Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pitches for The Writer's Tank (CONTEST HAS BEGUN!)

Here are the pitches for the Writer's Tank contest! 

Attention Agents! There is something going on with the comments in that it's not letting you post requests (it's happened to three agents so far). I've tinkered a little bit and you should be able to post comments by clicking the Name/URL option (from the drop down menu next to "Comment as:") when you go to comment. No URL is required - a name will suffice. So, so sorry for any inconvenience! If it still doesn't work, please email me.

Clicking on the titles will send you to the post which contains the query and first 250 words. From there, agents can request any number of pages (from five to five hundred, synopsis to full manuscript, anything goes!) in the comments. Feel free to refer the authors to other agents if you feel that'd be better! They're up a day earlier so agents have more time to request. Agents can request all the way through Tuesday.

For those vigilant enough to count: there are a bit more than 30 entries below. That's because I reserved a few spots for entries of genres that the agents didn't express an interest for, but I thought deserved a glance at. However, these spots were extremely limited, and I still tried picking entries that are similar in some way to the preferences of the agents.

In choosing the entries, the second biggest factor (after the quality of the entry) was the agent preferences for genres. That's why some genres aren't well-represented at all. So, if you didn't get into the contest, don't even second-guess your writing. It's very probable that your genre was the deciding factor - which is a personal thing for this contest alone.

If you see any small or big mistake in any part of your pitch or entry, Tweet me or email me to fix it!

Also, for the writers: no critiquing comments allowed. Feel free to cheer each other on in the comments, but no critiquing! We have 'Become an Agent' for that :)

If you have any questions, comment on this post or email me.

Enjoy! (The three lines before each pitch are the title, the genre, and then the word count.) I'm going to be going crazy stalking the comments and counting the number of requests!! LET'S BEGIN!!!!!!

MG
  • THE BIRTHDAY JINX
    MG Contemporary
    39,300


    Happy birthdays are never easy when you’re hiding in fear and it’s a bumpy ride as 11-year-old, Hop, does anything to rid himself of a birthday jinx that began the unlucky day he was born in the desert.

  • FIGHTING WITH FISH
    MG Contemporary
    28,000


    9 y/o Manny needs to research wrestling to take down his sister, but library misbehavior leads smack-down on checkout. Vengeance consumes and revenge plots fail. Now, Manny’s got to shed the “bad kid” label before he starts believing it himself.
  • MG Contemporary
    42,000

    If twelve-year-old Jake Evans doesn’t advance in the spelling bee, he’ll fail Language Arts and his dream of pitching in the little league world series will be over. The problem – Jake can’t spell.
  • GIDEON AND THE NIGHTMARE DEMON
    MG Contemporary Fantasy
    37,000


    Gideon Hardy is eleven years old and going blind. After befriending Baku, a nightmare eater, he is tempted to abandon his parents and real life for a dream world where he can still “see”.
  • STEPPING OUT OF PLACE
    MG Historical Fiction
    27,037


    Thirteen-year-old Mitchell Jackson uses President Kennedy’s Civil Rights Address, a love of music, and his estranged friendship with his white neighbor, Billy, to faces down challenges in his segregated town of Greenville, NC.

  • MOUTH OF THE SOUTH
    MG Historical Fiction
    35,000


    Lordy Mordy, the summer of 1960 eleven-year-old Patsy Dancy, who hates change more than anything else, finds herself deep in the Smoky Mountains at Girl Scout Camp Occonneechee all because she craves an adventure.

  • THE UNCHOSEN ONE
    MG Adventure
    29,656


    Peter Harper thinks he’s chosen to save his city from destruction. He isn’t.

  • BLAKE: KEEPER OF SECRETS
  • MG Adventure with slight magical realism
    50,000


    Blake, a 12-year-old whose biggest fear is talking to grown-ups, becomes his town’s Secret Keeper. Creepy shadows whisper the townspeople’s secrets and reveal a murder-to-be. Blake must stop the killer…or become the next victim.

  • BARNABAS AND BIRD
  • Younger MG Fantasy
    22,000


    When Barnabas-the-elephant says "my heart hurts," Bird, his yellow canary friend, knows something big is going to happen. As they sail east on a flying raft, Barnabas must learn to be a true friend or risk never healing his heart.

  • ELLIE AND THE ARBORITES
  • MG Fantasy
    40,000


    All twelve-year-old Ellie wants is to make friends. Problem is, that’s kinda hard when nobody wants a science-geek around. But when the mystical Arborites of the forest are mysteriously becoming sick, it’s Ellie’s chance to show what makes her special.

  • I'M IN LOVE WITH A ZOMBIE BUT HE DOESN'T KNOW I'M ALIVE
  • Upper MG urban fantasy with zombies
    50,000


    When thirteen-year-old Bridget’s crush since the first grade dies, she casts a spell and brings him back to life. Sort of. As a zombie. Now they're on the run. Except zombies can't run very fast. 
    YA
    • TAKING A CHANCE
    • YA Contemporary
      89,000


      Happily ever after Romeo and Juliet retelling where an 18-year-old high school wrestler must overcome his eating disorder, father's abuse, and a family vendetta to be with the high school clarinetist of his unexpected dreams.

    • CHEMICALS COLLIDE
    • YA Contemporary
      75,000


      As far as Sara is concerned, living with an OCD mother is rough, but it has nothing on failing three classes, dealing with a chaotic boyfriend, and struggling with an anxiety all of her own.

    • THE EXISTENCE OF BEA PEARL
    • YA Mystery
      51,000


      Sixteen-year-old Bea Pearl is not crazy. She has a brother. But no one—not even her parents—seems to remember him.

    • NIGHMARES
    • YA Thriller
      63,200


      NIGHTMARES are supposed to remain in dreamland. Unfortunately for Tommy, his didn't get the memo.

    • SKYFIRE
    • YA Sci Fi Thriller
      88,000


      When terrorists discover his time manipulating powers and hunt him, 16yo Jesse must join secret agents aiming to stop them or the terrorists will steal his free will with mind-control technology and make him a weapon for terror attacks.

    • COVETED
    • YA urban fantasy
      93,000

      Supernatural meets Angel Burn when Caleb's necromantic powers have him dodging a zealot who believes he plans to enslave mankind, gun-toting wizards, demons, and the affections of a super-powered hottie who’s eight kinds of crazy.

    • LIBERTY OR DEATH
    • YA Historical Fantasy
      97,000


      A teen in post-Revolutionary War Boston joins a society of young people fighting the supernatural creatures that hunt humans once darkness falls, while trying to come to terms with an arranged marriage. 

    • THE WIZARD AND THE KNIGHTMARE
    • YA Fantasy
      67,000


      Fourteen-year-old Frank's fantasy obsession could never prepare him for learning that magic from in his books is real...as is the wizard who wants him dead.

    • BLOOD REIGN
    • YA Fantasy
      76,000


      Seventeen-year-old Alice awakens on a medieval battlefield in another world. Forced to disguise as a man, she sets out to find home—even if it means killing people to survive, and plunge into a war between monarch and rebels.

    • DARK CORE
    • YA Fantasy
      80,000


      The gods drag seventeen year-old Saekina into a secret war. The price of losing: she'll be hunted throughout endless reincarnations—if her soul isn’t annihilated first.

    • THE BOUND AND THE CURSED
    • YA Fantasy
      105,000


      Liko was raised to despise Hunters, the elite force behind Haviland’s rulers, but that was before she was magically bound to one for her protection. But can Liko even trust him when Liko thinks he’d do anything to recover his freedom?
    New Adult
    • FATE'S LOVE
      NA Romance
      70,000 


      Livy had her life all planned out. It didn’t include almost dying, and realizing she's in love with the guy she's spent the last eight years pushing away. But fate doesn’t ask you what you want, sometimes it just knows.
    • A GOOD GIRL
      NA Romance
      70,000


      Tired of her flawed reputation, college is the fresh start Charlie needs. Reinventing herself as Charlotte—the good girl, all she wants is to lay low, avoiding any complications. But escaping her past might be harder than she thinks.

    Adult

    • ALWAYS; or THE PUNK ROCK OLD FOLK'S HOME
      Adult commercial fiction
      87,000


      Wannabe journalist Laura and struggling musician Del meet at a punk-rock squatters’ camp and begin a passionate friendship/songwriting partnership that survives a decade of success and failure, but maybe not conflicting desires and dreams.
    • THE DROUGHT OF SAM DAKOTA
      Adult Thriller

      78,000
      Child Advocate Sam Dakota encounters a child he can't save--his son. After two years with no decent leads, he hires Rami Amato, a P.I. with an aversion to “kid cases,” who uncovers a conspiracy of lies and betrayal.
    • INCOGNOLIO
      Adult Literary Thriller
      51,000


      Deranged novelist, Muldoon, starts with just a title—Incognolio. Unsure how to proceed, he gives his subconscious mind free rein. But the fictional world Muldoon creates further unhinges him, as he must discover the meaning of Incognolio or die trying.
    • ASLEEP EVER AFTER
      Adult Cozy Mystery
      59,000


      Hot young actress Katrina Irvine is killed at Ashling's fairytale park--right in the middle of a performance of Sleeping Beauty. With no obvious cause of death or a weapon, the question is not only who did it, but how?
    • THE WHITCRAFT MANEUVER
      Adult Historical Fiction
      80,000
      A farcical comedy about a doctor in Georgian England who stumbles across a simple, five-step variation of pelvic massage that seems to cure hysteria—potentially making him the most famous scientist of his day—until a dastardly rival steals it.

    • CAPTAIN
      Adult Historical Fantasy
      108,000

      To escape the life planned out for him, James stows aboard a pirate ship, finding himself on an uncharted island in the midst of a love affair with a faery queen. Now he just has to stay alive.

    • ENSNARED BY YOU
      Adult Historical romance set in Victorian England
      100,000


      Crippled on a mission gone wrong, a deadly assassin falls for his nurse…whose father’s his next target. He must decide whether to betray his brethren to save her kin or finish the kill, and lose the woman he loves.

    • PING
      Adult Women's Fiction
      60,000


      Olivia’s tried boudoir pics, therapy and adult toy parties to rekindle her marriage, but what heats up is an online friendship with an old flame. The incidental fire could help reignite her twenty-year marriage or scorch it.
    • OF A PALM BEACH PERSUASION
      Adult Women's Fiction
      90,000


      Maggie, a reluctant socialite, still understands the expectations upon her, knows she cannot accept Gavin's proposal. Years later, successful on her own terms, Maggie returns home still in love, but Gavin won't let go of his grudge.
    • THE COLD DISTANCE
      Adult Science Fiction/Space Opera
      108,000


      Bonnie meets Clyde to save the universe from a hard reset.
    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! And agents, hope you find something you like!

    5 comments:

    1. Wow, good for you for organizing this, SC! And good luck to all the contestants. I read some pretty intriguing first lines!

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    2. My main comment is, what an AWESOME job you did putting this together. Thanks so much. Let the games begin....

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    3. Lots of great entries!! Good luck everyone!!
      And well done SC! :)

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    4. Thanks for this amazing opportunity and putting so much effort into organizing this event!

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    5. Yay! Go all entries! Thank you SC!

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