Monday, July 18, 2011

Who wants to win $1000?????????

No, my blogger account has NOT been hacked. This is the REAL DEAL!!!!!!!!

(And I know it's supposed to be MMGM but this news is SO BIG I figured you wouldn't mind. I promise things will be back to normal next week!)

Watch THIS:
(ugh--and why am *I* the thumbnail picture this time????)
Okay, do we have your attention? Good.

WriteOnCon has teamed up with to bring you a VERY special contest to kick off the August, 2011 WriteOnCon Conference.

What? A first 500 MG/YA words contest. Grand Prize is $1000 AND an author profile page on In addition, your work will be considered for possible representation by literary agent, Catherine Drayton.
When? Starting today.
Why? Because we love you!

So here's how it works. Click HERE to register with The if you are not already a member (YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO WIN). Then click HERE to submit the first 500 words of your COMPLETED MG/YA manuscript (ad appears on the right sidebar).

Submissions will remain open until Wednesday, August 17th (the second day of the WriteOnCon conference).

The TOP 5 submissions will be announced on Thursday, August 18th (the last day of WriteOnCon) and posted on where EVERYONE can vote.

On Thursday, September 8th, The Reading Room and WriteOnCon will host a special LIVE event to announce the GRAND PRIZE WINNER who will receive $1000 cold, hard cash, in the form of a gigantic check in the form of a regular-sized check AND their own author profile page on Finally, literary agent, Catherine Drayton, will consider their work for possible representation.

Totally amazeballs (we're channelling Jamie Harrington), right?

So, really, the only question left is, what would you do with $1000? 

If you want to help us spread the word by tweeting #IfIHad1000 with a link to this post telling us what you'd do with the money if you win, we would be deeply grateful.

Click HERE to read TheReadingRoom.Com Official Competition Rules.

Please note: The Reading Room Website may specify that your entry should be a 500 word pitch. (Unless they've corrected that). That is incorrect. The contest is for your first 500 words, so make sure that you submit correctly.

Also: The Reading Room Rule #7 does not mean that your first 500 words are being kidnapped by The Reading Room. It just means they can post your entry publicly if it happens to be selected as a top 5.


  1. Awesome contest. What a great way to kick off WriteOnCon.

  2. I'm not sure this is worth getting involved in if there is no giant check.

  3. Oh my WOW---this is massive. You guys TOTALLY ROCK!!!!


  4. Oh man, that's wicked awesome (yes, I whipped out the phrase, 'wicked awesome'--had to reach back into the 1980s to grab it)!!!

    That video was fantastic~ I don't know how you girls coordinate it all so well, but I was smiling the whole time (and wondering if Elana would be willing to ship me any leftover bacon).

    Very cool, ladies of WriteOnCon. Very cool indeed.

  5. And back to say....tooooo funny on selling bacon for .50 strip. If I were there, I'd totally buy. Add mabel syrup to dip it in I'd pay fifty bucks, man.

  6. I'm with Matt on this one. Regular-sized checks? Eh...


    Sounds like a fun contest! Good luck to all the entrants!

  7. Sounds great. Love the video. So I'm guessing I should cancel my bacon stand for today, huh?

    Maybe I'll enter the contest instead.

  8. You guys are friggin' hilarious! Wish I wrote MG/YA, but since I don't.. I'll be sure o spread the word EVERYWHERE! :)

  9. I'm so excited we're getting so close to WOC that it's kicking off-- with this! Thanks! christy

  10. So exciting . . . but a question. On your blog it says we submit the first 500 words of the novel but on the Reading Room site it says to submit a 500-word pitch. So not sure what you are looking for.

  11. Cathe: The contest is for the first 500 words. The Reading Room will hopefully be correcting that soon, but even if they don't, we're judging and we're doing 500 words. It would be too hard to judge pitches against each other, because pitches vary so much in style and feel.

  12. hi miss shannon! wowee thats a lotta money! i wish i was a mg writer and not just a mg reader cause for sure id get in that contest. i cant wait to see who could win.
    ...hugs from lenny

  13. I would pay maybe 5 bucks for Lindsay Lohan's pic.

    This is an awesome contest! Love you guys!!

  14. Amazing! Going to go polish 500 words and spread the details. Thanks for this all :)

  15. Totally rocking contest! I'll help spread the word.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  16. This is the coolest contest ever. Good thing I have a few weeks to obsess over my first 500 pages:).


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