Published book, unpublished books, manuscripts and ebooks are accepted
Young Adult Fiction
**Enter up to 3 categories. Just $10 per extra category. You'll receive one contest critique/review, but be entered in the additional categories as well.
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017
Finalists Announced: Oct. 15, 2017
Winners Announced: Nov. 1, 2017
*Finalists and winners notified via email and Facebook Live video
Upon payment, you'll be given details as to where you'll email the .pdf, .mobi, .docx file or Kindle gift.
Only digital versions of your book are accepted. We no longer accept print copies via mail.
Turn Around Time for Review/Critiques
Number of Finalists
Books are assigned to an Authors Talk About It team member.
The critique/review overall number of stars earned will be emailed to the author (or representative) within 4-6 weeks after submission.
Ratings range from 2-5 stars.
Anything less than 3 stars is only emailed to the author/rep. It is not promoted.
Though we do not give 1 star ratings, the reviews are honest and offer positive feedback as well as constructive criticism.
Star ratings are based on the following areas:
Appearance – cover, chapter headings, images/illustrations, etc.
Plot/Concept – consistent tone, clear theme, etc.
Development – realism, smooth progression, organization, pacing, etc.
Description of Scenes or Concepts – vividness, smooth transitions, scene structure, etc.
Grammar/Typos – well-written or numerous errors
Target Fit – good fit for the target audience
Overall – an average of the above 6 areas
The staff of Authors Talk About It will select three finalists for each category.
They will then make a final decision on winners after comparing the ratings in the six main areas and the overall ratings.
*If, for any reason, there is only one entry in a category, that does not guarantee a first place win.
The author must earn his/her win by writing a high quality book.
All rating areas are looked at before a decision is made.
**If you have an in depth beta read/critique done by the Authors Talk About It team, you may still enter your book into the contest. However, if you’ve already entered it into a particular contest, you must wait until the following year to resubmit it to that contest. On the other hand, you may enter it into a genre specific contest (or the overall contest if you have not done so yet).