Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January Mystery Agent Contest Starts NOW!!!

 Contest is now CLOSED! Thank you to all our participants!


Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to another Mystery Agent Contest! Let's kick 2013 off with some good old fashioned one-line pitches, shall we? *rubs hands together*

Okay. Here are the official contest 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.


That's it! Now go and submit that awesome one-line pitch!!


Best of luck to everyone!

58 comments:

  1. BETTER LIVES
    YA Science Fiction

    Arrogant 17 year-old prep school student Marc is abducted and replaced by aliens to avert a future where he’s the president who starts WWIII.

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  2. CROSSING THE DIVIDE
    YA Fantasy
    The government claims she’ll destroy them and the Wise Council predicts she’ll unite them, but sixteen-year-old Becca Ford doesn’t even know they exist until she interferes with a rogue coven’s potion-making operation and becomes a target.

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  3. WRAITH
    Fantasy

    In a future London, 20-year-old Lyra Vega is falsely convicted of murdering her parents and exiled to a parallel world where she must fight for survival, track the real killer and not fall in love.

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  4. RUNNING DOWN THE DRAGON
    Urban Fantasy

    Thalia Drake must stop a serial killer, but doing so means exposing the dangerous secret she's hidden for thousands of years - her true identity.

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  5. Fireproof
    YA Science Fiction

    After a rogue collective targets the colony’s water supply, Tanwen is ordered to infiltrate enemy territory, but when her mission objective changes from recon to sabotage, she’ll learn what’s really worth saving.

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  6. NIGHTFALLEN
    Young Adult

    Lexy must choose between obeying her family or following Kaden, a werewolf, for a chance to save Jason, the boy — I mean zombie of her dreams.

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  7. REAPER
    YA Paranormal

    When 17-year-old 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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  8. DARK ONE'S MISTRESS
    Adult Fantasy

    Kidnapped and imprisoned, Clarabelle Weaver is determined to escape the clutches of her kingdom's newly-made Lord, but when she learns his heirless death will allow the soulless criminals enslaved in his army to terrorise the land, Clara must decide if her freedom is really worth a kingdom.

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  9. Poison Hill
    Adult Mystery

    Idealistic young officer Tara Gray blames toxic dumping for her mother's breast cancer, but when an activist is murdered, she finds herself standing alone against a complex conspiracy.

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  10. WISHFUL THINKING
    YA Fantasy

    Kara thinks being a genie-in-training sucks until the guy she’s crushing on uses her magic lamp to get close to her, but when a girl who wants Kara’s crush all for herself steals the lamp, Kara’s life becomes a total genie-living-hell.

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  11. OF ICE AND ASHES
    YA Fantasy

    When her town leader vows to purge the disfigured survivors of a toxic explosion, 17-year-old survivor Wren must escape to warn the ones that went into hiding, or burn with them.

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  12. The Pain-Bearer
    Adult Fantasy

    Cursed to bear the pain and mortality of her country’s reigning warlord, Rosalina is targeted by seditious priests who believe her death will enable them to kill the warlord and begin a revolution.

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  13. THIS ISN'T SHAKESPEARE
    YA Contemporary

    When seventeen-year-old Stacey can't decide between a future with Cal, or pursuing a dance career, a friend challenges her that she might be in love with love instead of Cal, but breaking up with him now, after she slept with him, would go against everything she believes even though staying with him might be the biggest mistake of her life.

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  14. THE SOVEREIGN PALACE
    YA

    Fifteen-year-old Mina, trapped in the incarnate misery of the Weeping Monarchy, knows that the only chance of going home is to get to the center of the kingdom and receiving a boon, which she can only do with the help of her desperate friend, the Made Up Girl, who barely even likes or trusts her.

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  15. YA Supernatural

    The four horsemen of the apocalypse are being unleashed, and while the world crumbles before her eyes, Kerrigan is smacked with the discovery of a way to end the destruction - if she's willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good.

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    Replies
    1. Michelle, we need your project's title and genre in order to enter you in the contest.

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    2. *face palm* I'm so sorry! Title: KINGDOM COME

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  16. OUTSIDE IN
    YA Contemporary

    If perfect student Alexis can't stop cutting and burning herself to deal with her 'failures,' she's going to get kicked out of her exclusive boarding school.

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  17. RESISTANCE
    YA Sci-fi

    To save her family, Hayden must chase her enemy across worlds and stop him from conquering the universe.

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  18. The Death God's Apprentice
    Fantasy

    Ilia's always been close to the Death God, but now that a demigod is grabbing power and disrupting fate by both killing people before their time, and leaving people who should be dead living a half life, he calls upon her to use her ability to talk to dead souls to restore balance to her world before the pantheon of gods takes matters into their own hands, a solution which has no good outcomes.

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  19. PLANTED (I CAN WATER MYSELF)
    YA Science Fiction

    To immunize Earth against mind controlling invaders, a humanlike female plant must attract a mate using pheromones before her spore sack explodes, but after rescuing a boy his thankyou kiss helps her realize—playing Cupid with chemicals feels alien.

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  20. BIRTHRIGHT
    Upper YA/NA
    Space Opera/Paranormal Romance

    On the verge of finally seeing a peaceful solution to the planetary war between Koro and Zemele, Olwen resigns when her power hungry sister discovers she’s half-human and exiles her to space.

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  21. TAGESTRAUM
    Adult fantasy

    A social worker's search for a missing child leads him to a faerie realm where dreams are alive; to escape, he must face his worst nightmare.

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  22. WHERE SECRETS ARE HIDDEN
    YA Light Sci-fi/Thriller

    In a modern-day world where mind tricks like telepathy are commonplace, 17-year-old Indigo must use her newfound and unique mental powers to rescue her parents from their ex-colleague, who participated in the experiments to bestow Indigo with the new skills and now will do anything to steal her for his own plans.

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  23. MINOTAUR
    Young Adult Sci-Fi

    Exiled to the Labyrinth for a crime she's convinced she did not commit, Ikki's one hope of escape is the young man known as the Minotaur.

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  24. SOULSPARK

    YA Contemporary romance

    A grieving teenage girl finds solace in a new relationship with a Christian boy, but when that perfect boy breaks her fragile heart she struggles to find love and peace in an already shattered world.

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  25. CRACKED
    YA Fantasy

    When thirteen-year-old Griffin’s parents abandon him to care for his little sister, the village idiot, he realizes there is much more to her seemingly nonsensical ramblings than anyone knows, and his own future and the fate of the entire kingdom may lie in her hands.

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  26. EMBROL
    YA Soft Sci-Fi

    For seventeen-year-old Olivia Ryan, saving the universe from a murderous alien means trusting Jack--the boy with the power to train her to use her abilities, but he's also the boy who killed her mom.

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  27. FORBIDDEN SECRETS
    YA Paranormal Romance

    In this Friday Night Lights meets Highlander, when a fiercely independent track star falls for an über chivalrous Scottish immortal, she becomes the pawn for one rogue immortal pursuing sacred Templar treasure, and another seeking to settle a centuries-old vendetta.

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  28. THE UNICORN THIEF
    YA urban fantasy

    When Fifteen year-old Allyson’s best friend gets blamed for kidnapping a unicorn prodigy, it’s up to Allyson to rescue the unicorn before the rest of the unicorns tear her best friend to shreds.

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  29. WHARF RAT
    Fantasy

    When a simple messenger job embroils sometime-thief, sometime-whore Rone in a plot to impersonate a princess, he must negotiate with rival gangs in the port city of Farthalan to keep from taking the blame.

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  30. ACE OF SHADES
    YA Steampunk Fantasy

    Only a year away from graduating finishing school and becoming a lady, seventeen-year-old Enne journeys to find her lost mother among the casinos, street gangs, and deadly politics of the “City of Sin.”

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  31. WOVEN
    YA Traditional Fantasy

    When fifteen-year-old Nicolette learns the Snow White tale is true, she must find Snow, stop a mad queen, and save her shop from those wary of magic.

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  32. ROADPLAY
    At 16 years old, a home on 18 wheels shouldn't include a lot lizard and a killer on her trail so Christa is learning the lingo and teaming up with a truck stop prostitute to save her life.

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  33. Gay Lynn Cronin
    THE FATEWEAVER'S SECRET
    YA Fantasy

    When the castle tapestries come alive, Finna must use magic to overthrow the ruthless weaver, while her destiny and the kingdom’s fate dangle within the threads.

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  34. THE THIRTEENTH SUBJECT
    YA Sci-fi

    Deceived by the Chimera Corporation, Evangeline, a genetically engineered teen leads an attack on the lab that created her.

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  35. Fourth & A Mile
    YA Contemp
    Sam's terminally-ill dad wanted to see his kid win a football championship; she will do her best, if they will let her play.

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  36. Titan: Elementals Reborn

    YA Fantasy

    When Sago and her friends are transported to another world, all she wants to do is get them back home safe again--a feat that becomes more difficult when she learns she's the one that's meant to kill them.

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  37. HOPE IN BLOOM
    YA Contemporary

    After losing the last bit of happiness she has, eighteen-year-old Mallory decides playing the lottery is the ticket to erasing the misery surrounding her at home and at school, but it’s not a jackpot win that changes her life.

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  38. The Sidewalk's Regrets
    YA Contemporary

    When 17-year-old Sacha finds herself playing second fiddle to her rocker boyfriend's newly acquired drug habit, she realizes that despite what all the songs say, sometimes love isn't all you need.

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  39. Title: Edge of Life
    Genre: YA Magical Realism
    By: Karen Taylor

    After a freak accident sixteen year old Pippa Knightley 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; particularly when she reads in a newspaper archive, that he was murdered by his father two year ago.

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  40. THE LAST QUEEN
    YA Fantasy
    In a land where Humans are enslaved to Wolfmen and Elves, the start of a war gives a sixteen-year-old boy the opportunity to gain his freedom, but he might lose the girl he loves in the process.

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  41. STAGE DIRECTIONS (YA Contemporary) by Monica Fumarolo

    Annie Miller has seen it all while working backstage in her high school drama club, but when she's cast as an understudy in her final play of her senior year, an ex-boyfriend who hasn't spoken to her in a year comes back into her life, and she starts to realize she has more than 'just friend' feelings towards her life-long best friend Colin, Annie - the girl who loves having a plan - must figure out how to manage it all without a script telling her what to do.

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  42. Podium Finish
    YA (contemporary/sports fiction)

    The newest and youngest member of Team USA hockey, 17-year-old Harper Kavanaugh, is living her Olympic dream then injury strikes...so does romance.

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  43. Maddie McGee and the Rock Curse
    Chapter Book

    All Maddie wants is a mystery free vacation with her grandparents and favorite cousin, Bertie...but a stolen rock, a possible curse and strange accidents force Maddie to leave no stone unturned in her search for the truth!

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    1. My bad! I didn't see the earlier post about what the agent wanted. Sorry for posting a Chapter book! Just delete it!

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  44. DAMARKIN
    YA Fantasy

    Sixteen-year-old Zade stands as the last half-demon defender of the human realm—until the demon trapped inside him fights back, threatening the lives of the very people he's supposed to keep alive.

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  45. GIRL ON THE EDGE
    YA Contemporary

    Seventeen-year-old Pearl Jaeger gets an upgrade from homeless shelter to boarding school, courtesy of her rich uncle, but unsure where she fits in, and in the wake of her mother’s overdose, escaping reality with alcohol, pills, and boys prompts her to fear she’s inherited her mother’s wasted life.

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  46. Love thy Neighbor
    YA Contemporary

    While trying to balance her dream of being a singer, a reluctant summer romance with the troubled new neighbor, and take care of her family, a teen girl realizes she must use her talent to save her family’s home and salvage their legacy.

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  47. THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE
    Adult fantasy

    Becoming the god of war's concubine wasn't part of Ava's 20th birthday plans, but if he discovers she's completely nonmagical and can't help him become Earth's only god, he'll kill her.

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  48. COLDNESS OF MAREK
    (NA?) Fantasy

    A young and naive teenage girl gives up a man she loves to support a rebellion against the monarchy of her home kingdom, but years later he kidnaps her and her son for ransom and she must find a way to make peace with him.

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  49. WHAT EVIE SAW
    YA Historical

    A famous bootlegger, a rescued horse, and a schoolteacher who isn’t as mild mannered as everyone thinks; Evie Harrison is the only one who can sort it out — if she could just convince the grown-ups to believe her.

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  50. GRIPPED
    YA Contemporary

    After getting dumped by her hottie boyfriend and nearly barfing on the vice principal, homecoming queen Taylor slams into a tree, and the truth, when she realizes she'd rather die that give up alcohol.

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  51. Spark
    MG Fantasy

    Toby Will, a.k.a. Toby Won't, thinks he's in for a boring week at his great-aunt's rambling house until a spellbinding painting sucks him into Espiritu, a world where famous characters from art live and breathe, and he discovers he's the only living soul that can save Mona Lisa and others from a mad kidnapper.

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  52. Guinevere of Northgallis
    Historical Fantasy

    Long before Camelot, war and horrific visions disrupt Guinevere’s childhood. Second Sight leads to Avalon, where she falls in love, makes choices – and enemies – that haunt her, and unexpectedly captures the heart of a king.

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  53. SHADOW
    YA Paranormal

    Sera is the heiress to the throne in a different dimension—but she doesn't know it—and when Queen Anicetus assigns a dark, sensual incubus to bring her home, she is dragged into a world of seduction, political intrigue, and an interdimensional civil war where victory means the difference between absolute tyranny and the liberation of billions.

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  54. Hello,
    It's been two weeks since this contest was posted and I was wondering if you had an ETA of when the 'reveal' post might be up? Thanks!

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