Monday, February 25, 2013

14 Announcing the 10 Finalists for the Pitch+250 Contest

Once again, the entries were absolutely amazing, and the judges had their work cut out for them. 

The entries of the 10 finalists will be posted on the blog on Monday are posted below. Congrats to all of you!

A Song in Winter - Kate Michael
Becoming Jinn - Lori A. Goldstein
Blackrock - Kendal Muse
Gripped - Laurie Litwin
Harold - The Kid Who Ruined My Life and Saved the Day - Dana Edwards
Liar's Chair - Matthew Stern
Meditation - Larissa Hardesty
Starwisp - Rebecca Harwell
The Only One - Keely Dunn
The Snake and the Darkness - Mari Clark

A million thanks to all of our fabulous judges!!

Round 2 Judges - Authors

Angela Ackerman - Angela Ackerman lives in Calgary, Alberta, just a short drive from the Canadian Rockies. A writer of Chapter Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult, her work has appeared in Spider Magazine, Wee Ones Magazine and several local city newsletters. When she isn't plotting about pirates, zombies or monsters made of cereal, she enjoys photography and taking in the natural beauty of Alberta with her family. She belongs to several writing groups, moderates for The Critique Circle, an online critique community and co-owns a popular writer's blog, The Bookshelf Muse. She is the co-author of THE EMOTION THESAURUS.
Angela's website
Angela's Twitter


Jodi Meadows - Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of INCARNATE and ASUNDER.
Jodi's website
Jodi's Twitter

Mindy McGinnis - Mindy McGinnis is a YA writer repped by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary. NOT A DROP TO DRINK is a post-apocalyptic survival tale set in a world where freshwater is almost nonexistent. Coming Fall, 2013 Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins.
Mindy's website
Mindy's Twitter

Kat Zhang - Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. An English major at Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time performing spoken-word poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. WHAT'S LEFT OF ME is her first novel.
Kat's website
Kat's Twitter

Elana Johnson - Elana Johnson wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to go, and have cool superpowers. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. She lives in central Utah where she spends her time with many students, one husband, and two kids. She is the author of POSSESSION and SURRENDER.


  1. Congrats to all! Looking forward to seeing the pitches! :)

  2. How exciting!! Congratulations everyone!!!

  3. Congratulations to everyone! I can't wait to read the other entries!

  4. Congrats everyone, so excited for you all!

  5. Lori A. Goldstein (@_lagold)February 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Wow, honored to have made it into the top ten. Thanks to the judges! I'm going to excuse myself from the contest as I have been offered representation but I am so grateful to have been a part of this! Good luck everyone!

    1. Hi Lori! WOW congrats! That's awesome and I am so happy for you! I remember this going through the First Five Pages Workshop and how fresh the approach was, so I'm not the least surprised. I wish you the best of luck going forward, and expect we'll see it on the bookshelves soon.

      Unfortunately, the judges already have the scorecards and one very prompt agent has already returned yours completed. This means we can't pick an alternate, which is truly a shame. All we can do is notify the remaining judges not to score yours so that you are no longer in the running for the top slot or critiques.

      Again, congratulations! I'm so very thrilled for you!!!!! :)

  6. Congrats to the next round winners (and especially Lori!). :D

  7. Three cheers to the top ten finalists and to Lori Goldstein for accomplishing the goal of representation :-)

  8. Squeeeeeeee for the finalists. I can't wait to read your wonderful words. Congratulations. And double squeeeeee for Lori signing with an agent.

  9. Way to go Lori!! Thank you judges and congrats to everyone! Can't wait to read the other entries :)

  10. Lori A. Goldstein (@_lagold)February 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Thank you everyone! Can't wait to read the entries and good luck to all! Thrilled to have been a part of this as well as the First Five Pages Workshop. Great learning experience!

  11. What a cool contest! Congrats everyone.

  12. Wow, some great pitches! Congrats, all!


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