Our fantastic judging agent was lightning fast getting her choice for a winner back to me. Here's what she had to say:
Thanks for the chance to take part in the pitch fest. It was fun! There were some strong entries to choose from, and I went back and forth between a few pitches before making the final decision.
On the day she turns 17-1/2, Eugénie Lowry ("Genie" to her friends) is suddenly transformed from lanky to curvy, and discovers she's an honest-to-God, real, live genie, with exactly 6 months to find a master. She wishes more than anything to fall in love and live happily ever after, but is that even possible when a genie is supposed to serve her master? No one's done it before, but Genie's determined to succeed--without losing herself in the process.
Honorable mention goes to these two entries, which both hooked me.
Jen Veldhuyzen (Petre Pan)
Comic-book superhero Skye takes on awful plot twists every day, but when his parents die in a nasty cliche, he's had it. He shoots his author. But the cop investigating the murder is Skye's best friend's father--and when the publishing company hires a new writer, Skye must decide whether one more murder will save his world, or damn his soul.
Upmarket Women's Twisted Fiction
Sometimes love's like eating forgotten leftover Halloween candy in February, and sometimes it's like consuming a gift box of freshly handmade luxe chocolates in one sitting. Either way, the consequences of indulging are impossible to escape, while the immediate pleasures seem worth the future complications--at least initially. Moving from past to present, Dodging Eros serves up complicated adults trying to protect themselves from their choices in love and in life.
I'd be happy to review the query & full ms for THREE WISHES.
Congratulations, Deborah Kreiser! Please send your full ms in an attachment to email@example.com with the subject "Requested Material: Three Wishes".
Put your query in the body of the email, and please
mention that her request came from this contest.
We'll be crossing our fingers for you!
To the honorable mentions and everyone else who took part in the contest,
feel free to query Myrsini in the usual manner.
Honorable mentions can mention the contest as well.
To all, stay tuned this spring for the next pitch contest!