Tuesday, 16 October 2012

We’re hooked! Going through to Round 2...

Well folks, it’s official – we’re hooked!

We had fantastic entries in all 3 categories, and had a really tough time choosing the 30 YA entries to go through into Round 2. But here they are!

Congratulations to:
Amanda Foody – Ace of Shades
Austin Light – The Unfortunate Wishes of Matthew Watson
Beck Nicholas - Fake
Camilla Laurel – The Back Up Singer
Dannie Morin – Imperfectly Fine
Debbie Causevic - Tumbling After, Book One of The Timebender’s Curse Trilogy
Elizabeth Penney - Flinch
Ellen Rozek – The Recruited
Fiona McLaren – Overtoun Bridge
G.B. Skye – Isle in the Sea of Ghosts
Jani Grey – Those Who Can’t Speak
Jeanmarie Anaya – Operation Breakup
Jennie Bozic - Damselfly
Katherine Ernst and Chelle Bruhn - Veiled
Katie Teller – Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh
Kaylie Austen - Singularity
Kelley Harvey - Devastation
Kelly Allan – Fade Into You
Kip Wilson Rechea - The Girl Who Slept in the Poet’s Ear
Liz Allen - Nowhere to Hide
Melissa Gorzelanczyk – The Channels
Melissa Marino - Crumble
Michelle Hauck – Dodge the Sun
Pat Esden - Moonhill
Rachel Lynn Solomon – Rip Her to Shreds
Stephen West – Airship City
Tamara Mataya – Moondreamer: The Sowing
Tamara Walsh – Against the Falling Moons
Triona Murphy – The Long-Timers
Tristina Wright – Children of the Gods
**These are in addition to the 5 free pass winners announced October 12th. **

Thanks to everyone who entered, and to our Secret 4th Judge for helping to make the picks!

You can also check out the MG and Adult winners going through to Round 2.

If you’re on the list, please email your hook, line AND sinker (first 250 words of your manuscript) to:


Replace [at] with @ and [dot] with . and use the following subject line: genre & subgenre - TITLE. Example: YA Contemporary- WITH A WIGGLE OF HER PEN

Entry must be received by 12pm EDT on Thursday, October 18th.

*Your entry must include the following in the body of the email: Name, title, genre & subgenre, word count, e-mail, hook, line & sinker. Please make sure your formatting is correct when you send it.

Name: Autumn Peacock
Title: With a Wiggle of Her Pen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Word count: 75,000
Email: AutumnPeacock[at]gmail[dot]com

Hook: One to three sentences pitching your story- the choice is yours. Maximum word count of 60. (Sentence one. Sentence two. Sentence three. Lines on the screen don't matter.) You can fix typos, but please don’t make any significant changes to the wording (as in, more than one or two words).

Line: Your favorite line in the manuscript. First, last, smack dab in the middle? It's up to you. Choose something that showcases your writing. *One sentence only. Use your best judgment and please don't try to combine sentences to fit more in. Again, you can fix typos, but please don’t make any significant changes to the wording (as in, more than one or two words).

Sinker: First 250 words of the manuscript. (If it lands in the middle of a sentence, please include the whole sentence.)


  1. Congratulations everyone! This was such a fun and friendly contest and I had a great time participating. Good luck in phase two! :)

  2. Before the results published, I decided I had two choices: one, clap and cheer like crazy knowing no one would hear or two, use my disappointment to write an emotional scene in my WIP. I'm clapping! (My dog woke up from his nap to check on me.)

    Thank you for hosting this contest and best of luck to all in round 2. To everyone - keep writing!
    Melissa Gorzelanczyk

  3. This was my first contest! I really enjoyed reading everyone's hooks and learning from all of you! Do we get to read the first 250 words of the manuscripts too? I'm the most excited for that. Congrats!

    1. The full hook, line and sinker of the finalists will be posted on each of the blogs :)

  4. I am so excited! *squee* And the ones I liked are in there too! *double squee*

  5. Congratulations to everyone who made it! *Waves pom poms* Good luck to you all!

  6. If this was Facebook, I'd 'Like' this post a billion times over. :)

  7. Big congrats to everyone and best of luck to phase two winners through the rest of this event.
    Also good luck to all participants in their continued writing =)

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  9. I'm so flattered to be included in Round 2. Everyone who submitted is so crazy talented that I know the judges had to have had a very difficult time. Good luck to ALL, if you made it to the next round or not!

  10. Congrats and good luck, all!

  11. How completely FULL of awesome. Best of luck to all!!

  12. Good luck to all the winners! May you get lots of agent requests! This was a fun one. :)

  13. I'm so very thankful for being chosen to move forward to round 2. Thank you all you wonderful judges! I know it must've been such a difficult decision, so many amazing entries. Good luck to everyone who entered round one (as you move on to the next greatest opportunity to share your awesomeness) and to all of you moving forward with me to round two. *standing ovation for everyone*

  14. Congrats to everyone who made it through (I see so many familiar names and titles!) and good luck!

  15. Congrats to all the winners! Excited to read all of the fabulous entries!

  16. Congrats to the winners. Can't wait to see them!


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