QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: SOUTHERN GOTHIC SECRETS vs. TITTYKNOPES AND TROUBLES

Title: Jimmer Entry Nickname: Southern Gothic Secrets Word count: 68K Genre: YA Historical/Southern Gothic Query: Many consider Nanih Waiya, a mound in Winston County, Mississippi, the origin place of the Choctaw. Sixteen-year-old Jimmer Stark knows. She hears Choctaw spirits, the tiak o’khata.                                                                                                                   In early summer of 1920, Jimmer dreams of studying nursing, but her father […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: THE FBI RUINED MY LIFE vs. LIKE ATLANTIS, ONLY TOTALLY CREEPY

Title: The Fakers Entry Nickname: FBI Ruined My Love Life Word count: 77,000 Genre: YA Contemporary/Humor Query: Sixteen-year-old Daisy Kranzer is pretty much the exact opposite of a Mormon. As the crass, opinionated daughter of an FBI agent, she has a wicked right hook, she knows how to keep her true identity a secret, and […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: MY BOYFRIEND RIGGED THE LOTTERY vs. MOCHI MONSTER

Title: Windfall Nickname: My boyfriend rigged the lottery Word Count: 83K Genre: YA Contemporary Suspense Query:  In Marina’s culture, dumplings are thought to bring wealth and good fortune to anyone who eats them. It’s in their shape, her A-Ma says, and in the way they’re stuffed full, almost to bursting. But Marina’s been eating dumplings […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: SUGAR AND BLOOD vs. HUMANKIND IS BASICALLY SCREWED

Title: Storm Traveler Entry Nickname: Sugar and Blood Word count: 107K Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy Query: Twenty-one year old Malika knows her days are numbered. When she was eleven, a horrific bus accident claimed the lives of thirty-two students including her brother, leaving Malika the sole survivor. She has blocked all memory of the trauma […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: SEVENTH GRADE STRIKE(OUT) vs. ONE-HANDED WONDER

Title: Zach Beacon Strikes Out Entry nickname: Seventh-Grade Strike(Out)  Word count: 34,000 Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Query: Seventh-grader Zach Beacon just wants to play baseball. The bad-boy shortstop of Mayfield Prep’s baseball team, Zach has been sent to the principal’s office so often, he’s on a first-name basis with the secretary. His team is good this […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: KIDS + MONSTERS FTW vs. ICE CREAM REBEL ROUSERS

Title: The Search for Alexander Gold Entry Nickname: Kids + Monsters FTW? Word Count: 52,000 words Genre: MG Horror Query: What would you do if your father disappeared? Worse – what would you do if your father was kidnapped by giant bird-monster-things, which then turned around and tried to kill you? Ruby Gold, daughter of the […]

QUERY KOMBAT 2016 FIRST ROUND MATCH-UPS!

The big reveal is done as to who was on our Query Kombat teams – now it’s time to find out who the Kombatants will be going up against in the first round! The first round will start on Wednesday at 8:00 am and the match-ups will span all our blogs. On Laura’s blog: Blood and […]

My Query Kombat Team for 2016!

The time is finally here! Time to release my Kombatants onto the unsuspecting public! The choice was excruciating. The hosts agonized, weighing this query against that 250. We received hundreds of amazing entries. Of course, making it into a contest is no indication of the quality of your query. Many people who don’t make it […]

Query Kombat: Get critiques from the judges!!

Want a chance to win a query critique? Of course you do! Here’s how: From May 27th to June 1st (8am EST to 9pm EST), judges of Query Kombat 2016 will scour the hash tag #QKCrit looking to make critique requests. If you want to get in on the action, all you have to do is tweet a […]

Query Kombat 2016: This is not a drill!

The submission window is NOW OPEN until May 20 at noon. There is no cap on entries this year. If you don’t receive email confirmation within an hour of submitting your entry, contact us via Twitter and let us know. Kontestants will be revealed on May 27th, and the tournament will kick off on June 1st. IMPORTANT: […]

#QueryKombat Judge Nicknames

Since the kontestants get to invent amazing nicknames, naturally the judges want one, too! Plus it lets them vote with more freedom. To recognize our wonderful judges and know the vote is legit, here is a list of the nicknames they have chosen: Barn owl Spitfire Bagheera Apple Cordelia Chase Bob Thompstein Tim Riggins Trinity […]

Judges’ e-Book Giveaway!

***This giveaway has now ended. CONGRATULATIONS to our winner, Laura B., who won a copy of UNTIL WE BREAK by judge Jamie Howard!*** As we all know, the best way to thank contest judges and hosts for the time they donate is to buy their books. Ask your library to buy their books. Leave an […]