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This Contest is CLOSED

We’re looking for all and any previously unpublished short stories. To help preserve the sight of the poor souls who have ‘volunteered’ to read all your fab entries, we ask that you keep to a maximum of 1000 words. The stories must be in the young adult fantasy genre so no crazy violence or sleazy erotic please. No fan fiction or references in any way to the Wicked Lovely series.

Three stories will be published on this site, with big shiny links letting everyone know where to find them and telling everyone how great you are. The overall winner will received a personalized signed copy of Wicked Lovely sent to you by Melissa Marr. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to receive something personalized from a New York Times Best Selling Author.

Okay – now the small print:

YA Fantasy Guide Short Story Competition: Rules
1. We are looking for stories about fairies. No erotica/excessive violence/fan fiction.

2. Entries must be unpublished in any format.

3. The decision of the Judges is final.

4. By submitting your story, you are allowing YA Fantasy Guide the first option on electronic publishing rights.

5. YA Fantasy Guide will publish the three winning stories on the site, and reserves the right to include them in a future anthology. Copyright remains with the author.

6. One winning author will also receive a personalized signed copy of Wicked Lovely.

7. All contest winners will also be published in the YA Fantasy Guide short story section. Non-winning entrants are deleted.

8. The Closing Date for this contest is 09/30/10. Results will be announced on 10/15/10.

Check out the rest of the details here:


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1. What drew you to writing fantasy?

I grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, vampires, shapeshifters . . . and despite my career (teaching lit), that was what appeared on the page when I started trying to write. I started & rejected a few books, but they were all the result of that lifelong love of the “what if.” In 2005 when I started writing WL as a novel (it was a short story first in 2004), it wasn’t something I could set aside. The short story-that was rejected as “great but too adult” by children’s publishers and “great but too juvenile” by adult pubs-stuck with me, so in 2005, it became a novel.

2. Are any of the worlds you created places you’d actually like to live?

No. I’m perfectly happy in the real world, in my real life, with my loved ones.

3. We heard a rumor that your latest in the Wicked Lovely series is your last. Is that true? If not, how many books do you see in the series?

That’s true: the 5 th book, Darkest Mercy (Feb 22, 2011), is the final book in this series.

4. Do you have a favorite character that you enjoy bringing to life?
It all depends on which one I am writing that day. I am a little in love with all of them. My regular favourite from book one through the whole series has been Donia. Ani (in RADIANT SHADOWS) was great fun to write, and of course, Irial is fun to write too . . . and Niall . . . and . . . *grins* actually, I think I love them all.

5. If you could co-write a book with any author (living or not) who would it be and what would the book be about?

Oh, there are a few people with whom I think I’d enjoy co-writing a project. The topic would determine the writer. One of my personal goals is to try a two-person alternating pov (as David Levithan has done so beautifully in his co-authored books with Rachel Cohn & with John Green). Unfortunately, I’m not yet at a place where I’ve found the right topic and co-author to do a novel with someone else. I am currently working on a comic with someone, but I’m not ready to say anything else about it until we’re ready to decide if we want to shop it. For now, it’s a purely self-indulgent project-no deadline, no editor, just me & my partner writing.

Read the rest of the interview here…http://www.yafantasyguide.com/author-interviews/melissa-marr.htm

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1. What drew you to young adult fantasy writing?

A. Oh, gosh – a variety of things. I suppose the biggest factor was that most of my favorite books that I’d read fell into that category. Essentially, I wanted to write the same kind of thing that I most enjoyed reading. Which only makes sense – why try to write the kind of thing you don’t like to read? ;>

One aspect of YA fantasy that I especially love is that it gives you license to write about big ideas in a way that is sometimes constrained in contemporary fiction – things like Honor, Truth, Duty (with the capital letters intended).

2. You’re so accomplished in your writing career; do you have a favorite main character that you love to bring to life?

You do understand that’s a little like asking me to state which of my children I love the most, don’t you? ;> On the other hand you phrased it better than most folks do. “Which do you love to bring to life?” is considerably different than simply “Which do you love the most?” which is how this kind of question is more typically phrased.

So, thinking of it your way, I would have to say that Medafil, the crotchety gryphon from “The Unicorn Chronicles” is one of the most enjoyable characters to write. Coming up with new cuss phrases for him to sputter is always fun.

To broaden that idea, I would say that as a general rule “sidekick” characters are almost always the most fun to write because they can have broader personalities, and don’t usually have as serious things to deal with as the main characters. Medafil, the Squijum, the Dimblethum, and Grimwold from the Chronicles were all a blast in that regard (though in the later books the Dimblethum does have serious issues to deal with.)

For the same reason Urk the Toad in the “Moongobble and Me” series is fun, as was Igor in Goblins in the Castle.

3. Do you have a favorite fantasy writer? Do you have any authors that you would recommend?

I love fantasy so much, and have read so much of it, that naming a favorite author is difficult. Still, if pressed to the wall, it would almost certainly be J.R.R. Tolkien, who was the greatest of us all.

My personal hero as a writer of fantasy for children and teens is Lloyd Alexander. I read his “Chronicles of Prydain” series over and over, and found it hilarious and ultimately deeply moving every single time. Lloyd’s combination of high adventure and low humor, great characters, fabulous action, and deep moral dilemmas is just about perfect.

Other fantasy writers I greatly admire include Susan Cooper, Natalie Babbitt, Tamora Pierce, Patricia McKillip, Jane Yolen, and Phillip Pullman.

Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.yafantasyguide.com/author-interviews/bruce-coville-interview.htm

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