Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Query and First Chapter Critique Contest starts now!

The contest is live! From 11am-6pm ET (8-3 PT) today (October 16th) I will be allowing entries. All you have to do is reply in the comments section with your name, the title, genre and word count of your project, along with a two line pitch (children's only please!). I will not be looking at anything that is sent outside of this time frame. One entry per person please!

See my last post for more details on the rest of the contest. I will be updating here and on Twitter. 

Good luck everyone!

184 comments:

  1. Title: GERALD AND THE AMULET OF ZONRACH
    Genre: Upper MG, Humorous Fantasy.
    Word Count: 77,000

    In the realm of Wyverndawn, a wizard’s height is the mark of his power, and shrinking one inch is disastrous for twelve-year-old Gerald. Looking to gain an inch or two, Gerald decides a little landscaping is just what his village needs, but the spell he bought - from a guy who knows a guy - is a tad more powerful than even he anticipates.

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    1. Such a great and fun idea! Good luck!

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    2. Hi, I know it is a long time since this contest, but I'd like to let you know that I have recently signed a publishing contract for GERALD :)

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  2. Kathleen S. Allen
    THE PIRATE’S DAUGHTER
    YA historical
    62,000

    When her pirate mother returns to claim her, seventeen year old servant, Jenny is not interested in being trained as a pirate. Jenny’s refusal triggers the destruction of her village, so Jenny has no choice but to either go with her mother or flee.

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  3. Caitlin LaRue
    The Adventures of Livi Bug: Livi the Termite Tracker
    PB
    841
    After proving that she could be responsible with a pet in the prequel, Livi Bug’s pet termite, Woody gets loose. Now, five-year-old Livi and her Daddy Bug, have to track Woody down before he consumes their house.

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  4. Joy Dickinson
    Bella’s Lipstick World
    children’s picture book
    215 words
    A young girl, Bella, learns that it’s not lipstick that makes the world beautiful. She learns that beauty comes from helping others, so she might have to get dirty, stand up against bullies, and let go of her stuff.

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  5. Tara Creel
    Title: THE HOT CHEETOS
    Genre: YA Contemporary
    Word Count: 60,000

    When Charlotte’s parents move her from her suburban comfort-zone to New York City, she has no idea that Cassia and her Hot Cheetos are waiting for her, ready to ruin her life. Charlotte soon finds out that Cassia has no limits, so she comes up with a plan of her own to show Cassia that she’s not afraid, and find out for herself, what is most important to her.

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  6. JillPauli
    ADVENTURES OF A BOOKWORM
    Children's picture book
    Word Count: 348

    Cora experiences books so vividly that the stories become real. When Cora has to return her favorite books to the library, she struggles with saying goodbye to her favorite book friends.

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  7. Erin Petti
    THELMA BEE
    MG Adventure
    32K
    Eleven-year-old science girl Thelma Bee is an adventurer extraordinaire, but when an angry ghost kidnaps her dad, all that ingenuity is put to the test. With the help of her friends, the Riverfish Valley Paranormal Society, she must solve a dangerous, ancient puzzle and find her way through the dark New England woods to save her family.

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    1. This sounds like such a fun story!! Good luck.

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    2. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  8. Shannon Wixom
    AUSSIE OUTSIDER
    YA Mystery
    WC: 60,000

    Rory Turner used to be a typical American teen, but now she’s an Aussie outsider living on a Dr. Pepper can-size island in Australia with her dad. Someone wants her off the island even more than she doesn't want to be there, and if she doesn't find out why, her new home could be six feet under the ground.

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    1. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  9. Mara Rutherford
    REINVENTING DOROTHY WHEEL
    YA Contemporary
    66,000 words

    17-year-old Dorothy Wheel moves to London hoping to overcome her social anxiety disorder by impersonating Kenzie, the most popular girl in school back home. But when Dorothy begins to fall for her dad’s assistant, Jonathon, she finds herself choosing between the good opinion of everyone she’s worked so hard to fool and the one opinion that really matters—her own.

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    1. I really like your premise and how you took it to London. :) Also, the title is great! Good luck!

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  10. Jennifer Schafer
    LEARNING TO DANCE
    YA Contemporary
    69,000

    The only thing seventeen-year-old L Smith wants to change is the accident that killed her grandfather. Her lifelong best friend Sam has other ideas.

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  11. Julie Sellers
    Chains of Love: A Christmas Miracle
    Children’s Picture Book with Extras
    2,500 words

    When a brother and sister just can’t seem to get along during the holiday season, their lovely Tree Angel enlists the help of Santa to preform a Christmas Miracle. Will Max and Sophie stay on the Naughty List or will the Chains of Love help them back on to the Nice List where they belong?

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  12. Reagan Chesnut
    MYRLEN AND THE STRANGE NAME BRIGADE
    Children's Picture Book
    WC: 1,500

    Myrlen is a little boy, not a wizard, as you probably suspected. In his search to find friends who accept him and his weird name, Myrlen joins "The Strange Name Brigade" and finds that everyone, from Willow (whose parents named her because they liked the sound) to Bob (whose name is too normal) has a strange name in one way or another.

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    1. I really like the sound of this one. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks, Rachel! That's very kind. (And blog-stalked you and am adoring the sound of "Deadly Splendor")

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    3. I'd like to see this! Please send the text and query to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  13. Judy McSweeney
    FOWLER McCRACKEN, MAN OF ACTION
    MG Humorous Mystery
    29,000 words

    Encyclopedia Brown wants to be more like Alex Rider to impress a girl--what could go wrong? Plenty.

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  14. Deirdre Sheridan Englehart
    Seamus and the Visitor
    4-8, Picture Book
    631
    In me father's time, there was a lad, Seamus McCaffrey and if you never knew a lazy child, you never knew Seamus. Oh, his mother warned about the Pooka that is known to set the lazy straight but Seamus wouldn't hear of it until the night the visitor arrived. Now trouble seems to shadow Seamus until he learns how to get rid of his new roommate.

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  15. Margaret Greanias
    MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS WANTS A PET
    Picture Book
    448 words

    Max wants a pet bunny – which wouldn’t be a problem, except he comes from the infamous Villainous family...and everyone knows villains do not own pet bunnies. Max must convince his disapproving parents that a bunny makes a worthy pet, even for a villain.

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    1. This one made me smile. :) Good luck!

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    2. Love everything about this. Good luck :)

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    3. I'd like to see this! Please send the text and a query to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  16. Annie Sullivan
    GOLDILOCKS
    YA Fantasy
    65,000 words

    Four years after the three bears killed her parents, sixteen-year-old Goldilocks searches for a way to kill the bears that continually attack her village. But she'll face unimaginable dangers when her desire for revenge leads her to break the rules and enter the forest alone.

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    1. Annie, I want to fangirl this story. Just thought I'd let you know. :) Good luck!

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    2. Thank you so much! You totally made my day saying that.

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    3. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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    4. Is there a Twitter account I can follow you on and beg to know more about your ms?

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    5. Yes! You can follow me on Twitter- @annsulliva

      Thanks again for your kind words! Also, if I don't respond/follow you back right away, it's because I'll be out of the country for three weeks. But I'll be sure to follow you back and answer any of your questions as soon as I get back!

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  17. Emmy Neal
    CROSSOVER
    YA Science Fiction
    85,000

    Blake wakes up on a generation ship in deep space, except it's not the virtual reality game he thought he was testing; it's real. He wasn’t a beta-tester, but a guinea pig—it wasn’t a game, but another universe.

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    1. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  18. Marlene Moss
    MIGHTY MIKE AND THE INTERSTELLAR CANDY DISPENSER
    MG Sci-fi/Adventure
    46k

    Eleven-year-old Mike dreams of being a superhero while hiding from Brutus, keeper of The List of Chumps to be Pounded After School. After Mike meets an extraterrestrial and eats alien candies that give him temporary superpowers, he’ll have to save his friends--and worst enemy--from rogue Interstellar Enforcers determined to ensure any humans who discover them are frozen in stasis forever.

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    1. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  19. Ashley Bankhead
    Title: RHINO AND ELEPHANT
    Genre: Picture Book
    Word Count: 348

    Rhino and Elephant have found a wet, muddy and perfectly refreshing watering hole. But … they both want it—and neither is willing to share.

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    1. I'd like to see this! Please send the text and a query to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  20. Donna L Sadd
    SOMEONE ELSE DID IT
    Picture Book
    550 words

    When twin brothers put their chores off on someone else, they never expected to summon Someone Else, the mischievous elf. Now Vincent and Eddie have to trick the elf and dig themselves out of a mess of epic proportions, all before Mom gets home.

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    1. Such a fun and unique premise! Good luck.

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    2. Thanks for your kind comment, Rachel. :0)

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  21. Paige Feldman
    THE OPPOSITE OF INDIFFERENCE
    YA Contemporary/Thriller
    75,000 words

    On the day of her sister's wedding, 17-year-old atheist Hesed Finkelstein is either going insane or there is a God and He's asking her to run some errands that, if nothing else, will allow her to stay on her mother's good side (how else is she going to sneak a drink during cocktail hour?). These mundane tasks, however, repeatedly put her in contact with a group of men whose purpose ultimately forces her to make a choice: save many or save herself.

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    1. This sounds intriguing. Good luck!

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    2. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  22. Jamie Adams
    DRAGON DANCING
    MG Magical Realism
    34,000

    Ros Durrell has a dragon, which would be awesome except he won't eat a thing. Ros finds a way to get an odd Instructor to teach her how to care for her dragon and she thinks her problems are solved, but when the Instructor goes missing it will take a future astrophysicist with four perky braids, a very old Instruction book, and a little bit of dragon fire to both rescue the Instructor and keep her dragon alive.

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    1. Sounds like a fun adventure! Good luck.

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    2. Thank you very much! It was lots of fun to write :)

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  23. Shiela Fuller
    Eye on the Fly
    PB
    640 words

    He's a herding dog, yes, but who ever heard of a corgi corralling a wee house fly? Bently traverses the house hightailing the fly, turning the house up-side-down!

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    1. I love funny dog books. Good luck with this! :)

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    2. Thank you, Sarah, for your kind words.

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    3. I'd like to see this! Please send the text and a query to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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    4. Thank you for this opportunity. I will send to you soon.
      Sincerely, Shiela

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  24. Kathleen Blasi
    AFTERMATH
    YA Contemporary
    53,000 Words

    Fifteen-year-old Grace Weston’s well-crafted world of meticulous organization and devout Catholicism crashes when her childhood sexual abuser re-appears in her life. Despite her ensuing regrettable choices, Grace discovers redemption and forgiveness in the most unlikely of places.

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    1. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  25. Olivia Sadie
    Okavango Adventure
    MG - multi-cultural adventure
    26,000

    When Dave and Nancy go and visit Thabo in the Okavango Swamps, they are caught by poachers but only after a close brush with a lion and an unexpected ride on an elephant. They escape by taking a wild ride down the Zambezi river but feel they have to save a group of elephants and help a dubious witchdoctor without getting into more trouble.

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    1. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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    2. Thanks Christa, I've sent it to you.
      Co-incidentally I sent you a query letter for the above novel around 6 October. Just so you know when you get round to it.
      Exciting competion, thanks!
      Olivia

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  26. Judy Clemens
    GHOST GIRL
    YA paranormal
    94,000 words

    Teenage ghosthunter Kyla Berkheart's Not-To-Do List: a) have her brain scrambled, b) get thrown out of the paranormal community, and c) doom an unidentified teenage ghost to hang out alone, forever. On top of that, she must not d) allow her love life to drive her crazy, with its competing triangle of a hotter-than-life ghostbuster, a sweet, long-distance fan of her blog, and a ghost.

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  27. Susan Needham
    The Badgers of Glastonbury Abbey
    8-11 years Fantasy
    25,000 and counting



    Something evil is changing children into badgers and hiding them in grounds of Glastonbury Abbey. Can Louis and Millie, with the help of their friends The Badger Lady and Moon, escape the wrath of The Black Knight, find Merlin and the route to freedom?!



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  28. Kim Graff
    Terrifying Tora
    YA Horror
    73,000

    Sixteen-year-old Tora Kuragawa has suffered from Panic Disorder her whole life, never anticipating that being murdered would free her of it only to force her to face a worse challenge. Her reaper gives her seven days to conquer her death, but when she's stuck haunting a boy she never knew, finding her killer and saving herself from banishment to the Netherworld seems impossible.

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  29. Wendy Brant
    THE SWAILING
    YA Dystopian Romance
    90,000

    Spunky but naïve Ember and her desperate but cute hired guide, Finn, embark on a quest across the no-longer-united United States to find Ember's missing family. Their challenges while traveling through regions of stubborn extremism teach them a whole lot about themselves, and certainly a little something about love.

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  30. Andy Haynes
    THE TIME EATER
    MG adventure mystery
    70,000 words

    The Time Eater is erasing history, one fossil at a time. Only 14-year-old Foster Raymond and his fossil hunters—a 170lb Newfoundland Retriever, a Swahili inventor and an 8-fingered explorer—can stop him.

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    1. I was prepared to vote for this one if it made 'the finals.' :) Wishing you luck with this.

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    2. Real thanks to you both--and good luck!

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    3. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  31. Jason A. Aleksa
    The Last Wild Cow
    PB
    400

    Cows live on farms. Everybody knows that. But have you ever seen a wild cow? Would you even know one if you saw it? Next time you wake up on a cold winter's night, when the moon is at its fullest, peek out your window and you might just catch a glimpse of this cunning fellow, silhouetted on a wooded hillside letting out a quiet, but soulful "Mooooooooooooo" He is The Last Wild Cow.

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    1. Can't wait to read this one! Good luck Jay!

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  32. Susan Gay
    Kyle Constantini Finds a Way
    Contemporary MG
    42,000 words

    Eleven-year-old Kyle biffs it on her first day at Georgia O'Keefe Middle and, next thing she knows, she must join the Odyssey of the Mind team, a group tasked with using its special talents in a city-wide competition to navigate a labyrinth. But then a mondo misunderstanding with mom puts a swift end to the party and that's when Kyle discovers the real punishment is not being allowed to help the team.

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    1. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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    2. Hi, Christa, and happy new year. I sent the requested material a few days after the contest and never heard back. My concern is that the email somehow went astray. I hope three months is not too soon to inquire about a possible misfire and wanted to ask if I should resend. Thanks!

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  33. LeeAnne Norlock
    Eek! I've Been Squirreled!
    Picture Book
    575 words

    News Bulletin: War broke out today on Hummingbird Lane when bird watcher Mrs. Grouse returned from fetching lemon sorbet to find nefarious birdseed thief Squirrel eating from her new bird feeder. Can these adversaries resolve their differences and become friends or will their witty antics result in the neighborhood’s destruction?

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  35. Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois Shaw
    ESSEX HILL
    YA Paranormal
    68,000

    Geeky Nora doesn’t know much about being in love or being a witch, but when she and her mom move to her grandmother’s house in Essex Hill, Massachusetts, Nora inherits witchy psychic powers and two murderous 400 year old ghosts with relationship problems. She must choose between playing it safe and giving up her supernatural inheritance, or accepting her new found powers to reunite the ghosts and unearth the town’s buried secrets.

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  36. Christine Arnold
    WHERE ALL THE MISSING PIECES GO
    YA Fantasy
    75,000 words

    With the help of a sarcastic young wizard, 16 year old Jane Fisher must track down the missing pieces of her soul that were stolen by stars, now running around the countryside in the shape of glimmering little nymphs. Finding them and putting herself back together is the only way stop the sorceress who would use them (and her) to destroy the kingdom of Gael.

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  37. Rachel Moser-Hardy
    The Mask Maker's Apprentice
    Middle-Grade Fantasy
    90,000

    An orphan named Lily discovers her parents in a Magickal land and learns she is the child of the enemy. In order to unmask her destiny, Lily must bring to light secrets of both her past and a mysterious Booke only she can read.

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  38. Carol Blackley & Megan Herman
    CHANCE
    YA Historical Fiction
    67,000

    Growing up in Leeds, England, in the ominous years leading up to WWII, Eddie and Jimmy Ward never imagine Monopoly, their favorite childhood board game, could be pivotal to surviving the war. But when Eddie is captured by the Nazis, Jimmy’s idea to disguise prison escape tools as Monopoly game pieces might give Eddie a chance to “get out of jail free.”

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    1. Such a unique and interesting premise. Good luck!

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    2. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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    3. Thanks for your kind words Rachel!

      Thank you so much Christa--we are really excited about this opportunity!!

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  39. Dasha Alexander
    The President’s Daughter
    YA, 55,000 words


    One day, the most difficult thing in fifteen-year old Chelsea Rose Greenburg’s life is forging her father’s signature on the permission slip so she can skip her French exam and be tested, with the rest of her classmates, to see if she is a match for the President’s daughter, Jessica, suffering from Leukemia and in urgent need to a donor.

    The plight of the Presidential Family is quickly forgotten when her father’s single engine Cessna goes down over Maryland. Now her BFF, Justin’s acting weird, a mysterious stranger attends her father’s funeral, her mother won’t leave her bedroom and the Secret Service is knocking at her door. Chelsea, it seems, is a perfect match for Jessica. Too perfect.

    Does President have only one daughter, or two?

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    1. This is intriguing. Good luck!

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    2. I'd like to see this! Please send the first 25 pages, a query and synopsis to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  40. Erin Bylund
    Prince Geoffrey and the Knight Band
    Picture Book
    680 words

    Prince Geoffrey sometimes has a hard time understanding homophones, so when his father asks Geoffrey to put together his own band of knights for protection, Geoffrey scours the countryside looking for the kingdom’s best musicians. When a dragon attacks the castle, it's up to him and his Knight Band to protect their land.

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    1. Like Rachel said, this is adorable! Good luck :)

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    2. I'd like to see this! Please send the text and a query to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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  41. Wendy Greenley
    THE WOONDOGGLE
    PB
    225 words
    A flock of feathered friends tries to grant Mr. Crum one of his greatest wishes. A friendship story takes flight.

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  42. Heather Raglin
    FATED
    YA Urban Fantasy
    69,000 words

    Sixteen-year-old class president Kenzie Moriarty plans to throw the test that determines which of the Moriarty sisters will be the Fate cutting people’s life-threads. None of the girls want to spend thousands of years ending people’s lives, but the life hanging by a thread isn’t at all what they expected.

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  43. Louise Nottingham
    Rose of the Bush - After the Storm
    Juvenile Fiction
    6713

    After a horrible storm tears this tiny fairy from her safe comfortable home, she struggles against obstacles to reach her home again. Along the way she makes friends and learns that she is stronger than she ever thought possible.


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  44. Heather Davis
    IF I PROMISE YOU THE SUN
    YA Sci-Fi Thriller
    115,000
    In solar-powered New Eden, rebel slave Mana and good girl citizen Eve struggle to save the people they love from a ruthless government determined to keep humanity from destroying the planet a second time. Their last-ditch pact could mean the start of love and the end of paradise.

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  45. Anne Taylor
    ENLERIA
    MG Contemporary Science Fantasy
    62,000 words

    Sage, Mei, Gabe and Themba believe they are ordinary 13 year olds struggling to stay afloat in their own corners of the world until they are snatched by advanced underwater beings and discover that not only has humanity taken an evolutionary leap, but they’re it. Now they’ll have to figure out how to use their next-generation abilities to escape the domed world deep in the depths of the sea.

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  46. Rena Traxel
    Goldilocks and Three Missing Bears
    PB, Mystery
    490 words

    What do folded pyjamas, a broken beehive and a recipe for porridge have in common? Goldilocks will have to figure it out if she has any hope of rescuing her three missing bear friends.

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  48. Kate Bucklein
    IN THE MIDST OF MONSTERS
    YA Epic Fantasy
    90,000

    A young pirate captain and an orphaned, failure-of-a-nun battle across isles haunted with strange and beautiful monsters to bring vengeance upon the Basilisk, the legendary king of the sea who has taken one too many lives.

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  49. Blanche Baxter
    GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME
    Multicultural Picture Book, ages 3-8
    410 words

    While Daddy plays his drums, Lil’ Lady dances to the rhythms, blending her voice and energy to the beat. Then, when the neighbors come knocking, booming drums pulse through the neighborhood pulling in musicians and friends for a celebration of music and love.

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    1. You don't know me from Adam, but I would love to purchase your book. So GOOD LUCK! Wonderful idea, and I wouldn't have seen it w/o this contest.

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    2. Beautiful pitch! Good luck.

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    3. I'd like to see this! Please send the text and a query to: chquery@mcintoshandotis.com Please put 'Critique Contest Request' in the subject line.

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    4. Christa, I sure will. Thanks for requesting. You just made my day! :)

      Ebponsc7 and Rachel, I really appreciate your thoughtful comments!

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  50. Lee Gjertsen Malone
    SPIRITS AND SHADOWS
    MG Magical Realism
    33K


    12-year-old Delilah Crane has spent years trying to ignore the people who weren't there, thanks to the influence of her father, an obsessed skeptic who runs a business specializing in debunking reports of the paranormal.
    But when the ghost of a teenage Puritan girl shows up in her bedroom asking for help, she and her disbelieving older brother join forces with a group of the most famous -- well, to be honest, more like infamous -- dead people in and around Boston in a race to save a young man's future and maybe, just maybe, an old man's soul.

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    1. This pitch is written very well. Good luck!

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  51. Gabrielle Kirouac Byrne (G.K.Byrne)
    Darkness Falls
    Middle Grade Fantasy
    44,000 words

    When a supernatural power called the Harbinger starts taking people, Penny is chosen to search for a way to save them. Despite her sister's jealousy, Penny, together with a mouse who would be King and a boy who needs a bath, will track clues across the archipelago of the Tern Key Islands all the way to Darkness Falls to rescue her mother and keep the Harbinger from controlling time itself.

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  53. Rae Chang
    ROYAL TRIAL
    YA
    85,000

    Within 2 days of returning from a 5 year banishment, Lady Lena Zan Aurin has already committed treason (twice), created a national crisis, and rejected the king’s marriage proposal. To make matters worse, the king's council has decided that banishment isn't enough to keep her away from the king; this time, they have to kill her.

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  55. Mary Kelly Hines
    SILVER AND GOLD
    Middle Grade Contemporary
    44,000 words

    Adare has not gone to school in two weeks. No one has noticed. Good thing because she is needed at Manor House, a nearby retirement community. Her elderly friends there are in trouble and she is the only one who can help.

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  56. Michaele Stoughton
    UNDER THE VIOLET SKY
    YA Fantasy
    87,000

    16-year-old Melinda learned about Salem witches in eighth grade, and Luke learned from his ancestors, the creators of the magically protected society he lives in. Now an uprising has spilled outside its barriers and Melinda finds herself in the middle of a civil war she doesn’t understand, with a target on her back, and in love with a boy she may never see again.

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  57. Dustin Carlay Burns
    CROW AND THE SECRETS OF THE SPIRIT WOODS
    Upper Middle Grade, Fantasy
    60,000

    No one ventures into the haunted forest north of town unless they're an orphan girl taken in by Crow and her band of motherless misfits. Here they have made a home for themselves among the forest's fantastical secrets until Crow has to question if the forest will keep them... or kill them.

    (Dang, that two sentence rule kicked my butt. Thanks for the great contest, Christa!)

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    1. This sounds awesome! Good luck with it :)

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    2. Thank you, Sarah! I have so much faith in this one. And I appreciate your kind comment!

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  58. K. Callard
    SHADOWCATCHERS
    Upper MG Fantasy
    45,000 words

    Thirteen-year-old Zane earns a ridiculous amount of gold catching shadows for the palace. But when he discovers he's actually stealing souls, he must choose between the job that keeps him in luxury, or quitting and ending up a target himself.

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  59. Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
    Title: Chez Bug
    Genre: Picture Book
    Word Count: 735

    Ever wonder what bugs eat? Take a tour of Chez Bug with the ever unpopular hostess, Miss Skito, and find out what the coolest insects are munching.

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  60. Ginger Johnson
    THE LADY'S LOT
    MG Humor/Magical Realism
    45,000

    When the Stained Glass Lady window begins to deteriorate, the inhabitants of a medieval cathedral -- the ghost of a glazier, a noble mouse, the bones of a crusader, and several carved stone heads -- band together to save her. Their task would be so much easier if only someone had hands...

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    2. The cast of characters here seems like so much fun :) Good luck!

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    4. Thanks Rachel and Sarah.

      Christa, I'll send query and pages soon.

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  62. Michelle Nott
    DRAGON DREW'S TAIL
    PB
    360 words

    Drew jumps. He taps. He spins. Swoosh! Crash! This dance-loving dragon's tail causes trouble until Drew wiggles and shimmies his way out of the rubble.

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    1. Too cute! The world needs more dragon books!

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  63. Rosie Pova
    PARENTS GONE MILD: A QUICK GUIDE TO RAISING YOUR PARENTS
    PB
    640 words

    For every child who’s tired of being told what to do, here’s a guide on how to discipline your parents when you get to be in charge.Can you handle it?

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    3. I will be happy to, thank you so much!

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  64. Mitchell Stevens
    Follow Your Dreams
    Children's Picture Book
    900 words

    Do dreams really come true? This wacky and whimsical collection of lyrics reminds kids that the best part of dreams is in the following of them.

    http://www.mitchellstevens.me/portfolio/hey-follow-your-dreams/

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  65. Karen Marie Morris
    THE WANDERERS: BOOK ONE OF THE SOUL DIVISIONS SERIES
    YA Paranormal/Contemporary
    62,000 words

    Small town teenager Evie Michaels met her guardian angel eleven years ago--the first time she died. Gabe has been breaking rules ever since too keep in touch with her, which has drawn the attention of some Wanderers...and put both their souls in jeopardy.

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  66. Christine M. Irvin
    RIDDLE OF THE RAINBOW
    Chapter Book
    6750 words

    Touching a magic crystal together transports Kenny and Rhonda to the Carnival of Color where they encounter strange characters in rainbow-colored scenes. Before they can leave, they must solve “the riddle of the rainbow.”

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  67. Ambiguous_A
    THE DRUMMING SONG
    YA Magical Realism
    87,000 words

    When 17-year-old Drea Rune becomes addicted to an intoxicating drumbeat only four other teenagers can hear, she finds herself initiated into their clandestine, nightly drumming circle. But the inexplicable high isn’t without a price: unless she can rectify the bloody curse surrounding the drum’s origins and free herself from the addiction, it will ravage her mind.

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    3. Great pitch! I would read this in a heartbeat! :)

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  68. Sabrina Marchal
    THe ROOFTOP CHILDREN
    Steampunk MG
    32,000 words

    High up on the roofs in a world where science is magic, the Rooftop Children guard a secret which could change life below forever. Now one girl from below will need to decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to save the mother that left her behind and a world that never welcomed her in the first place.

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  69. Arielle Hadfield
    The Challenge
    YA Fantasy
    75,000

    Princess Liviya must marry a neighboring prince or she will be punished. But she's actually a maid and the prince's adviser is very suspicious.

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  70. Hilary Swann
    Young Zac Donald
    PB
    500 words

    Young Zac Donald had a farm, but with livestock that howl, a flock that prowl, and a unique brood of fowl, this is no ordinary farm. Excited to take a class trip to Rural Acres, a real farm, this city boy has an eye-opening experience with a ravenous goat, some plucky hens, and a heap of manure, and realizes he prefers farm life in his urban surroundings.

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  71. Mayra. Calvani
    Witch Wanted
    picture book
    670 words

    When a new position for a witch opens, Amy decides to apply for the job. She's perfect for it. But there's more to being a witch than looking like a
    witch.

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  72. Lauren Spieller
    DIVE
    YA Magical Realism
    56,500

    Ancient magic awaits Lwin at the bottom of the sea. To find it, she must participate in the male-only cliff dive.

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  73. LIBERTY LANE AND THE ONE-GIRL REBELUTION
    MG Humor
    38,500 words

    American Idol meets the Bible in this modern retelling of the book of Esther as re-imagned through quirky tweenager Libery Lane O'Shea. Instead of an ancient beauty pagent, it's a cut throat singing competition and Liberty must decide between standing for truth and losing or minding her own business and winning.

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  74. Michelle Merrill
    Title: Changing Fate
    Genre: YA Contemporary
    Word Count: 58,000

    As Kate’s cystic fibrosis gets worse, she seeks isolation. Instead she finds Kyler, whose soft touches and melodic voice gives her a reason to live…but what if it’s too late?

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  75. Sheila Pietrzak
    Owen and Dugan: Diggers vs. Dinosaurs
    Picture Book Manuscript 1,028 words plus 460 word glossary

    Owen and his excavators happily VROOM alongside Dugan's ROARing T-Rexes, until one day their passions get between them, and the lifelong friends clash.

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  76. Pete Catalano
    THE GRYPHON HOUSE OF THE FEARSOME, FRIGHTENING, AND FORMIDABLE
    MG Urban Fantasy
    38,000 words

    As a creature catcher, Tuck has spent most of his life in the shadow of his two awe-inspiring, amazonian older sisters. But know that he knows how to catch bogles, imp, and briltanoirs, and use weapons that allow him to start chasing the larger and more perilous creatures, he's given the job to capture the trolls that have entrenched themselves in the Tower of London. But he finds something far more monstrous than trolls inside.

    With the ancient goddess Morrighan manifesting her power, readying her armies for an assault on London, Tuck needs to gather his strength, courage, and an army of his own to stop her before it's too late.

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  78. Orly Konig-Lopez
    Title: Tommy's Totally Tubular Socks
    Genre: Picture Book
    Word Count: 340 words

    Tommy loves his socks and has a pair for just about every occasion. But when his favorite socks rip, Tommy hatches a plan - broken socks don’t need to be thrown away, they can be renewed; they can become Totally Tubular Friends.

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  79. David Swindler
    Title: Snowday!
    Genre: Children's Picture Book; Humor
    Word Count: 1,900

    Middle school children unite to have school cancelled by acting out an extensive list of home remedies in an attempt to make it snow. However, the kids get more than they bargain for when all the rituals work at once.

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    1. Hi, David - you don't know me but I also entered this contest and I wanted to tell you that I really like your concept and wish you good luck. I hope you continue to pursue it! Sheila (Owen & Dugan...)

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  80. Denise Pysarchuk
    Scavenger Hunt Book One: The Chalice
    MG Fantasy/ Adventure
    31,000 words

    When Jake and Emma discover an archway covered in symbols beneath an old stable, and a disembodied voice, that calls itself the Keeper, challenges them to play a game of Scavenger Hunt, they have no idea how many lives will be at stake. Together with their new neighbor, Andy, they embark on a journey through a bizarre new world, hoping to win a game, save a race, and find their way back home.

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  81. Paula Wilson
    Louis, the Nice Crab
    Picture Book
    750 words
    Louis doesn't bite, Louis doesn't pinch...so he can't understand why kids are afraid of him when he pokes his head up from under the sand. That is, until he meets Sophie.

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  82. Pete Catalano
    NOW YOU KINDA SEE ME
    MG Contemporary Magical Realism
    36,000 words

    13 year old Harry is a magician following in the footsteps of his dad and his grandpa. With the school Talent Show just two weeks away, Harry's biggest competition is the Pendragon, another middle school magician who was terrible last week and now should have his own act in Vegas.
    While practicing in an old theater that seems to have a life of its own, Harry and his friends find the first part of an old book of magic that was torn in half. As Harry practices the tricks they only work half way. He's only half invisible, or he can only fly a foot off the ground.
    With time running out, Harry must find the answers to the magic book, the old theater and of course, the Pendragon.

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  83. Melissa Menten
    Queen of the Night
    YA Fantasy
    66,000 words

    With magical abilities she never suspected, eighteen-year-old grieving Sarah Knight is called by destiny to a hidden land where she is supposed to lead a rebellion, but trying to do what is right will cost more than her life.

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