Query Kombat Round 1: MEN AREN’T DYING vs. SUPER POWERS AND PROBLEMS

Title: Still Life Entry Nickname: Men Aren’t Dying  Word count: 95K Genre: Adult contemporary sci-fi Query:  On the same day the world is enveloped in a virus-laden preternatural fog, Samantha Davis’ ex-boyfriend survives a horrific car accident against expectations. As he begins to recover, his radically altered personality is hard for Samantha to explain. Active […]

Query Kombat Round 1: MOTHER OF ALL CUSTODY BATTLES vs. MUSLIM GIRL TO THE RESCUE

Title: FINDING SETH Entry Nickname: Mother of All Custody Battles Word count: 73K Genre: Women’s Fiction Query: All that Lola Bishop wants is to have a baby and raise a family with her husband and college sweetheart, Paul, but she swears the fertility deck is stacked against her. She’s pretty sure she’s hit rock bottom when her […]

Query Kombat Round 1: BOY BAND NINJA ASSASSINS vs. GIRL TAKES BACK THE WHITE HOUSE

Title: LETH5L: DEEP CUTS Entry Nickname: Boy Band Ninja Assassins Word Count: 80K Genre: YA Adventure Comedy Query:  When the members of the world’s biggest boy band, Leth5l, stumble into a robbery in progress, they easily thwart the crooks and save the day with sick choreography. Roughly six seconds later, videos of their ninja moves […]

Query Kombat Round 1: THERE IS STARDUST IN MY EYES vs. HERO BY DEFAULT

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Query Kombat Rond 1: GIRLS CAN BE PRINCES, TOO v. KAZA

Title: PRINCESS AND THE PEACE Nickname: Girls Can Be Princes Too Genre: YA Fantasy Word Count: 60k Own Voices because of black/brown and queer characters, and of course, the being raised by fairies part.  Query: Eighteen-year-old Cal is no stranger to tragedy or secrets. Assassins murdered her father and brother when she was seven, leaving her […]

Query Kombat Round 1: WHEN BUGBOTS ATTACK vs. ALABAMA WITCH HUNTERS

Title: Children of Mars Nickname: When Bugbots Attack Work count: 51K Genre: Middle Grade Science Fiction Query: Twelve-year-old Zoey Graves was content to run amok through MIRA Station, the only inhabited colony on Mars. But then the shuttle carrying vital supplies from Earth exploded. As the colony leaders bicker over survival strategies, Zoey escapes to […]

Query Kombat Round 1: FIBS TASTE CRUDDY vs. SUPER SPACE NERD

Title: Liar of Hahnry Entry Nickname: Fibs Taste Cruddy Word count: 42K Genre: MG Fantasy Query:  Twelve-year-old Heshnee has been groomed to be the king’s advisor since birth. And holy-moons, she knows it’s an honor for a Kandrite. Her genetic traits allow her to see when others fib and unable to tell untruths. But her world […]

Query Kombat Round 1 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 Friday at 8:00 am and the match-ups will span all our blogs.  On Laura’s blog: Child and […]

Meet the 2017 Query Kombatants!

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 2017 is HERE!!!

The submission window is NOW OPEN until May 19 at noon EDT. There is no cap on entries. 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 26, and the tournament will kick off on June 2. IMPORTANT: The […]

Guest Blog: Writing Diversity by Nia Davenport

In the days leading up to Query Kombat, I’ll be featuring guest posts from the judges on a variety of writing topics, from ways to polish your writing to common openings. Check back and follow me on Twitter to stay updated. Today’s post is from Nia Davenport. WRITING DIVERSITY Diversity is important because we don’t […]

Guest Post: Motivation/Reaction Units

In the days leading up to Query Kombat, I’ll be featuring guest posts from the judges on a variety of writing topics, from ways to polish your writing to common openings. Check back and follow me on Twitter to stay updated. Today’s post is from Teresa Richards. MOTIVATION-REACTION UNITS Hello lovely writers! I’m here today […]