Meet the (Not Scary at all) Nightmare on Query Street Mentors!

I know you’ll want to get to know the mentors who will be helping the finalists perfect their query letter and first 250 words. But first a few dates for Nightmare on Query Street: Submission Window Opens: October 14th 4:00 pm EST Final Picks are Announced: October 20th undecided time Mentors Go to Work: October 21th – 26th […]

Nightmare on Query Street Free Pass!

This year, I’m offering each of you a chance to bypass the slush and go straight into the contest where you will receive mentor feedback and be featured in the agent round. You’ll still have to wow the agents, though, so make sure your first page and query (and the entire manuscript) are as polished […]

Teresa Richards: A Query Kombat Success Story

Success stories are one of the best parts of hosting contests. Sure, the contests are fun and everyone learns, but it’s always helpful to see when that hard work pays off. I’m excited to present you with Teresa’s story. Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed with agent Mallory Brown from TriadaUS, as […]

Nightmare on Query Street is Back!!

We’re back with 25 agents and even more mentors! It’s Nightmare Time! Don’t have a scary manuscript, DON’T WORRY. Just read on. A brand new year, a brand new evil. This contest, as it runs in the Halloween time, is all about FEAR. The Details: The submission window opens at 4:00 pm (EST) on October 14th. […]

Meet THE REY GUNS!

The Jedi Council will soon be arriving to choose padawans for training.  Remember that contests are subjective. What one person might challenge others to a light saber duel for an entry, that same work may do nothing for someone else. There were tons of excellent entries. We had more than 350 entries to choose from, and we got […]

PITCHSLAM 1. Middle Grade Fantasy: IMANI EARNS HER CAPE

Title: Imani Earns Her Cape Genre: MG Fantasy Word Count: 32, 000. Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? Imani would cosplay as Ahsoka Tano because she’s loyal and a spunky go-getter as she finds her way through a new-to-her world. 35 Word Pitch: Twelve-year-old Imani’s Summer Vacation Checklist: earn the right to […]

PITCHSLAM 2. Middle Grade Fantasy: THE FAIRY GODMOTHER FILES

Title: THE FAIRY GODMOTHER FILES Genre: MG – Fantasy    Word Count: 42,000 If my main character could be any Star Wars character, who would it be and why?  She would be Leia, because as soon as January Frost becomes the Fairy Godmother, she is targeted by an evil force who wants her and her home destroyed – similar to Leia. […]

PITCHSLAM 3. Adult Romance: BEST LAID PLANS IN SCOTLAND

Title: Best Laid Plans in Scotland Genre: Adult contemporary romance Word Count: 74,000. Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? I consulted with a dear friend more well-versed than I in all things Star Wars. After sharing with her my female main character’s personality and goals, she said […]

PITCHSLAM 4. Adult Women’s Fiction: HOUSE OF OUR DREAMS

Title: House of Our Dreams Genre: Women’s Fiction Word Count: 100,000 Special Question: The Emperor, because power is wickedly delicious. 35 Word Pitch: To fulfill her mother’s final aspiration, Serena must restore the dilapidated 1820s house built by her Spanish ancestors. But her relatives each have conflicting plans for capitalizing on the valuable California property.  First 250 Words: The two-story adobe rose out of the earth, […]

PITCHSLAM 5. Adult Science Fiction: FOLD

Title: FOLD Genre: Adult Science Fiction Word Count: 89,000 Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why?  Berk would choose Obi-Wan Kenobi because he is wise and a good guy. But I’d say Darth Vader because most everything Berk does ends up hurting other people. 35 Word Pitch: Berk is a doomsday prepper […]

PITCHSLAM 6. Young Adult Contemporary: A COMPLEX SOLUTION

Title: A Complex Solution Genre: YA Contemporary Word Count: 82,000 If my main character could be any character she would choose Han Solo. Here’s why: Han is a carefree spirit who lives life to the fullest.  He has a great sense of adventure and doesn’t worry about others’ opinions of him. My main character worries […]

PITCHSLAM 7. Young Adult Contemporary Romance: LEVEL WITH ME

Title: Level With Me Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Word Count: 80,000 Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? There is seriously not enough kissing in Star Wars. So that leaves me Princess Leia. While I’d never kiss my own brother, she’s the only character […]