It's hard to believe, but only one week from today, we'll be opening this year's first round of Red Light/Green Light! RL/GL is a fantastic opportunity to test the waters with your opening lines, and affords entrants a chance to win a full request from our judging agent. This round, Alyssa Jennette from Stonesong Literary is judging, and if you'd like to know a little more about Alyssa, she joined us for an interview a few weeks ago which you can find here.
The schedule for Red Light/Green Light is as follows:
Entry DayGet those submissions in by email to ayap(at)gmail(dot)com. Submission formatting details will be posted on Thursday, March 2nd, so keep an eye on this space.
Round One: First LinesThe first lines of a maximum of 50 entries will be posted here to wow our readers, and for Alyssa to judge.
Round Two: First ParagraphsOur judge's top 25 entries move on to round two, and are expanded to first paragraphs.
Round Three: PitchesThe top 10 entries move on, this time showcasing 3 paragraph pitches, as would be sent out to agents in a query letter.
Round Four: First PagesThe top 5 entries are expanded to full first pages, giving you 250 words with which to grab our judge's attention!
Round Five: Prize Winner AnnouncedFinally, we announce our winner, who will receive the prize of a full manuscript request from Alyssa Jennette.
On March 9th, the submission window for Red Light/Green Light will open at 9am EST. We will remain open to submissions until midnight. Red Light/Green Light is open to completed NA, YA, and MG manuscripts. During the submission window on March 9th, entries should be sent via email to ayaplit(at)gmail(dot)com.
Entries must be formatted as follows:
Please type AYAP CONTEST ENTRY in the email subject line for your entry.
Name: Your name.
Genre: Please include age category as well as genre. Example: YA Contemporary, NA Romance, MG Suspense.
Title: Your title.
Query Letter/3 Paragraph Pitch: Please include your query letter/3 paragraph pitch, minus any personalization. You do not need to include any biographical information--just the bones of your story, please.
First Page/First 250 Words: Please include your first page (up to 250 words--if a sentence cuts off at the 250 word mark, you may go a few words over to finish it).
If you have any questions at all about Red Light/Green Light, please leave them in the comments below!