Saturday, March 1, 2014

Top 25 Entries!

It's the post you've all been waiting for! First a reminder that our hope in doing this contest is that you will receive valuable feedback that will help you hone your work so that it catches an agent/editor's attention. You've all shown bravery for putting your work out there, and if your manuscript is not on the list below it does not mean it isn't great. Writing and publishing are subjective.

Now, the rules!

  • Revised pitches and first pages are due back to us at ayapcontest at gmail dot com by Sunday at Noon. High noon. Please include your name, email, title, genre, manuscript word count, pitch of no more than 150 words, and first page of no more than 250 words. Note we've added word count and the whole first page. 
  • Subject line should read Pitch Plus 1 top 25 Entry: Title
  • ONLY ONE EMAIL per person please. It gets confusing when I get twelve versions from eight people. I know you're excited, but take the time to review the above two items before pressing send. 
  • They will be posted Monday by 8PM EST. 
  • You may comment on each others posts. The authors will do so sometime this week at their discretion up to NOON ON FRIDAY. Remember these are published authors donating their time to give you guidance. :D 
  • Again, the judges will fill out score cards and a discrepancy judge will be available if there's an issue. The results will be tabulated and announced next Saturday morning. The top 10 will go on to the agent round. 
Now what you're all waiting for. Or have already scrolled down to so you could check the list first. In no particular order:

  1. Defy the Stars
  2. Paloma and the Bow Wow Bar Mitzvah
  3. Gerald and the Amulet of Zonrach
  4. Class Clown
  5. Camp Cammoodle
  6. Something Wicked
  7. A Serpent in the Garden
  8. Where there is Dark
  9. Luma
  10. Roger Firebug
  11. The Unbelievable Misadventures of Avery Mann
  12. Becoming Hook
  13. Don Q. Oatney - Vampire Hunter
  14. Witches Brew
  15. Ivan and the Grey Wolf
  16. See You Then, Joshua Jacobs
  17. If I promise you the sun
  18. Twist of Fate
  19. Darkenwear Inc.: Feathers vs. Scales
  20. Words in the Windowsill
  21. Love and the Bard
  22. Leaving Peacesylvania
  23. Heritage Blade
  24. Nanny Morto
  25. Conduit


  1. Congrats to all who made it to the next round!

  2. Congrats everyone! And thanks to the Adventures folks for these great contests!

  3. I'll echo the congratulations to everyone who made it through to round 3. This is an awesome contest, there are not many who allow you to tweak your pitches through several rounds and the comments and encouragement from posters are really confidence boosting. I'm putting the final tweaks to the first page and will have it with Lisa shortly. Once again, a huge thanks to all the organizers and people who have commented you are amazing :)


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