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 […]

Guest Post: Writing LGBT Characters

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 Aden Polydoros. Writing LGBT Characters There are certain things to […]

Meet the 2017 Query Kombat Agents!

The big reveal is HERE. Want to know what agents and editors we have for Query Kombat? WE HAVE THIRTY-TWO, AND COUNTING!! There are so many publishing professionals 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/editors and some […]

Query Kombat 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: Dancing Penguin Polgara Creature of the Sea Boadicea Bella The Quarterback Outer […]

Friend (With Benefits) Zone Cover Reveal!

Today, I’m excited to be a part of the cover reveal for FRIEND (with Benefits) Zone by the amazing Laura Brown. I was lucky enough to get to read an advance copy of this book, and it’s fantastic. I can’t wait to see what Laura comes up with next. And now…. on to the reveal! […]