QK ROUND 4: MADAM BUTTERFLY vs. MY BOYFRIEND RIGGED THE LOTTERY

Title: The Absence of ButterfliesEntry Nickname: Madam ButterflyWord Count: 80KGenre: Adult Contemporary RomanceQuery: Will Kavanagh is the only one who knows the truth about the drug overdose that killed Christy Talbot. Not that he’s telling. The world famous actress may have starred in the film adaption of his novel, but that doesn’t mean he wants to […]

QK ROUND 4: AND I FEEL FINE vs. HOT SAUCE IS BAD FOR WOUND CARE

Title: StarbornEntry Nickname: And I Feel FineWord Count: 85KGenre: Adult Science FictionQuery:Numbed and heartless, 24-year-old Sherman Logan has saved every life but his own. He’s damn good at pelting in from between galaxies and rescuing as many people off their dying planets as possible for the Enders Agency, an interstellar first-responders team. Over. And. Over.When […]

QK ROUND 4: LIKE ATLANTIS, ONLY TOTALLY CREEPY vs. CEMENT GARGLING 101

Title: Under the Surface Entry nickname: Like Atlantis, Only Totally Creepy Word count: 64K Genre: YA Speculative Fiction Query: Seventeen-year-old Lauren is a professional mother-disappointer… but losing her sister in an eerie underwater town sets a whole new standard.  When Lauren hears the legend, she’s intrigued; exploring the lost town under Lake Modoc is the […]

QK ROUND 4: ONE-HANDED WONDER vs. JELLO POEMS

Title: The Windup Entry Nickname: One-Handed Wonder Word Count: 40,000 Genre: Upper Middle Grade, Contemporary Query: Kyle Whalen, a southpaw Little League pitcher, had enjoyed a typical adolescent boyhood until a car crash took his right hand, his twin brother, and his passion for life. Now, three years later, Kyle is fourteen and determined to […]

Query Kombat 2016 Round 4 Match-ups

Round 3 of Query Kombat has officially come to a close. Our numbers have been cut in half yet again. The Sweet 16 becomes the Elite 8 fighting for just four spots in the next round. Round 4 promises to be the toughest round thus far. I have no idea how the judges are going […]

Query Kombat 2016 Round 3 Match-ups

  Round 2 of this tournament is officially over. All kontenders fought valiantly, but alas, half of you must be knocked out. Win or lose, thanks for officially making QK the toughest query tournament in all the land. A standing ovation to those of you who fought and came out victorious. A full 48 entries […]

Query Kombat Round 2

Here we go! Round 2! Entries are on my blog and Michelle’s! This round lasts until June 17th at 8 pm.On Friday the hosts will call out for extra judges to come and break ties, or in case of extra close votes to try and get a more decisive margin.  The entry with the most votes […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: MUSTACHE HEAD vs. JELLO POEMS

Title: Split Down the Middle Entry Nickname: Mustache Head Word Count: 46,000 Genre: Upper MG Contemporary Query: As a veteran Child of Divorce, twelve-year-old Becca has developed a highly specialized set of coping skills, such as the ability to negotiate ceasefires and to maneuver between houses without losing her math books…or her marbles.   It isn’t […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: PLAY CHESS, NOT CHECKERS vs. ONE-HANDED WONDER

Title: The Chess Girl Entry Nickname: Play Chess Not Checkers Word count: 66K Genre: MG Historical Fiction Query:  To win her family’s freedom, Ruchel must play the greatest chess match ever. As World War 1 begins, 7 year old Ruchel’s father is forced into the Austrian Army just before the Russian Army invades her border […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: TO BE A MAN vs. ESCAPE THE FATE

Title: THE EVENTIDE Entry Nickname: TO BE A MAN Word count: 97,000 Genre: YA Fantasy Query: Val has studied, fought, and completed her sailing expedition—faster than anyone else—to become chieftess of her tribe. Returning home, she discovers her twin brother has been kidnapped by the foreign conquerors of Airylle and if she doesn’t find him […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 2: CRYPTOPOLIS vs. CEMENT GARGLING 101

Title: Catacomb Saints Entry Nickname: Cryptopolis  Word count: 80,000 Genre: YA Fantasy Query:  For sixteen-year-old Davi, the darkness has never mattered. A petty pickpocket by night and a worthless burden on society by day, she has only ever wanted to be left alone to live what little life society affords castoffs like her. Trouble is, […]