! I do have an MG ready for querying, so I’ll head on over and check this contest out!

  6. I think that is such a great opportunity! And I love the spirit of giving back this exudes. You guys rock! And best of luck to everyone in the contest. 🙂

  7. Lydia Kang says:

    Nice contest, thanks for sharing!

  8. What a super contest. Almost makes me wish I wrote MG…

    Have fun on the slopes!

  9. Cool contest and congratulations on Caged Graves being listed!!

  10. JJ says:

    These are wonderful contests, and it makes me happy to see young people advancing their writing skills. I judge several national academic writing contests and I am often shocked at the talent that is out there. Everyone is a winner!

  11. Congrats on Caged Graves…. FANTABULOUS.

    GREAT CONTEST! I am going to have work VERY DILIGENTLY to have something ready by Thursday…. if possible.

    Have FUN skiing!!!!!

  12. Tonja says:

    Thanks for the info and congrats!

  13. Awesome! Unfortunately, the only possibly MG book I ever wrote is still sitting dusty in a closet. But maybe the renewed interest in this genre is just the motivation I need to take it out and spruce it up:)

  14. If only I had one of my MG projects finished. Dang. Maybe next time. 🙂

  15. Sounds like a great contest, Diane. Unfortunately I only write adult novels but I may get tempted, one day, to write for kids.