Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Mystery Agent Contest!!!

Contest is CLOSED! Thanks to those who entered! :)

Welcome to yet another one of our Mystery Agent contests! *dances*

For those of you who don't know what our Mystery Agent's interested/not interested in, here's a reminder.

Our Mystery Agent wants manuscripts for the following audiences: 

Middle Grade 
Young Adult

Our Mystery Agent is looking for: 

Contemporary YA 
(if it explores social issues, even better)
Historical fantasy 
(fiction set in another country, time, place, and it can either be real or imagined)
Smart Middle Grade adventures
YA Romance
Books that challenge the reader intellectually and emotionally
(books that explore social issues relevant to women of all ages) 

Our Mystery Agent isn't looking for: 

Paranormal "creature" YA
(no werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, selkies, or mermaids)
Books narrated by animals/centered on human-animal bond


Le rules:

1) Entries must be one-line pitches. The length of the pitch is up to you, but remember, it's only one sentence.

2) Entries must be for completed manuscripts. No NaNo projects, and no unfinished drafts, please! 

3) Entries must be left in the comments section of today's post (please don't email us your entries!). We'll close the contest once we've reached our limit.

4) 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, followed by your one-line pitch.

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

6) The winner will receive a  FULL manuscript request!

7) If the rules aren't followed, your entry will be disqualified.

Best of luck to everyone!!


Anonymous said...

Title: The Keeper
Genre: MG Sci Fi

Pitch: Adam Howl has been isolated from his extended family for as long as he can remember, but all that changes when his parents go on an unexpected business trip forcing him to spend the summer with his bizarre cousins.

Amber said...

GENRE: YA memoir

Pitch: When fifteen-year-old Amber Harville learns she was raped by a serial rapist, she finds the courage she needs to testify against him and make sure she's his last victim.

Lauri JB Corkum said...


Pitch: The RMS Titanic, a stolen pocket watch, and a secret message about a long lost treasure lure twelve-year-old Savannah James into an intriguing mystery that she and her best friend must solve in order to save her beloved Border Collie from the bumbling henchmen dispatched to steal the booty.

Ambiguous_A said...

Genre: YA fantasy

Pitch: When her town leader vows to purge the “diseased” survivors of a toxic explosion, survivor 17-year-old Wren must escape to warn the ones that went into hiding, or be killed first for her dangerous power.

Kendall said...

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to inherit her grandmother’s role as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men safe and prosperous at sea, but when a dream foretells her own murder, she must unravel the secrets of her family’s magic to prevent her death and save her island from ruin.

Stephanie C. said...

Genre: YA Contemporary

Pitch: Seventeen-year-old Stacey is praying for a sign that her atheist boyfriend, Cal, is "the one" so she'll know if she should sleep with him--a lifetime commitment in her mind, or audition for a professional ballet company and live her dream, but lose Cal forever.

Anonymous said...

Genre: Young Adult Horror/Romance

A mixed race teen moves into her step family’s haunted home on Nantucket Island only to fall in love with her step-brother and become possessed by the spirit of a deceased whaling-era lady.

HeatherCRaglin said...

Genre: YA Fantasy
When 16-year-old Becca Ford discovers she has a rare power to control plants and is a threat to the government of Statua, she must get to the one place where she can find out the truth about her past.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Genre: MG historical fantasy adventure

A poor princess is willing to risk her life on a dangerous treasure hunt in order to pay the greedy goblin healers so they'll save her friend.

AJ Cattapan said...

Title: Seven Riddles to Nowhere
Genre: MG Mystery

Pitch: Kam, a selectively mute seventh grader and world-class yo-yoer, must solve riddles on a scavenger hunt through Chicago to win big and save his financially distressed Catholic school from closing.

GSMarlene said...

Title: Elemental Fire
Genre: Upper MG Fantasy

Pitch: Horse-crazy thirteen-year-old Brook discovers a gate to the world of Tirasvara and joins forces with Goshawk, the legendary Ghost Horse, to protect the gate key from a man plotting to control pathways between all worlds or be trapped in Tirasvara forever.

Anonymous said...

Genre: YA Fantasy

Once upon a time, seventeen-year-old Norah Hart believed in fairy tales, that was before she was forced to live in a fairy tale nightmare with wicked princesses, alcoholic princes, and misunderstood villains.

Julie True Kingsley said...

Title: Hood
Genre: Contemporary YA

Pitch: Hood Robins, an obsessive fixer, steals from the rich then maximizes his winnings via on-line gaming before giving to the poor, but it's only when he faces his true demons does he come to terms with what drives his compulsions and sends him hurdling toward destruction.

Christina Mercer said...

Arrow of the Mist
Young Adult (Historical) Fantasy

Terror strikes the Celtic inspired kingdom of Nemetona when poisonous roots breach the veil of a forbidden land and attack woodsmen, impelling Lia—a 15-year-old tree mage—to save her beloved father and others by deciphering a healing elixir and battling the soul-hungry shade who controls the roots.

Alex said...


Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary

18 year old virgin Ruben chases the enigmatic Emma from a concert, to a house party, and through the night for the answer to why she wants him to have sex with her best friend.

Traci VW said...

Title: Thunderbird Dreams
Genre: MG Historical Fantasy

If tomboy Christine Miller is going to save Grandfather Thunderbird, she’ll have to get to him first, before the greedy mine boss can steal the Thunderbird’s power, trapping the ancient power being in the deep and dark of the coal mine forever.

Anonymous said...

Title: Null City
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance

Pitch: What happens when you’re supposed to save the world, but the Angels are all on the other side?

L. T. Host said...

GENRE: Dark YA Fantasy

They married to end their families' feud, but when Lilith murders Daniel on their wedding night, he learns 3 things: she doesn't love him back; he is the weapon who will bring balance to the Ether; and even though he still loves her, Lilith must die.

Anonymous said...

Genre: YA Steampunk Thriller

Life changes for seventeen-year old Amelia Kincaid when robots kidnap her sister, Isabell and take her to the prince’s castle, and what she discovers reveals a more disturbing purpose for Isabell’s capture—and her own freedom —than she could’ve ever imagined.

Unknown said...

Genre: YA Supernatural Thriller

For 14-year-old Emil Aleric, the series of 'Wonderland Murders' ravaging London, 1882, means only one thing: his former abductor, the Mad Hatter, is back.

Alex Brown said...

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

If seventeen year-old Bastian Reynolds wants to save both parallel universes and prevent his death, he’ll have to work with his future murderer to figure out why she’ll kill him in two months – oh, and she also happens to be the other universe’s version of his dead girlfriend.

Teresa Yea said...

Genre: YA Gothic Horror

17-year-old Ava Nolan’s life as an amateur relic hunter is filled with backstabbing—
not to mention literal stabbing—when her quest for an occult ruby pits her against her graverobber uncle and her ambitious boyfriend.

Lisa said...

Title: Outside In
Genre: YA Contemporary

Pitch: All superbrain boarding school student Alexis wants is approval, but if she can't stop self-harming to hide her "failures," she risks getting kicked out of school.

Anonymous said...

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

How will 15 year-old Kelly Henderstein cope with a post-divorce family split, separation from her best school friend Jeannie, an awful hospital summer job with its unexpected volunteer work as the hospital mascot Chico Bear- all while trying to stop clashing with a teen patient at the hospital as angry as she is?

Jenilyn Collings said...

Genre: MG science fiction

In a retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” a engineering-minded prince must rescue twelve princesses after they rip a hole into hyperspace.

Laurisa White Reyes said...

Genre: YA Thriller

When Mira's mother ends up in a coma, her father claims it was an accident, but Mira knows the truth and proving it just might get her killed.

Stephanie Theban said...

Genre: MG Historical Fiction

Tiny Bird seeks a path of honor, and John wants to escape the grinding chores of the farm, but when they meet during the Sioux uprising of 1862, each must decide who he will be and if the other will live.

Kate Brauning said...

YA contemporary

Being in love with her cousin Marcus may be Jackie’s undoing, but his relationship with a girl who knows more than she should about a murdered classmate may mean their bodies are the next ones the police dig out of the Missouri hills.

Leslie Hauser said...

Genre: YA Contemporary

Eighteen-year-old Mallory plays the lottery in an attempt to erase the misery surrounding her, and though her dream of a perfect senior year continues to crumble, buried beneath the rubble is a budding relationship with a new friend Adrian who helps Mallory see the true luck in the lottery.

Jessica Harvey said...

Genre: YA Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Christine Williams must risk her own life to stop a demonic murderer with a taste for debilitating platypus venom from claiming another innocent, just six months after he killed her closest friends.

rena traxel said...

TItle: Death of Sleeping Beauty
Genre: MG+ Fantasy

Alivia Fair must find a way to stop the death of Sleeping Beauty or remain forever trapped in an enchanted castle while her grandfather’s murder moves on to its target—her parents.

Anonymous said...

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

A quirky and hilarious 10 year old girl, who happens to have ADHD, undergoes a humongous life change when she and her family move across Canada from small town Ontario to glitzy West Vancouver

justJoan said...

Title: Book Realm: The Keeper's Heartstone
Genre: MG Adventure

For twelve-year-old Rachel, losing herself in a good book—even a locked one with weird rules—is a great distraction from her controlling mother and non-existent social life until she becomes part of a dangerous story from which she may not be able to escape.

Tabitha Martin said...

Title: Song of the Phoenix
Genre: YA Fantasy

Lost in a world their father kept them from, Princesses Aeriena and Maraesa desperately search for their brother who disappeared three years in an attempt to bring him home where he is the rightful heir, ensuring that their wicked uncle can't usurp the throne.

Nazarea Andrews said...

Title: One Night With the Monster
Genre: YA mythology retelling

Andy just wants the freedom to love the boy of her choosing--but the gods expect more from this princess, and when a seabeast attacks her kingdom, she has no choice but face the destiny Olympus has given her.

Kate Larkindale said...

Title: The Sidewalk's Regrets
Genre: YA Contemporary

When Sacha finds herself playing second fiddle to her wannabe rockstar boyfriend's newly acquired drug habit, she realizes that despite what all the songs say, sometimes love isn't all you need.

Laurie Dennison said...

Genre: YA fantasy

Trapped in time-suspended ancient America, sixteen-year-old Etta searches for home while faking a relationship with her infuriating ally to pass in the tribe, and if they discover her secret, she’ll be their next human sacrifice.

Nancy Hatch said...

Title: Prophecy's Child
Genre: YA Fantasy

When his father finally takes him on pilgrimage, Rami believes it is his last chance to prove himself, but the secrets he finds in the holy city force him to choose between truth and duty and between the sister he loves and the father he desperately wants to love him.

Elodie said...

Genre: YA contemporary

Former ballerina seventeen-year-old Natalja Pushkaya, feeling guilty for her dad´s suicide, doesn´t let anyone get close to her – until she meets sexy soccer player Antonio, but even he can´t save her from the truth about her dad´s death.

Jayme said...

Genre: MG Adventure

Pitch: In an adventure reminiscent of THE GOONIES, five friends (and one reluctant enemy) hunt treasure while two gun-toting modern-day pirates hunt them.

Amanda Foody said...

Genre: YA Fantasy Steampunk

When seventeen-year-old Enne Alfero journeys to the so-called "City of Sin" to find her lost mother, she gets embroiled in casino rivalries, street gang crossfire, and assassination plots, all of which give clues about her mother's disappearance, the secrets behind Enne's birth, and a deadly card game where all she loves is at stake.

Ellen Rozek said...

Genre: YA thriller

Recruited by the government to help fight Renegade terrorists, Naomi must keep her growing friendship with a gang member a secret from her employers—and the Renegades themselves—if both of them are to survive.

Mark O'Brien said...

Genre: Contemporary YA

After Ryan Gaunt finds his brother dangling from a noose, discovers Tyler's journal, and finds out he was gay, Ryan must choose between risking what's left of his life for another suicidal boy or staying true to his now-shaky beliefs.

Anonymous said...

Title: Edge of Life
Genre: YA Magical Realism (with a bit of murder mystery)
By: Karen Taylor

Sixteen year old, Pippa Knightly, has low expectations of her new life after her mother's death but after a freak accident she dreams of a mysterious, stunningly attractive boy and on awakening, is disturbed to find the dreams and reality merging in a way that makes her question her own sanity.

Karen Taylor

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

MG fantasy

Gretel does her best to protect her little brother, but when she slips up and they're captured by a witch she must make a deal to save him,and risk turning into a wicked witch herself. said...

MG Adventure

Jimmy steps in trouble like he steps in mud puddles with bare feet, but maybe trouble wouldn’t follow him if he could just learn to mind the rules, because every time he lies he ends up hurting the only people he holds dear which means facing his ultimate danger – jail.

Laurie Litwin said...

Title: Lilly Washington's Presidential Adventure
Genre: MG Contemporary

Pitch: When Lilly Washington finds a mysterious diary circa 1870, she embarks on an adventure to discover an unfound time capsule that could uncover secrets from the Civil War - that is, if she isn’t expelled first.

Ron_59901 said...

Title: Wizard In Wonderland
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Pitch: When the Wizard of Oz escapes the Emerald City, Dorothy and Alice must switch places in order to uncover the most intricate plot against the combined faerie lands of Oz and Wonderland.

Jenna Lehne said...

Title: Washed Up
Genre: YA Contemporary

Pitch: Melia thinks she can breathe underwater, and Kass thinks he can fly; one is crazy, one is not.

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