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New Leaf 100-Word Short Story Contest
New Year New Love Some of you have been asking if New Leaf will be doing another short story contest. We have some good news for you: We present the next short story contest! We know a lot of you are...

Hello, fellow Tumblorgs! Yesterday I reblogged a post announcing a 100 word short story contest by my literary agency @newleafliterary. My agent is Jo, and she’s outstanding. She’s basically changed my life. Anyway, I know there are a lot of writers here on Tumblr—both professional writers and writers looking to be discovered—and I’ll bet there are quite a number who follow me here. Though writing a 100 word story with a specific theme and using a few keywords is far from the most natural exercise, the prize (a query critique or a first page critique) is so worthwhile, I really think everyone who has any aspiration to write professionally should give it a shot. This could be just the push you need to get you over the next hump.

I also know, though, that it can make one a bit nervous to send a piece of writing—however small, however impersonal—out into the world. There may be some writers here who could win this contest—and who would really benefit from getting a critique—who might never enter simply because they’re afraid of what the reaction will be. In order to help ease that pain, I’m going to enter my own submission here, so that you will know—for a fact—that your story will not be the worst story submitted. No, no. This is the worst story that will be submitted:

“New Year, New Love”

A woman with a grin like ten Mona Lisas passes out champagne. “Two minutes to midnight!” her voice jingles. The man in the corner watches, his emotions like the 90% of an iceberg nobody sees. Even with closed eyes, he senses her: the smell of her perfume; the feel of her dress; the sound of her laughter; the taste of the aforementioned champagne. The man makes his first resolution. Tonight, he will accept the challenge. Tonight his word will be cousin to his deed. Tonight he will tell her—

The man awakens. Just a dream. Oh well. Maybe next year.

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There it is: The worst 100 word story that this contest will see. Your story is already better than this one. Now you have no excuse. For example, you could submit this same exact story and change the word “ten” to “eleven” and your story will be better—one better, in fact.

So, give it a shot! The worst that can happen is you’ll submit the second worst story.

Well. Unless I get creative again.

Which I might.

New Leaf Literary....As Cats!

You know how sometimes, one thing leads to another, which leads to finding cat GIFs that capture the essence of each of your co-workers?

That happened today. Without further ado, I’d like to re-introduce you to the Cool Cats of New Leaf:

1: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” - This is Jess Dallow

2: Kathleen Ortiz, always thinking outside the box.

3: Joanna Volpe, our fearless leader, always guiding us

4: The Energizer Kitty: Pouya Shahbazian

5: Easily amused semi-professional boxer: Jackie Lindert

6: Danielle Barthel…..She actually does this sometimes. Keep an eye on her.

7: “Danielle, just stahp.” - Jaida Temperly

8: Dave Caccavo is actually the dog in this GIF, and all of his female coworkers are represented by the cat. 

9: Mackenzie Brady: BAMF, of the agent variety, but also in life.

10: Suzie Townsend showing off her *cough* love *cough* of children

New Year, New Love!

This is my entry for the New Year, New Love! contest hosted by NewLeaf Literary. The maximum number of words I could use was 100 and I had to  incorporate the words: first, resolution, challenge, cousin and midnight.

I hope you all enjoy my entry!


First! You have to tell him you love him!”

“What?!”

“It’s your resolution for the new year! Finally, telling him.”

“NO! H-he’s your cousin!”

“So?”

“It’s already a challenge just to be next to him. If he said no… . it would ruin everything.”

Emily waved this excuse away before plunging into her next thought, “Hannah! Tell him at midnight tonight!”

“At the party?!”

“Yeah, it’ll be perfect.”

“And utterly humiliating.”

“No!”

“Yes! What would I say? ‘Hey, Henry just so you know I’ve been in love with you for the past year.’”

“You too?” came Henry’s voice behind her chair.

New Year, New Love

There’s still one day to enter @newleafliterary‘s 100 word short story contest and get a chance at a critique from one of the best agencies in the publishing world! You can read more about the contest here. But since there are people who I think are still on the fence about submitting a story, here it comes: Another absolutely terrible 100 word story that will definitely not win. If you think you can write a better story than this one (and you can!), then you should submit before the deadline (11:50 p.m. EST tomorrow!).

And now for this (prepare yourself):

So it’s New Year’s Eve, and I want to go to my first ever New Year’s party with my cousin Jaidyn, but my mom says I have to clean my room. It’s a huge mess! I know it’ll be a challenge, so I call my friend Jaiden to help. Turns out if you have a vacuum cleaner it’s not so bad. We just put away the stuff and then it’s clean, but now it’s almost midnight! We count down, and then I make a resolution to spend more time with my new love: the vacuum cleaner. Always there for me!

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You can do better than this! If you’ve ever wanted to write professionally, getting a critique from a major literary agency can’t but help you—and I absolutely adore @newleafliterary. There’s still a little over 24 hours to enter, so get to it! 100 words is a lot shorter than you think. (Even doing this I had to cut out 20 words!)

To celebrate signing with the ever-fabulous Suzie Townsend and Danielle Barthel of newleafliterary, I have a special blog post for you on my regular website! Not only does it include part one of a super fun, very detailed chat with Danielle and Suzie, but there’s a giveaway at the end!

Some details:

  • Suzie, Danielle, and I are each offering one free, private query critique. (That means you don’t have to post your work on the blog for all to see if you don’t want to.)
  • Winners will be chosen randomly, but the more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win.
  • The deadline is January 26, so you have almost three weeks to enter and to spread the word.
  • Reblogging this post counts as one entry. (Let me know on the rafflecopter so I can give you credit! No giveaway blogs, please!)
  • So does following me on Tumblr, whether you’re a new or old follower. (Again, let me know on the rafflecopter. And, again, no giveaway blogs, please!)
  • Don’t need a critique for yourself? Transfer the prize to a query-ready friend if you win. Easy!
  • Winners must reply within 48 hours or a follow-up will be chosen.
  • No physical address or other details are necessary, but you must be willing to share your email address for feedback.
  • Questions? Leave them in the comments.
  • Thank you for reading/entering! Have fun and good luck!

See this post on my website for more details & for the rafflecopter.

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YA Series That Adults Should Get Lost In

Sure, young-adult books come with a recommended age, but we have always been fans of breaking the rules or, better yet, creating our own. And, there is something about the struggles of youth that seem universal. Now that we are grown-up, we may not be trying to figure out how to define our new

First on the list: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!

#NLpitchperfect Roundup

We had so much fun hosting the #NLpitchperfect Twitter pitch contest. There were so many great ideas popping up every second (literally!). All the talent and creativity sparked a lot of discussion between the assistants, so we wanted to thank everyone who participated!

  • We thought it would be fun to share some stats from the contest:
  • We received over 800 pitches in two hours.
  • We favorited almost 80 pitches.
  • It took us four hours to go through each and every tweet.
  • We were trending on Twitter for about 6 hours.
  • Popular topics included pirates, fairies/faeries, dead best friends, princesses, and instruments/musicians. 
  • Burgers and milkshakes got us through the night.

We’re excited to see the follow-up queries, and hope to host other similar contests in the future. Thanks again to all you brave, creative souls for pitching your books in >140 characters. You all ROCK!

New Leaf Twitter Pitch Contest!
Hey everyone!
The assistants of New Leaf are excited to announce that we’re hosting a Twitter Pitch contest. We’ll be looking for stand-out pitches–tweeted by all of you–on behalf of the agents at New Leaf!
The rules:

  • The window to pitch your book ideas is Friday, May 23rd from 1-3PM EST
  • Pitches are limited to 140 character tweets! Include the hashtag #NLpitchperfect
  • If your tweet is favorited by New Leaf, that means we want you to query us! Email your query (plus the first 5 pages of the manuscript, but please include this in the body of the email!) to query@newleafliterary.com with the words “Query” and “New Leaf Pitch Perfect” in the subject line.
  • We will be looking for manuscripts on behalf of Joanna Volpe, Suzie Townsend, and Kathleen Ortiz, so we’d love to see pitches for (fiction or non-fiction) MG, YA, NA, and Adult manuscripts. Please refer to our About Us page (http://newleafliterary.com/agents.cfm) for more details. 
We’re looking forward to seeing how creative you can get in 140 characters, and hoping to find some great new talent!

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Just a taste.

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New Leaf Pitch Perfect 2!
Hey everyone! The assistants of New Leaf are excited to announce that once again, we’re hosting a Twitter Pitch contest. We’ll be looking for stand-out pitches—tweeted by all of you—on behalf of the agents at New Leaf!

The rules:

  • The window to pitch your book ideas is Thursday, January 22 from 4-5 PM EST
    • Pitches are limited to 140 character tweets! Include the hashtag #NLpitchperfect. Please only pitch your project once (we will be looking at every tweet, so we will see it!) and submit one idea per entrant.
  • If your tweet is favorited by New Leaf, that means we want you to query us! Email your query (plus the first 5 pages of the manuscript, but please include this in the body of the email!) to query@newleafliterary.com with the words “Query” and “New Leaf Pitch Perfect” in the subject line.
  • We will be looking for manuscripts on behalf of Joanna Volpe, Suzie Townsend, Kathleen Ortiz, and Mackenzie Brady, so we’d love to see pitches for (fiction or non-fiction) MG, YA, NA, and Adult manuscripts. Please refer to our About Us page (http://newleafliterary.com/agents.cfm) for more details.

We signed the wonderful Kate Larkindale after our last Pitch Perfect and we're hoping to find some great new talent once again! Looking forward to seeing how creative you can get in 140 characters!