Thursday, 25 August 2011


That's right, winners! D4EO literary agent Mandy Hubbard has made her decision, and here's what she has to say:


Hi All!

Thanks so much for entering. So many great concepts and pitches! I’m choosing just one winner for a full manuscript, and highlighting several that I particularly gravitated toward—I’d like to see queries + 10 pages for those. And for everyone, please do feel free to query! 140 character pitches can be hard to nail, particularly if your work is more about voice and character than plot. So don’t think this is a “rejection” in any way. You can still query!

And as an aside, the last time I did a contest like this, I signed one of the “honorable mentions”. So you don’t even have to win to be a potential winner. J

So without further ado, the winning pitch, by Merliniana:
Charlie’s alone on a spaceship, pursued by villains who want its cargo, and haunted by the memory of a small child he abandoned back on Earth

Please send your full as an attached doc, with your full-sized query pitch in the first page of the doc! Put "Pitch Contest Winner" in the subject line.

Honorable mentions (and requests for a full query + 10 page sample)

Jenn: 16-year-old con artist, Megan Benson scores a place in the Keller mansion before realizing too late this is the one family she can't fool.

Rachel: Told in non-linear chronology, a little bit Hate List, a little bit Heathers, 17-year-old Jenna tries to figure out how she ended up with a dead boyfriend, the murder of her history teacher on her hands and her parents divorced

Susan16-yr old Mary O’Conner is a good girl. 19-yr old Robert Marchioni is a good boy. But now that she’s pregnant, no one in their town sees them that way, so it’s time to split.

Danielle Dreger : Falling in love is easy but falling out of love may destroy you-Eleanor learns this after Jake breaks up w/her &she spirals out of control.

Kathryn Holmes:  15-year-old Cordelia just learned that NYC's subway trains are alive. Now, the creatures are in danger—and it's up to her to save them.

Thanks, All!


Mandy's email address for queries is

I would like to thank all the participants of this contest for entering, and of course Mandy for so generously offering her time. Good luck to the winners and everyone querying!


Stephany Mae (Slater) Robinson said...

I love the winning pitch too! Great job!

Tamara said...

Congratulations to the winners!!!!

Erm, quick question, Dorothy. If you pitched and didn't get chosen, are you still able to do a proper query of the same ms for Mandy later, or is that counted as it?

Thanks for hosting!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

yeah! congrats for them!

erica and christy said...

Thanks and congrats to the winners!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Congratulations, winners! That's wonderful!

Dorothy Dreyer said...

All participants are welcome to send Mandy a query. :)

Merliniana said...

Wow! Thanks very much for the contest and opportunity!

Unknown said...

Thank you Dorothy and Mandy! It was such a fun contest. I really enjoyed reading all of the entries and I LOVE the winning pitch.

Congratulations everyone!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the contest. Congratulations to the winners. ^_^

Sally said...

Well done Merliniana. Your pitch is excellent - now I want to read the book!

normaj said...

Thanks for a great contest. So many great stories and authors out there!

Lola X said...

Absolutely fantastic blog!!! Glad I found it! Love it!!!

Lola x

Donea Lee said...

Thanks to Mandy and Dorothy! And congrats to Merliniana ~ awesome pitch. To the runners up, too! Best of luck to you! :)