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The Contest

My YA debut, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, is officially in stores today!  To celebrate, I’m having two contests with prizes for people who help me spread the word.  Here’s how it works:


Been slaving over your NANOWRIMO manuscript for months and would like a professional opinion?  Thinking you need to do one more draft before sending your work-in-progress out to agents but need input?  This is the contest for you!

As many of you know, during the day I’m the acquiring editor for Flux, the young adult imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide.  In this capacity, I’ve worked with New York Times Bestselling authors Simone Elkeles and Maggie Stiefvater. And if you’ll help me promote my new book, I’ll turn my critical eye to your manuscript.

First prize is a manuscript critique.  I will read up to 60,000 words of your work –in—progress and provide you with detailed, written comments.

Second prize is a partial manuscript critique.  I will read the first 50 pages of your work-in-progress and provide you with detailed, written comments.

Third prize is a micro-critique.  I will read the first 10 pages of your work-in-progress AND your query letter and provide you with detailed, written comments.

All prizes also include a signed copy of WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.

The more you enter, the more chances you have of winning. How to enter:

1)      For 1 entry: Follow me on Twitter (@BrianFarrey)

2)      For 1 entry: Tweet this exact message with hashtag (cut/paste, it’ll be easy): I can’t wait to read WITH OR WITHOUT YOU by @BrianFarrey #wowy1

3)      For 1 entry: Tweet this exact message with hashtag:  Hey, writers, win a critique of your MG/YA WIP! ( #wowy1

Three chances to win right there!  And feel free to tweet #2 and #3 as often as you like for additional entries. (But, y’know, don’t scare away your own followers by filling up your feed.) The contest ends June 6 at 11:59pm Central time.  Using a random number generator, I will determine the three winners and contact them via Twitter DM.


1)      My reading of all work is not in my official capacity as editor of Flux. Meaning that by sending me your work for review, you understand that it is not being submitted for consideration to be published by Flux.  Flux, and its parent company Llewellyn Worldwide, have nothing to do with this contest.

2)      I require a minimum of two months to respond after winners have submitted their materials.

3)      All winners must submit their work to me within six months of winning. (In other words, winners should not start writing the moment they find out they won.  Ideally, they should start tightening an existing manuscript before sending it.) Submissions must be in the form of an MS Word document (please no PDFs and definitely no Works files). No hard copy submissions.

4)      Why is 60,000 words the cut-off for a “full” manuscript critique? Because I firmly believe that if you are an unpublished writer, this is the ideal length (or even shorter) for your debut.  If your manuscript is more than 60,000, I will only read the first 60,000. But, hey, that’s still a SUBSTANTIAL part.

There will be one first prize winner, one second prize winner, and one third prize winner.


CONTEST #2: FOR NON-WRITERS (aka “readers”)

Of course, not everyone who may be interested in winning is a writer.  Some people just read for the thrill of it. I like those people and I want them to feel included.  So here are the prizes for the non-writers.

First prize is an eclectic collection of signed, first edition hardcover books.  This collection will include:

  • MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins *
  • THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff
  • LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater
  • NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer

Second prize is an eclectic collection of signed paperbacks books.  This collection will include:

  • GODLESS by Pete Hautman
  • THE ALCHEMYST by Michael Scott
  • M IS FOR MAGIC by Neil Gaiman
  • BALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater

Third prize is a $25 gift card to the book retailer of your choice (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Indiebound, etc.).

All prizes also include a signed copy of WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.

The more you enter, the more chances you have of winning. How to enter:

1)      For 1 entry: Follow me on Twitter (@BrianFarrey)

2)      For 1 entry: Tweet this exact message (cut/paste, it’ll be easy): I can’t wait to read WITH OR WITHOUT YOU by@BrianFarrey #wowy2

3)      For 1 entry: Tweet this exact message:  Win a collection of signed first edition YA books! ( #wowy2

As with the other contest, feel free to tweet #2 and #3 as often as you like for additional entries. The contest ends June 6 at 11:59pm Central time.  Using a random number generator, I will determine the three winners and contact them via Twitter DM


*=Please note: the signature in this book is the stamp signature developed for Suzanne Collins when she went on the Mockingjay tour in late 2010.


Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm  Comments (61)  


  1. I already follow you, so I’m covered there. Did my twittery tweety things! Fingers are now crossed.

  2. Though I would give my eyetooth for those signed books, the manuscript critique is far more tempting. Following you now (as @janflora)
    Congrats on your publication!

  3. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!

  4. I love your website and am looking forward to reading your book! Congratulations…

  5. Oops, forgot to say, I tweeted it 🙂!/janflora/status/73094188824137728

  6. What a fantastic set of prizes! Count me in! Following on Twitter. Will start the pimping today. 😀

  7. Very nice. Got all three covered. 🙂
    Congrats on the release.

  8. Follow you on twitter!! @lindsaycwrites

  9. I have a website but I just found out it has been hacked and is sending people to a bad place so I need to fix it.

    I am following and I retweeted! Excited is an understatement!

  10. This is not an entry. Just wanted to say congrats on a great debut. My review went up today.

  11. Great contest and can’t wait to read With or Without You! Did all the tweeting, too!

  12. Congratulations! Happy book birthday to you! 🙂

    Thanks for the fantastic contest. I’m following and tweeting…. (@sharigreen)

  13. Wow, thankyou for this oppurtunity. I have tweeted and followed and am awaiting your results with my manuscript in hand.

  14. Wow – your website is GORGEOUS!! And I’ve entered your contest for writers three times…. so don’t lose my entries!! 🙂

    “Meowzubub” — awesome!! (Did I spell it right? I tried committing it to memory, but after 40… my brain… *sheesh* and *oy vey*)
    (I’m off… to watch more DOCTOR WHO!!!! haha!)

  15. What an incredibly generous offer! Even as an agented author, I would love to have a full detailed critique like that. Thank you for the contest. I will go tweet for you, and I hope your release is incredibly successful!

  16. Will follow! Will tweet!

  17. o.O

    What a collection of signed books! I was already following; off to tweet now!

  18. Thanks for the great giveaway!!! (Though I’m only entering #2; I’m not a writer, just a reader.) New Twitter follower @SusieBookworm, and I tweeted both messages.

  19. Oh I’m SOooooo gonna win this. Watch out kidlings!

    I mean…good luck everyone! 🙂

  20. this is such a fantastic contest! and congratulations on the publication of With or Without You! I’ve read a lot of great reviews for your book and I’m pretty excited to read it myself 🙂

    I’m a twitter follower (@amaterasureads)

    And I tweeted:!/amaterasureads/status/73771013938233344!/amaterasureads/status/73771133379416064

  21. What a fantastic giveaway, Thanks so much!!
    following and tweeted now hoping 🙂

  22. Twitter follower


    Thanks for the giveaway! This is great!

  23. Super awesome contest. Your book sounds amazing.

  24. That’s the most generous contest EVER! Oh man, oh man, I want to win!

  25. This is one of the best contests! As a reader and writer can I enter both? Hehe! j/k I NEED the critique. I am doing a huge revision and the critique would be perfect before sending it out. Thanks Brian you rock!

  26. What a great giveaway. 🙂 Thank you!

    Chey @ The Chey Show

  27. I follow you on twitter and I tweeted the first tweet for writers. How exciting, thanks for the shot to win. I’ll try and keep tweeting. 🙂

  28. Following and tweeted twice (@fleetfootedsoph). Is it too much to hope the two book collections are up internationally? Awesome giveaway either way and good luck with your debut!
    – Sophia.

  29. Following/Tweeting. Nifty contest!

  30. Congrats, Brian!! So excited for you. I already follow you and might perhaps be interested in contest #2…here come the tweets!

  31. sounds brilliant…what an innovative way to out your book, love it 🙂

  32. Following, and tweeting 😉

  33. Every FLUX book I’ve read has been just fabulous. Now following you on Twitter, and looking quite forward to your new book!

  34. What a great set of prizes. Thanks, Brian. All three are now sorted.

  35. Followed, tweeted, and tweeted again. 😀

  36. Followed and tweeted! Great contest and congratulations on your book!

  37. Yay! Here’s my tweet:!/YahongChi/status/74847030786277376

  38. What an awesome contest, we just followed and tweeted about it! Good luck on the book!

  39. This is a really nice contest. And you’ve made it easy. Thanks. I’m following and I tweeted! @junegoodwin

  40. I did all three, do I have to say that?

  41. Great contest and opportunity!
    I’m a follower and I tweeted – thanks so much!

  42. Wow! Awesome contest!
    Congrats on your debut!
    I’m on my way to tweet and follow you, kind sir.

  43. Amazing contest! Any of those critiques would make my day. Heck, let’s be honest, make my year!
    I have done all 3 things. Now following you as SarahPerry9. Looking forward to reading the book now too. I was in need of new reading material.

  44. Your book sounds amazing and I would love to read it! Seriously! Sounds awesome! And this is a phenomenal contest! I’m not a writer, so I’m interested in the books, but wow!

    I follow you on Twitter & tweeted. My Twitter name is @BasicallyBooks . 🙂

  45. New follower @stuckinbooks

    Tweeted both!/StuckInBooks/status/75893178728845313!/StuckInBooks/status/75893018846175232

    Thanks for the contest and congrats on your book.


  46. What an awesome giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win some summer reading material.
    I follow you on twitter (tinker_vouz) and have twittered both messages!!

  47. Twitter follower via @WeFancyBooks



  48. Did everything for the books contest!! @lindsaycwrites

    So 3entries!

  49. Awesome contest! 🙂


    Tweeted 1:!/BrielleBookworm/status/75941307784237056

    Tweeted 2:!/BrielleBookworm/status/75940637245059072

  50. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂 I’d love to enter for the readers part, I can’t write. At all. LOL. I follow you on twitter @ramen_addict
    I tweeted #2:!/ramen_addict/status/76021264904495104
    I tweeted #3:!/ramen_addict/status/76023143298371584

  51. Awesome giveaway! Please enter me for the reader pack prize 🙂 I am now following you on twitter via @lovelygetaway

    Thanks again!

  52. Nice giveaway! I’m a follower on twitter and I did some tweeting!

  53. Followed! And Tweeted!

  54. I tweeted 20 times so far….
    following you on twitter

    My twitter username is @beachtwin110

    Going to go tweet some more! 🙂

  55. did everything for the books! thanks!


  56. Congratulations on your debut YA! Can’t wait to read it.

    Thanks for the contest & excellent prizes. I already follow you on Twitter and retweeted #2 and #3 (@Ani_Lou).

  57. I knew about your book, but how did I not know about the awesome contests? will tweet, tweet, tweet and already follow you (we met at KidCon2011). So fun!

  58. Congrats on your publication – love the cover. Also, you have a beautiful website! Tweeted and followed.

  59. following +1
    tweet +1
    second tweet +1

    Fantastic prizes!

  60. Thanks…followed and tweeted. Congratulations on your book release. It looks wonderful.

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