My kid’s eyes lit up when I told them I entered a Secret Agent Contest. They were a bit disappointed to find it was a secret literary agent contest, and that the agent probably wasn’t wearing a mask, dressed in all-black and carrying spy gear. I suppose the agent may be wearing all-black, but probably not the mask.
Usually these contests fill up fast, with the limited 50 entries reached within minutes. The previous Secret Agent contest genres included women’s fiction, romance, mysteries and fantasy and filled up in 6 minutes. Considering the variance in clocks in my house alone, 6 minutes is virtually instantaneous. This time around, the genres were MG/YA (middle grade/young adult) and it took a full hour to get to the 50 entry cut off. The vast majority of these are YA (75% YA, 25% MG).
This makes me wonder if there are simply less authors out there writing MG. I know that YA is booming right now (in sales) and more authors are drawn to it for that reason, but I wonder about MG.
MG writers, are you out there?
p.s. Just because the title for this post contains the lyrics from The Backyardigans, please do not think that I sit around watching musical children’s television. Not at all. Certainly not since they stopped making new episodes.