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Writing Contest!

As many of you know, I did the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference in Utah last summer and had an absolutely amazing time. I’m back at it again this June, with an amazing faculty that includes Holly Black, Allie Condie, Kathleen Duey, Kevin Hawkes, Mike Knudson, and many more!

To spread the word about the conference, the organizers are having a first line writing contest for picture books, chapter books, MG or YA novels. That’s right…see if your killer first line stands up to the judges! One of the prizes is a query critique from me. The deadline is April 2nd. Check the contest out here, especially if you live in Utah and are planning or thinking about going to WIFYR! It’s one of my favorite conferences and I highly, highly recommend it.


  1. Ishta’s avatar

    Thanks for the “heads up” Mary! I’ll be spreading the news about this one.

  2. Theresa Milstein’s avatar

    I’m on my way. Thanks!

  3. Krista V.’s avatar

    Thanks for the heads-up, Mary! I’d love to get to WIFYR someday…

  4. LadyJai’s avatar

    Would LOVE to see what you had to say about my query letter BEFORE I send!

    Thanks for the opportunity and thanks for sharing!

  5. Zach’s avatar


    are you going to be around the entire conference? Do you mind sharing what days you’re flying in / flying out (in case we can’t make all of WIFYR)?

  6. Mary’s avatar

    Zach — I think I’ll be there Sunday – Saturday, so I’m flying in the day before and leaving the day after. Why, do you want to send a stretch limo to the airport for me? 😛

  7. Zach’s avatar

    Of course! (I’ll tell Rick and Carol and whoever else is running the show 🙂
    But it also has something to do with not being able to attend most of the conference because of the Kentucky AP reading . . .


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