Thursday, February 18, 2016

12 Red Light/Green Light Contest: Announcing the Top 25!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Below are the top 25 entries in our Red Light/Green Light contest, where writers are vying for the prize of a phone call with fabulous agent Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary.



Be sure to check back next Thursday, when we'll post our agent judge's top 10 selected entries!

CONGRATS to all who made it in, and good luck going forward! And for those who didn't make it in, remember that this is all subjective. If you're unsure about your opening, consider entering AYAP's First Five Pages Workshop, which runs monthly, for some extra guidance!

And now, presenting:

THE TOP 25 ENTRIES
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Terry Bell
Young Adult Fantasy
Pa was taking too long to cut the boys’ throats. Near ten minutes were run out since he’d vanished into the quarantine hut, and Fie had spent the last seven of them glaring at its gilded door and trying not to pick at a stray thread on her ragged black robe.
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D Lollis
Middle Grade Contemporary
"Mom, Brandon is smelling his dirty underwear—again," my older sister Bethany yelled as I crawled on the cold marble tile of the third floor laundry room. She grabbed her black jacket from a hanger, rolled her eyes, and left me to search for kind-of-clean boxers.
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KD Proctor
New Adult Romance
If it’s possible for a tray of pastries to blackmail me, I think I might need to file a restraining order against The Steamy Bean’s cinnamon chip scones. My stomach twists and bubbles, reminding me that eating one of those buttery, rich bad-boys minutes before my Skype interview is a really bad idea.
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Kara Reynolds
Young Adult SciFi
The universe should have a rule that bad news can't arrive over breakfast, but it doesn't. So of course, the news of Jay’s murder came while I was eating a bowl of Rice Krispies, looking at my phone, and pretending not to hear my parents' argument.
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Ellie Luken
Young Adult Fantasy
Only fools or the desperate wandered beyond the city walls by themselves. Zarailla had yet to determine which one of those categories the man on the horizon belonged to.
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Devyn B. Makin
Young Adult Magical Realism
Routine is what predators look for in their prey. This was one of many sayings Jake Dorian heard growing up with his dad.
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VV Sinnott
Young Adult Magical Realism
My parents were whispering in the living room, a sure sign they were talking about something they didn’t want me to hear. If they really wanted to keep their conversation private they should have had it somewhere else.
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Michele Blood
Young Adult Contemporary
A bead of sweat nestled itself beneath the bandages pinching Alex's skin. "Get out," she said to the woman sporting a "Child Life Specialist" badge.
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Olivia Hinebaugh
Young Adult Magical Realism
There wasn’t a funeral. Not like she deserved at least.
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Angela Dahle
Middle Grade Fantasy
There aren't any unlucky numbers, only unlucky people. No arguing there, even if our link to ancient stardust is a fable knocked straight outta the Celestial Sky.
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Mare Hagarty
Young Adult Paranormal
The first time I saw her, she was a pink and black blur, all sharp edges and hollows. Most people took the turn that led to White Beach instead of tripping up the rutted path through the woods to Seaview Lawn.
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Laurine Bruder
Young Adult Fantasy
Ivy Greenhill's mind ticked as the prison wagon trundled along the dirt road. The stench of her waste made her gag, and her empty stomach cramped.
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Gillian Libby
Young Adult Romance
I didn’t know it was possible to screw over your entire family after you’ve been dead for two hundred years, but it turns out you’re never too dead to ruin a legacy. When the long lost and most beloved King Oliver’s remains were found the people of Sonora rejoiced.
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Joan Albright
Young Adult Steampunk
Silas clung to his tiny chainskiff, arms wrapped around the rail while it rocked and pitched and finally settled against the chain that held it in the sky. "Would you knock that off?"
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PJN
Young Adult Fantasy
Four years ago no one knew my name. Now they chant it as I scale the stairs leading to the Rumeena.
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Mae Parker
Young Adult Fantasy
Henbane Tower pierced the night like a dagger thrust into the heart of my kingdom. "Be brave, Persephone," I whispered, no stranger to talking to myself.
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Holly Pettit
Young Adult Historical
In the dark part of the city – the Soviet sector – a garden party was just breaking up. It was in the Majakowskiring, a posh district where Socialist party officials lived.
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Lana Pattinson
Young Adult Historical
Ominous clouds hovered over the loch, and Rowan Sinclair was about to lose his chance at freedom. The dense, yeasty aroma of alcohol settled on the sleeping casks like a thick blanket as Rowan crept into the whisky warehouse.
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TL Sumner
Young Adult Contemporary
I could do anything for fifteen seconds. Ignoring the burning sensation engulfing my thighs and lungs, I pumped my arms and concentrated on staying two steps behind Reed Barkley as we rounded the last turn of the sunbaked track.
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Gabi Snyder
Middle Grade Contemporary
After the funeral, I fall asleep and dream of snow. I dream of sledding in darkness across a deep blue lake.
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Holly M. Campbell
Young Adult Paranormal
The man standing in the kitchen had not been dead long. Mary recognized the signs of a newbie.
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Marva Dasef
Middle Grade Fantasy
A dark figure dropped silently from the window ledge to the alley below. Dressed in a black curiously darker than a coal mine, which, of course, no clothing had a right to be, no casual observer would notice the movement.
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Cassidy Taylor
Young Adult Fantasy
Sounds of revelry drift up to Ruby's sitting room, but she wants no part of it. It is a distant cacophony, sounds of another world, another life.
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Jenny
Middle Grade Fantasy
Deep in the forest, where the trees grew crooked and the wind whispered tales of woe, there was a tower, and in the tower there lived a girl. The tower was made of rough black stone and even though it stood taller than any tower should, the dark and twisted trees still stretched higher.
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Lizz Huerta
Young Adult Fantasy
The stink of the Fire Warrior reached Indir before he spoke. She pretended not to know he was standing behind her, breathing through her mouth and concentrating on painting in the lines of the carving on the temple wall.

12 comments:

  1. I just wanted to thank you for my being able to be part of the Top 50!! Congrats to the Top 25!! I wish you all the best of luck!!

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  2. Congrats to all. I echo Traci's comment. I was happy to be in the top 50--but boy, is this competition tough!

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  3. Congratulations top 25! Can't wait to see who moves on to the top 10! :)

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  4. Congratulations top 25! Glad to see many of my top picks in the bunch.

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  5. Thanks to the judges who included my entry in the top 25. It was an exciting moment, at least for my good friends who know my books and always urge me on to create more silliness.

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  6. I would read all of these books! Bravo guys. :D

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  7. I couldn't wait to see the second line of many of these so I'm glad to finally read them. I'm excited to see what next week brings.

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  8. Congrats all! Some super exciting and interesting sounding stories.

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  9. Wow!! So proud to be among such amazing writers! Congratulations to all!

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