May 22, 2013

Query Kombat Tournament Line-Up


Let me know if you don't know why your entry disappeared. Email us at querykombat at yahoo dot com ASAP.

New picks added.

First off, I want to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who entered the tournament. Never did it cross our minds that Query Kombat would become as successful as it has. Thank you.

With over 210 entries in our inbox, we had a very tough time choosing who would advance into the tournament. For some, as little as a comma was grounds for elimination. We even had to pass up on some exceptional entries for no reason at all. Just because you didn't make it into the tournament doesn't mean your query or first page isn't good. And just because your query and first page ARE good/great/excellent doesn't mean you shouldn't strive to make them even better and help your fellow writer advance to the next level.

That being said, we hope help some of you (who didn't make it in the tournament) with your queries. Post your twitter name and entry nickname in the comments of ONE of our blogs. We will critique as many entries as we can over twitter. They will be general critiques, nothing in-depth. I have no idea how many crits we will be able to do. That all depends on how much time we have left over after formatting everything for the tournament. Be patient with us.

Now, to get to what you've all been waiting for: the Query Kombat kontestants...

Adult Kontestants:

Dangerous Politics: Adult Thriller
To Die For: Adult Thriller
Tall Ships and Magic: Adult Historical Fantasy
Mississippi CrazyPants: Women's Fiction
WytchCraft: Adult Urban Fantasy
Nostalgic Dreamer: Adult Contemp. Romance
Like-Minded Individuals: Adult Thriller
History Hound: Adult Historical Fiction (2nd Entry)
McTavish Academy: Adult Urban Fantasy
Penny Lane Grows up: Women's Fiction
Dr. Thermo: Adult Science Fiction
Sway Me Buble: Women's Fiction
The Decapitator: Adult Urban Fantasy
Meryl-and-I: Women's Fiction
The Fisherman: Adult Literary Suspense
Aztecs in Space: Adult Science Fiction
Zone Tripper: Adult Science Fiction
BeelzebubBasher: Adult Historical Fiction
The Swimmer: Adult Social Science Fiction
Champagne and Hotdogs: Women's Fiction
Knights in Shining Armani: Adult Contemp. Romance (new)

New Adult Kontestants:

O Captain, My Captain: NA Contemporary
Kicking Ash: NA Fantasy
Avenging Angels: NA Urban Fantasy

Young Adult Kontestants:

HeadScarfJazz: YA Contemporary
Lies and Lovers: YA Contemp. (in verse)
Repo Girl: YA Contemporary
TheSpaceMafia: YA Science Fiction
Minna Gray: YA Futuristic Fantasy
Not Odette: YA Fantasy
Burrito Thief: YA Fantasy
Elementary Girl: Alt Historical Mystery
DAMNED: YA Dark Fantasy
DreamPirate: YA Crime
Alien Prep School Confidential: YA Science Fiction
Denali: YA Science Fiction
Multitude of Death Stars: YA Science Fiction
Spirit Slayer: YA Southern Gothic
Misfit Apocalypse: YA Science Fiction
Broken Jar: YA Contemporary
The Little Red Head: YA Fantasy
BourneMW: YA Science Fiction
SharkyMalarkey:  YA Contemporary
Supergeeker: YA Fantasy
Colorblind: YA Science Fiction
Villainous Wizard: YA Contemporary Fantasy
FistsofFury: YA Thriller
Revenant: YA Urban Fantasy
SugarTales: YA Contemporary
Sillius: YA Contemporary
RedDryad: YA Paranormal Fiction
Tricks aren't for Kids: YA Contemporary
Bridget Meets Georgia in Homage to Jane: YA Romance


JungleVendetta: MG Science Fiction
Troglin Snot: MG Fantasy
Too Many Legs to Play Baseball: MG Fantasy
Wishwell: MG Contemporary
Zombie Barbers: MG Comedy
Strongarm Odyssey: MG Fantasy
One-Eyed Cat: MG Mystery
Eye Above You: MG Contemporary 
Interstellar Pez: MG Science Fiction (new)


  1. @KBullockAuthor - Roycroft Girl

  2. Hey thanks for the contest! @Hezzerdavis - ForbEdenLove

  3. Good luck to all who made it through to the next round!

    @AnnetteTDodd - Quest Seeker Unleashed

  4. Good luck everyone!

    @DianaSousaBooks - The Memoir of Irene Adler.

  5. Good luck everyone!

    Would love a crit, but I have a newer query that (I hope) solves all the problems my old one had.

    That being said, here's my info:

    @JustinDHerd - Drunken Raine

  6. Mike- Your vision of QueryKombat succeeded! Thanks for creating a competitive yet educational forum where we can risk and test our writing skills. And to all who entered and supported each other. Keep it up! -Eye Above You. Go MG!

  7. Congrats and good luck to all the winners!

    Thanks for hosting such an important tournament. Queries are a thorn in most writer's sides. The more we know what works and doesn't work the better off we are.

  8. Check your email for crits. Doing it via email is SOO much easier.

  9. I'd appreciate a crit. @slsabovitch on twitter. Entry name: Crazy Muse