Friday, November 1, 2013

The November Mystery Agent Contest starts NOW!


CONTEST CLOSED!! Thanks for pitching! :)

Okay, guys - the time has come! Our Mystery Agent contests starts right now! Are you ready to pitch?

One more time, here's what our MA is looking for:

- YA, NA, and Adult
-science fiction
-fantasy
-steampunk
-contemporary
-action/adventure 
-romance (YA and NA only)

Our MA is particularly interested in projects that are high-concept and those that explore self-identity and character growth.

 And here are the rules:

1) Your pitches must be the length of a Tweet: 140 characters or less. If your pitch is over 140 characters, you will be asked to resubmit! Before you submit your pitch, try copying and pasting it into a new Tweet just to make sure you haven't gone over. (You'll still submit here, though, not on Twitter - it's just a handy way to double-check!)

2) Entries must be for completed manuscripts. 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!

5) Please include NAME, CONTACT INFO, GENRE, and TITLE, followed by your one-line pitch.

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


7) Our MA will award one grand prize of a full manuscript request (query and synopsis included) and she will provide feedback. She will also award five honorable mentions, who will get to send their first 50 (query+synopsis included) and she will provide feedback. 

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

Please format your comment like this:

Name: 
Email or twitter: 
Genre: 
Title: 
Pitch: 

GOOD LUCK!!

57 comments:

  1. Name: Jen Finelli
    Contact: jenfinelli (at) virginia (dot) edu
    Genre: YA light scifi
    Title: Becoming Hero

    Tweet-length pitch:
    Teen superhero Skye's lost his parents, his love, and his life. If he kills the man responsible—his author—will he lose himself?

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  2. Name: Ashley Harris

    Email or twitter: ashleyoak87(AT) comcast (DOT) net

    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Title: TROLL

    Pitch: 

    A new generation of trolls inspired by the likes of Rumpelstilzchen get entangled in a high school setting. A tale of love and manipulation.  

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  3. Name: Leatrice McKinney (writing as L. L. McKinney)
    Email: Tangynt(at)ymail(dot)com
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Title: Heritage Blade

    City of Bones meets the Dresden Files when someone puts a price on Jay's head, & everything that goes bump in the night arrives to collect.

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    1. This one is 18 characters too long - it must fit in a Tweet :) Revise and resubmit for it to qualify.

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  5. Name: Kim Van Sickler
    E-mail: kimvansickler@gmail.com
    Genre: YA Contemporary
    Title: The Mall in Gullybrook
    Pitch:Three teenagers, kidnapped into the world of sex trafficking, survive through drugs, sex, and abuse by uniting as friends.

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  6. Name: Tracy Townsend
    Contact: tracytownsend00 (at) gmail (dot) com / @TheStorymatic
    Genre: Adult Steampunk Fantasy
    Title: THE NINE

    When an orphan courier carries a notebook that writes itself, she is hunted by a conspiracy to discover, and derail, God’s master plan.

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  7. Name: Nancy Stewart

    Email or twitter: nancystewart33@gmail.com

    Genre: YA

    Title: A Life of Lies

    Pitch: 14 year old Witness Protected Cathy’s life's a lie. Blackmailed by classmate Brianna, she must act or lose everything. Courage? Not so sure.

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  8. Name: Melinda Gray
    Email: melinda.a.gray (at) gmail.com
    Title: PIECES OF ME
    Genre: YA

    Girl discovers she's jumping between multiple alt-versions of her life; choosing where to stop means losing more than one person she loves.

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  9. Name: Ambiguous_A

    Email: ambiguousawrites at gmail dot com

    Genre: YA Magical Realism

    Title: The Drumming Song

    Pitch: When 17yo Drea becomes addicted to an intoxicating drumbeat, she must unearth the source of its powers before the music takes over her mind.

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  10. Name: Bluestocking
    Email or twitter: @bluemaven
    Genre: YA Science Fiction
    Title: Red Dirt White Noise

    Pitch: When her friend vanishes, Nadira won't let partial deafness, pirates, or pretty boy Dax stop her from saving her friend and the rest of Mars

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  11. Name: Tiffanie Lynn
    Contact: tiffanielynn (at) rocketmail (dot) com or @LynnTiffanie
    Genre: NA Fantasy
    Title: SHATTERED

    To free her sisters, 18yo Dawn must steal a charm from its steamy guardian, Kalan. Otherwise, their captor will turn them into demon chow.

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  12. Name: Michelle Barry
    Email or Twitter: michelle_a_barry@yahoo.com / @MichelleABarry
    Genre: YA Science Fantasy
    Title: THE ALLIANCE
    Pitch:
    A teenage slave's powers tilts the scale in a galactic civil war, risking the life of the girl he loves & the wrath of his powerful father.

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  13. NAME: Jessica Harvey
    CONTACT INFO: jessicaharvey248(at) gmail (dot) com, @xomiragexo24
    GENRE: NA Fantasy
    TITLE: GYRE

    PITCH: When an archaeology job aboard a Navy sub ends in uncovering Atlantis, 21yo Chelsea must protect artifacts from time-traveling hijackers.

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  14. twitter: @ericgsteinberg
    Genre: YA sci-fi
    Title: ALIEN PREP SCHOOL CONSPIRACY

    Arrogant 17-year-old Marc learns he’s killed his new gf – Bad. He’s been abducted by aliens – Worse. He’s future president who starts WWIII?

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  15. Melinda Friesen
    melindafriesen@outlook.com
    Genre: YA Science Fiction
    Title: Solar
    Pitch: Haley wanted the valedictorian title, not a positive pregnancy test and not to flee hunters who want her boyfriend and his alien spawn dead.

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  16. Name: Raluca Balasa
    Email: raluca.balasa@gmail.com
    Genre: YA science fantasy
    Title: NO PLACE IN HEAVEN

    Pitch: Quin dreams for a supernatural ability like his peers have – until he realizes they're bondage curses, and his is the most crippling of all.

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  17. Name: Harry Marks
    Email: hcmarks (at) me (dot) com
    Genre: NA Contemporary
    Title: MISSED CONNECTIONS
    Pitch: Recession forces college grad Will into dead-end job. Will he also succumb to a dead-end relationship, or risk it all for real love?

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  18. Name: Katharine
    Contact: @love_katharine
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Title: The Dyslexic Spell Reader

    Pitch: When Aubrey's dyslexia turns out to be a trait of spell readers, the 1 person who can help is her ex-best friend & current tormentor.

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  19. NAME: Tlotlo Tsamaase
    EMAIL: rosewentberg (at) ymail (dot) com
    GENRE: YA Sci-Fi, thriller
    TITLE: SATELLITE HEARTS

    PITCH: Sixteen-year-old Zahra Mbali has 150 days before her preprogrammed body explodes to terminate the simulated world she lives in.

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  20. NAME: EM Castellan
    TWITTER: @EMCastellan
    GENRE: YA Historical Fantasy
    TITLE: LILY IN THE SHADOWS
    PITCH: 1862: When dark magic & children’s disappearances throw London into chaos, 16yo Lily must sleuth through Whitechapel to save her job & city.

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  21. Name: Pete Catalano
    Email or twitter: billypayne@aol.com
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Title: BAD DREAMS AND FLYING MACHINES

    Pitch: In 1910 London, 16yo creature catcher joins H.G. Wells to battle monster that is killing ordinary children who have extraordinary power.

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  22. Name: Patricia Moussatche
    Twitter: @patchi_writes
    Genre: Adult Science Fiction (soft)
    Title: The Legacy of the Eye

    Pitch: Persuasion meets 1984 in space. On a planet where merit trumps birthright, David discovers the woman he loves will rule--because of legacy.

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  23. Name: Miriam Caldwell
    Email miriam.caldwell (at) gmail.com
    Genre: YA Speculative
    Title: Nightfallen

    Pitch: 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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  24. Name: Ava Jae
    Twitter: @Ava_Jae
    Genre: Adult Sci-Fi
    Title: SLAVE & SIRA

    Pitch: His home razed, Eros must choose: serve the alien queen who ordered his tribe's slaughter or be executed for his true identity.

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  25. Name: August von Orth

    Email or twitter: raaugust@comcast.net

    Genre: Adult Science Fiction

    Title: BEYOND THE STARS

    Pitch:

    Alien relics tear a rift in spacetime, force Aidan to face the truth about his dead wife, and leave the fate of humanity in his hands.

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  26. Name: Barbara Gerry
    Email or twitter: bgerry2@aol.com
    Genre: YA contemporary romance with supernatural elements
    Title: Macha and the River Blue

    Pitch: An exchange student brings a jungle legend to life. Now a deranged goddess wants her dead and two polar opposite guys just… want her.

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  27. Name: Lindsay Kitson
    Twitter: @Lindsay_Kitson
    Genre: Adult Fantasy (Dieselpunk)
    Title: REDWING

    Pitch: Les Miserables meets Sky Captain, with a giant flying aircraft carrier. Political intrigue, civil war, and passion for flying.

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  28. Name: Audrey Carroll
    Contact: audreytheresa[at]gmail.com
    Genre: NA Social Sci-Fi
    Title: Pursuit

    Pitch: 2095 NYC: Varsha Kaur. Intelligent. Daughter of rebels. Only wants to learn & be left alone. A government kid turns her life upside down.

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  29. Name: Dawn Allen
    Twitter: @MiserWriter
    Email: dawnallen20(at)att(dot)net
    Genre: Adult Thriller
    Title: The Drought of Sam Dakota

    One man's search for his missing son leaves him broken, and in no condition to fight the corrupt system standing between him and his boy.

    (Posted for a friend as she's experiencing technical difficulties)

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  30. Name:Jen Blackwood
    Twitter: @jen_blackwood
    Email: hallerj87 at gmail dot com
    Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
    Title: Coming Alive

    Like a T-Swift song, it's a battle of the exes for Payton and Blake. He's so mean.She says he's gay.But can they turn it into a love story?

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  31. Name: Christie Murillo
    Twitter: @christiemurillo
    email: christie(dot)murillo(at)gmail(dot)com
    Genre: contemporary YA
    Title: Defensive Gun

    Pitch: Two years ago Amanda was kidnapped. She killed to escape. As she awaits the decision of a judge, she tells her story in a TV interview.

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  32. Name: Neil Harris
    Email: nwharrisbooks (at) aol (dot) com
    Genre: YA thriller/action adventure
    Title: The Last Orphans
    Pitch:

    Shane's coach told him he had the makings of a great leader--too bad it took the death of every adult on the planet to prove it.

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  33. Name: Shannon Wixom
    Twitter: @ShannonWixom
    Email: swixom(at)gmail(dot)com
    Genre: YA Contemporary/Light Sci-fi
    Title: THE MEMORYWALKER
    Pitch:

    On prom night, Alexis hears a voice claiming to be her future self & must save her father or he won’t be the only one to die.

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  34. Name: Kimberly Vanderhorst
    Email: Kimberly.vanderhorst@gmail.com
    Genre:YA Contemporary Fantasy
    Title: Through a Glass Darkly

    A 17yo Mirror Walker travels between worlds in desperate pursuit of the World Mirror which allows dark beasts to possess her mom.

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  36. Name: Laurisa Reyes
    Email: laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com
    Genre: YA sci-fi/thriller
    Title: Contact
    Pitch:

    Mira uploads psyches at a single touch. When her mom ends up in an accidental coma Mira knows the truth but proving it might get her killed.

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  37. Name: Cait Spivey
    Email or twitter: @CaitSpivey; cspivey1954@gmail.com
    Genre: NA Fantasy
    Title: FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN
    Pitch:

    19yo Guerline spends the first three days of her reign haunted by her dead family. She must go to war if she wants to avoid their fate.

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  38. Name: Michelle McCall
    Email: mjmccall27@gmail.com
    Genre: Adult Fantasy
    Title: The Dragon Princess

    Pitch: Death by firing squad prompted Peregrine’s rebirth as a dragon. Now the shape-shifting princess must lead a rebellion.

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  39. Name: Kate Larkindale
    Contact: katelarkindale (at) gmail (dot) com
    Genre: YA contemporary
    Title: STUMPED

    Tweet-length pitch:

    American Pie meets The Sessions as 16 YO Ozzy struggles to dump the burden of his virginity and prove he can still be a man in a wheelchair.

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  40. Name: Kelly Lyman
    Email: kellyblyman@gmail.com
    Genre: YA Fantasy/thriller
    Title: Seven Tears

    Pitch: 17yo Bree never believed in the Scottish myth of the Selkies--at least not until her tears fell into the ocean & a dead body appeared

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  41. Name: Katharine Allen
    Email: katrat@umich.edu
    Genre: Adult SF
    Title: MEM

    Pitch: Need a memory deleted, altered, or added? Remake yourself at MEM. The past is yours to write.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Name: Leiann Bynum
    Email or twitter: slbynum3 (at) gmail (dot) com
    Genre: YA urban fantasy
    Title: Totally Super
    Pitch: In a female version of The Avengers, five 16-year-old girls try to bond while dealing with the stress of becoming secret superheroes.

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  43. Name: Lucas Pederson
    Email: lucaspederson@yahoo.com
    Genre: YA Sci-Fi/ horror
    Title: Flux

    Pitch: Saved from suicide, Addy is thrust into the dead world of the future and meets the Jaunters-those who save people in the past to give life to the future.

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  44. Name: C. C. Hall
    Email: cathyhall55 (at) hotmail (dot) com
    Genre: Contemporary Coming-of-Age/Thriller
    Title: CALLED

    Pitch: 15 yo Tish can sense the dead, and God's called her to help a soul. But now she has to save her BF, too, and where's God when you need Him?

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  45. Name: Summer Spence
    Twitter: @summywins
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Title: ENCIRCLED

    Pitch: Deep beneath a crumbling castle, 16yo Elisabeth finds the Lost Prince of England - but not everything that's lost wants to be found.

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  46. Name: Laura Rueckert
    Email: laura.rueckert@onlinehome.de
    Genre: YA Light SF
    Title: ROGUE HEALER

    Pitch: Stay away from humans. Lexi obeys--until Garrett. She wants him safe. Her species desperately needs body donors...and they're watching.

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  47. Name: Rae Chang
    Email or twitter: @RaeAChang
    Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
    Title: ROYAL TRIAL
    Pitch: The kingdom of Danri has a new king, a conspiring council, and a bitter exile who has returned, bent on revenge. Obsession reigns.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Pay no attention to the counter! Still 5 spots to go!

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  49. Name: Dori Starnes
    Twitter @DoriStarnes
    Genre:Contemporary
    Title: THIS IS HOPE

    Planes fall from the sky, crazies emerge from the hills of Montana, and Jenna's stuck 1800 miles from home with a man who isn't her husband

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  50. Name: Aimee Hyndman
    Twitter: @AimeeHyndman
    Genre: YA Steampunk Fantasy
    Title: HOUR OF MISCHIEF
    Pitch: Taking a job for the God of Mischief to get her friends out of prison is a bad idea, but the failed heist was Janet's fault

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  51. Name: Heather Van Fleet
    Email or Twitter: @ HLVanFleet
    Genre: Contemporary NA
    Title: Finding Her Way Back
    Pitch: A love/hate relationship with her tennis shoes leads chubby-sexy Callie into the arms of her ex-best friend, turned sex god, Ky.

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  52. Name: Alex Brown
    Email: alex.brown815 (at) gmail (dot) com
    Genre: YA Horror
    Title: ANONYMOUS

    Pitch: When "Ghost Adventures"-esque TV stars go missing, 17 y/o Quinn Thomas must solve their disappearance with the footage they left behind.

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  53. Name: Tanager Haemmerle
    Email or twitter: @DreamOfFire, TanagerH@gmail.com
    Genre: Spec-Fic (Sci-Fi)
    Title: LOGIN
    Pitch:16yo Fayten has s/t cyborgs want.Teaming up with a shady young man,& a shy hacker,she must protect a country from falling 2 "Customization."

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  54. And that's it folks! Thanks for pitching! CONTEST CLOSED.

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