Friday, March 22, 2013

The Winners From the Pitch Us Your Story Contest

by Stephanie Morrill

We were rather shocked when we closed down voting yesterday afternoon and learned that 992 votes were cast in this contest. And I was grateful to discover that Google forms tallied the results for me so we don't have to rely on my iffy math skills.

The top three pitches, and the winners of Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book are:

Overwhelmingly first place:
#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. - Heather Manning

These two entries tied for second:
#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. - Aidyl Ewoh

#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. - Christina

Third place:

#19 When a villain realizes he is a stereotyped bad guy, he sets out with a clich├ęd superhero to defeat their true enemy. The author. - Allison E.

And here are the other entries who were in the top ten:

#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. - Anonymous

#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. - Olivia H.

#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. - Gretta Kissell

#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. - Lydia H.

#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? - Anne-girl

#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. - Summer A.

#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. - Kaitlin S.

Congratulations to all the finalists! If you finalled but your entry isn't listed above and you're curious about your rankings, please send me an email and we'll talk privately.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and voted for making this such a fun contest!

Next week we're continuing the celebration of our release, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book, by going on a blog tour! You'll have lots of chances to win free downloads of the book and to discover some great blogs that are run by young writers.


27 comments:

  1. Congrats, everyone! You all did great. :)

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  2. Congratulations, everyone!! You all did great, especially #6 and #9, keep on writing!!

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  3. Yay! Congratulations, everyone! Great job.

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  4. Hurrah, Aidyl Ewoh! I loved that one! :D

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  5. Allison E -- please tell me when you publish your book!!! You can reach me by googling "perfect companions have pages and prose" -- top entry. In absolutely dying to read it!!!

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    1. Hannah,
      I'm glad you liked the pitch :-). Unfortunately, that story is quite a ways off from being published. I'm really focused on a different manuscript right now, but maybe I'll turn this one into a novel someday. :-)

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    2. :( aww, that's a shame, but good luck writing :-)

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  6. Congratulations, everyone! These are all such intriguing pitches, and I'm looking forward to buying some of these books one day :)

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  7. Great job, you guys! Christina, I want to read your book. I want to read Summer A.'s and Heather Manning's too!!!!!

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  8. Great great GREAAATT job you guys!!! =D

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  9. Congratulations guys! Great job! :)

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  10. CONGRATS, EVERYONE!

    Those were all great (although I am partial to Christina's because HER BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK EVER OKAY I LOVE IT

    theteaspitters.blogspot.com

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  11. Congratulations to the winners!

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  12. Congrats to the winners!!!! Can't help feeling I didn't deserve to be ranked among you fantastic authors. Keep weaving words!

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  13. Congrats to everyone!!! Every idea sounded very intesting: I espeically liked the one about Robin Hood's daughter and the one by Heather Manning. Is there any possible way I could read their books? :)

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    1. Hey, if you're serious that you want to read mine, shoot me an email :)
      hbroadwayphann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Congrats to everyone-especially the winners!! It was challenging choosing who (or whom...I stayed confused about which to use lol) to vote for! Great job!!!

    So excited about the book, Stephanie and Mrs. Williamson! Can't wait to read it!!!

    Congrats again! (I think I just overdid the exclamation marks haha.)
    ~Whitney

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    1. From Amo Libros:
      You use "who" if it's the subject, "whom" everywhere else ;)

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  15. Congratulations everyone!
    I absolutely love the third placed entry! It sounds amazing! Good work, Alison.

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  16. Congrats everyone! :D

    But...

    O.o

    Number 25. Aidyl's second-place entry. I made up that exact storyline back before I really did any actual writing-down. I wrote two (terrible, awful, short, disastrous, cringworthy) chapters and gave it up. But I am totally still in love with the story and must, must, must read this!

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    1. Oh wow. That sounds really interesting! Kinda crazy, but I guess there's nothing new...

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  17. From Amo Libros:
    Wow!!! Well done everyone!! This was great!!!
    Can we do this again sometime, Mrs. Morrill?

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