Monday, May 24, 2010


Here's the Big Announcement, in Ms. Ortiz's own words:

Thanks so much to all who participated, and thanks to Authoress for taking the time to host this contest every month!

Please note that while there were several posts where I commented that I would, indeed, read more, I've chosen to limit the prizes to those who really did stand out the most. Of course if you'd like to query me in the future, please feel free by visiting our web site. That being said, there are a few of you who already have either been rejected by me OR who have partials/fulls with me - note that my comments were strictly about the 250 words you posted and NOT in reference to what I have read in the past / have yet to read.

Also please note that this is a very subjective industry. It's quite clear by the wide variety of opinions after each post that not everyone shares the same tastes. Same with agents. So note that if I said it wasn't for me, I'm sure it may appeal to someone else.

As for prizes....

Honorable mentions: I'd love to read the first thirty pages, along with a synopsis and query.
  • #3: GREYSKIN
  • #24: Undecided
  • #46: GILDED

Winner: I'd love to read the first 100 pages, along with a synopsis and query.

Congratulations, all! Please email me at facelesswords(at) for specific submission instructions.


L.J. Boldyrev said...

Thank you! Some awesome entries and I am proud to be an honorable mention (#3)! Thanks, Kathleen!

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Yes! Honorable mention, woohoo!

Thank you so much, Kathleen! And my vote was totally for DAUGHTERS OF BRIGIT - if this gets published, please let us all know. I would love to read it!

Morgan Baden said...

Yay! I've read and fawned over Daughters of Brigit myself--I'm so pleased for the author!

Melinda said...

Yay! Thanks so much Ms. Ortiz, Authoress and all the critiquers.

(honorable mention #24)

K. M. Walton said...

Congratulations to the winners. THANK YOU to both Authoress and Ms. Ortiz for the opportunity to get valuable feedback.

mepurfield said...

Congradulations to the winners, from number 25. And thanks for your feedback. This was a lot of fun. I hope I can do it again.


Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations to the winners. Take the advice I learned the hard way last month, and don't rush! Make sure your pages are perfect.

Michelle said...

Congrats, winners! I think anyone brave enough to put your work up for critique in a public forum is a winner!

Thanks to all who took time to comment. I really appreciate it!

Sandy Shin said...

Congratulations to all the winners! :)

Desirae said...

Congrats to all the winners out there from #20! Take care and good luck to everyone who submitted.

Thanks to all the people who took the time to read and comment on my page. It was definitely an experience to remember!

Most of all, thank you Authoress and Kathleen!

melodycolleen said...

Just want to add my congratulations to all the winners, and to thank everyone who commented on #11 - really appreciate it. And of course, a huge thanks to Authoress and Ms. Ortiz.

laurasibson said...

Thanks everyone for all your supportive comments on DAUGHTERS OF BRIGIT. I'm shocked and thrilled to be a winner. I'm taking Theresa's advice above and reading back through the pages again - considering the many comments that suggested that I need a good edit :)

Authoress, my hat goes off to you.
Commenters, you rock!

Back to re-reading...

Trish said...

Congratulations to all the winners and good luck.

Thanks, Authoress and Kathleen, for a fun contest. It was awesome.

I also wanted to thank everyone who commented on #30. I appreciate that so much. I'm glad I didn't gross you out too much. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Secret Agent, Kathleen, you made my day with your feedback. Thank you so much.

What a fun week this was.

Anonymous said...


This is a clapping reply. No injuries were sustained but the claps were loud and enthusiastic all the same.

It's for all of us. For the blog, the agents/editors and for the participants who all come together to make the experience here so pleasant.


Krista V. said...

Congratulations, winners! From what I hear, Ms. Ortiz is a fantastic agent!

DLJensen said...

Congratulations and good luck to everyone! Special thanks to Authoress for her hard work putting the contest together.


Miriam said...

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks, SA, for taking the time to read the entries and write all the comments. Thanks to all of the readers for offering your insight and critiques for my first page. You have brought up many things I hadn't considered and have made me look at my work in a totally different way. And thank you, Authoress, for all your hard work putting on this contest! Miriam (#57)