Team Obi-Wan and the Wookies: Finalists Team Obi-Wan and the Wookies: Finalists



35 Word Pitch:   When a friend's evisceration reeks of necromancy and Clare was the intende...

Adult Horror: Scrapetown Adult Horror: Scrapetown

35 Word Pitch: When a friend's evisceration reeks of necromancy and Clare was the intended target, she and a reckless bayou warlock set out to trap and destroy the elusive killer who shares her power over ghosts.


Genre: Adult Horror


Title: Scrapetown


Word Count: 90,000


Special Question: Clare would be a bass player in a Mos Eisley Cantina band. She'd appreciate the ability to find work anywhere and travel more or less unnoticed, and would love to have a crucial and well-defined role in a tightly knit group of people without being the center of attention. The lack of pressure to save anyone but herself wouldn't hurt.


35 Word Pitch:  After the Church burns Quil’s home, he abandons the ashes in search of justice. ...

Adult Sci-fi: Saints' Scales Adult Sci-fi: Saints' Scales


35 Word Pitch: After the Church burns Quil’s home, he abandons the ashes in search of justice. Now, Librarian-Priests hunt him through paper-deserts for a stolen secret. Unless he survives, the chthonic Archives and its machine-gods will die.

Genre: Adult Sci-fi

Title: SAINTS' Scales

Word Count: 108,000

Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? Jocasta Nu. Quil's mentor was also a bad-ass Librarian. He could think of worse things than ending up like her.

35 Word Pitch:  When Oak befriends a kitten and the teal-haired girl, his shattered heart begins ...

MG Fantasy: The Broken Boy & His Patchwork Heart MG Fantasy: The Broken Boy & His Patchwork Heart

35 Word Pitch: When Oak befriends a kitten and the teal-haired girl, his shattered heart begins mending. But the alchemist who covets misery senses opportunity. If Oak can't trick him, the alchemist will claim his friends too. 

Genre: MG Fantasy

Title: THE BROKEN BOY & HIS PATCHWORK HEART

Word Count: 62,000

Special Question: Yoda. No doubt about it, seeing as Oak prefers to keep to tradition and would rather be the one to know the secrets, not the poor soul trying to figure them out. Also, at first glance, Yoda's terribly underestimated. Oak would like to think he's the same.


35 Word Pitch:  Third-generation Watched, seventeen-year-old Orley Aragón’s entire life is filme...

YA Sci-fi: Seen YA Sci-fi: Seen

35 Word Pitch: Third-generation Watched, seventeen-year-old Orley Aragón’s entire life is filmed for the Nation. After her ratings drop and her best friend disappears, she risks newfound love and the only world she knows to escape the Network.
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Title: SEEN
Word Count: 102,000
Special Question: If your main character could be any Star War character, who would they choose and why?
Orley would choose to be Princess Leia Oragna, because she identifies with her life. Like Princess Leia, whose adopted father tries to prepare her for her eventual duties as Queen, Orley’s father constantly reminds her of her responsibilities to the Network. Orley is also frustrated with her mother grooming her to be the next big star on the Watched, just as Princess Leia is annoyed with her aunts who lecture her on her etiquette, appearance, and company. Ultimately, both Orley and Princess Leia refuse to accept the superficial expectations of their roles, instead focusing on finding the truth in their worlds and fighting for what’s right.

35 Word Pitch:   If seventeen-year-old wizard Inani wants to save her only friend from child-sa...

YA Fantasy: Her Crooked Shadow YA Fantasy: Her Crooked Shadow

35 Word Pitch: If seventeen-year-old wizard Inani wants to save her only friend from child-sacrifice by her Order, she’ll have to join a pack of murder-happy conspiracy idiots and overthrow her former family. Legend of Korra meets Deadpool.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Title: Her Crooked Shadow

Word Count: 93,000

If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why?: It's a toss-up between Mara Jade and Han Solo (badasses with shady pasts, now doing whatever they want), but Han's best friend can/does rip peoples' arms off, so Han wins.

35 Word Pitch:   British teen is thrown into rocky waters when she ’ s sent to a small Florida to...

YA Contemporary: Water Down My Walls YA Contemporary: Water Down My Walls

35 Word Pitch: British teen is thrown into rocky waters when shes sent to a small Florida town to recharge. Without her mum or bestfriend, she must navigate through her anxiety and depression before she sinks for good.

Genre: YA Contemporary

Title: Water Down My Walls

Word Count: 76,000

Special Question (If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why?): My MC would choose to be Rey. Five words — she pilots the Millennium Falcon. Shes determined, self-sufficient, and more courageous than brave. That said, even though my MC would choose Rey, she would connect most with Finn. Whether its the First Order, depression or anxiety, Finn and my MC are pulled into an adventure without their consent. Their resulting mission might not be as explosive as blowing up a Death Star, but their mission is to survive and look out for those they care about.

35 Word Pitch:   Heaven is a dive bar where eighteen-year-old alcoholic, Mary, uses letters to sp...

YA Magical Realism: Dear Dead Drunk Girl YA Magical Realism: Dear Dead Drunk Girl

35 Word Pitch: Heaven is a dive bar where eighteen-year-old alcoholic, Mary, uses letters to speak to the living, atone for her sins, and hopefully save her sister from a stalker.

Genre: YA Magical Realism

Title: DEAR DEAD DRUNK GIRL

Word Count: 64,000

Special Question: If my MC Mary could be any Star Wars character she would be Lando Calrissian. Both Lando and Mary understand the devastating guilt one mistake carries.  And both characters struggle to redeem themselves as they strive to make things better for the ones they love.


35 word Pitch:   Siren-blood McKenna breaks the most sacred laws of her kind; binding her song t...

YA Contemporary Fantasy: In Lyres and Lies YA Contemporary Fantasy: In Lyres and Lies


35 word Pitch: Siren-blood McKenna breaks the most sacred laws of her kind; binding her song to one Siren, her soul to another, while discovering that being heard, being obeyed, is much more satisfying than being silenced.

Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy


Title: IN LYRES AND LIES (A Siren's Lament)

Word Count: 70,000

If you're main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? Honestly? McKenna won't get likability points for this, but she'd choose someone like Mother Talzin. Sure, she's evil as hell itself, but Talzin knows exactly what she's capable of. She knows her power inside and out, and isn't above using it for her own personal gain. McKenna has always been too afraid of herself to explore her True potential. At least Talzin dies defending her son though, right?

Pitch:   Twelve-year-old papergirl and sleuth Kazuko Jones knows the Athen’s Kidnapper is on her ...

MG Thriller: My Paper Route and Other Deadly Things MG Thriller: My Paper Route and Other Deadly Things

Pitch: Twelve-year-old papergirl and sleuth Kazuko Jones knows the Athen’s Kidnapper is on her route. But in a botched rescue attempt, her BFF is swiped, and Kazuko must spring him free before he disappears forever.

Genre: Upper Middle Grade Thriller


Title: My Paper Route and Other Deadly Things


Word Count: 45,000


Special Question: Kazuko would choose to be Rey because she’s all about saving herself and others. Also, because running while holding hands is stupid.


35 Word Pitch:   When Helen of Troy enters the afterlife, she must face all the heroes who died i...

YA Fantasy: The Fall of Troy YA Fantasy: The Fall of Troy

35 Word Pitch: When Helen of Troy enters the afterlife, she must face all the heroes who died in the war she caused. She doesn't remember the past, but they do—and they aren't ready to forgive her.

Genre: YA Fantasy


Title: THE FALL OF TROY

Word Count: 76,000

Special Question: She'd want to be Rey, who is capable, independent, brave—and a very good fighter.


35 Word Pitch:  Sick of hiding from moronic fans of the documentary about her life, sixteen-yea...

YA Paranormal: The Waiting Dark - Judge the Judges YA Paranormal: The Waiting Dark - Judge the Judges

35 Word Pitch: Sick of hiding from moronic fans of the documentary about her life, sixteen-year-old graffiti artist Lena tackles an even tougher challenge: exorcising the ghost of her serial killer mother before Mommy Dearest finds new victims.


35 Word Pitch: Twenty-three-year-old nursing student Camila is supposed to be dead. Saved fro...

Adult Speculative: Camila Folds - Judge the Judges Adult Speculative: Camila Folds - Judge the Judges


35 Word Pitch: Twenty-three-year-old nursing student Camila is supposed to be dead. Saved from an exploding plane by a teleporting English teacher, she must prove her worth to his secret society or never see her five-year-old son again.

Name: Erin Hall (writing as Rowan Hall)
Genre: Adult Urban Speculative
Title: Camila Folds
Word Count: 83,000
If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why?: Camila would be Ahsoka Tano because she’s spunky, a problem solver, eager to prove herself capable, and, though she doesn’t know it, she’s just started an apprenticeship.

35 Word Pitch: Twenty-three-year-old nursing student Camila is supposed to be dead. Saved from an exploding plane by a teleporting English teacher, she must prove her worth to his secret society or never see her five-year-old son again.

First 250 Words:
Camila Maria Vera jumped out of an exploding plane with a man she barely knew. The alternative was death, but Abuela still would not have approved.
Still, she did it, and although she had moments later when she regretted it and everything that followed more than late night black coffee and onion rings runs, most human beings probably would have done the same thing. It’s remarkable what we can justify when the airborne vehicle we are in is disintegrating a mile over the desert.

Before the disintegration, though, and before the regret, and well before Abuela ever got wind of what might have happened that night, Camila Maria Vera argued with the woman checking her in for her flight back to Los Angeles from Atlanta. It was mostly about the special item the airline had now lost twice, though the fact Camila was holding the airline to their promise of an upgrade to first class on this red-eye also came into play.

“Daniel Harriman,” Cami said, pulling out the business card with the name of the oh-so-penitent manager upon it. “He assured me,” she added, speaking firmly, using a lot of eye contact, and channeling the last of her dwindling energy at the woman, “that my insurance would be comped and I would be upgraded to first class for the return flight. It should already be done.”

Despite the fact that she was frizzy-haired and haggard from three days of wearing a Yoda Hoodie in 90 degree and 90% humidity weather, she did her best to keep it together.


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