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Website of author and professional editor Rachelle M. N. Shaw. Find information about her books, her editing services, and her blog, From Mind to Paper: On Writing and Editing.


Project YA Editorial

About the Project

For the past several years, in addition to working as an editor, I've been volunteering my time to tutor young writers who are either just learning the craft or who are honing their skills to become professionals.

Now I've teamed up with my good friend and fellow editor, Sarah Wright, to launch PROJECT YA EDITORIAL, a campaign for providing new and emerging writers in the young adult genre with tools and connections they need to get published. We're passionate about YA stories. They've stolen the readers' hearts of all ages, including ours, and we love their unique flare for tapping into the problems that all of us face while growing up. But some of their predictable plotlines and corny love triangles have given them a bad reputation. So we're challenging you to write something that will flip this genre on its head!

Each summer, we're co-hosting a YA writing contest, where writers can submit their short stories for a chance to win free professional editing services from myself and Sarah. The winner from that year will be featured on this website as well as Sarah's site and on the Tumblr blog From Mind to Paper. Plus, they'll be given a stellar prize pack that includes great books on the craft of writing, such as The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. We're also working on setting up an agreement for publication with an online literary magazine for the winner.

Details about the contest and the criteria for entering can be found below!

The Submission Box is Closed until further notice

Due to ongoing personal and family medical issues, Project YA Editorial has temporarily been put on hold. Check back periodically for an updated list of rules. When the contest is live again, I will move it back to the main navigation on this site. In the meantime, get writing!


The rules are currently being reviewed and updated to reflect the increasing interest we've had in the event. Please note that a few changes will be quite significant to allow for more entries from a wider range of ages and locations. However, that does mean that we will be pickier about the stories we select. We will still do our best to provide the top finalists with detailed feedback and all writers who submit with general feedback on their piece. Please check back to see a list of the updated rules and the details for the next contest. We'll also be posting updates on our Google+ page, so be sure to give us a follow!

Other Details

Authors will retain all rights to the piece that they submit. The goal of this campaign is to provide new and emerging writers who share our love for all things YA with the resources and connections they need to hone their craft and publish their work. This is our way of giving back to all the writers out there who deserve a shot at publication but haven't had that break yet. If you know someone who might be interested in this contest, spread the word! Sarah and I both love connecting with new writers, and this a chance for them to get recognition and free professional editing for their work.

Updates about the contest can be found on this page, my main Tumblr blog, and our Google+ page.

Happy writing!

This is a big project, and we need your help!

We've seen some incredibly gifted new writers throughout the years, but it unfortunately takes a lot more than tweaking and polishing to take on the enormous task of publication. It takes time, dedication, and a whole lot of support from the whole writing communitythat's where you guys come in! If you'd like to donate prizes, sponsor this event, or simply help spread the word, please sign up below.

Thank you for supporting your fellow writers!


Volunteer Form

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Make a Donation

Would you like to support this project by making a donation instead? All proceeds will be used toward promoting this project and purchasing prizes for the winners. We greatly appreciate any amount, big or small, and hope to eventually build a scholarship fund to further support students pursuing a degree in writing.

Please note that all funds received will go through Rachelle M. N. Shaw Editing and Design for tax purposes. However, funds received through these donations remain solely with Project YA Editorial. Upon making a donation, please include a note with your payment to ensure that the amount given is used for this project. Thank you!