This seems to be the season for contests. I'd been thinking about them when Kim posted about the Cybils. So I'd like to add a few more, for those who are interested.
Of course, there are the "biggies."
1. Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
First awarded in 1967, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards recognize and reward excellence in literature for children and young adults. Submissions guidelines.
2. Golden Kite Awards.
To be eligible to submit your book(s) to the Golden Kite Award, you must be a current member of the SCBWI with your membership current through April 1st 2011.
3. ForeWord Reviews Magazine's Book of the Year Awards. There is a fee for this one. Submissions
4. The National Best Books Awards, sponsored by USA Book News based in Los Angeles, California. This one also has a fee. Submissions. Deadline has passed.
5. Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
The 2011 Indie Book Awards is open to all indie book authors and publishers including independent publishers (small, medium or otherwisd), university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, seasoned authors and even first time authors in the U. S., Canada or internationally who have a book written in English and published in 2010 or 2011. There is a fee here too.
Each state has contests.
Now I'm not much for contests, but you never know. Even if you don't win, who sees your book? Other writers. Editors. Agents. Publishers. It's a way to get your book out there.
Conferences are fun too. Because of my husband's health, I can't leave home, but some great conferences are Online. In August I atttended Write On Con. They had a little of everything: critiques, speakers, agents, editors. Now they're having monthly meetings with editors and agents as guests. Check them out. Write On. (Free too, though you can donate.)
The Muse Online Conference starts next week and runs from Oct. 11 - 17. If you didn't sign up this year, try next year. Workshops, pitches to publishers and agents, chats, and lots of fun. Kim will be there. So will I.
Do you have other contests or conferences to share?
Have a great day.