Query Kombat ’16 Winners 1st Round

Well, Round 1 of this crazy contest officially ended Saturday night. We promised blood, and blood there was. Also tears, nail-biting, and some hair-pulling. Congratulations to all of you who fought hard and came out victorious.

Please have your revised entries to us by MONDAY, June 6th at 6 pm EST. Use the same format and send to the contest email: QueryKombat (at) gmail (dot) com.
A full 32 entries out of the 64 lost in a valiant fight – you should have seen us hosts and the judges freak out about how hard it was to choose.
For those 32: Good job. You beat out 300 other entries to make the first round, and you gave the judges a hell of a job. Hopefully you got some amazing feedback as well! 
For the 32 winners, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! YOU GET TO GO ON TO THE AGENT ROUND ON Wednesday morning!!!
Below is the list of those who will go on to the next round. Let me know if we made any mistakes! Team Writer McWriteyFace is in purple.
Madam Butterfly
Ivy League Sex Scandal
Croissants Kill! 
Irish in America
What’s Luck Got to Do with It

Cuddles and Coup

Samba and Surrender

The Ghost and Ms. Clair
Black Holes 
And I Feel Fine
Human Kind is Basically Screwed

Play Chess Not Checkers
Jello Poems
One-Handed Wonder
Mustache Head
Ice Cream Rebel Rousers
The Order of Black
Don’t Eat Me
To Be a Man
Ticket to Ride
Escape the Fate
Hot Sauce is Bad for Wound Care 
Cement Gargling 101
These Little Earthquakes
Meet Me at Lake Nevaeh
Like Atlantis, Only Totally Creepy
You Had Me At Salty Fries
My BoyFriend Rigged the Lottery
Southern Gothic Secrets
CONGRATS!!! Of course, we still have….
The Host Saves
These are three entries that we hosts picked from our teams to move on to the agent round but not on to Round 2. Check out Michelle’s and Mike’s picks as well. The Host Saves can submit a revised entry and will go to the agent round, but not to the second combat round.

I spent a LOT of time trying to decide which entry to save. Even before any votes had come in, I wondered how on earth I was supposed to pick. My personal favorite? The most marketable? Most diverse? Own voices? (How can I know that without everyone sending me bios?) Closest vote? The entry where I most disagreed with the judge’s feedback? The one I thought agents would like the most? ARGH THIS IS SOOOOOO HARD!

At the end of the day, I wish I could save you all. But I wound up having to pick:


Congrats everyone!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see you all at the agent round!
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