Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Adult Pitch Contest Winners

First, some huge "thank you"s are in order.

The biggest thanks goes to our judges, Heather Howland and Sara Megibow, for not only agreeing to judge the contest but getting their choices back to me within twelve hours! They are amazing and their authors are some of the most fortunate people on the planet!

Secondly, thanks so much to the ladies at NA Alley for hosting a pre-pitch critique session and helping to spread the word about the contest. If you are interested in NA, you should definitley go follow them.

Last, but certainly not least: many, many thanks to everyone who entered. I know it's not easy to put yourself out there for "judgment" like this, especially in a category that a lot of people are telling you not to bother writing. I wish those of you submitting pages to Heather and Sara the very best of luck. (Let us know how it turns out!) And if you weren't picked this time around? Keep on keeping on! Please don't see this as a failure, but simply another step on your path. A successful writer is nothing if not a persistent writer.

If you feel like a full query might do your story more justice than a 35-word pitch, you are free to query Sara and Heather via the standard submissions process (click on their names right there for submission guidelines).

Now for the moment you've all been waiting for! (or scrolling past my thank yous for) :-) I will email all of the requested authors with details on how to submit your manuscript today.

Heather's Winners Are:
  • Helen Kiaya Pemberton - Pigeons, Love, Rock & Roll
  • Mason T. Matchak - Skyborne
  • Diana Gallagher - MEXICO
  • A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer - DAUGHTER OF THE MOON
  • Jaycee DeLorenzo - The Truths about Dating and Mating
  • Angi Black - Love in Real Life
  • Wendy Clark - Love and Warcraft
  • Danielle Jensen - Troll
  • Christina Ferko - VERITAS
Sara's Winners Are:
  • A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer - DAUGHTER OF THE MOON
  • Derek J. Chivers - STEALING THE SUN
  • Diana Gallagher - MEXICO
  • Erika Enigk Grotto - Deadline Day
  • Jaycee DeLorenzo - The Truths about Dating and Mating
  • Jill Orr - THE PROBLEM WITH ALICE ATTERBERRY
  • Johanna Garth - Orchard Girl
  • Kelly Allan - Fade Into You
  • Kristina Perez - WRAITH
  • Lauren Harris - THE MARK OF FLIGHT
  • Lisa Medaglia (pseudonym Eden Dalia) - CANDYFLIP
  • Monica S. - On the Outside
  • Rachel Lynn Solomon  - The Almost Adults
  • Syl DeLeon - Coffee, Tea, or Me?
  • Wendy Clark - Love and Warcraft
As you can see, the quality of the pitches were so excellent and our judges requested A LOT of material! Thanks for making us look good. ;-) If you'd like to see the pitches, you can check them out on the original pitch post.

Good luck to everyone submitting! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!

Lastly, If you write MG or know someone who does, keep an eye out here for an announcement in about two weeks about a really rare pitch opportunity.

UPDATE: Silly me! I forgot to draw the winner of the query critique. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word! There were so many RTs yesterday I couldn't keep track of them all!! The winner of the query critique is...

Leslie Hauser

Congrats Leslie! I'll email you :-)

17 comments:

  1. Congrats everyone! I'm super excited for yall! It was an amazing contest ;)
    Good luck with submissions!

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  2. Man, that's a LOT of winners. How awesome! Thanks to everyone--Sarah included--for putting this all together!

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  3. Congratulations everyone! Quite a few of my twitter friends on that list! So stoked for all of you! *cheering from the sidelines*

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  4. Congrats everyone! Let's get more NA out there!

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  5. Eep! So many of my twitter peeps up there! And my CP! Frickin stellar NA sister!

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  6. Congratulations everyone! And thanks for having this contest. So exciting!!!

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  7. Congratulations everyone! Best of luck with your submissions!

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  8. Oh my gosh! Congrats every one! I think I have an excitement hangover. And I've definitely exhausted my supply of exclamation remaks. Anybody have any they can lend me until my new shipment comes in?

    *passes out*

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  9. Squee! Congrats to all the winners, and thank you so much Sarah for putting this together!

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  10. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity and congratulations to everyone :)

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  11. Congrats to all the winners! Nice to know their tastes ;)

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  12. Congratulations to all the winners! There were so many drool worthy entries which bodes well for some much needed NA. Best of luck with the submissions!

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  13. Congrats everyone!! These entries were great.

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