Literary agent Janet Reid is hosting an amazing contest over at her blog. All the information can be found here, with some more information available here.
The basic idea: "To celebrate the publication of UNRAVELING by debut author Liz Norris we're sponsoring the Pay It Forward Writing Contest. We're looking for a debut writer with a great voice and energetic prose (like Liz!) We're looking for a novel that grabs us, enchants us, and keeps us glued to the page (like UNRAVELING!)"
Oh, and check this out: "The prize is:
1. Registration for the Backspace Writing Conference in NYC (May 24-26)
2. Hotel for three nights (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
3. Travel stipend of $300
4. Lunch with Liz Norris' agent"
You've got to send the query and the novel - any category or genre! Check out the above links and Janet Reid's blog for all the rules. But you've got to hurry - the deadline is March 15th!
I so wish I had something ready to send! But I know a number of you have manuscripts almost-there or ready already. I wish you all the best of luck! Go for it!