When I asked if the contest was open to anyone, she told me it was. She also promised to send me the contest information, which she promptly did. Thank you, Claudia!
Here are the "Gateway to the Best" contest highlights:
* Open to writers unpublished and uncontracted in novel length (40,000+) fiction within the last three years
* Deadline Sep 10
* Several categories, including YA
* GRAND PRIZE: US $100, a full reading and critique of her entire manuscript by a MORWA Published Author, a certificate, and a "Gateway to the Best Grand Prize Winner" electronic banner announcing the win for the author's website.
* First, second, and third places are awarded in each category.
* Electronic format only contest.
* Please read the official rules for contest fees and other information before completing the submission process.