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First Pages Contest #1: Young Adult (All Kinds), Judged by Agent Kelly Peterson

By January 1, 2020 January 24th, 2020 No Comments

(There are three contests happening now at the same time [Jan, 2020] on
my blog. Contest 2 for writers of adult thriller and crime can be found here.
Contest 3 for writers of adult science fiction & fantasy can be found here.)

I love contests. So welcome to our first 2020 First Pages Contest on the my new Chuck Sambuchino Blog (undergoing a redesign soon). Contest #1 is for writers of young adult fiction (all kinds). If you’re writing YA, keep reading, and submit your work!
Here’s how it works. We invite awesome literary agents to judge the contest. The agents pick the genre they want to judge. Writers in that genre are invited to send in their first page as part of the competition. Winners get an awesome critique from your agent judge. It’s free to enter. Sound good? Then let’s get to some details and rules!


Contest #1. You have until 11:59 p.m., PST, January 31, 2020, to submit to the contest.
This contest is only for writers of young adult fiction — any kind. (No adult or middle grade, please.) Main characters should probably be aged 15-18.
The agent judge has two weeks from the contest’s end to judge all entries. Then we will inform the winners and post the names here on this blog post.


Submit your manuscript’s first double-spaced page, via email, to
300 words of text, maximum. Do not attach anything. Just copy and paste the text into the email submission.
At the beginning of the email, before you paste your first page, this is what we need to know:

  1. your full name
  2. the city and state you’re based in
  3. your contact email
  4. proof that you’ve shared news of the contest via social media (such as your Twitter handle) — see below on this below
  5. a logline of your work. A logline is a one-sentence summary of your novel. For example, “A burned-out ex-con is hired to rescue the president’s daughter after she is kidnapped on a space station.”

Self-published novels are not eligible for this contest. Unpublished (new) material only, please. You may submit more than one submission; however, you are encouraged to only submit your best work.
PLEASE NOTE OUR SOCIAL MEDIA REQUIREMENTS: Although the contest is free to enter, in order to be considered, you must fulfill our social media requirements. For every submission, you must spread word of this contest twice through social media — either Twitter or Facebook. You can tweet news of it, or share on Facebook.
When you email us your submission, make sure you include some kind of way for us to understand you have followed these guidelines. If you have shared news on Twitter, then just include your Twitter handle. If you have shared news of it on Facebook, then feel free to take a screenshot or send us a link of that status update. An easy way to notify us is to tag us. Tag me — @chucksambuchino — when you spread news. And if you use Twitter, put my handle at the middle or the end, not at the very beginning of the tweet, or else the tweet will be invisible to others. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point.)
Here is a tweet that can be copied and used: New FREE contest for writers of young adult fiction (all kinds) Judged by agent @Litagentkelly, via @chucksambuchino
If you below to a chapter of SCBWI, feel free to tag them on Twitter by using their handle when tweeting the news.

Here are some
conferences I’m speaking at or helping coordinate in 2020.
All of them have attending agents meeting with attendee writers:



Kelly Peterson is a Literary Agent with Rees Literary Agency.
She received her B.S.Ed. in English and Literature from West Chester University, and has since come to understand that her dream of being a teacher has diminished. Setting out to find another path related to books, she confidently strode towards the publishing industry and blogging, but her knack for marketing and public relations landed her an internship with Corvisiero. She’s never looked back. She worked her way up to a Literary Agent before transferring to Rees Literary Agency in order to continue pursuing her dreams and helping authors fulfill their own. Kelly will be attending some of the conferences listed above — Minnesota, and then Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 2020.
Being the natural Pisces she is, Kelly managed much of the public relations and marketing for her previous agency before transferring to Rees Literary. She understands the importance of family, community, and kindness in an industry that sometimes seems robotic and distant, so she strives to surround herself with other publishing professionals who aren’t afraid to be themselves. The family atmosphere extends to her clients, where she’s carefully selected the talent on her client list with the understanding of kindness, patience, drive, and support.
Below see a book forthcoming from her client Katie Golding. Fearless (Moto Grand Prix) is a romance releasing in July 2020; pre-order Fearless here. Also pictured: Other Rees Literary recent releases Eden Mine: A Novel by S.M. Hulse, and The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah, and Murder at the Mena House (A Jane Wunderly Mystery) by Erica Ruth Neubauer. Click on any link to learn more and buy (or pre-order) these books.


Kelly will pick 3 winners (no order). All three of those winners are invited to send their first 10 double-spaced pages to Kelly for a critique. If you ever wanted to know what an agent is thinking when they read your submission, this critique is a great way to learn just that.


By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the “Comments” section of this blog post. If you have questions or concerns, write us personally at chucksambuchino [at] The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions. This contest buys no rights, so even if you win, you can still do whatever you like with the work. We do not acquire or own or publish anything. Good luck! Make sure you fulfill the submission requirements to be considered.

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