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Hello all,

I have been entering contests for many years, but just recently heard about the Astra contest. Does anyone know the history of it? I Googled it, but came up empty. I don't need the contest rules. I found them. Several of our critique members are considering entering it, but I wanted to provide a little background on the history of it and include past winners in a post. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you.

Ken
#1 - January 09, 2021, 05:29 AM

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I forget where I heard about this contest yesterday. But if I remember correctly, this is the first year it's being offered so that is why there is no history about it.
#2 - January 09, 2021, 07:28 AM
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Thanks. Someone said it was mentioned in the SCBWI Insight, but I haven't found the reference yet.
#3 - January 09, 2021, 07:35 AM

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Yes, it was in the Insight. Did you not get it? If you're an SCBWI member, you should have gotten the email. . .
#4 - January 09, 2021, 07:40 AM
Freaky Funky Fish ( Running Press Kids, May 2021)
Tell Someone (Albert Whitman, October 2021)
Peculiar Primates (Running Press Kids, Fall 2022)

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I am a member. What month was it in? I just checked out December's issue and I couldn't find it in there.
#5 - January 09, 2021, 07:49 AM

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It's the January Insight. I got it yesterday in my email. Have you checked your Spam account?
#6 - January 09, 2021, 08:04 AM
Freaky Funky Fish ( Running Press Kids, May 2021)
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Oops! I missed it when I scanned through the email. Thanks!
#7 - January 09, 2021, 08:11 AM

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Glad you found it!
#8 - January 09, 2021, 08:38 AM
Freaky Funky Fish ( Running Press Kids, May 2021)
Tell Someone (Albert Whitman, October 2021)
Peculiar Primates (Running Press Kids, Fall 2022)

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I think it sounds like a wonderful opportunity! :typing
#9 - January 09, 2021, 03:59 PM
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I agree!
#10 - January 09, 2021, 04:43 PM

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I was interested in this contest until I saw that it locks up your manuscript for a long time. It cannot be submitted elsewhere or be under consideration by anywhere else for the duration of the competition (assuming I read the rules correctly).
#11 - January 09, 2021, 11:26 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
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Hi Julie,

I just reread the SCBWI Insight article about this contest and you are right about having your manuscript being tied up for a while. This seems like an awesome opportunity though to get your writing viewed by an international group of professionals.  When I send things out to publishers that are still open to unsolicited mss, usually it takes 2-6 months to get a response anyway.  I plan to submit in late April before the deadline, which limits the amount of time tied up.  I just don't want to pass up this opportunity. You never know if this could be the beginning of something special for you and it's free too.

Ken
#12 - January 10, 2021, 05:58 PM

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I submitted a work that fit for this but that I wasn't planning to submit elsewhere at the time. I'm willing to have it sit for a year, but it is a choice.
#13 - January 10, 2021, 08:29 PM
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Yes, a great opportunity if it suits your timeline and you understand the constraints.
Best of luck, everyone!
#14 - January 10, 2021, 08:48 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths - CSIRO Pub. Oct. 2021

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