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My Pitch Wars folder was filled with fantastic entries. Seriously. You guys did such a great job matching your choices to the mentor wish lists. I got everything I asked for- contemporaries that tugged at my heart strings, some light fantasy that had me really intrigued, awesome mysteries and adventures, stories with bits of history, lots of magic, and some super cool concepts and ideas. With smooth writing and unique voices, you certainly gave me a lot to think about. But as you know, I could only choose one.
I hope everyone gets something positive out of this contest because whether or not you’re on a mentor’s team, there’s so much to gain. (Click here and here to read my posts on all the things you can get out of contests!)
My top pick is one that hooked me right away and it was the one I kept thinking about throughout the entry period. It’s a mystery/adventure with magical elements, plus it has a hot-air balloon, a clever mc, and a genie! So, please welcome Erin Ferguson with her amazing story BALLOONING to my team! (See all teams over at Brenda Drake’s blog.)
My alternates also have some mix of mystery, adventure, and magic and had me curious as to what will happen next in the story. Say hello to Samantha Farkas with THE LOST FIGUREHEAD . . .
. . . and Vicki Tremper with THE TRANSPARENTS.
I’m going to say it again- there were so many good entries and I am HONORED that you chose to send your work to me. I tried to give everyone some constructive feedback, but please remember it’s only one opinion- consider it notes a CP might write.
You are all so brave to put your work out there and I admire your determination to get it in the best shape you can. I wish you all the best of luck!
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