Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Mystery Agent Contest

CONTEST IS CLOSED! 

 

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It's time for our July Mystery Agent contest with a twist -- FIRST LINES!

Here's a quick reminder of what our awesome Mystery Agent is looking for:

Middle grade and YA novels, especially contemporary, historical, fantasy, and reinvented fairy tale.

The rules:

1) Entries must be left in the comments section of today's post (please
don't email us your entries!) -- don't pay attention to the comment
numbers. We'll close the contest when we've reached our limit.

2) You must have a completed manuscript that's ready to send upon request.

3) You can only enter once today (only one project). If you participated
or won previous MA contests, you can enter this one as well.

4) Please include TITLE and GENRE along with your first line.

5) Include your FIRST SENTENCE. The exact word count is up to you, but please remember to make it sing!

6) The contest will close when we receive 50 entries.

7) The winner will receive a FULL manuscript request! The Mystery Agent will request 10 pages and query from THREE RUNNERS UP.

8) If the rules aren't followed, your entry will be disqualified. Please read the guidelines and follow them.

Good luck to all who enter!

56 comments:

  1. Gail N.

    Ex-Drama Queen

    Middle Grade Contemporary

    Wednesday, September 6th is the day my life will change.

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  2. Heather Hawke
    RAVEN’S WING
    YA fantasy

    My mother pulled me by the hand so I hung suspended for a moment before my toes touched down.

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  3. Author: Tonja Drecker
    Title: MUSIC BOXES
    Genre: Middle-grade fantasy /fairy tale

    Momma and Papa insisted that the move to New York was the best thing for all of them, but when Lindsey stared up at the dismal apartment house, she knew they were wrong.

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  4. Title: Diamond Tears

    Genre: YA Fantasy

    First Sentence: When my left temple slammed into the refrigerator door, I knew I’d have to get up extra early the next morning.

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  5. Author: Jenny Kaczorowski
    Title: THE ALTERAE
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    First Sentence: Alex eased his body into the kitchen and closed the door behind his back.

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  6. Author: A W Exley
    Title: OBSIDIAN EYES
    Genre: YA Steampunk

    First Sentence: Allie glared out the thick glass window at the giant elm, its skeletal form turned to bleached bone by the snow and ice.

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  7. UNFAMILIAR SPELLINGS

    YA Fantasy

    It was way too early to be awake, and this idea was stupid.

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  8. Name: Bethany Smith
    Title: Restless
    Genre: YA ghost story

    First Sentence: I fiddled with the tassel on my graduation cap and thought about all the things leaving high school would not change.

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  9. Stacy Stokes
    THE STAIRS AND THE FLY
    YA Magical Realism

    I thought about death at least twice the week before I died, but it wasn’t my death I was obsessed with.

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  10. Author: Christine L. Arnold
    Title: In Genevieve’s Grotto
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    I drowned my last school.

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  11. Author: Danielle DeVor
    Title: Constructing Matthew
    Genre: YA Paranormal
    First Line: There’s just something about looking at a cardboard box.

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  12. Jaye Robin Brown
    SING TO THE WIND
    YA Contempoary

    The man talking on the local news has it out for me.

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  13. Author: Jamie Grey
    Title: Time Bound
    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

    First Sentence: There was nothing quite like the smell of tuna to set the mood for a first date.

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  15. Author: Ava Jae
    Title: REAPER
    Genre: YA Paranormal
    First Sentence: I don’t usually think much when making out with my girlfriend, but right now I think I might be dying.

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  16. Name: Jessica Leake

    Title: SYLVAN LEGACY

    Genre: YA historical fantasy

    First Sentence: The horse's hooves thunder across the hillside, and my heart pounds with each bunching of his muscles.

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  17. Author: Ilima Todd
    Title: REMAKE
    Genre: futuristic YA
    First Sentence: Male or female—my finger hesitates over the touch screen, unsure.

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  18. NAME: Jessica Lawson

    TITLE: The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher

    GENRE: MG Retelling (of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)

    FIRST SENTENCE:

    Creeping back over our white picket fence, I twitched at the tickle of a nightboy on my throat.

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  19. Author: Triona Murphy
    Title: THE LONG-TIMERS
    Genre: YA sci-fi thriller

    My uncle was only 152 when he died, but five hundred people showed up for his funeral anyway.

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  20. Author - Kimberly Ann Miller

    Title - TRUSTING TRINITY

    Genre - Middle Grade Adventure

    First Sentence - If I heard the words “anal probe” one more time, I was going to explode.

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  21. Amber Clites
    AWAKENINGS
    YA fantasy

    A chilling breeze swept through the treeline, teasing and swirling the ends of my hair, while assailing my senses with the rich, tangy scent of the earth washed clean from the constant downpour of rain.

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  22. Title: IT'S ALL GEEK TO ME
    Genre: Contemporary MG
    First Sentence:

    My dad’s been trying to turn me into a computer geek my whole life.

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  23. Thunderbird Dreams
    MG Historical Fantasy

    Not that I’m afraid or anything, ‘cause I’m not, but when a high-pitched wail rises in the chilly night, I pull the quilt up to my eyeballs and scooch closer to my sisters.

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  24. Title: THE HALO
    Genre: YA fantasy
    First sentence: Plants I get; they have guidelines.

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  25. Stephanie Cardel

    MISSING CERULEAN BLUE

    YA Fantasy

    First Sentence:
    Grief hovered over us like a third passenger with arctic breath and fingers of ice that stabbed our hearts with each reminder of her.

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  26. Author: Nikki Urang

    Title: BROKEN

    Genre: YA Dark Contemporary

    Red and blue lights dance off the roof of my mother’s car.

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  27. Elaine Vickers
    DISCOVERING ISAAC
    Contemporary Middle Grade

    I'd rather have my nose hairs yanked out one by one in front of the whole sixth grade while wearing only yesterday’s underwear than play a baseball game, because that would be less painful and a lot less embarrassing.

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  28. A.H. Shaver

    Pimps and Promiscuous Root Vegetables

    YA Contemporary

    The deluge of vomit began amassing into pools within the folds of my pants and we both stared numbly, hypnotized by the mudslides of her upheaval.

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  29. Author: Audrey T. Carroll
    Title: On the Outskirts
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    First Sentence: The horses rode in, their hooves striking the ground in a unified heartbeat.

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  30. Author: Mandie Baxter

    Title: DREAM MAKER

    Genre: YA Modern Fantasy

    First Sentence: He looms over me, eyes tight, lips pulled into a thin line.

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  31. Vicki Tremper
    The Transparents
    MG Magical Mystery
    Sometimes I wish I could disappear like my hero, Houdini.

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  32. Author: L. L. McKinney
    Title: COVETED
    Genre: YA urban fantasy

    First sentence: Caleb learned long ago being friends with Martin MacMurtry required two things, inhuman patience, and a tolerance for impromptu fashion shows.

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  33. Author: Michelle F Goddard
    Title: Adventures With Auntie Mischief
    Genre: MG Fantasy
    First Sentence: Jonah took the carrot stick out of his mouth and jabbed his brother.

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  34. Lucas Hargis
    FREEBORN
    YA Sci-Fi
    The pulse in Katia’s temples thumped four times faster than the clacking of her cane.

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  35. Jenni Enzor
    PINK FORTUNE
    YA Reinvented Fairy Tale
    It was the day before Papa was to leave for Versailles, and I was still filled with hope.

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  36. Author: Rena J. Traxel
    Title: Death of Sleeping Beauty
    Genre: MG. Fantasy. Novel/Graphic Novel Hybrid

    Sleeping Beauty doesn’t die, stupid book!

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  37. Summer Heacock
    The Imagining of Isadora Velvet
    YA/Fantasy

    Isadora didn't know how the mirror fell, but it now lay shattered into thousands of unfriendly looking shards on the carpet.

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  38. Janice Sperry
    SHE CAME FROM THE HILL
    YA Gothic Fantasy
    Nothing thrived at the far end of the park.

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  39. Name: M.M.Brooks
    Title: Now You Know
    Genre: YA Ghost Story/Romance

    First Sentence: I tried to get out of going to the party all day--homework, cramps, a headache--none of it worked.

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  40. Kelly Allan
    Fade Into You
    YA Contemporary
    Blood thumped in my veins as I fled.

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  41. DAUGHTER OF THE MOON
    YA UF

    As far as Selina knew, she was the only seventeen-year-old with her own burial plot.

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  42. Author: Wendy Knight
    Title: Feudlings
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    A blue flame erupted from the Carules spell and shot toward the Edren warrior, twisting and transforming into a giant skeletal hand.

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  43. Franziska Green
    BOUNCE!
    Middle grade adventure

    I thought that being the human equivalent of a rubber ball would be tickletastic, and it was pretty funny... right up until I bounced on top of that double-decker bus.

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  44. Author: Leiann Bynum
    Title: Jewel Angels
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Despite how many times she’d been in here, there was something about this time that made goose bumps pop up on her skin.

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  45. Rachel Horwitz
    Havoc's Knot
    YA/Fantasy

    Popped right out of the sky didn't you dear?

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  46. Author: Mindy Alyse Weiss
    Title: Mom Wars
    Genre: MG, contemporary
    First Sentence: Hope bubbles float around me as I wait to hear Mom’s surprise.

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  47. Author: Jenna Lehne
    Title: Washed Up
    Genre: Contemporary YA
    First Sentence: My parents first had me committed when I was six years old.

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  48. Three more! Great lines -- keep them coming!

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  49. Christina Ferko
    christinaferko(at)gmail(dot)com

    Title: VERITAS : YA sci-fi

    The only time I feel an ounce of freedom is when running, muscles clenching, legs pumping, fire burning my lungs with each breath.

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  50. Title: Minotaur

    Author: Alexandra Singer

    Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction

    Line: Ikki couldn't have asked for a better day.

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  51. Author: Jennifer Clark Estes
    Title: STILL LIFE IN A GRAVEYARD
    Genre: MG, mystery


    The musty, dirty house would have been perfect, except for the fireplace.

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  52. title: Soulspark
    genre: Contemporary Romance

    The scent of lilies always reminded me of her, and every month I placed fresh ones in front of the headstone.

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  53. Contest closed! Thanks for your entries!

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  54. TITLE: MONSTROUS
    AUTHOR: MarcyKate
    GENRE: YA Fantasy
    LINE: I will never forget my first breath

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