Friday, April 1, 2011

Mystery Agent Contest: April!



THANK YOU to all who entered! Stay tuned for the results! :)



First of all, Happy April Fool's day!!!


Second of all, THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE. There really is a Mystery Agent who lives, breathes, walks, and talks. Said Mystery Agent will be judging this contest. Pinky swear.


*clears throat*


Here we go again, folks! Brace yourselves for another Mystery Agent contest!! *fist pump*

Le rules:

1) Entry limit: 50 one-line pitches

2) Novels pitched MUST BE COMPLETE

3) You may only enter once. If you entered a past M.A. contest, you are still eligible to participate today.

Our Mystery Agent is accepting submissions for: YA, adult, and adult nonfiction manuscripts. No MG, thrillers, women's fiction, romance, poetry, short stories. 

BUT our M.A. is particularly looking for:

YA: Fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, steampunk

Adult fiction: Fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, post-apocalyptic

Adult nonfiction: Cookbooks with a strong platform, humorous memoirs, healthy living, narrative, and current events.

Other cool stuff our M.A. wants: all things weird, fantastical, morbid, and romantic. Has a special love of unique plots, dark themes, strong characters, an engaging voice, and witty humor.

Sounds AWESOME, right?

Now get those pitches out and post them in the comments! The contest will close once the fiftieth pitch is up! The winner will get a FULL MANUSCRIPT REQUEST! 

BEST OF LUCK to everyone :)

53 comments:

  1. woot!

    Title: Broken Forest: A Keening Blade Novel
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    wordcount: 61,000

    Seventeen-year-old Avikar thought he was rescuing his sister from bandits, not a reptilian lord planning his race's annihilation.

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  2. Title: Not From Here
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Sixteen-year old Shae sees visions of her unknown twin in another universe and unravels a secret that could break apart the life she's always known.

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  3. *yesssssss*

    Title: The Magic Withheld
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    Justus Aubre, bar owner and occasional conjuror, dodges the wizard guild's iron grip until another mage blows his cover and leaves him with two choices; surrender or face an opponent he cannot fight.

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  4. Oh wow, thanks for the amazing contest!!

    Title: Robyn Hood
    Genre: YA Historical Retelling

    After attacking a guard, Robyn must hide in Sherwood Forest, disguise herself as a man, and fight alongside a band of criminals to end poverty in Nottingham.

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  5. I love the contest idea this month - so challenging but awesome ^_^

    Title: Uriel's Fall
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    A freshly-minted angel discovers truth is subjective and must assemble her own version of reality before gods, mortality, and the voice in her head claim her sanity and life.

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  6. Title: Riding on the Tail of the Devil
    Genre: Ya Fantasy

    Homeless-teen-turned-vampire, Mathias Drvar, must fight for his second life when the reigning queen decides to fight him to the death because he is a threat to her rule.

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  7. Title: BlOOD OF THE GODS
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    Julia becomes stranded with the ancient Persian Gods of Darkness and Death who recognize that she has an unknown and forbiden bit of immortality which makes her the perfect sacrifice for their latest godly gambit.

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  8. Woot!

    Title: Sendek
    Genre: Science Fantasy Romance

    As her nightmares of invasion and death become reality, a scientist embraces forgotten magic to save her world from an ancient evil.

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  9. Title: Mishca
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Speculative Fiction
    wordcount: 50,500

    Heart transplant recipient teen’s search for her birthparents is interrupted by freaky post-operation nightmares, a sinister stalker who knows the truth about her past and a fling with her university literature professor.

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  10. Title: Countless
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    A young corporate climber discovers she’s a witch who’s lived countless lifetimes and must escape the immortal sorcerer intent on possessing her soul.

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  11. Title: FOSSEGRIM
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    When seventeen-year-old foster kid Sage Reynolds wakes up on the bottom of the ocean with a freaking fish tail, he figures he's covered all his bases in 'the screwed department'...until he realizes what he must sacrifice in order to reclaim his humanity.

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  12. Woohoo!

    Title: Wicked Miserable
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    Jessica Moore loathes the curse that gives her a magical high from human suffering, but it becomes her only means of proving her innocence when she’s framed for a series of murders that land her in the middle of a demon gang war.

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  13. Title: Fate Crest
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Bearing a mark signifying strength, strategic skill, and the ability to predict outcomes, sixteen-year-old Angelyn will fight anyone and anything to claim her place as the first female knight in the Knights Academy.

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  14. Title: Challenging Destiny
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    17-year-old Logan Ragsdale has finally created a safe life for himself and his sister, but when his girlfriend turns out to be a demon, Logan finds himself searching for a way to outsmart supernatural beings before they succeed in ripping his world apart.

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  15. Title: BOYFRIENDS, SPIES, AND LIES
    Genre: Contemporary YA

    If Carissa’s oppressive parents weren’t paying her boyfriend to be her bodyguard, moving to New Orleans for art school would have been her perfect escape.

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  16. Title: Arclight
    Genre: YA dystopian/sci-fi

    A teenage survivor may be the key to destroying the dark-dwelling, chameleon-like horde which has left humanity cowering in the last pocket of light on the planet... then again, she may be a Trojan horse.

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  17. Genre: YA Dystopian
    Title: Moral Compass

    Although a moral compass controls seventeen-year-old Tobin, he defies his compass and risks imprisonment for his immoral crimes by being with a girl he’s forbidden to love.

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  18. Title: TWISTED ROOT
    Genre: YA dystopian

    A sixteen-year-old girl falls for an alien spy only to discover he’s leading a mission to destroy humankind.

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  19. Title: Glimpse of Another Shore
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    In a country where one member of each household must serve the navy in the war effort, sixteen-year-old Pier Arvin rescues an orphaned sea serpent and discovers a way to save his home from war.

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  20. Title: Spirits from the Vasty Deep
    Genre: Ghostly historical (1850s)

    Olivia Herald set a ship afire while escaping the same fate as her murdered friends; her attackers went down with their ship, but now the spectral crew wants retribution, forcing a final reckoning with Olivia's haunted past.


    Good luck, everyone!

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  21. Title: Soul Without a Boy
    Genre: YA urban fantasy

    A 17-year-old boy accidentally creates a girl, but in a world where souls can be turned into weapons, he learns the hard way that standing out can be deadly.

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  22. Title: Postmortal
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Roused from the dead into an albino body with amazing abilities, Travis must trek across America to find his new purpose, unaware he is the amusing puppet in a bored god's game.

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  23. Title: Winters Gift
    Genre: Paranormal Romance - Adult

    The tragedy plagued world of Selene Winters transforms as she endures the death of her father, a lover's betrayal, and unintentional suicide attempts that bring her back to a tainted past in Maine and uncovers her secret gift that could jeopardize her life or bring new light to her future.

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  24. Title: Dark Scion
    Genre: Urban Fantasy
    Word Count: 86,000

    Murder might be common in paranormal Memphis, but when a young cop investigates the city’s latest supernatural killing spree more than just bones come to the surface: She learns of the inter-office cover-up surrounding her mother’s death and uncovers the killer’s real target—her.

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  25. Title: Olympus Gate
    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

    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.

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  26. Title: Playing God
    Genre: YA Dystopian

    Pitch: : In a dystopian future where humans are gods, a shy teenager exploited by the government discovers the awful charade by which writers seem to create portals to other worlds.

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  27. Title: THE CANDLE DARK WICKED
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    To rescue her best friend, and a younger wanna-be boyfriend from her comatose twin sister’s dark world after a seance to awaken Sis goes bad, sixteen-year-old Teagan must sacrifice herself, or visit Sleeping Beauty’s bedside to smother her with love--followed by a pillow.

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  28. Title: Happily Never After
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Sixteen-year-old Kate is trapped in a fairy tale, and if she doesn’t escape soon, she’ll lose all her memories -- or worse, she'll get killed.

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  29. Title: Dreaming Isis
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

    Seventeen-year-old Isis discoverers she the dreamer--someone with the power to control people through their dreams--but as she learns to harness her power she must choose between two warring magical societies, and between saving her cousin or following the boy who understands it all.

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  31. Title: The Blinded Gardener
    Genre: Y/A Contemporary

    With only nine months to his eighteenth birthday, Aidan plans his escape through each blow from his father’s fist.

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  33. Title: Secrets of the Makai
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    A psychic teen fights a vicious battle to save a self-proclaimed plant queen and a mythical creature sealed in an emerald while secret societies plot his untimely demise.

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  34. Title: BLOOD BOND
    Genre: Urban Fantasy
    Word Count: 80k

    Submit to madness, demon enslavement, or bonding to a vile angel, Cassie’s out of options, if she can’t master her powers, she’ll forfeit her freedom.

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  35. Title: Deadly Dark Dreams
    Genre: Paranormal YA
    Word Count: 65K

    Souls speak, command, even steal memories, and when Kat bargains with the gatekeeper of the afterlife to escape death, she'll learn how little of life and death mortals truly know.

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  36. Title: The Color Transparent
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    wordcount: 90k

    Family loyalty can kill you… or worse.

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  37. Title: Ravenous Dusk
    Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

    Pitch: Necromancer Blake loses control of her life when she goes from de-possessing people to unwillingly helping a gorgeous Reaper channel ghosts to the Underworld.

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  38. Title: Cry Havoc
    Genre: YA dystopian/Sci-Fi

    On twin sky planets in the far future, young pilots known as Dogs of War are bred in facilities called Kennels to fight each time their planets swing into close orbit.

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  39. Title: My Stepsister is a Succubus
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

    Pitch: When David chooses Olivia's stepsister over her, Olivia is heartbroken and makes a deal to become a succubus in order to steal him back.

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  40. Title: Coveted
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Heaven wants him to vanquish evil, hell wants him to dethrone grace, and the humans caught in the messy middle just want him dead.

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  41. Title: Arrow of the Mist
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Word Count: 59,000 words

    Lia—a 15-year-old tree mage—must decipher an elixir and defeat the demon shade who poisoned her beloved father and others by means of enchanted tree roots, before the demon convinces her to serve him.

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  42. Title: Phantom Fires
    Genre: Urban Fantasy
    Word count 85,000

    Bridget and Laurent are fated, but she's charmed by the demon controlling the fire that will devour her love; a secret Laurent knows but won't tell.

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  43. Title: Synched
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    16 year old Jemma Stone must learn to control the elements and the raging case of telepathy she shares with her crush to stop the cult that wants her dead.

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  44. Title: Shimmering Angels
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Word Count: 66,000 words

    To stop the angel-caused suicides plaguing her school, former mental patient, sixteen-year-old Rayna Evans, must confront the two angels she may be falling for and find a way to save her classmate’s souls.

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  45. Title: The Blues
    Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery

    Pitch: Blake uncovers a secret high school drug scene when his pill pushing best friend turns up dead.

    Thanks for doing this, ladies :D

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  46. Title: Flora
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Sixteen year-old Dahlia Kennedy finally figures out why a mysterious flower arrives on her birthday every year when she meets Rowan Rochfort in her dreams and learns their lives are connected in a way she never could have imagined.

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  47. Norma Johnson-MacGregorApril 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Title: VEX
    Genre-YA fantasy with a techie twist

    Pitch: Created to rebuild damaged and missing pathways in people with brain injuries, the virtual environment VEX carries heavy consequences for perfectly healthy sixteen-year-old Tana when she
    becomes addicted to it and discovers an entity living there is preparing to download itself into her weakening body, killing her and taking over her life.

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  48. Title: BURN OUT
    Genre: YA Apocalyptic

    One of the last people on Earth, a teenage girl yearns to escape after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are more deadly than the hostile environment.

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  49. Title: Summer of Firsts
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Pitch: Grace Washington is buddies with Mr. Darcy, Dracula, Hester Prynne, Mr. Hyde, and Ishmael, but too bad they’re made of words, paper, and a girl’s imagination.

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  50. Title: Blood Thief
    Genre: Paranormal/urban fantasy

    In a deadly race for her bloodline’s stolen reliquary, vampire Celeste St. Ange must choose her mate or the human thief stealing her heart.

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  51. Riona's Pen
    YA Fantasy

    When fifteen-year-old nerdy Riona uses a cursed magical pen, her people turn into demons - the very thing she is trying to save them from.

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  52. Title: Shadow Embraced
    YA Urban Fantasy

    In order to control the creature inside of her, 16 year old Scar joins an underground fight club of vampires, witches and werewolves.

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  53. Title: Journey
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Romance

    Helen has only threes rules for her first journey: never reveal her race, never exercise her powers, and never form close relationships, but she breaks all three when she falls in love with a human.

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