Giveaway! (Teen Writers Edition)

Today's free giveaway is for the latest edition of Victoria Hanley's Seize the Story (Prufrock Press Inc., 2012). Here is the publisher's description:

Do you wish you had a published writer's secrets at your fingertips, ready to help you achieve your goals of publication, success, and the chance to be the next great teen writer? In Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, Victoria Hanley, award-winning author of young adult fiction, spills the secrets for bringing action, adventure, humor, and drama to stories. All of the elements of fiction, from creating believable dialogue to exciting plots, are laid out clearly and illustrated with examples taken straight from story excerpts by excellent writers. The book is packed with writing exercises designed to encourage teens to tell the stories that are theirs alone.

In addition, other published authors of young adult literature share their insights about the writing life. Teens can gain firsthand advice from accomplished writers T. A. Barron, Joan Bauer, Hilari Bell, Chris Crutcher, David Lubar, Lauren Myracle, Todd Mitchell, Nancy Garden, and many more.

I'm one of the book's featured authors (YAY!), so I received an extra copy that I'd like to pass along. 

To be eligible for this giveaway:

(A) You must be a teenager.
(B) You must be interested in creative writing.

This giveaway is open internationally. To enter, please leave a comment here on this post (on my actual blog, not Goodreads or anywhere else that's being served by a feed) that includes your email address. I'll randomly select a winner in my next post . . . whenever that is. It could be tomorrow, could be in three days, could be in a week. So enter now!

And good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Thank you for the interest!


  1. I'm a teen and I like creative writing! This giveaway is perfect for me. :D


    Email: raven(dot)ashley187(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I'm Brazilian and I loved the idea of the constest totally participating! Hahaha

    Love, Amanda! :)

    email: amandariela@hotmail.com

  3. Ooo! That's me! I have been working through an idea recently that I should be starting up soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. This is Amanda, again! I forgot to say that I'm a teenager and that I'm very interested in creative writting( I always start a story but I can't finish becaus I get blocked or it gets confusess, it's a big mess, maybe this book can help me?! Hahaha

    Love, Amanda! :)

    email: amandariela@hotmail.com

  5. I'm Lillie, a teenager and I love to write. I've participated in NaNoWriMo for 3 years and I won last year. Thanks for having contests for us to enter in!

  6. Dear Stephanie Perkins,
    Please pick me as the winner! I love all your books, my favorite being Anna and the French Kiss, and I can't wait for the new book to come out so I can read your latest work of art. I AM a teenager (only 13) and I definitely have an interest in creative writing. I either want to be a CIA agent or a writer when I get older! My email is sophiepolski223@gmail.com and my twitter is @SophiePolski... just in case you're wondering. :)

  7. Hi Stephanie!
    I'm 19, so I barely make the cut for the first requirement! Woo!
    And I love creative writing. I'm working on a short story about bullying right now.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest! :)



  8. My name is Sam and this giveaway is exactly what I need. I'm 17, just graduated high school, and ADORE fiction writing. It's the most important of my three hobbies. (The other two being reading and, well, the internet.)
    Thank you! :D

  9. This is both a want and need on my case since I've been thinking about taking up creative writing as an elective. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


  10. Hi, I'm Victoria, I'm 17, and I'm an avid reader and writer. This book sounds perfect for me, as I'm always trying to be the best storyteller I can be. Thank you for this opportunity! :)

  11. My name is Heather, and I've wanted to be a writer since I could hold a pen. I'm 18, so technically I'm an adult, but still in school and in my teens. I met you at your signing in Seattle and would LOVE to get this book!

  12. This sounds great! I'm (just barely) 18, have been writing since I was... eight? And I now have more novels than I reall have time to work on. -_-

    I'm write in the midst of revisions on one novel in particular, and after that, I'll probably begin the process of actively trying to get published. :)


  13. Ooh, this book looks interesting! I'm 17 and love creative writing. Thanks for the contest! :D


  14. Hello!

    I'm Georgina and I'm fifteen. I've wanted to be an author since I was eleven and I like to think that I will be able to achieve my dreams.

    I've been collecting books and things like these recently as I've decided to try entering short story competitions; that in itself is a challenge seeing as word limits are, for me, just meant to be broken!

    My email is howlett.gorg@googlemail.com

    Thank you :3

  15. This looks AWESOME! I'm sixteen, and I've been writing seriously for almost three years now. My dream is to be published one day.

    -Marisa :]

  16. Katherine7:01 PM GMT-5

    My name is Katherine, I'm 16, and this would be incredible. I've had stories and characters trapped inside me ever since I can remember, and I've been having so much trouble writing them out... It's like they prefer to talk in my head! I'm home schooled and some guidance would be so welcome. I know the choice is random so I'll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks :)


  17. That's me! I'm nineteen, so I'm squeaking in as far as the teenager requirement goes. I have always wanted to be an author, and I'm an avid participant in NaNoWriMo. I love ANNA and LOLA, thank you for them, and this opportunity!


  18. My dream is to be an author, so that book looks amazing!!


  19. Hello! My name is Tess. I turned nineteen a week ago and I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I'd love to win this book, it sounds amazing. My email address is tess.amram@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

  20. Hi! My name is Vanessa and I'm 16. I've wanted to be a writer since Gr.5, because I want others to be inspired by my words and to feel as heartbroken and giddy as I do when I read! :P I'm currently writing stories as birthday presents for my best friends and this book would help me improve my writing... and hopefully bring me closer to my goal of writing a full novel that I can send out to literacy agents by the time I graduate! :P Thanks so much for this opportunity!! :) And say hi to St. Clair for me! ;D


  21. I'm Valerie! I call myself a writer, but I don't think that's the most accurate....


  22. Anonymous7:54 PM GMT-5

    Hey! I'm Shaneli and I am 14 years old. I had no friends at my school until I was about 7, and because of that I took up a great liking to reading. In the past few years I've discovered a love that I have for writing. Although I'm not even close to the best, my dream is to one day become an author. Books have such a huge roll in my life that I really can't imagine becoming anything other than an author at this point. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity! Lots of loves, Shaneli :)


  23. I'm Taryn, I'm 19, I've written 11 novels, and I'm agented. I run a freelance editing service, and I'm a lit agency intern. So, yeah, I'd say I'm a little into creative writing ;) tarynalAThotmailDOTcom

  24. Looks great! I'm 15 and have been writing for about a year and a half now.

  25. Hi Steph! I'm Hannah, 19, and a Creative Writing Major at Marshall University. I absolutely love your books, especially Anna, which I am proud to say I have read seven times :) I hope to be an author one day, and you are definitely one of my biggest inspirations!


  26. This looks so cool! I would love to read this!


  27. This book looks amazing.

    I'm going to be 19 in a few days, I'm studying Creative Writing at LSU and I've wanted to be a novelist since I was six.

    (Plus,I've read Anna and the French Kiss four times)


  28. Hi!
    I'm seventeen and love to read. I'll read anything: classics, contemporary novels, pretentious poetry-- literally anything. I've participated in six NaNoWriMos and I really like to write but I felt I haven't really produced anything all that great. I have ideas, but I'm not good at translating them from thoughts to actual words.
    In any case, thank you for writing such wonderful books and being so connected to your readership and teenagers who want to write. You're an inspiration to us all!
    Best wishes,
    Anna (not of And The French Kiss fame)

  29. Annabelle9:52 PM GMT-5

    I just turned 15 (two weeks ago) and I've been writing for two and a half years. Right now I'm taking a break from writing my Camp NaNoWriMo book, so I'm just taking a break from writing that to write this haha. This is really cool that you're doing this, so thanks.

    My email is annabelleosborne@ymail.com

  30. I'm going to be 19 in about 24 days and I have wanted to be a writer ever since I finished reading Gail Carson Levine's "Two Princess of Bamarre" when I was 9! And, when I was 13 I promised myself I would finish writing my first book before I was 18 and lived up to that promise with 4 months to spare. I've only ever read Gail Carson Levine's writing book, so I'd love to read more!!!


  31. I'm 19 years old and inspiring novelist!


  32. I'm 18 and going to college for creative writing in the fall. This would be so helpful!

  33. I'm seventeen and an inspiring novelist. I'm the editor of my school newspaper, and I just love writing in general. This would be so amazing! Thank you!


  34. Oh man, this book sounds so awesome. I'm Katie, I'm 15, and I WANT IT. :D

    Email is katien222@gmail.com

  35. This looks cool. It'd also be cool to win!

    My username is emma.mcgorray@gmail.com.

    Also, if this sends multiple times I apologize. I'm on a mobile device and it is giving me trouble

  36. This sounds awesome! Sign me up! :D

    My email: super_girl7@msn.com

  37. Hi! I'm Gellie :D


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  39. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I hadn't heard of this before, but it sounds like an amazing book.

    Email: ofnerdyvariety@yahoo.com

  40. Hi:) I'm Alli and I'm 13. I'm currently writing my second novel in a trilogy (the first one is a legit full-legth Y/A novel- 68,000 words) and I love creative writing:) I really want to find an agent, improve my skills, and learn more about the publishing buiness.

  41. Wow...I love this giveaway! I'm a teen and I've always wanted to be a writer!

    email: black.starless.skies@gmail.com

  42. Does this count as a comment? ;D


  43. Thanks for this, Stephanie!


  44. Seems awesome, and made for me, this contest! I'm 19 years old, and am very into writing. My email is rachelvb23 at gmail.com

  45. Oh, this would definitely be for me! I'm nineteen and pretty much as interested in writing (and publishing) as girl can be!

    E-mail: thepenguinruler(at)gmail.com

  46. I so want to win this so bad! I'm 16 and trying to write my own novel and very interested in writing!

    email: thebookgoddess(at)yahoo(dot)com

  47. Wow! This looks really cool.

  48. Oh wow, this looks great! I'm Amy and i'm 15 and absolutly love to write. Fingers, toes and arms all crossed!


  49. It's like you created this giveaway for me, Steph! Good luck to everybody involved, and fingers crossed!



  50. This is awesome! I am a teenager until the end of July :)


  51. I would absolutely love this!


  52. I'm 16 and I put writing above "sleep" in my list of "things to do." This book sounds great!


  53. I'm 16 and I've always wondered how people could live without writing... This book would be a -very !- precious help!


  54. Oh, this looks and sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway!

    longdidread at gmail dot com

  55. This would be perfect for me. I am working on some writing projects this summer, but I feel I do need some help. So, this book is exactly what I need.

    I am 16, by the way.


  56. Becky Talmadge2:09 PM GMT-5

    Hi (: Im 14 and have been working on a novel for 2 yrs. i really need tips and take every tip to heart. This would be perfect for me!

    Email: sportsgirl290@gmail.com

  57. Hi, I'm Grace, 16, and working on my book, slowly but surely!


  58. Anonymous2:53 PM GMT-5

    I'm Taylor, 18, and reading and creative writing have saved my life time and time again.... Much love Stephanie from Michigan.


  59. I’m Jill, 14, and I love writing. I’m currently penning a novel and I like writing poetry. Thanks for the great giveaways and amazing books, Steph!
    My email is booklovingal@gmail.com

  60. Anonymous5:25 PM GMT-5

    I'm Haley, 15, and I'm actually participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month and August. I'll mostly be doing NaNoWriMo again in November. I've been writing for the past 3 years and this would be extremely helpful! Thank you for the opportunity. <3


  61. Anonymous6:12 PM GMT-5

    Im currently participating in the National Novel Writing Month's summer session and this will be perfect!

    sarahcolleen12(at) gmail(dot)com

  62. I'm eligible! So happy this is international.

  63. Oh my goodness, to get this would be a DREAM! Thank you so much for the chance to win this!


  64. Stephanie,

    Hi! My name is Anabel and I live in Louisville, Kentucky. You are my favorite author and I have (honestly, I'm not lying) nearly memorized Anna. I almost got the chance to meet you while my family was travelling last summer, but (unfortunately) I missed you by about 12 hours when you were visitng Bryant Park in New York.

    I am 15 years old and have entered a few of my writing pieces into contests- I've won a couple but I've never been able to commit to a large project no matter how hard I try and I believe that getting this book can help me become a bettter writer.

    Writing is my passion and it's what I want to do for the rest of my life- whether I actually am an author, or if it's just a hobby of mine.

    Receiving this book from you would mean more to me than just getting the text (although, that would be amazing too), it would be the fact that it came from STEPHANIE PERKINS (meaning you) my... dare I say it... role model.

    Sorry if this came out a bit overdone- but I mean it all. Thank you for your time and I hope you consider me for the give away!!

    Thank you,

    email: locoella@gmail.com

  65. Hi! First off, thanks for the awesome contest!
    So I'm 16 years old and I've been writing for a while now. I'm *always* looking for ways to improve my writing, though (and really everything else I do, too). It'd be awesome to win this book, as the professional world of writing has always kind of baffled me.
    Thank You,

  66. Thank you for this awesome chance to win! I would be so excited to win!!

  67. Anonymous4:57 AM GMT-5

    Thanks for the cool giveaway! Whether I win or not, I am definitely getting my hands on a copy of this book! :)

  68. Hello! Just passin' by :) being a writer is such an amazing profession, keep it up!

  69. Anonymous6:21 AM GMT-5

    I'm Therese.
    I'm a 16 year old teen and I love to write whatever is in my head. I always had an idea of a story-either its from a dream or from an event or just randomly appeared in my head. I've been writing a few stories but struggling to finish them. So it will be wonderful if you choose me!!! =P


    PS: You are one of my top favourite authors!!! =D

  70. Hi Stephanie! :)
    My name is Erin and I'm 14.
    I love writing stories - I don't know if I'd be the same if I didn't! I've written one book and I'm in the middle of my second. Your books are very inspirational to me and winning this competition would mean a lot. I'm so happy to have the opportunity!


  71. :~) Thanks for the opportunity, Stephanie! x

    Anita x

  72. Anonymous9:37 AM GMT-5

    I'm Alyssa and I'm sixteen. I absolutely adore reading and writing and loved both of your books! Thanks so much for the is opportunity! : )


  73. Sounds interesting! I just read Anna and the French Kiss last week (Finally got out of school, so therefore finally had free time) and loved it, by the way!


  74. Hey there Stephanie! (: Anna and the French Kiss encouraged me to become an exchange student! I've been accepted into Rotary Youth Exchange and am leaving for Germany in two months! I'm in love with creative writing and have been editing my NanoWrimo draft all year and am writing a blog for my exchange adventures.

    Thank you for the opportunity!


  75. I'd love to but my email has my last name in it. Cool idea though!

  76. Hiya! :D Um, so, I'm not actually sure if I should write my exact age or not, but I am a teenager and I do love creative writing. Oh, and my email is

    lisa_renee8@yahoo.com. Thanks! :)

  77. This sounds like a perfect book for me! I'm 15 and I'm working on my second novel so I would really appreciate some advice :)