Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Announcing the Kombatants

Edit: We have removed two entries and added two alternates, listed in bold, due to a rule snafu with the original picks.

First off, I want to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who entered the tournament. Never did it cross our minds that Query Kombat would become as successful as it has. Thank you.

With over 210 entries in our inbox, we had a very tough time choosing who would advance into the tournament. For some, as little as a comma was grounds for elimination. We even had to pass up on some exceptional entries for no reason at all. Just because you didn't make it into the tournament doesn't mean your query or first page isn't good. And just because your query and first page ARE good/great/excellent doesn't mean you shouldn't strive to make them even better and help your fellow writer advance to the next level.

That being said, we hope to help some of you (who didn't make it in the tournament) with your queries. Post your twitter name and entry nickname in the comments of ONE of our blogs. We will critique as many entries as we can over twitter. They will be general critiques, nothing in-depth. I have no idea how many crits we will be able to do. That all depends on how much time we have left over after formatting everything for the tournament. Be patient with us.

Now, to get to what you've all been waiting for: the Query Kombat kontestants...

Adult Kontestants:

Dangerous Politics: Adult Thriller
To Die For: Adult Thriller
Tall Ships and Magic: Adult Historical Fantasy
Mississippi CrazyPants: Women's Fiction
WytchCraft: Adult Urban Fantasy
Knight in Shining Armani: Adult Contemporary Romance
Nostalgic Dreamer: Adult Contemp. Romance
Like-Minded Individuals: Adult Thriller
History Hound: Adult Historical Fiction (2nd Entry)
McTavish Academy: Adult Urban Fantasy
Penny Lane Grows up: Women's Fiction
Dr. Thermo: Adult Science Fiction
Sway Me Buble: Women's Fiction
The Decapitator: Adult Urban Fantasy
Meryl-and-I: Women's Fiction
The Fisherman: Adult Literary Suspense
Aztecs in Space: Adult Science Fiction
Zone Tripper: Adult Science Fiction
BeelzebubBasher: Adult Historical Fiction
The Swimmer: Adult Social Science Fiction
Champagne and Hotdogs: Women's Fiction

New Adult Kontestants:

Avenging Angels: NA Urban Fantasy
O Captain, My Captain: NA Contemporary
Kicking Ash: NA Fantasy

Young Adult Kontestants:

HeadScarfJazz: YA Contemporary
Lies and Lovers: YA Contemp. (in verse)
Repo Girl: YA Contemporary
TheSpaceMafia: YA Science Fiction
Minna Gray: YA Futuristic Fantasy
Not Odette: YA Fantasy
Burrito Thief: YA Fantasy
Elementary Girl: Alt Historical Mystery
DAMNED: YA Dark Fantasy
DreamPirate: YA Crime
Alien Prep School Confidential: YA Science Fiction
Denali: YA Science Fiction
Multitude of Death Stars: YA Science Fiction
Spirit Slayer: YA Southern Gothic
Misfit Apocalypse: YA Science Fiction
Broken Jar: YA Contemporary
The Little Red Head: YA Fantasy
BourneMW: YA Science Fiction
SharkyMalarkey:  YA Contemporary
Supergeeker: YA Fantasy
Colorblind: YA Science Fiction
Villainous Wizard: YA Contemporary Fantasy
FistsofFury: YA Thriller
Revenant: YA Urban Fantasy
SugarTales: YA Contemporary
Sillius: YA Contemporary
RedDryad: YA Paranormal Fiction
Tricks aren't for Kids: YA Contemporary
Bridget Meets Georgia in Homage to Jane: YA Romance


JungleVendetta: MG Science Fiction
Troglin Snot: MG Fantasy
Too Many Legs to Play Baseball: MG Fantasy
Wishwell: MG Contemporary
Interstellar Pez: MG Science Fiction
Zombie Barbers: MG Comedy
Strongarm Odyssey: MG Fantasy
One-Eyed Cat: MG Mystery
Eye Above You: MG Contemporary 


  1. @SeanBreves

    Gav's Shadow

    Thanks for putting this together!

  2. @StephenTBW

    Nickname: Phantasmagoria

  3. @ginac1988


    Congratulations to all the winners.

  4. Thanks for this awesome contest. I already received a critique but I wanted to say thanks so much to all of the judges for taking the time to organize this contest. I really appreciate all the hard work you've put into it. I'm excited to see how things turn out :) Good luck to all the Kontestants.

  5. I'm so excited to judge this, guys! I wonder if anyone will guess what alias is mine... hmm ...

  6. Kongrats to all the Kontestants! Good Luck!

  7. @MansfieldMJ


    1. I can't send you feedback unless you follow me on twitter.

    2. Thanks for following. Feedback sent.

  8. Congrats to everyone who got in! Sad I'll miss the fun.

    Appreciate your work! Would love feedback. Does the query not work? First page flat?


    Where's Noah?

  9. Congratulations to the Kontestants and big thanks for all the hard work that's gone into this incredibly complicated-sounding task!

  10. Congrats to the kontestants and thanks for the critique!

    Nickname: Bacon

    Twitter: J_Ryan

  11. Kongrats to all who got in. Can't wait to read the kombat :)

    I'd love feedback!

    Eye on her head

  12. Congrats to everyone who got in! :D And big thanks to the organizers for all your time and effort!

    I'd love some feedback, if there's time :)

    Nickname: Mystic Isle
    Twitter: @StarbornStriker

  13. Congratulations and gratitude all around! I would love feedback on my submission if possible.


    Thank you!

  14. Absentee Assassin Father

    Thanks for all the work you guys did and will be doing. It was fun watching the twitter feed. Good luck to everyone who got in.

  15. Resurgent

    Thanks for criting. Will help out with comments for Kontestants.

  16. Grats everyone!

    Lightning Slinger

  17. Rum YA Urban Fantasy

    Thanks for everything

  18. Creature Catcher

    Would love to hear your thoughts

    1. Would love to share my thoughts of your MG, but I need your twitter handle.

  19. Thx so much for your hard work & enthusiasm on the contest Michelle! Even tho I didn't make the Kut I'm still a fan!
    I'll take a critique please via DM. ; )
    "2 Late 2 Apologize"

  20. I'm curious to know.
    Dark Side of the Empire - @miakrose

  21. @writefully_so
    Goddess Drama

    Thanks for all your hard work. I can't imagine how hard it was to whittle down the kombatants.

    Congrats to all the winners!!

  22. @KBullockAuthor - Roycroft Girl - not sure if I was in your slush pile or someone else's.

  23. @FraserMcFraze "Magic and Tall Ships" ... would be sooooo grateful for critique, any feedback.

    1. Found it. This was picked for the contest so no thoughts about it until the contest starts.

    2. okay, got it!!

  24. I thought I posted mine here before but now it's gone. I'll do it again. I would be very grateful for a critique and thanks for all the hard work.


  25. Just wanted to say congratulations to the Kontestants!

  26. @NicoleZoltack - Princess of Christmas

    Good luck to those who made it through!

  27. I'd love to see where I'm going wrong with mine - thanks for the offer!



    Best of luck to the Kombatants!

  28. Congrats and good luck to all the winners!

    Thanks so much for hosting this incredible challenge. Queries and first pages are SO important. We all need to know what works and especially what doesn't.

  29. @grumpyllama

    Grumpy Llama

    Thanks for running this competition even if I did't make the cut.

    1. I can't send a critique unless you follow me on twitter.