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Plot Without A Cause

Plot Without A Cause

Discovering, Defining and Blurring Boundaries

Young Adult book proposal submissions accepted from July 1-31 2017

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Plots, Protagonists, Puberty! We love the Young Adult category because it behaves as its intended audience: irreverent, robust, defying definition and rebelling against straitjacket conventions. Spanning an entire spectrum of genres, it can be whatever you want it to be. Experimental and controversial ideas are being born in this constantly evolving arena, with authors fearlessly mixing genres and styles to address the volatile needs of their readers. The results vary, but the best ones produce visceral, raw storytelling, simultaneously terrible and beautiful in its verisimilitude.

Teenagers are beings in transit, navigating the murky world between childhood and adulthood. It is a period of many first experiences and explosive growth, full of emotional upheavals and poignant struggles on that journey to individual identity. Science tells us that the human brain experiences two significant growth spurts: first in infancy, and then changing the most around adolescence. Other than having raging hormones to deal with, teen brains lack a fully operational frontal cortex, which is in charge of reason, planning and modulating moods.

Those of us who can remember those tumultuous days can probably recall the awkwardness, the confusion, the purity and heaviness of emotion in the face of an uncertain future. The tension of feeling like an outsider, desperately wanting to fit in, and yet, compelled to define and assert one’s own uniqueness and individuality. Every decision, monumental; every mistake, unbearable.

While the main focus of YA books are teen protagonists and their myriad problems, issues and emotions, many have proven to be much more than maudlin teenage dramas. YA authors do not shy away from tackling darker, more difficult issues, recognising that young adults have to deal with very adult things. The deep complexities explored can help readers cultivate personal philosophies, and equip them with ways to understand and navigate their impending adulthood.

With YA being the fastest growing book category for publishers, it is clear that a much wider scope of human experience is being confronted in these books. Being fundamentally relatable, YA books of quality literary value attract many adults readers as well. Scores of YA book plots have spilled over into pop culture through Hollywood movies, with news of even more being optioned for film.

So take us back to the cusp of innocence lost, to a time of questionable fashion choices and impulsive decisions. Beyond bad skin and braces, before truly understanding consequence, there lies that enigmatic era that stretched on forever in the golden days of summer, but passed by in the blink of an eye.


Important Dates

Accepting submissions: 1 Jul 2017, 00:00 EST

Closing date: 31 Jul 2017, 23:59:59 EST

Results: 16 Sep 2017

Prize: US$1000


Official Rules

  1. Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified.
  2. All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1000 words long. Publishizer will only accept unpublished works for all contests. If an entry has previously been published in any way, the entry will be disqualified.
  3. Contest entries must be submitted, approved and launched online on Publishizer within the specified month of each contest to qualify. Publishizer will begin accepting entries at midnight EST on the 1st of each contest month, and close for submissions at 23:59 EST on the last day of that month.
  4. Each contest has a cash prize of USD1000 and may be subject to local, state and federal taxes. The prizes are not transferable, and the winner is responsible for all tax payments, international chargers, transfer fees and/or monetary currency conversion charges related to all cash prizes. Publishizer will only be responsible for the original cash prize amounts, not responsible for any additional costs, monetary transfers, charges or fees imposed between a financial or governmental institutions and the winner.
  5. Each campaign will have a total of 30 days, and the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold in 30 days wins the cash prize of USD1000.
  6. The winner will be notified by email 30 days after the contest closing date, and receive information on when, where and how the prize can be collected. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, Publishizer reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner, which will the book proposal with the next highest number of pre-orders sold within 45 days.
  7. Publishizer takes only a 30% commission of all pre-order sales at the end of the crowd-publishing campaign. The commission on pre-order sales is final and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Publishizer takes no commission from future deal authors make with publishers, nor cuts from future book sales after the crowd-publishing campaign has ended.
  8. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the campaign with the most number of readers registered on their campaign. If the number of readers are tied as well, the tied campaigns will have a further 24 hours to obtain more readers. The campaign with the most readers at the end of the 24 hours wins.
  9. Book proposals that do not respect the Publishizer guidelines may be rejected. In the event of a rejected proposal, no correspondence relating to the contest will be entered into.
  10. By entering any of the Publishizer book proposal contests, an entrant agrees to abide by and be subject under Publishizer general terms and conditions and the Publishizer book proposal contest official rules.
  11. Any “spamming”, harassment, suspicious or offensive behaviour and/or inappropriate use of the Publishizer website or email address is strictly forbidden. Publishizer reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the official rules and terms and condition. Any entrant deemed to be engaged in any fraudulent and/or suspicious activity will prompt an immediate disqualification of that party’s submission(s) into all past, present and future contests.
  12. Publishizer shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, and such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  13. Publishizer reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control, or if it is deemed that a contest received insufficient entries.
  14. Only the number of preorders and readers registered on the campaign within 30 days of the launch date of the campaign will count towards the contest.
  15. Anyone may participate. There are no purchase requirement or entry fee to enter any of the Publishizer book proposal contests.


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