Monday, March 18, 2013

Pitch Us Your Story Finalists

We're so excited to announce the finalists for the Pitch Us Your Story contest!

As a reminder, these pitches had to be 25 words or less. There were many that we liked, but Jill and I finally narrowed it down to these favorites: (These are listed in no particular order)

1. A home-schooled teen thinks she has her life figured out, until disaster strikes, and she has to survive in the real world of high school.

2. A young herbalist is flung into a world of deceit and mystery when she inherits an insolvent estate that someone doesn’t want her to have.

3. A futuristic prosthetics experiment saved the lives of two rival teenagers, but now they must join forces to escape the next chilling step.

4. Two best friends survive a hurricane that devastates the east coast. Alone and desperate, they journey cross-country seeking normalcy, safety, and a new life.

5. Two teens become mutants in a world that will condemn them for their animal instincts unless they can prove they’re human inside.

6. Briar unintentionally journeys to an altered past and views Abraham Lincoln murdered before Gettysburg; those assassins from the future then chase down the witness: her.

7. Lenora Hood, daughter of Robin Hood, had three successful years thieving. Stealing the prince’s fortune should have been easy, but then she fell in love.

8. When Trenton awakens centuries in the future on an artificial planet, he’s imprisoned. For “murdering” plants.  And the government’s respect-all-life policy doesn’t apply to people.

9. A young woman who rides the Underground Railroad to escape an unwanted marriage only adds to her problems when she befriends her “fiancé’s” escaped slave.

10. In medieval France, a timid monk races to hide the bishop's illegitimate daughter before the bishop disposes of her, the only evidence of his sins.

11. It’s a mass kidnapping with seven intended victims, but when it happens, eight people are taken. Trent is the eighth and he has no ransom.

12. Harvey was just an Aryan Nazi before he fell for a Jew; Elsie. There’s one problem – He's supposed to turn her family into the gestapo.

13. A teen boy caught between the world of gangs and a life of faith. When the girl he loves disappears, he'll have to choose sides.

14. Killing is a game to the Underground, but assassin five-one-nine is a pawn determined to escape, to protect the city aboveground, to change the game.

15. None fears the emperor more than his own niece—yet when a silent elder faces death for rebellion, she must choose between interference and life.

16. When 17-year-old school pariah Stephanie is befriended by the boy she used to bully, she never suspects he’s her half-brother. 

17. A regretful high school senior attempts to right a wrong she made by befriending the school outcast, with a little help from her guardian angel.

18. Tasked with killing herself, a prodigious hunter must hide her condemning new status while stalling her hunt of herself or be killed by her brethren.

19. When a villain realizes he is a stereotyped bad guy, he sets out with a clichéd superhero to defeat their true enemy. The author.

20. Mistral’s an experiment in an experiment lab that’s trying to make a Bioweapon. The newest problem to add to her list? Bioweapon just got out.

21. In the future children are controlled by remotes for their whole childhood. Julius, sets out  to destroy the Dictator and find the truth about life.

22. In a steampunk world, a new energy source is discovered by a young female pilot; but her discovery could have deadly consequences.

23. Four writers. Four novels. One premise. They have six months and a prize to dream of: representation from a prominent literary agent. Who will win?

24. Fleeing an unwanted marriage, Eden Trenton stows away aboard a pirate ship. Terrified, yet determined, she sets sail with a notorious captain into the unknown.


25. In a country where twins are outcasts, identical princesses masquerade as one girl - Rylie, heir to the throne. A secret not even their father knows.


If you recognize yours, please send me an email and tell me which one is yours and what the title is so I can verify that you are indeed the author.

Now you get to vote for your 5 favorites! Voting closes Thursday at 12:00pm CDT and winners will be announced on Friday.


55 comments:

  1. Okay. Love these, but number 19? GENIUS. From reading that one line, I'm sitting here going, "But how would that WORK? What would--who would--HOW would--" xDDD

    Great job, whoever came up with that one! :D

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    1. I have this slight feeling that number 19 might just win... =) And yes, I want to know who wrote it, too!

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    2. Agreed. I'd love to read it. Sounds humorous. :)

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  2. I must have missed the announcement for this contest - looked like a cool one! All of these are so brilliant...but number 25 would have to be my favourite.

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    1. Me, too! That one is ingeniously awesome, and I'm dying to read it. :)

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  3. I liked 5, 10(I wish I voted for that one instead of a different one!), 18, 19, and 25.

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  4. 19, you are my favorite. Whoever the pitcher is . . . can we be friends? I would really love to know how that story would work.

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  5. Oh my! There are some amazing pitches here! When are they all going to be in print? And 25... I'd read that one in a heartbeat! :D

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  6. Woo! Great job everyone! These pitches are awesome. I also love 25, and 10!

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  7. 25 sounds a little bit like What's Left of Me, which was a very good book. Also, if any of these novels exist, I would LOVE to beta them. If you are the author of one of these pitches and would like someone to critique your work, send me an e-mail at sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com. Pitch 25, 23,21,19,14, 11, 8, or 3! I would seriously love to read and give you guys feedback!
    Great job, everyone.
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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  8. Holy cow there are some great pitches on here! Great job everybody!!
    Thanks Jill and Stephanie for doing this for us :)

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  9. Whoever wrote number nineteen, you are a genius! If your book gets published, I want to read it so, so much.

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    1. Yes that's just what I was thinking!! Please, PLEASE publish! Xxx

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  10. These peeps either must be geniuses or really worked hard! When I "threw my pitch" in, I had basically not tried to get a "pitch" in about two years. And before that I was trying for pitches in 15 words or less, and could never come up with one. Not very surprising that mine wasn't in the finalist category, but congratulations to all those who were! These are great!

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  11. So far I'd guess 19 and 25 are winning :) Y'all came up with some awesome ideas, seriously!

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  12. 3 and 19 are beautiful. I want to read those. :)

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  13. These are fantastic pitches! I really want to read some of these stories!

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  14. I thought my pitch was all right... these are just so awesome... makes mine look like scribbles

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  15. I think 13, 16 and 25 are my top three, with 16 being my favorite.

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  16. 19 is just BRILLIANT. Hysterically brilliant.

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  17. From Amo Libros:
    OOHH, this is so hard!! They're all good!!!

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  18. From Amo Libros:
    This was a great contest Mrs. Morrill!!! Will we get to do it again?

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  19. Honestly, I love Pitch #21. Controlled by remotes? Are the kids cyborgs or what?

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  20. Loved 19 and 25 (just like everyone else, it appears) and I also really liked 11. I would read any of these, I think! Great job guys!

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  21. I like 24. It sounds like adventure on the high seas. I also like 19. But. really most of these sound really great!

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  22. 8, 5, and 19 are pretty cool!!

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  23. 19 is too funny - I like that one! :)

    Rebecca

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  24. These sound awesome! I'd love to read all of these. Words are seriously amazing. Thanks again for the contest!

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  25. Geez, my pitch *sucked* compared to these. XD 19 and 25 are my favorites! :D

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  26. Pitch 24 sounds the most interesting I would love to read this book!!

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  27. Love many of these, but number 10 would be the first book I'd read. Excellent!

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  28. Holy cow, ALL of these blew me away! They're incredible. Seriously, congratulations to all the finalists! (I can't get over how amazing these are! Voting will be impossible...)

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  29. Number 1 - I've always wanted to read a story like that!

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  30. I really like number 24, but number 9 is great also! A lot of them sound interesting.

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  31. 19 all the way.

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  32. Wow! I want to read so many of these, especially 24!

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  33. I had five favourites so that came in handy. Loved them!

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  35. I want to read 7, 9, 12, and 24!

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  36. I would like to read 24,and 9!! Number 19 sounds like "Wreck It Ralph"!

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  37. #19 sounds interesting - makes me wonder how does that work? Would like to read that one.

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  38. #24 I would love to read!! #9 sounds so good too!!

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  39. #24 and #19 sound very interesting.

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  40. I love number 6. Number 9 is almost close to one of my stories. ;)

    (MJ)

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  41. These are all great! Voting for just 5 would have to be a matter of taste (what genres you like). But overall, they all seem genius.

    Tell the World

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  42. #19 sounds like an interesting premise, but my favorite genre is historical. I like 6, 7, 9, 12, an 24 a lot!

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  43. 21 is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That would be the first I read. Whoever pitched this, you are AWESOME!!!!

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