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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.

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

The Submission Box is currently Closed

We're not accepting submissions for this year yet, but we're working diligently to prepare for Project YA Editorial 2017. Check back in a couple months for an updated list of rules. In the meantime, get writing! The submission box will be opening soon.

Rules

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 from last year 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 in the spring of 2017 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 don't have the means to do so. 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, the finalist, and the grand prize winner can be found on this page, Sarah’s website, and also on my main Tumblr blog, so be sure to bookmark us and give us a follow on Google+.

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!

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