Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The agent-judged contest with Hannah Bowman Starts NOW!

The contest is now closed! Thanks for participating!!! :D 
I'm closing the comments, since apparently, entries keep coming, eep!

GUYS! The day has come. Awesome agent Hannah Bowman will read your pitches!! GOOD LUCK.

Post your entries below, on the comments section, but first read the rules carefully.

1) Your pitch must only be 140 characters long. You can check the word-count on Twitter, or if you don’t have an account, go to Word or go here. If it’s longer, you’ll be disqualified.

2) The pitch can only be for finished YA novels. No other genre, sorry.

3) This is for unagented writers only.

4) Since I’m doing this to help, you don’t need to be a follower, but I’d love it if you are. And I’d love it you follow me on Twitter too. ;)

5) Please, spread the word. I’m not going to haunt you if you don’t, but it’d make me REALLY happy if lots of people came to participate and this could be filled. (The contest fills after 60 entries are posted. If it doesn't, it will close on the 8th.)

6) One entry per writer.

What should you post?

-Your Name
-Title of your book
-Word-count of your manuscript
-The Twitter (140 characters) pitch
-Your email

If you’re a bit lost: I’m pasting a few links so you can read more about writing short pitches.
1st prize: query critique + request first 50 pages.
2nd prize:  query critique + request first10 pages.
3rd prize: query critique. 




  1. Kathleen S. Allen
    52,000 words
    Witches can reanimate the dead only we aren’t allowed to. Ever. Ronnie is a zombie and, it’s all my fault.
    gaelicfairie (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. NAME: Devin Cushman
    TITLE: Amped
    GENRE: YA Sci Fi
    WORD COUNT: 76k

    Pitch: Avery thinks she’s crazy after a solar flare makes her start seeing weird visions, now the government won’t stop till they have her.

    EMAIL: devincushman@gmail.com

  3. Name: Kimberly Gabriel
    Title: The Beauty of Destruction
    Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller
    Word Count: 110,000

    Pitch: Grace wants out of Afterlife...badly. She never even considers the complexities behind preventing a school shooting that kills six freshmen.

    Email: lehmanktATyahooDOTcom

  4. Thanks for hosting this, Monica! And thank you, Hannah, for judging!

    Name: Isabel Bandeira
    -Title: The Desired
    -Genre: YA Paranormal
    -Word-count: 72,000 words
    -The Twitter (140 characters) pitch: Sara learns she is the key to freeing a king from time's prison- but her best friend is part of a society whose only purpose is to stop her.
    -Your email: c(dot)isabel(dot)bandeira (AT) gmail (dot) com

  5. Name: SwiftScribbler
    Title: Cracked
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Word Count: 78,000

    Twitter Pitch:
    Playfully wicked half-demon Meda must hide from hell's army in a school for demon-hunters—who mistakenly believe she's a saint.

  6. Name: Ashley Turcotte
    Title: Diamond Tears
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Word Count: 60,000 words

    Pitch: When a magical key strands Emma in another world, she tries to find a way home—but can’t decide if she actually wants to succeed.

    Email: acturcotte@comcast.net

  7. NAME: Mackenzi Van Engelenhoven
    TITLE: “Death Falls in Love”
    GENRE: Young Adult Romance
    WORD COUNT: 59,000

    THE TWITCH (i.e. the twitter pitch): In 19th century Venice, Death seeks immortality for the mortal girl he loves before her death parts them forever

    EMAIL: mackenzilee(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  8. Name: Jamie Grey
    Title: Time Bound
    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
    Word Count: 65,000

    Pitch: Two girls, two centuries apart, must free a Japanese time dragon before an evil wizard uses the dragon’s powers to erase them from history.

    Email: Greyjamie1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Name: Ashley Maker
    Title of book: UNDER THE TREES
    Genre: YA historical fantasy romance
    Word-count: 50,000

    Twitter pitch: Prince Thor rescues Princess Araya, but now they're faced with a brutal duke, a murderous king, and the threat of war between their kingdoms

    email: ashleydmaker(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. Name: Kelley Lynn
    Title: Fraction of Stone
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Word Count: 66,000

    Pitch: Only the tattooed ones can stop the tornadoes and earthquakes from devouring the world. They must decide if the world is worth saving.

    Email: kger215(@)gmail.com

  12. Name: Nicole Wolverton
    Title: Influence of the Air
    Genre: YA Suspense (Supernatural Elements)
    Word count: 70,500

    Twitter pitch: When a teen girl’s discovery in her new home unleashes a monster, she and her best friend must dredge up the past to save their futures.

    Email: nicole.wolverton@gmail.com

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  14. Name: Susan Gray Foster
    Title: BODY AND SOUL
    Genre: YA Light Science Fiction
    Word Count: 46,000

    Pitch: When his first love is killed in a prom night car wreck, a teen genius brings her back from the dead, but then struggles to keep her alive.

    Email: susangrayfoster@yahoo.com

  15. Name: Katherine Amabel
    Title: The Hourglass Bridge
    Genre: YA fantasy
    Word Count: 100, 000
    Twitter pitch: Hauled into the 16th century, a shy, nerdy teen must unleash the destructive powers inside her to end a war she doesn’t know she started.
    Email: katherine_amabel (at) hotmail (dot) com

  16. Name: Lisa A. Koosis
    Title: Resurrecting Sunshine
    Genre: YA Science Fiction
    Word Count: 52,500

    Pitch: While most guys his age are getting ready for prom, Adam is about to help a team of scientists bring the girl he loved back from the dead.

    Email: stereotomy@aol.com

  17. Name: Rebecca Coffindaffer

    Title: Peculiar Dark

    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

    Word Count: 90,000

    Pitch: Laced with dangerous magic, Angela has 2 options: learn to kick ass or get killed by monsters from a parallel world. Decisions, decisions.

    Email: callmebecks(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Name: Lauren Fobbs

    Title: One of Darker Blood

    Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic

    Word-count: 60,000

    Pitch: Fay learns she’s the demon destined to destroy her civilization and must fight against her urge to kill or lose the man she loves forever.

    Email: Lfobbs226@gmail.com

  19. Name: Leigh Ann Kopans
    Title: One
    Genre: YA Science Fiction
    Word Count: 76,000

    Pitch: 16-year-old half-superpowered Merrin thinks she’s broken – until she and a boy who makes her whole are targeted for experiments that may destroy both their powers.

    Email: leighannkopans@gmail.com

  20. Name - Jenny Kaczorowski
    Title - The Alterae
    Genre - YA Urban Fantasy
    Word Count - 64,000 words
    Twitter Pitch -
    When her best friend dies, Emma must master her ability to manipulate emotions to find out what happened before she becomes the next victim.
    Email - jenny.kaczorowski@gmail.com

  21. Name: Theresa Paolo
    Title: Discovering the Real Millie
    Genre: YA Contemporary/Historical
    Word Count: 55,000

    Twitter pitch: Transported back to 1925 Millie has to relive the worst night of her great grandmothers life and learn the secrets she took to the grave.

    Email: tmpmarkmajor@aol.com

  22. -Your Name: Larissa

    -Title of your book: THAT SUCCS

    -Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

    -Word-count of your manuscript: 50,000

    -The Twitter (140 characters) pitch: Emmy just put her first date in the hospital—with a kiss. She must accept her role as a killer or risk destroying everyone she loves.

    -Your email: lchardesty at yahoo dot com

  23. Name: E.Arroyo
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
    Word Count: 55,000

    Johnny thought getting beaten out of a gang was bad, but falling for the daughter of the woman helping him get off the streets is worse.

    email: elizabeth.arroyo5@gmail.com

  24. Name: Artemis Grey
    Genre: Contemporary YA
    Word Count: 97,000 words

    Twitter Pitch

    Shy albino Ansel doesn’t go looking for excitement, until the day he saves a runaway heiress and finds himself caught up in a real life fairy tale.

    Email: Greyvaledesigns(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Name: Christina Elaine Collins


    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Word count: 45,000

    Twitter pitch: When a supposed only child learns that she has 12 brothers--who vanished the day she was born--she sets out to find them. And the truth.

    Email: cecoll87@gmail.com

  26. Amber Leah Brock
    YA fantasy
    46,000 words
    If the Princess of Fall is going to survive the war between the seasons, she'll have to bring the heat...the cold...and some killer storms.
    amberleahbrock at gmail dot com

  27. Name: K.T. Hanna

    Title: The Domino Project: Chameleon

    Genre: YA Sci-Fi

    Word Count: 90,000

    Twitter Pitch:Sai's search for atonement after her destructive psionic awakening leads her to secrets the privatized government kills to keep buried.

    Email: kthanna(at)kthanna(dot)com

  28. Name: Alicia Caldwell
    Title: FIRST TIME
    Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
    Word Count: 59,000 words
    Pitch: Bree thought graduating a virgin would be easy. Now easy is all anyone thinks about her since that night, even though she didn’t consent.
    email: aliciacald at gmail dot com

  29. Your Name: Angela Parkhurst
    Title of your book: The Scarlett Lullaby
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy - Fairy Tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty
    Word-count of your manuscript: 84,000

    The Twitter pitch:
    Scarlett really doesn't need boy drama right now, not when the Majester is after her and everyone has mistaken her for a missing princess

    Your email: angelafparkhurst@gmail.com

  30. A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer
    Young Adult Urban Fantasy
    55,000 words
    For fledgling necromancer, Selina, there are 2 ways to save her boyfriend: kill him and condemn his soul to service as a Ferryman or make dark alliances with the undead.

  31. Name - Ryan James Burt

    Title - Bodyguarding Evil

    Genre - YA Fantasy

    Word Count -54,000

    Twitter Pitch - She's pure evil and has a plan to take over the world. Thousands will do anything to kill her. There is only one problem. I'm her bodyguard.

    Email - RyanJamesBurt@yahoo.com

  32. Gretchen SchreiberMarch 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Your Name: Gretchen Schreiber
    Title of your book: Infected
    Genre: YA Sci-Fi
    Word-count of your manuscript:55,000
    The Twitter (140 characters) pitch: Ivy was a dancer until the bio-bombs dropped and sprouted the infected. Hunting them became her way of life, until she let one live.
    Your email: gretchen.schreiber(at)gmail.com

  33. Name-Katherine Mason
    Title-Guide Dog
    Genre-YA thriller
    Word Count-55,000
    Pitch-When social outcast Irene Cohn lands a summer job, she never dreams she'll be working for a serial killer.
    E-mail: lane626@optonline.net

  34. Name: Charlee Vale
    Title: Marked
    Genre: YA Dystopian
    Word Count: 90,000
    Twitter Pitch:In the future, purpose is inked into your skin. Calista is free to choose her own fate, but she never knew happiness might cost her life.

  35. Name: Ladonna Watkins
    Title: Threads of Deception
    Genre: Young Adult Steampunk
    Word Count: 84 000
    Pitch: If Isabell doesn't stop the assassination of the royal family, she'll become the wife of the King's creepy right-hand man.

    Email: qtrdmn@aol.com

  36. Name: Francesca Zappia
    Title: Alexithymia
    Genre: YA Contemporary
    Word Count: 88,000

    Pitch: Paranoid schizophrenic Alex must separate real from not before her delusions start threatening the people she loves--and her sanity.

    Email: francesca.zappia42@yahoo.com

  37. Name: Sara Riouch
    Title: The Girl in the Mirror
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Word Count: 65,000

    Pitch: When an old enemy tries to sacrifice her brother to save his race, Dae must choose: let her brother die or condemn thousands to an ugly end.

    Email: riouch.sara@gmail.com

  38. Name: Ellen Goodlett
    Title: Criss-Cross
    Genre: YA Contemporary Thriller
    Word Count: 50,000

    Pitch: Strangers on a Train meets Drowning Instinct in this YA thriller about a girl who swaps murders with an online friend in order to save her sister from the man who ruined her own life.

    Email: ellengoodlett(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for running this contest!

  39. Rebecca Paulin
    Here Comes the Sun
    YA Contemporary
    66,000 words
    The Pitch: In England,a senior must save her BF from the hands of sluts,pull her crush from the hands of a felon,&save herself from a groping Trekkie.

  40. Name: Rick Lipman
    Title: T.A.R.A.
    Genre: YA sci-fi
    Word count: 77k
    The Pitch: For her 16th birthday, Tara gets a gift that keeps on giving: a race of androids seeking to use her new power to help them avoid extinction.
    E-mail: richard.k.lipman[AT]gmail.com

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  42. Name: Audrey T. Carroll
    Title: On the Outskirts
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Word Count: 50,000
    Pitch: When 16-year-old witch Tessa's mother falls ill, Tessa and her boss' 10-year-old son Roger risk being burned alive to find the antidote.
    Email: carrolla[at]susqu[dot]edu

  43. Name: Jenilyn Tolley
    Title: My Stepsister is a Succubus
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
    Word Count: 65,000

    Pitch: Natalie’s stepsister becomes a succubus in order to steal her boyfriend and turns Natalie over to a homicidal elemental lord as payment.

    Email: jenilyntolley(at)gmail(dot)com

  44. G. Donald Cribbs
    YA Contemporary
    Complete at 82,000
    Joel Scrivener has 2 choices: continue to run from his problems, or man-up and face them. Only 1 choice will keep Amber Walker in his life.

  45. Name: Ryann Jansen
    Genre: Contemporary YA
    Word Count: 48K
    The Pitch: Audrey thinks having a hooker for a mom is the worst her life can get. Wrong. Murder...foster care...kidnapping. Yeah. That's worse.
    E-Mail: jansen(dot)ryann(at)yahoo.com

  46. You always have the best contests, Monica! Thanks for doing this.

    Name: Angelica R. Jackson

    Title: Spirits from the Vasty Deep

    Genre: YA historical with a ghostly twist

    Word count: 107,000

    The Twitter pitch: Charlotte Doyle mts Blossom Culp: Olivia accidentally sets a ship afire & the authorities want retribution-& so does the ship's ghostly crew

    Email: strikingnotes(at)yahoo{dot}com

  47. p.s. I believe you meant Prizes, not Prices. Unless you're charging admission? :D

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    1. OOOOPS!!!! Thanks for catching that! Already fixed it ;) But now that you mention it I could have charged in chocolates!!*yum*
      Thanks again! :D

    2. Monica,

      Always happy to help. BTW, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd still have "Prices" next to them. I see you got the first one changed. :D

      My favorite chocolate? The Golden Almond Bar by Hershey. Only available at Chocolate World. Lucky for me I live close! :D

    3. *headdesk*
      Okay, I HOPE I did it right this time! Thanks again.

      Since I'm not a native speaker, I'm always having those silly mistakes everywhere! My awesome critique partners always correct me. BUT too bad I don't have a CP for my blog, lol.

      And that sounds like an awesome chocolate! Me wants! :)

  48. Lisa Basso
    YA Paranormal
    72,000 words

    Tricked into donning Death’s hoodie for an ancient Underworld demon, 15-year-old Grace must choose to reap innocent souls or lose her family

    lisamariebasso (at) yahoo (dot) com

  49. Name: Holly L'Oiseau


    Genre: contemporary YA

    Word count: 46k

    Pitch: Lost in China without their belongings, 16-year-old Joe and his crush, Lilah, must trek 200 miles to the closest U.S. Embassy.

  50. Name: John Sankovich
    Title: The Gifted
    Genre: Supernatural YA
    Word Count: 93,000
    Pitch: Because of her telekinesis, Rebecca must fight off two opposing groups, who want her dead, to save her father and reunite with her brother.

    Email: Johnrsankovich@yahoo.com

  51. Name: Rowenna Miller
    Title: The Courier
    Genre: Young Adult post-apocalyptic and "pre-dystopian"
    Word Count: 57K
    Pitch: A century post-Collapse, courier Norah must navigate both forest and library to stop the hostile remnants of a militant government.
    Email: rowenna.miller@gmail.com

  52. Name: Ranee` S. Clark
    Title: My Best Friend is a Superhero
    Genre: Contemporary YA
    Word Count: 52k
    Twitter pitch: Starting at a new school shouldn't involve robot attacks, kidnappings, or getting drugged at homecoming. Unless your bf is a superhero.
    Email: raneesclark(at)yahoo(dot)com


  53. Name: Alex Villasante
    Title: Book End
    Genre:YA Fantasy
    Word Count:82,000
    Twitter Pitch: Fin falls hard for Anne, a Quasi Real book character. He fights to keep Anne from being recycled. But how can he love a girl who isn’t real?


  54. Name: Erika David
    Genre: YA fantasy/mystery
    WC: 54,000

    When a 13th-birthday mishap leaves Elsa with the ability to create any smell imaginable, life gets a little interesting, to say the least.


  55. Name: Elizabeth Light
    Title: Call Me Grim
    Genre: YA Paranormal
    Word Count: 74,000
    Pitch: Libbi is offered Death's sucky job instead of dying & almost refuses, but her bff shows up marked for Hell. As Death, maybe she can fix it.

    Email: elight300@comcast.net

  56. Laurie Muench
    YA Suspense
    Word-count 60,000

    Natty is neglected. So When a ghost stalks her, instead of cowering, she demands his company. Anyone nearby—even a ghost—beats being alone.


  57. Callie
    Ocean Keeper
    YA fantasy
    55,000 words

    A remote Irish island.Two grieving teens. An ancient ocean power offers both a choice. Sacrifice the other to resurrect your loved one.

  58. I hope I'm not too late:)

    Name: Deana Barnhart
    Title: Ripple Effect
    Genre: YA sci-fi
    Word Count: 98,000

    Pitch: In Kali's search to find out who nuked her father's time machines, she learns she can time travel without one, making her the next target.

    Email: deanabarnhart@gmail.com

  59. Agh! I'm sorry I just noticed one of the rules means I can't enter. Please delete - but this was a good exercise, so thanks and sorry again!

  60. Thanks for having this great contest!

    After waking up in bed with a strange guy, Taylor Simmons must convince everyone it wasn’t just a 1 night stand. Now if only he would agree.

    Name: Jenn Nguyen
    Email: Jennifer.p.nguyen1 at gmail dot com
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
    Word Count: 56k

  61. Name: Leiann Bynum
    Title: Grim Crush
    Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
    Word count: 60,000
    Pitch: Xia, a seventeen-year-old grim reaper, won’t let even Death stand in her way as she breaks the Rules of Reaping by falling for a human boy.
    Email: slbynum3(at)gmail(dot)com

  62. Name: Hope Roberson
    Title: My Protector: The Calling
    Genre: YA Post Apocalyptic
    Word Count: 68,000
    Pitch: When Eri becomes the first girl to receive the Calling, an internal link to the man-eating beasts plaguing her planet, she must use her inherited skills to stop the creatures from destroying everything she loves.
    Email: hoperoberson(at)hotmail(dot)com

  63. Jason Brick
    Chuugi (It becomes apparent through a plot point this is Japanese for "Loyalty"
    YA Supernatural
    Word Count: 60k
    Pitch: Connor discovers he's one of seven reincarnated Samurai warriors, and must fight ancient demons to save his high school.
    Email: brickcommajason (at)gmail(dot)com

  64. Trisha Leigh
    Paranormal/Historical YA

    When Elora and Honor learn a deadly, ancient curse created their binding love, their choice is simple: love, live...or find a way to win.

    trishaleighkc at gmail dot com

  65. Name: Kelly Lyman
    Title: SEVEN TEARS
    Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery
    Word Count: 57,700

    Pitch:Seventeen-year-old Bree Anderson never believed in the Scottish myth of the Selkies--at least not until her tears fell into the ocean and a dead body appeared.

    Email: kellyblyman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. Yat-Yee Chong
    The Kumquat Code
    Upper MG
    58,000 words

    12 yo Edie Tan is framed for vandalism and must fight to stay in camp. Her arsenal? Ninja moves, a purple pen, and her BFF’s loyalty.


  68. Name: Lyda Phillips
    Email: lydapAThotmailDOTcom
    Title: The Snow Lion
    Genre: YA Sci-fi
    Word Count: 65k

    Far future, high Himalayas, a loner & a prince fight to save their civilization. Mad Max meets Lost Horizon w/ a hint of Alice Underground.

  69. Name: Ellen Rozek
    Email: ellenmrozekATgmailDOTcom
    Title: The Recruited
    Genre: YA thriller
    Word Count: 75k

    Recruited by the government to hunt terrorists, Naomi never counted on having her cover blown by a boy she'd do anything to protect.

  70. Name: Tamara Pederson
    Title: Freak in the mad of your mind.
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Word count: 51,000 words

    Pitch: Jazz and Malakai meet in a dream and fall in love. Months of nights go by. Then the dreams end. What happens next surprises them both.

    tamarapederson (at) hotmail (dot) com

  71. Name: Melissa King
    Genre: YA Historical Thriller
    Word Count: 80K

    When her father is kidnapped by a Mafia boss over a gambling debt, a teenage girl becomes an accidental soldier in the bootlegging wars of Prohibition-era Detroit.

    Email: melissabradyking(at)gmail(dot)com

  72. Oh my!! The contest filled just when I was picking up my kids at school!! EEP!! I'm closing the contest now, thanks for participating, guys! <3

  73. Great contest, Monica!!! I'm still waiting for the adult fiction contest ;)

    Big hugs!

  74. Name: Jade Hart
    Title: Venom's Curse
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy with Mythological Elements
    Word Count: 90,000
    Email: jadehart88(at)hotmail(.)com

    Pitch: Loka has died. Again. When her next reincarnation opens a third eye into the mythical Hindu realm, she discovers she's a Goddess and someone wants to steal her power, killing her for good this time.

  75. Lisa Terry
    YA Supernatural Romance
    81,500 words

    A 17-year-old Native American, is left alone when her guardian and boyfriend die. Her boyfriend comes back but brings an evil spirit too.


  76. Um, guys?

    The contest has CLOSED.

    I didn't want to unable the comments, but I guess I'm going to have to.
    I wish all of you could have entered!