Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt

October 2, 2014 By: Stephanie Feuer - 2 Comments

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author (if you’re looking for DRAWING AMANDA bonus material, it’s here) but you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team.

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Here’s more about the YA Scavenger Hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all. I am a part of TEAM INDIE–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books.
YA Scavenger Hunt
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM INDIE, and then add them up. (and you thought there was no reason to pay attention in math class).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 5 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

For the YA Scavenger Hunt, I am hosting Erin Underwood on my website.

Erin M. Underwood is the editor for Underwords Press, a small press that specializes in young adult science fiction anthologies. She is also a science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer with her fiction appearing in various anthologies, including Bloodstones and Danse Macabre among others. Her non-fiction regularly appears in the SFWA Bulletin and Amazing Stories Magazine. She is also the editor of Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction (2013) and forthcoming anthologies Futuredaze2: Reprise (Aug 2014) and Geek Theater (Oct 2014

Find out more information by checking out her website or find more about FUTUREDAZE2: REPRISE here


An Anthology of Young Adult Science Fiction

Edited by
Nancy Holder and Erin Underwood

A Letter to Our Readers
Ray Bradbury once said that science fiction is “the fiction of ideas that change the world.” Young adults are world-changers. So we were a little troubled that there didn’t seem to be much young adult short science fiction on the shelves to inspire you to go boldly where no YA has gone before. In fact, Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction (2013) was created to address this problem. However, while Erin and her co-editor Hannah Strom-Martin were reading story submissions for that book, we kept reading SF (like the fans we are), and we realized that there actually are lots of young adult short SF stories in print. They’ve just been published in anthologies and magazines aimed at adult SF readers or in anthologies from other genres including romance, mystery, and fantasy. No one actually looking for young adult short science fiction would happen upon these treasures unless they were as dogged as we.

Enter Futuredaze2: Reprise, featuring an amazing role call of SF and YA authors who have stories that dazzled us so much that we knew we had to share them with you. We have uncovered classics like “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman, “A Letter to the Clearys” by Connie Willis, and “Wilding” by Jane Yolen, as well as newer works by Scott Westerfeld, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Cassandra Clare. Libba Bray brings us steampunk, N. K. Jemisin explores the future of education, and James Patrick Kelly flies into the chasm that can occur between parent and child, especially when clones are involved. Each of our authors, from Ken Liu to Kat Howard, Hugh Howey, Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, and Will Shetterly offers something special to share, whether it’s discovering an alt-Oz, coming to terms with your own identity, or reaching for the stars.

These pieces represent science fiction in its many subgenres, from hard and soft SF to steampunk, dystopian, and speculative fiction about things to come a long, long time from now as well as what some people are calling “future fantasy”—a term that still seems to be under construction. We also noticed that our table of contents is evenly split when it comes to stories written by males and females about males and females, proving our assumption that SF is an equal opportunity genre for readers and writers.

One of the most exciting things about putting this book together was that we got to build the anthology we wanted to read, filling it with stories that we hope you will love as much as we do. Space considerations are the only reason more are not included. But we got to “pin” the best of the best, and we’re delighted to share these science fiction stories with you.

Change is coming.

Erin Underwood and Nancy Holder
Marblehead, MA, and San Diego, CA, March 15, 2014

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Erin Underwood and more. To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 18. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Indie and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize.

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Shay Lynam

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