Judge Robyn Opie - that is, judge of a writing contest for new authors. If you'd like to enter, please read the following press release.
PM Moon Publishers, a small, independent company established to publish good writing from new and not-so-new writers, announces our First Annual Writing Contest for new writers and new authors only.
Your entry must be completely original, written in English, unpublished, and not accepted by any other publisher at the time of submission. The contest is open to all new writers or new authors.
Who Is Eligible: Contest is open to any new author. A new author is defined as any new writer who has never received a publishing contract. or an author who has earned less than $500.00 in either advances or royalties.
What to Submit: Manuscripts can be submitted in the following categories: children's fiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult literature.
Children's fiction will be no less than 2400 words and no more 4800 words. It should be suitable for k-3.
Middle Grade Fiction will be no more than 40,000 words and suitable for grades 4 through 8.
Young Adult Fiction will be no less than 50,000 words and suitable for grades 9 through 12.
When to Submit: The contest period will be open from November 15th 2008 until February 15th 2009.
Evaluation of the submissions will be on-going from November 15, 2008 until 11:59 P.M. EST on February 15, 2009.
Final contest results will be announced on our Web site on or about March 31, 2009.
How to Submit: The entry fee for each manuscript submitted is twenty dollars US ($20.00). All entry fees are payable through Pay Pal: publisher ( @ ) pmmoonpublishers dot com
Joyce A. Anthony (http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/index.html)
Joyce A. Anthony, the author of Storm, is a Pennsylvania-born writer who shares her home with a passion for writing, photography and life in general. She has written numerous articles on parenting and mental health issues. She has published one short story previous to Storm.
Martha Hite (http://www.savannahscastle.com/)
Martha Hite, the author of Savannah's Castle, lives in the mountains of Western Maryland with her husband, Walter and their son Sean. She is a voracious reader and an equally prolific writer. She has finished three novels and several short stories, in addition to Savannah's Castle.
Robyn Opie (http://www.robynopie.com/)
Robyn Opie is the author of more than 70 published children's books. She has been writing for children for 10 years; most of her books are sold around the world and many have been translated into foreign languages. She works full time writing for children and is now working with several producers on TV/Film projects.
Andrea, better know as Tina, has a critical eye for detail which she uses often to critique authors' work.
Lois Szymanski (http://www.loisszymanski.com/)
Lois Szymanski, the author of sixteen books, teamed up with her high school friend and fellow author, Shelley Sykes, in the 1990's, to create a new series called The Gettysburg Ghost Gang. She was the regional director of SCBWI for Maryland, West Virginia and Delaware. She has written several other children's books, including the new Charming Ponies series from Harper Collins.
Best of luck with your entry. I'm looking forward to reading it.