cathschaffstump (cathschaffstump) wrote in ya_fsf_con,

Opportunity for Newly Published Writers!

The very kind moderators have given me the opportunity to place this announcement here. If you are a new(ish) author, please think about joining us at Portus for our YA Author Reading Series, a chance to gain new fans and share your work.

Writers of Young Adult fiction are cordially invited to submit short excerpts of their work to read at Portus as part of the Portus YA Author Reading Series. The readings will take place Friday morning, July 11th, and Saturday morning, July 12th, 2008 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

Portus is a Harry Potter symposium sponsored by the HP Education Fanon, Inc. (HPEF) While Portus is primarily a gathering for Harry Potter scholars and fans, its activities span the range of academic and fan interests. Our attendees are avid readers of Young Adult fiction and enjoy hearing readings from new writers, as well as established writers in the field.

We invite all YA writers wanting share their work with us to submit an excerpt of their writing. The excerpt should be able to be read in 20 minutes. Upon acceptance to the Portus YA Author Reading Series, the author is eligible for a special rate of $180 for the convention. Efforts will be made to gather the author’s publication(s) for sale in the Vendor Room, and an autograph session would be held Friday and Saturday afternoon for attending authors to meet fans.

Works considered for the Portus YA Author Reading Series must be excerpts of the author’s original fiction. Preference will be given to published authors and writers of YA fiction or YA—friendly material.

We hope you will consider joining us at Portus. To be considered for the Portus YA Author Reading Series, send an an email indicating your interest to Dr. Catherine Schaff-Stump at with your submitted work as an email attachment. Please include the following information in the body of the email.

Name of author(s):
Email address(es):
Phone number(s):
Summary of the work (500 words or less):
Author biography (150 words or less):

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please send submissions no later than May 15th. We look forward to reading your work and hope to have you join us for Portus.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me, or ask here.


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