- #11 L.J. Boldyrev (Lacey) - first place!
- #57 Sheila - second place!
- #47 Margaret Nichols - third place!
As she did with entries 11-25, Natalie has also provided comments for each of the top 10. They are in italics below the entry.
#11 L.J. Boldyrev (Lacey)
"Not much farther," Jack says.
I want to tell him he's driving too fast, to slow down so I can get a better look at the trees, but I know we got to hurry. This dead girl won't stay dead for long.
#54 S. L. Bynum (Shanika Leiann)
Her mother, standing by her side, bore a terrified expression. "Those are the alert chimes--the day we have been dreading has finally arrived."
I shrugged. All 4'11" of her was going to kick my ass if I told the truth, that I was stupid and didn't use anything.
- 1st Place: A 25-page critique by Natalie Fischer plus books by a Sandra Dijkstra agency author
- 2nd Place: A 10-page critique by Natalie Fischer plus books by a Sandra Dijkstra agency author
- 3rd Place: A 5-page critique by P.J. Hoover, author of the MG Forgotten Realms Novels, plus books by a Sandra Dijkstra agency author
- 4-10th Place: A 3-page critique from one of the debut authors who has recently battled through the submission process and won. These generous authors are: Tahereh Mafi, Kirsten Hubard, Cole Gibsen, Michelle Hodkin, Michele Corriel, Robin Mellom or Tracy Clark.
Congratulations to everyone! This has been so much fun for us to watch!
- P. J. Hoover grew up visiting museums and dreaming of finding Atlantis. She eventually married and had two children, shifted her dreams to reality, and began a writing career. PJ enjoys writing fantasy for middle grade and teen readers, boys and girls alike. Her middle grade fantasy novels, The Emerald Tablet and The Navel of the World, chronicle the adventures of a boy who discovers he's part of two feuding worlds hidden beneath the sea. Prior to writing full time, PJ worked as an electrical engineer designing chips in Austin, Texas. PJ is represented by Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
- Riley Carney is seventeen years old and has written seven MG/YA novels. The first book of the five-book Reign of the Elements Series,The Fire Stone, was released January 2010, and the second book, The Water Stone, will be released August 2010. Riley is passionate about promoting global literacy through the nonprofit corporation that she founded because she believes that the way to help children break the cycle of poverty and exploitation is through literacy.
- Tracy Clark has completed two YA novels and is currently working on her third. She is represented by Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. She’s a wife, mother, lover of words, private pilot and irredeemable dreamer. Tracy was mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, in the NV SCBWI Mentor Program.
- Award-winning journalist, freelance writer and book reviewer, Michele Corriel's debut middle grade novel, Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery, comes out this summer and her debut picture book, Weird Rocks, will be out this fall. Michele is also the Regional Advisor for SCBWI's Montana Chapter and conducts writing workshops throughout the year.She is represented by The McVeigh Agency.
- When Cole Gibsen isn't writing she can be found shaking her booty in a zumba class, picking off her nail polish, or drinking straight from the jug (when no one is looking). Cole's debut YA paranormal, Katana, is due out from Flux in spring, 2012.
- Michelle Hodkin is a lawyer and YA author represented by Diana Fox of Fox Literary, LLC. Her debut novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in Fall 2011.
- Kirsten Hubbard is a San Diego-based travel writer and young adult author who is always running away to exotic places, or at least imagining them. Her debut YA novel, Like Mandarin, will be published by Delacorte Press in March 2011. She's represented by Michelle Andelman of Lynn C. Franklin Associates.
- Tahereh a.k.a. T.H. Mafi works as a graphic designer. Her blog Grab a Pen consistently entertains the masses. She writes YA novels and is represented by the ever-fabulous Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency.
- Robin Mellom has a Master's degree in education and has been a middle school teacher and social worker for children with autism. She is now a full-time writer and her debut novel, Ditched, will be published by Disney-Hyperion in spring 2012.
- Lisa Green is not a demon, ghost, vampire, fairy or shape-shifter*. She has, however, enjoyed reading and writing about them since the age of seven. Her short stories and poems have been featured in several online magazines and her manuscripts are represented by the amazing Rubin Pfeffer of East-West Literary. *Please note that the exclusion of werewolves above is strictly coincidental.