Saturday, September 1, 2012

September's Mystery Editor Contest!!

CONTEST CLOSED!!! THANKS TO EVERYONE AND GOOD LUCK!

Today's contest is a little different - our mystery guest today is an editor who will be offering First 10 page or query critiques as prizes!

So post your best tweet pitch (140 characters) in the comments below.

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) Pitch only completed manuscripts.

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

4) Please include TITLE and GENRE along with your pitch. (This does not count as part of your 140 characters. So, Title, genre, then a 140 character tweet pitch). GENRES: MG, YA, or adult fiction (our editor has a special interest in romance).

5) Your pitch must be 140 characters or less. A Twitter Pitch. If it's too long to tweet, it's too long to enter. We will be checking this so please do not go over the 140 character limit! (Again, this does not include the genre and title. The character limit only applies to the actual pitch).

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

7) The winner(s) will receive a critique on the first 10 pages of his/her manuscript or a query critique!

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

Good luck to all who enter!

56 comments:

  1. Title: The Adamant
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

    No one tells Shamira how to live her life. Not her friends and family after they deserted her. Or the ancient relic that would make her its newest acolyte.

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  2. Title: THE LONG-TIMERS
    Genre: YA sci-fi/thrilller

    A teenage boy learns the horrific secret behind a life-extending drug and must try to bring down his parents' company from the inside.

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  3. Title: CHILDREN OF THE GODS
    Genre: YA Steampunk/Mythology (Mythpunk) Romance

    I’m a Titan. She’s an Olympian. If the Fates find out I love her, they’ll execute us. #steampunk #mythpunk

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  4. Title: RELIC
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Princess Far struggles to hide her visions of her past lives and save the very people who'll kill her if they learn her secret.

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  5. TITLE: Of Fire and Shadow
    GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy

    16yr old Talitha must harness her powers of smoke to protect a human vessel and help prevent Earth being consumed by living shadows.

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  6. NAME: Kristy and Bryce
    TITLE: STAYING DEAD
    GENRE: YA DARK FANTASY

    There’s a reason Persephone’s keeps dying, waking up in Heaven, only to be thrown back to Earth, but will she find out why?

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  7. Title: THE TRANSPARENTS
    Genre: MG magical mystery

    A shy, Houdini-obsessed 11-yo unravels the mystery of his invisibility while busting a burglary ring to save his accused brother.

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  8. Title: Lovesense
    Genre: YA Magical Realism

    For Rae and her unusual gift of “lovesense,” love literally stinks, that is, until she smells her own match in an unidentified baby picture.

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  9. MIRE
    YA paranormal mystery

    A teen finds out she wasn't adopted from “a dirty Indian slum” (her movie star mom's words), but belongs to a family of powerful Seers.

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  10. Title: Havoc’s Knot
    Genre: MG Epic Fantasy
    Twitter Pitch: Unless Jake fulfills a stolen prophecy and defeats the wolf king, he might never see Earth again, or keep the people he loves alive.

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  11. Name: Lara Schiffbauer
    Title: Finding Meara
    Genre: Adult Contemporary Fantasy

    It’s a bad day for Hazel when a case of mistaken identity lands her in a new world with new powers and a sadistic father who wants her dead.

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  12. Title: GRIPPED

    Genre: Young Adult Contemporary (Edgy)

    Taylor has it all, including an addiction. Driving drunk, she crashes into a tree, realizing she'd rather die than give up alcohol.

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  13. Title: Seven Riddles to Nowhere
    Genre: MG Mystery

    Kam, a selectively mute seventh grader, must solve riddles on a scavenger hunt through Chicago to win big and save his school from closing.

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  14. UNVISIBLE
    YA light sci-fi

    Hiding from org. that made him invisible, Owen can’t let anyone know he exists, until he meets girl he has to confide in for both to survive

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  15. THE ASTRONAUT'S DAUGHTER
    YA Historical

    In 1963 Texas, 16-yr-old Evelyn risks her popularity, and her father’s NASA job, when she falls for a student civil rights activist.

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  16. TITLE: REAPER
    GENRE: YA Paranormal
    When Cade’s girlfriend dies in his arms, he learns that the “accident” is something much more sinister—and he's at fault.

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  17. BUTTERFLY GIRL
    Upper MG (coming of age/magical realism)

    Abandoned on Grandpa’s farm, 12-year-old Madison stumbles on an ancestor’s journal, awakens magic hidden in her genes…and sprouts wings!

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  18. FLESH EATING ZOMBIES AND EVIL EX-GIRLFRIENDS
    YA horror

    Erwin's in hell, trapped with his classmates-surrounded by zombies. He can't save everyone, but he's sworn to save 7yo Amy at any cost.

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  19. Title: INEVITABLE
    Genre: YA thriller

    Pitch:

    For 16-year-old Alex Tanner, finding a webpage about himself five years into the future is totally awesome until his status reads: DECEASED.

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  20. Title: EX-DRAMA QUEEN
    Genre: Upper MG

    Twitter Pitch:
    Rather than be doomed to a life of mediocrity when she loses the lead in the school musical to her best friend, Casey reinvents herself.

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  21. Title: BLACK HEART, RED RUBY
    Genre: YA gothic romance

    Relic hunting turns to backstabbing when Ava's quest for an occult ruby pits her against her graverobber uncle and her ambitious boyfriend.

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  22. TITLE: Heaven and Hell Alike
    GENRE: Adult Paranormal

    Pitch: When God goes AWOL, righteous demon Liam & his angelic lover Mikael become pawns in the battle for Heaven. Victory means losing each other.

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  23. Name: Dawn Allen
    Title: The G.A.P. Project
    Gene: YA Sci Fi Suspense

    For Ginny, nothing can derail a senior year like the 411 you're genetically engineered and your DNA is on the international auction block.

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  24. Title: DARKLING
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Seventeen-year-old Taela vows to kill the man responsible for her sister's execution, even if he’s the kingdom’s only hope for salvation.

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  25. Title: The Keeper
    Genre: MG Science Fiction

    After Adam Howl discovers his family's secret lineage, he must learn to embrace his endowment and fulfill his own destiny as the Key Keeper.

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  26. Feudlings
    YA Urban Fantasy

    Ari's hunted Shane since she could throw a spell. Now she’s falling for the nemesis she's prophesied to kill–til he tries to kill her first.

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  27. NAME: Kristy and Bryce
    TITLE: STAYING DEAD
    GENRE: YA DARK FANTASY

    There’s a reason Persephone’s keeps dying, waking up in Heaven, only to be thrown back to Earth, but will she find out why?

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  28. Title: SOULSPARK
    GENRE: YA Romance

    When Jess catches her Christian boyfreind kissing her ex bff she searches to find out if it really was a onetime mistake or something more

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  29. The Other Side of Silence- adult fantasy.

    Shadow&Bone meets American Gods: her friends are depending on her, the god of war is stalking her, & she’ll have to kill him to stay alive

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  31. Title: Beyond Chains and Stars
    Genre: Ya Sci-fi

    When psychic twins are stolen and sold into slavery, they vow to find each other. Neither realizes how slavery will change them.

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  32. TITLE: Shadow Walker
    GENRE: YA

    Ajay, trapped within an alternate universe, must overcome Yetasia’s deadliest creature – or kiss his world, and the girl he loves, goodbye.

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  33. Title: THE SHOW MUST NOT GO ON
    Genre: YA Dystopian

    In Easten, pride is everything. If Lori impresses in the Talent Show, her parents gain legendary status. If she fails to impress, she hangs.

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  34. Title: THE HALO
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Becca Ford is determined to find out who’s stealing plants from the nursery where she works, making her the target of a local coven.


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  35. Title: BETTER LIVES
    Genre: YA sci fi

    When Marc wakes up, committed, after killing his date while driving drunk, he learns a terrifying realty. The asylum’s a fake run by aliens.

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  36. Title: FIREPROOF
    Genre: YA Scifi

    Dad trained her to be a survivor; the colony will train her to be a spy, sending her into enemy territory with her home & heart on the line.

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  37. Title: Living with the Undead
    Genre: YA
    The undead are evil beings whose sole desire is to feed off the living- but do they make good parents? 16-year-old Ann is about to find out

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  38. Title: AN UNCOMMON BLUE
    Genre: YA Sci-fi

    In a world where kids are ranked by hand color, a Blue discovers the secret to becoming the next White king, but it will cost him his life.

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  39. Title: FLYING OBJECTS, FALLING IN LOVE, AND OTHER HAZARDS
    Genre: Young adult romantic comedy with paranormal elements

    Hannah's telekinesis has a sense of humor. Until it gains control over her. Now she must fight it before it kills her. Or someone else.

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  40. Title: UNVISIBLE
    Genre: YA light sci-fi

    Hiding from org. that made him invisible, Owen can’t let anyone know he exists, until he meets girl he has to confide in for both to survive

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  41. Title: Grim Crush
    Genre: YA paranormal romance

    Pitch: Xia, a 17-year-old grim reaper, won't let even Death stand in her way as she breaks the Rules of Reaping by falling for a human boy.

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  42. Title: Weaving a Net is Better than Praying for Fish at the Edge of the Water
    Genre: multicultural mg mystery (think Sammy Keyes meets Millicent Min)

    12-year-old Allen Mak hides to avoid a thief, a bully, and her Chinese grandmother. To quit, she’ll have to figure out who else is hiding.

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  43. Title: Whispers of Disaster
    Genre: YA fantasy

    Taylor uncovers an unwanted legacy as the descendant of an ancient race who believe in an ordained purpose-- killing people.

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  44. MOONDREAMER: The Sowing
    Upper YA Urban Fantasy

    When a Fae Council manipulates Syxx into attending a Fae breeding ceremony, she has three options: Submit, die, or overthrow the system.

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  45. Title: DISCOVERING ISAAC
    Genre: Contemporary Middle Grade

    Isaac Sanchez would rewrite the laws of physics (and baseball) if it'd help him find his place in the universe--or at least in his family.

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  46. JACK AND THE BONES
    YA contemporary fantasy

    A romantic retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with necromancers, magic bones, and a girl who can compel people through her song.

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  47. Title: PLANTED (I CAN WATER MYSELF)

    Genre: YA Science Fiction

    To stop mind-ctrl invaders, a human/plant teen pheromones a boy to fertilize anti-spores, but his kiss makes Chemical Cupid play feel alien.

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  48. Title: My LIFE AS A TO-DO LIST
    Genre: MG, Contemporary

    Old Cricket’s going down in a blaze of to-do lists so New Cricket can her mother's love in this extreme personality makeover tale.

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  49. Title: RACE TO BUTCH CASSIDY'S GOLD
    Genre: Middle Grade Mystery

    Two cousins and their quirky grandpa Jim race against time and a dangerous thief to find Butch Cassidy's hidden gold and save a boys' ranch.

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  50. Title: Affairs of the Dead
    Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

    Necromancer Selene gets bound to a ghost whose stolen body murders & must stop him before the Rot gained by being ghost bound kills her

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  51. Title: Rain Over Me
    Genre: Erotic Romance

    Audra wants a normal, fetish-free life. Jackson wants her to know she's not only normal, she's perfect. Before she moves 3000 miles away.

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  52. Title: A QUESTION OF FAITH
    Genre: YA Paranormal

    15yo Crystal's faith turns upside down when she learns witches used magic to conceive her. She's not human--she's the incarnation of magic.

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  53. Title: TRIPLE B
    Genre: Upper MG realistic
    Calling the mobile hole where I live a home would be like calling fiction, fact. The main ingredient of a home is family. I lost mine.

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  54. Title: MIRROR OF SAND AND FLAME
    Genre: MG adventure with fantasy elements

    12-year-old Zeb travels abandoned mine tunnels to the eerie setting of his father’s novel to free his cousin and heal his own guilty heart.

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  55. Title: Daze and Knights
    Genre: YA Romance

    Stuck in Crazy Medieval Land, Jessica must decide whether to find a way home or stay and fight for her knight-in-sexylicious-armor

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