It is hard to get noticed if you’re writing and you don’t have an agent. One of the best ways is to enter competitions. So here is the link to the Text YA and Children’s $10,000 Fiction Prize. Entries open on the 3rd of May.
Last year’s winner was Leanne Hall, with her book ‘This is Shyness’. From the blurb it sounds like YA magic realism.
The 2008 winner was Richard Newsome with his book ‘The Billioniare’s Curse’. From the blurb this looks like an upper end primary aged mystery/adventure.
Even if you don’t win, placing in a competition like this is a great recommendation when you approach an agent. What competitions have you entered and how did they help you?