NoQS Adult Contemporary Romance: DISTRACTED

Title: DISTRACTEDGenre: Adult Contemporary RomanceWord Count: 80,000 My MC and MA are dressed as: Although Jackson mandated that the team would all dress as characters from popular videogame Halo, and assigned Alicia the Cortana character, there’s no way she’s going to wear skintight blue spandex in front of her all-male team. Instead, she dresses as Master Chief Petty Officer […]


Title: FLASHES Genre: YA Thriller, Own Voices Word Count: 71,000 My MC and MA (main antagonist) are dressed as: Levi, being a huge horror movie fan, would opt to pay homage to Freddy Krueger.  He would wear Freddy’s classic red and green striped sweater, but would forego his trademark hat and gloves, and any sort of mask.  The […]


Title: TARNISHED Genre: Ownvoices Young Adult Thriller Word count: 62,000 My MC and MA are dressed as: Tanvi prefers simple, and she can’t afford a costume. She’ll pop a sheet over herself and call it a ghost. Mimi needs to stay in hiding and keep her cousin from knowing she’s back. What’s better at disguise than a […]


Title: THE WITCH AND THE DEMONGenre: Young Adult High Fantasy (ownvoices)Word Count: 80,000 My MC and MA (main antagonist) are dressed as: Ebba came dressed as a demonic goddess, to thumb her nose at the villagers who falsely accused her consorting with the forces of Hell. Kryptos, the Demonic God of Cowardice, came as himself, because he has […]


Title: THE ROSE VENDETTA Genre: YA Fantasy Word Count: 87,000 My MC and MA (main antagonist) are dressed as: My MC and MA show up dressed as walking flames, glowing robes and all. Adonia hides her anxiety behind the bold colours and fiery mask, but Dante just wants to burn Adonia and her coven to cinders. Query:  In […]

NoQS MG Historical Fantasy: THE HOLLOW WOODS

Title: THE HOLLOW WOODS Genre: Upper MG Dark Historical Fantasy Word Count: 48,000 My MC and MA (main antagonist) are dressed as: Henry would dress to match his father at a Halloween party. Not the side of him draped in tattered clothes that reek of manual labor from working their apple orchard. To him, work’s more important than […]


Title: THE WISHBONE CURSEGenre: Middle Grade Contemporary Fantasy Word Count: 51,000 My MC and MA (main antagonist) are dressed as: Pip’s dressed as The Bride of Frankenstein. She has poliosis, so she’s already got white streaks in her black hair. (She has a pretty self-deprecating sense of humor, so she wouldn’t mind). Daryl would go dressed in his […]


It was a tough decision. There may have been some tears, some begging, some desperate pleas for second reads from the amazing Kara Reynolds. But at the end of the day, we whittled the original 180 or so entries down to one amazing team that I can’t wait to share with you. If you were chosen, […]

Nightmare on Query Street Submission Time!

The submission window opens at 4:00 pm (EST) on October 13th. Don’t send too soon or your entry will be deleted. You may resend when the window opens. There will be email confirmation. After the window opens, please don’t resend an entry unless you check with us. Sometimes the confirmation process gets overwhelmed. The window will close […]

Meet the Nightmare on Query Street Agents!

The big reveal is HERE. Want to know which agents we have for Nightmare on Query Street? WE HAVE TWENTY-FOUR AND COUNTING!! There are so many agents participating, we can’t fit them all on one blog! View one-third of them below, then click on over to Michelle’s and Michael’s blogs to see the rest. We’ve got both well-established agents and some newer […]

Nightmare on Query Street Mentor Chat!

Writers like to socialize from the comfort of their homes.  So we’re having a twitter chat to get to know the mentors and ask questions and just visit!  Join us on Thursday, October 12th right before the submission window opens for Nightmare on Query Street on the 13th. Bring your questions, writing problems, and curiosity […]

Meet the (completely unscary) 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.  One-third of the mentors are listed below. To see the rest, visit Michelle’s and Michael’s blogs. Some of the mentors have been helping our contests for ages and some are brand new. Please […]