Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 5, 2013

Pitch Contest with Entangled Publishing – Full Manuscript Prize


On June 5th NA Alley will host the Editor in the Alley pitch contest with Senior Editorial Director Karen Grove and Assistant Editor Nicole Steinhaus from Embrace, the New Adult line from Entangled Publishing.


Your manuscript must be complete and polished, and it must fall into the New Adult (NA) category to be considered. They are interested in submissions of any genre with main characters aged 18 to 24. We’re looking for strong voices, characters who jump off the page, and unusual twists to stories. Fresh. Exciting. Bold.”

The submissions window will open on June 5th at 1:00am PST and it’ll close after one week, on June 12th at 11:59pm PST.

Maximum of two pitches per person. To enter, click the icon below.


You will be required to submit via comment the following:

  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Title:
  • Genre:
  • Word Count:
  • Three sentences pitch.

WInner(s) will receive full review of their manuscript(s).


There are a lot of different definitions for what New Adult is, but here at Entangled’s Embrace, we see it as stories with MCs between the ages of 18 and 24 who are moving into a world of adult responsibilities and trying to find their way. NA characters are often portrayed  experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time,  military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first  serious relationship, etc. They may be in college, looking for that first “real” job, separating from their parents, searching for love–but it’s all done with a sense of living it for the first time, as exciting and scary as that can be. It’s a time of exploration, vulnerability, and endless possibilities. It can be sexy, and often is since there’s a lot of experimentation going on at this time, but we’re not looking for erotica.

NA isn’t just contemporary. All genres can fall into this category if the MCs are 18-24 and are looking at their world from an “in between” time…ready to step out into adulthood and responsibility for the very first time. Just like YA fiction crosses all genres, NA fiction does as well. It’s the state of mind and position the MC takes with them into their world.

Good luck

Talk tomorrow,


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