Chase Baldwin: Spectacle (YA contemporary)
Elli Woollard: Princess Petunia's Pet (children's picture book)
Summer Heacock: With a Shake of her Hair (women's fiction)
Margie Senechal: Son of a Hired Gun (YA contemporary)
Tonja Drecker: Music Boxes (MG fantasy)
Linda McLaren: The Sound Catchers (YA ghostly mystery/thriller)
Lois Brown: Disobediance (YA historical)
Elain Vickers: Discovering Isaac (MG contemporary)
Ben Gammell: The Quiet City (adult commercial)
Leatrice McKinney: Coveted (YA urban fantasy)
Heather Hawke: A Legacy of Frost and Fire (MG SFF)
Jaye Robin Brown: Sing to the Wind (YA contemporary)
Morgan Shamy: Blisters (YA contemporary)
Jenna Nelson: The Snow Globe (YA fantasy)
You guys also asked for an honourable mention list, so here it is! Bear with me, it's long. It's long because I saw merit in ALL of these entries. I know it drives some people nuts when agents says 'unfortunately I just didn't love this enough', but that's genuinely how it is in many cases. I don't know if it helps but I want all the people on the list to know that I wavered A LOT over this first set of mentions:
Laura Renegar, Emily Skrutskie, Jessica Lawson, Derrick Camardo, Erica Chapman, Valerie Lawson, Jamie Grey, Kip Wilson, Artemis Grey and Rena Rockford.
Here are some other people whose stories appealed to me and stuck in my mind:
Ella Schwartz, Caitlyn Young, Emily Cushing, Kimberly Miller, Raluca Balasa, MaryKate Connelly, Joshua Legg, Rebecca Sutton, Jemi Fraser, Lori Tussey, Mandi Silberstein, Jenn Brisendine, Katie Slivensky, Sarah Nelson, Gail Nall, Triona Murphy and Rachel Russell.
I liked all of these entries. Please keep writing!
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF: When the winners go live on the 18th, could we ask you to save your comments, if you have any, until the end of the week until after the agents have made their requests. After that you can go cheerleader nuts if you want to.
And now for some stats!
Total entries: 351
Adult: 96 (of which 2 were NA)
Never before have I found a practical application for a block graph, but MAN I wish I could make one right now. Ooh, no a pie chart would be better! I can't believe I'm excited about maths. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
K, this is one long ass post now, so congrats to the winners! Emails are on the way to you! If you want to