Friday, June 5, 2015

Query Kombat '15 Winners 1st Round

Well, Round 1 of this crazy contests officially ended last night. We promised blood and blood there was. 

Please have your revised entries to us by Saturday, June 6th at 5 pm EST. Use the same format and send to the contest email: QueryKombat (at) gmail (dot) com.

A full 32 entries out of the 64 lost in a valiant fight - you should have seen us hosts and the judges freak out over Twitter and in the comments of the entries about how hard it was to choose.

For those 32: good job. You gave the judges a hell of a job. Hopefully you got some amazing feedback as well!


Below is the list of those who will go on to the next round. Let me know if we made any mistakes! Team Michelle is in orange.

Orphan Red
If You Give a Girl a Redo
Greek Gods are the Best Kind of Trouble
A Thousand Miles Astray
Forget You Stalin
Evesdropping Monkey
Guilt By Association
Paranormal Fear
Sand Dollar
The Impressionistic Cow
Skins of the Father
My Monster Twin is Rotting
Brain Gourmet
Best(iary) Western
Queen of Drones
Broadway Baby
Fed to the Crocodiles
Life Sucks--I'm Stuck in Podunk
Teenagers Make Poor James Bond
A Girl and her Serial Killer
Paper Girl in the Land of Yesterday
Musical Mirror Mayhem
Middle Grade Leverage
Librarians, Curses, and Mysteries
Grandma Guardians
Stellar Twins Kickin it Cosmic Style
My Life as a Teenage Pirate Queen
Fake Heirs Do It Better
Elephants Never Forget
Twin for the Win

CONGRATS!!! Of course, we still have....

The Host Saves

These are three entries that we three hosts will pick from our teams to move on to the agent round but not on to Round 2. Check out SC's and Mike's picks as well. The Host Saves can submit a revised entry and will go to the agent round, but not to the second combat round.

It was a really hard decision to narrow my host save down to one choice. I'm sure the burning in the pit of my stomach last night was the result, because this choice is crushing. I love all my picks and would take you all if it was possible.

I went over which were likely to get requests, which could easiest revise, which got a lot of votes in their round, which probably will do fine on their own, and what agents are looking for. I considered voice and concept. I spent hours thinking about his decision and it didn't get any easier.

With great humility and apologies to the rest, my host save is:

No Such Thing as Coincidence

Congrats everyone!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see you all at the agent round!


  1. Oh my goodness, thank you!!! This has been so awesome and I really, really appreciate being able to go to the next round!!

  2. Thanks so much, I'm so excited! I sent in my revised entry, but didn't get a confirmation. Should I? Thanks! (Musical Mirror Mayhem)