CONGRADS everyone - here's Diana with the winners!
This was a hard decision, because there were so many great pitches in this contest! Thanks so much to Shelli for hosting it, and to everyone who entered.
1st place: A. Lockwood, OLYMPUS GATE
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Pitch: A girl from a broken future travels back to ancient Rome to stop her sister's murder, confront the gods, and prevent the coming apocalypse.
Comments: Post-apocalyptic dystopias, time travel, AND ancient Rome and the gods? I'm hooked!
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Pitch: A teen hacker is drawn into a war between parallel universes when she meets an alternate version of herself from another dimension.
Comments: I love the concept, it's kind of like Hackers meets Fringe.
Genre: YA Fantasy Technothriller
Pitch: Spy chick bypasses a top-of-the line security system to steal an object before the sorcerers do in this "Mission:Impossible w/ magic" tale.
Comments: This just sounds FUN!
Winners, please email your full manuscripts to email@example.com and mention the pitch contest in your subject line.
Top ten honorable mentions:
Jen, BOYFRIENDS, SPIES, AND LIES
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pitch: If Carissa's oppressive parents weren't paying her boyfriend to be her bodyguard, art school would have been her perfect escape.
Carmen Ferreiro Esteban, THE REVENGE OF THE WOLF KING
GENRE: YA Medieval Fantasy
PITCH: Princess Ines's love for her whipping boy is put to the test when the king accuses him of the queen's murder and sentences him to death.
Genre: Sci-Fi YA
Pitch: A grl w/a bad ♥ learns shes being kept alive by an alien virus that gives her the pwr 2 bend reality &save the wrld from an insidious force
Lori M. Lee, SOUL WITHOUT A BOY
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Pitch: In a world where souls can be ripped free and harnessed as a weapon, a 17yo boy learns the hard way that standing out can be deadly.
Cheree Smith, SHADOW EMBRACED
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Pitch: To control the creature threatening to take over her, 16-year-old Scar joins an underground fight club of witches, werewolves and vampires.
Lindsay Cummings, CHANGED
Pitch: After an ecological disaster caused by environmentalists, a girl uses enhanced vision to find where the Disappeared go in a walled-in world.
Tracey Neithercott, ALIVE
Genre: YA sci-fi
Pitch: When she discovers Eli's healing ability, Alex plans to bring her sister back to life. She never expects 2 uncover lies about her childhood.
Emma Hollingberry, SKYBORNE
Genre: Literary YA Sci-Fi
Pitch: The emperor forces a hardcore racer onto his assassin team and then pits her against the people who deserted her as a child in an inter-galaxy war she'll refuse to fight.
Janet Johnson, THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY FRIENDSHIP
Title: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Friendship
Genre: MG Contemporary
Pitch: When selling her appendix on e-bay doesn’t work, ten-year-old Annie seeks other ways to save her best friend’s house from foreclosure.
Huntress, OF OAK AND DRAGONS
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pitch: An unexpected inheritance, a snarky rapier with delusions of grandeur, and a tall stranger put Leah in the middle of an ancient war.
If you have an honorable mention, I would LOVE to see your query and sample pages!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the pitch contest in your subject line.