Polly Prize for NaNoWriMo Participants

Special competition for Insider Plus+ Members who participate in NaNoWriMo

Cancelled until further notice.


Making writing a priority and keeping your inner literary dragon in check for a whole month is awesome. It gets you a step closer to living and working like a professional author.

NaNoWriMo Polly Prize 2015If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, especially their Young Writers Program, I tip my pen to you and would like to give you a chance to receive something extra for your effort.

Win a manuscript consultation with Laura!

What could be better than knowing an experienced novelist will read over your finished first draft and give you some feedback? You can find out more about Laura’s manuscript consulting services here.

This prize is open to young writers who are LTC Insider Plus+ Members and who are 21 years old or younger by the deadline.


How to Enter

Between TBA, submit the following information in the body of an email:

1) Name, age, country

2) Your writing goal for NaNoWriMo and what project you worked on. Tell me about your novel. Make sure to include the title and your first draft word count.

3) Tell me how well you achieved your writing goal and what the experience did for you. What did you learn? What were your challenges?

4) Explain why you think having a manuscript consultation with Laura would be of benefit to you. Note: The manuscript consultation is only for the first draft of the novel you wrote for this year’s NaNoWriMo, not for other book projects.

5) Confirm that you are a LTC Insider Plus+ Member.

Write your responses in the body of an email and send it to laura@laurathomascommunications.com by the dealine TBA

The winner will receive a manuscript consultation with Laura.  The manuscript must be finished as Laura does not give feedback on unfinished work.



2015 – No one entered! :-(

2014 – Smriti Verma, Age 16, India – READ her winning entry on jaBlog!

2013 – Sylvia Nica, Age 12, USA – READ her winning entry on jaBlog!



8 comments on “Polly Prize for NaNoWriMo Participants

  1. Hi Laura,
    This prize is only if you complete NaNoWriMo, right? Meaning, if you don’t complete your goal you can’t enter? What about if you complete your writing goal but the manuscript isn’t complete?

    • Hi Aviva. I have a rule of never giving feedback on an unfinished first draft. So if you don’t finish your first draft by the end of NaNoWriMo, you won’t be eligible to win this prize. Hopefully, you will have the discipline to use November and the NaNo incentives and support to write and finish that first draft! :-)

      • Hi Laura,
        Thank you for the answer and I completely understand. I am new to NaNoWriMo, so I’m wondering if you can use the same story two years in a row. Would that be allowed?

        • Hi Aviva. I don’t see a problem with that. But first you need to participate in NaNoWriMo 2015 AND finish your book manuscript. Then you can apply for the Polly Prize.

  2. Smriti

    Hi Laura,

    Does the information need to be a sort of personal essay, or more formal, or anything I like?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Smriti. Anything you like, but I would like to see the information woven into something that is enjoyable to read.

  3. Smriti

    Folllowing December 5, when will the winner be announced?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Smriti. I usually need a week or two to decide. It depends on how many entries there are.

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