Sunday, August 25, 2013

15 Announcing the Winner of the August Pitch+250 Contest

Congratulations to Tasha Ellis and her manuscript Brimstone for Breakfast!! She is the winner of a phone critique from Marietta Zacker of Nancy Gallt Literary.

Congrats to the Runners Up, who will receive a critique from one of our judges:

2nd place - Mage Storm by Meredith Mansfield
3rd place - Rectify by Jo Riley
4th place - Under the Violet Sky by Michaele Stoughton
5th place - Mighty Mike and the Alien Pez Dispenser by Marlene Moss
6th place - Gone Wild by Martha Mayberry

We will be in touch with all of you with instructions for submitting your pages for critique.

And a HUGE thank you to our Agent Judges for taking the time out of their busy schedules to help us out and offer their feedback so generously!!!

Marietta Zacker, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

Marietta has professionally experienced every aspect of children’s books for over 15 years, working with authors, illustrators, publishers, educators and readers. As an agent, she is passionate about bringing those worlds together. She represents authors whose words make her pause, shiver or laugh out loud and illustrators who add a completely different dimension to the story being told. Marietta approaches her work with the knowledge that there are remarkable books of all genres, targeted to all ages, just waiting to be discovered.

Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates

Katie joined Don Congdon Associates in 2007. In addition to maintaining her own client list, she acts as business manager. She focuses on vivid literary fiction, transportive historical fiction, up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, and lurid mysteries & thrillers with exotic or historical settings. In young adult, she is actively seeking both contemporary and fantastical high-concepts with a touch of romance. In middle grade, she looks for heart and humor with a strange or creepy twist. Most importantly, she is hooked by fiction with emotional resonance and longevity, and in her opinion, this requires an authentic voice, relatable characters, and a twisting plot that keeps her intrigued. For non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction about history, popular science, off-beat topics, and counter-culture. She is also a member of SCBWI.


  1. Congrats, Tasha! :D I'm so jealous of your phone critique!

  2. Whoa, colour me stunned. Thank you so much organisers, judges and agents!

  3. Congrats to Tasha and all the runner ups!

    1. To follow up on my last comment, will all top 10 contestants receive score cards from all judges (including agent judges)?

    2. Yes you will. I'll be sending them out this week.

    3. Yes you will. I'll be sending them out this week.

    4. Hello! Thanks so much for all the work you have done with this. It was my first time entering, so it was great to make it into the top 25. What a wonderful experience!

      I received my score cards and I have a quick question--There's only one score card for each round. Is this correct? If so, does that mean that only one person judged each submission or is each scorecard an average from all judges per round?

      Congratulations to Tasha and the rest of the top six!!

  4. And thank you Violinist and Hong :)

  5. 2nd! Happy dance.

    Congratulations to the winner!

  6. I can't believe I came in 4th! Super excited!
    Congrats Tasha!

  7. Congratulations Tasha! And thank you, Judges, for your efforts on our behalf.

  8. Congratulations everyone! Thanks to the judges and organizers.

  9. Congratulations all around, and yay for Tasha!

  10. Thanks so much for all your congrats, guys :D


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