If you have a polished young adult, middle grade, or new adult manuscript ready for submission, you might want to get in on the Pitch + 250 Contest on the Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing blog that opens TODAY.

Submissions close when they receive 100 entries or February 9th (whichever comes first), and there are three rounds of judging: bloggers, authors, and agents. Besides getting your work looked at by all those eyes, there are prizes:

"The winner will receive a three chapter critique (30 pages max) by Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management.

The 4 runners-up will each receive a one chapter critique (10 pages max) by one of our agent judges.

The remainder of the top 25 will receive a one chapter critique (10 pages max) by one of the judges."

It's a chance to get some valuable feedback on your work, so what are you waiting for? Oh, and the pitch needs to be under 250 words and make sure you put Pitch+250 in the subject line when you submit.

In other news, today is my very first post as a contributor to Operation Awesome! Come join me over there and find out the real stories behind the truths and a lie revealed during the Mystery Blogger introduction. And by the way, my posts on this blog will likely go to every other week to allow for my OA posts every other Monday.

(And if you're wondering what this picture has to do with any of the above, our Operation Awesome mascot is an owl. He is however a cartoon, and not this great-horned owl which I photographed in Alaska.)


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