Thursday, October 13, 2016

0 Agent Judged Contest Opens Next Week!

For the last month or so, we've been preparing for our next Red Light/Green Light Contest, and we're now one week out from opening to submissions!

This round of Red Light/Green Light will be judged by senior agent Marisa Corvisiero, of Corvisiero Literary Agency, and she's generously offered a partial request to the lucky writer who comes in first. Read on to hear a bit more about Marisa and her experience in the industry, but first...

If you're wondering what Red Light/Green Light is, how it works, and if it's right for you, here's a quick summary of the contest rules. Please read carefully if you plan to submit, and I hope you do, because we're so excited to read your work!

October 20th--Contest opens! 
On this day, you'll need to email your first page plus a three paragraph pitch (think: query letter) to ayaplit(at)gmail(dot)com. More details will posted on the 20th. Our first submission window opens at noon EST and our second window begins at 3pm EST. We will accept a maximum of 25 entries from each sub window, and it is permissible to submit once during each window. For this round of Red Light/Green Light, we will be open to NA, YA, and MG entries.

October 27th--50 first round participants announced, first sentences posted here on the AYAP blog.
A maximum of 50 first round participants will be accepted into Red Light/Green Light, and their first sentences will appear on the Adventures in YA Publishing website. Those first lines will be judged by our fabulous agent volunteer, Marisa Corvisiero.

November 3rd--25 second round participants announced, first and second sentences posted.
25 second round contestants will make it through to round two, and their first and second sentences evaluated. 10 will move on to the next round.

November 10th--10 third round participants announced, 3 paragraph pitches posted.
10 contestants will be judged on the strength of their queries, and move on to the final round of Red Light/Green Light.

November 17th--5 fourth round participants announced, first pages posted.
In the final round of Red Light/Green Light, five contestants will be judged on the strength of their first pages. Our judging agent will choose a final winner.

November 24th--Prize winner announced, awarded a partial request from Marisa Corvisiero.
So that's Red Light/Green Light! Before I leave you to polish those first pages, let's get to know our wonderful judge, Marisa, a little bit better. 

Marisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency and Senior Literary Agent there. During the few years prior to starting her own agency, Marisa worked with the L. Perkins Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a Literary Consultant, Speaker, Author and an Attorney practicing law with a focus on Corporate Law and Estate Planning in New York City. 
Marisa seeks creative stories with well developed plots and rich characters with unique voices. For Adults, New Adults, and Young Adults she most enjoys Contemporary Romance, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, or any combination thereof.
For Middle Grade age she likes very unique concepts in Fantasy, Adventure and Science Fiction.

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