Thursday, April 21, 2016

2 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 prizes of a gift certificate to One Stop for Writers AND a phone call with fabulous agent Kimberly Brower at RF Literary!



CONGRATS to all who made it in to our top 25, 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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JR Creaden
Young Adult SciFi
Muffled sobs drummed into my awareness as my vision washed over with endless white.
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Sheryl Stein
Young Adult Contemporary
I chugged the final drips of chocolate milk through the tiny, white straw and looked around the noisy school cafeteria, my eyes stabbing madly over faces and hairnets and trashcans all around the room.
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Amanda Perry
Young Adult Other
They say the devil was once an angel, no one knew this to be true so well as Evelyn Wharton.
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Stella Nadene
Young Adult Contemporary
Through the heavy blackness I somehow find peace for the two seconds it takes before the next burst of white light.
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Ambiguous_A08
Young Adult Suspense
Adam almost didn’t notice the message written on the back of the yield sign.
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Maureen O'Leary
Young Adult Contemporary
On the final night of summer vacation it didn’t matter what kind of fun I was having.
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Valerie Bodden
Young Adult Contemporary
I bury my face deeper in the sticky-sweet grass and try to tune out the shrieks and splashes coming from the pool on the other side of the yard.
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Michelle Collins
Young Adult Fantasy
Bearing the collective memory of an entire village is a burden meant only for a person of great strength and power.
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Ash Holland
Young Adult Dystopian
So far, there are no signs of danger.
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J.A. Ward
Young Adult Contemporary
Three months ago I watched a stranger die, so I know what death looks like.
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Ellen Plotkin Mulholland
Young Adult Contemporary
As if I need any further evidence we don't swim in the same gene pool, my brother bounds down the stairs.
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Maggie Hasbrouck
Young Adult Contemporary
My mother and every other woman who lives on Muriel Avenue gets paid to have sex, that’s just how it is.
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Rebecca J. Allen
Middle Grade Adventure
I stomped off the bus, weighed down by soul-crushing news and the long school day ahead of me.
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Jeri Baird
Middle Grade Magical Realism
The day the preacher called me cursed, I knew my life had changed.
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Jamie M. Selgen
Young Adult Paranormal
I tried to scream but my mouth refused to cooperate.
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Christy C
Young Adult SciFi
The gun clicks and I smile.
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Olga
Middle Grade Contemporary
Antonio glanced at the carved wooden box in his mom's room and opened it quickly.
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Annie Oakes
Middle Grade Contemporary
My cool black duffel bag shot out of the plastic curtain onto the baggage carousel and slowly circled towards me.
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Nova Lee Zaiden
Young Adult Paranormal
The shock returns in the middle of the night.
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Becky
Young Adult Suspense
My best friend had just saved the world, again.
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Megan Snyder
Young Adult Fantasy
Somehow she lived for almost 23 years without hearing of it.
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Jamie Adams
Young Adult Paranormal
They arrived like thieves, in the dead of night, traveling along the edge of a silence as sharp as a knife.
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Amira
Middle Grade Fantasy
Gaia’s lifelong dream was about to come true, and waiting patiently was incredibly hard
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A Reading Red Sox
Young Adult Contemporary
The boy in front of me will most likely have to die.
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Dana Nuenighoff
Young Adult Fantasy
No one witnessed tears stained my ocean-weathered face.

2 comments:

  1. Such great first lines. Best wishes to all!

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  2. Congrats to everyone! What a great opportunity.

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