Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

YA Novelist Connect: Contest Winning First Chapters

Date(s) - 02/29/2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

RSVP for address - Westminster
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Querying isn’t the only way to get your foot in the publishing door. Winning a writing contest can put a spotlight on your work and attract agent and editor attention. In this Connect, Ida Olson will demonstrate tips and tricks that helped her win several first-chapter contests, including the Sue Alexander Award at the LA SCBWI conference and Grand Prize at the LDStorymakers conference, and led to offers from multiple agents.

If you’d like to volunteer your YA or MG first chapter (10 pages or less) for use as an example during the Connect, email it as a Word attachment to Please note that there won’t be time to use every submission received.

Please RSVP to Rachel Jensen if you plan to attend. Space is limited.

Ida Olson is a school librarian who writes young adult historical and science fiction. She also works as a freelance fiction editor. She co-hosts the YA Novelist Connect and serves as the Rocky Mountain SCBWI chapter historian. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @idaolson and at Ask her about her dogs.