2021 Book-Pitch Contest
Submissions are open from March 15, 2021 to May 16, 2021.
It’s safe to assume that you are on the journey toward finishing that great YA novel. Whether you’re still meeting the characters in your head or adjusting that one comma on the final page, you can get something great out of this opportunity—send us your best book ideas!
This contest will give one writer publication, a significant cash prize, and an amazing mentorship opportunity to have their novel coached into the best version of itself.
We’re proud to announce that Voyage will partner with YA author, Kylie Schachte to provide one writer with the opportunity to receive 25 hours of direct, one-on-one book coaching (a $2500 value)! The 25 hours will be a combination of sessions and allotted time for Kylie to read pages. Kylie will work with authors to best determine how those hours will be divided.
In addition to the coaching, the winner will also receive publication of a chapter/excerpt of their choice and $2000 in payment.
No matter where you are on the book journey, this mentoring program will move your work forward. If you’ve had the idea in your head for years, but never knew how to start; if you finished the book years ago but have not known how to move it forward to selling and publication; if you’re adding the finishing touches on the epilogue—we’ll pair you with author, coach, and mentor Kylie Schachte, to help you find the best version of your story. The mentorship will be guided by your own commitment and sense of urgency. Do not let this opportunity to take your book to the next level pass!
Send us your best book pitch. We know a lot of you are bursting with stories, so you can include up to two separate pitches for each submission.
Your submission should include:
- A query letter (max 1 page)
- A one-page sample of the project
- Info about where you are on the project
Our team will read through all the pitches and select the winner. Our judging criteria is based on what we feel is the most compelling idea and most thrilling pitch.
- Voyage submissions are open to all writers working in English
- International submissions are allowed
- Submissions (query, 1 sample page of the project) must be for a young adult novel (full novel does not need to be completed), and from the point-of-view of a young adult, meaning through the lens of a teen protagonist
- Up to two book pitches (query, 1st page) per submission. If pitching two projects, please put both projects in the same document.
- We’re open to any genre or style you can throw at us—just send us the best you’ve got
- Previously unpublished work only, please
- $20 reading fee per entry
- Multiple submissions are okay—please submit each as a separate submission
- Please: 1) double space; 2) use Times New Roman 12 pt font; 3) have 1-inch margins, and 4) put your last name and the page number in the top right-hand corner
- Tell us in a brief cover letter your publication history (if applicable, no worries if not)
Bonus: Every entrant will receive access to a pre-recorded mini workshop TBA!
Note: To ensure the protection of our volunteer readers, and to keep Voyage a safe space, please let us know in your cover letter if your work can be triggering in any way. This will have no bearing on your submission or a decision—we just want to ensure the best possible environment for our readers. Thank you for your understanding.
Q: Will my query be published or shared publicly in any way?
A: No, your query/synopsis will never be published. We will only be using it to evaluate the entries. After the winner is chosen and has received their mentorship, we will publish an excerpt of their choice from their novel-in-progress.
Q: How will entries be judged?
A: The Voyage team will evaluate submissions. We’re looking for projects that offer intrigue, potential, and excite us overall. The editorial team recommends doing enough research on how to write a good query and synopsis.
Here are some helpful resources:
Q: What kind of YA fiction are you looking for?
A: We’re open to all genres of YA.
Q: Will I retain my rights to my work?
A: Voyage will not retain any rights to any of the work submitted for this contest.
Q: When will decisions be made?
A: We typically announce our contest results after 12-14 weeks. Every submitter will be notified regardless of the decision.
Q: When will I receive my pre-recorded workshop?
A: Access to your workshop will be included in your decision letter.
Q: I live outside the US. Can I still submit?
A: Yes! Please note that payments to our winner are made in USD. Voyage will not be responsible for currency exchanges or fees charged by PayPal or banks.
Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms.
As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality has been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.
We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.