Elephant Rock Books Seeks Submissions for YA Book Prize

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

helensheehanElephant Rock Books will kick off its second annual Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize.

The contest is open to YA authors with unpublished manuscripts. The prize includes $1000 and a contract with Elephant Rock Books. Judges include: Meghan Dietsche Goel; children’s and young adult book buyer at BookPeople in Austin,TX; Anne Rouyer, supervising young adult librarian at the Mulberry Street Branch of The New York Public Library; and Kelly Jensen, associate editor and community manager for Book Riot.

Here is more about what the judges are looking for from the site:

What we’re after: quality stories with heart, guts, and a clear voice. We’re especially interested in the quirky and the hopeful and the real. We are not particularly interested in genre fiction and prefer stand-alone novels, unless you’ve got the next Hunger Games. We seek writers who believe in the transformative power of a great story, so show us what you’ve got.