Not sure if you are aware of this but Guide to Literary Agents blog is holding the fourth "Dear Lucky Agent contest from 31st March-14th April.
The top three winners get 1) A critique of 10 pages of your MS by Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary 2) One-year subscription to WritersMarket.com.
All you need to do is email the first 150-200 words of your MG or YA novel. Oh, and the title and logline.
Check out the link for more details:
Good luck if anyone decides to enter.
In other news check out The Alice Chronicles for a cool post on crutch words. It really got me thinking about the words I use a little bit too much.
Check it out: http://alicechronicles.blogspot.com/