Ladies and gentlemen, Sapphire Star Publishing (SSP) is in the Alley!

Before we begin, a huge thank you to Amy, Katie, and Devyn at SSP for making this contest possible.

Who: Anyone with a complete NA contemporary or NA paranormal manuscript and a polished, query-style pitch (<250 words) may enter.

What: This is a speed-based contest. Only the first 25 entries will be considered by Amy Lichtenhan, co-owner of Sapphire Star Publishing.

When: February 09, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. EST.
(We chose this time because many of you work during the week, and it should be fairly accessible for most time zones.)

Where: Right here!

Why: Because we love you. ♥

Will SSP consider novellas?
How many winners will they select? Up to three.
What will each winner receive? A full manuscript request!
Will there be runners-up? Possibly...
How many? To be determined.
What will each runner-up receive? A partial manuscript request (first three chapters)!
May I enter a second pitch? No. One entry per person, please.
How long do I have to enter? The submissions window will remain open until we receive 25 valid entries. First come, first serve. If we do not receive 25 valid entries within one week, the submissions window will close automatically.

Entries should follow this format:

Word Count:
Query-style Pitch (no more than 250 words) 

We ask that comments be limited to entries on this post. If you have a question, please contact us via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Thank you so much for participating. We wish you all the very best of luck! :) Are you ready?

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  1. Name: Michelle Smith

    Email: masmith324(at)gmail(dot)com

    Title: Strike Three

    Genre: NA Romantic Suspense

    Word Count: 65,000

    Pitch: Elaina Andrews never thought she would see her former best friend, Cole Hudson, again - not after he ditched her to join the "in" crowd in high school. However, one year after graduation, the two find themselves thrust together while on a camping trip with mutual of whom winds up brutally murdered. Isolated and alone in the wilderness, Elaina and Cole must work together to avoid becoming victims themselves. While dealing with the aftermath, Elaina realizes there is much more to Cole than meets the eye. As they rekindle and mend an old relationship, a serial killer is still lurking in the background, waiting for that oh-so-perfect moment to strike.

  2. Name: Molly Louise Bilinski


    Title: Sage

    Genre: NA Paranormal

    Word Count: 115,000

    Query-style Pitch:

    Eleanora Hope not only reads the obits with too much enthusiasm, but is also a half step away from being classified as a crazy cat lady at twenty.

    She was a full-blown Sage following the death of her grandmother shortly after high school, charged with keeping the dead beneath the graveyard ground. With no plans to go to college or even leave the cottage left to her, Ella discovers there’s a fine line between homebody and hermit, and she’s not afraid to walk it.

    But life goes sideways when two Heavenly dropouts arrive unexpectedly in her graveyard. Ella’s not sure what to do with them, much less how to handle when Abigail Leonore and the Sage Council make an appearance to investigate the disturbance. There’s something not quite right about Abigail, and Ella’s buried childhood – and her parents’ murders – comes back with a vengeance.

    Between assassination attempts, and a burgeoning romance she has absolutely no idea how to handle, Ella’s cottage and graveyard become the proverbial war zone, and she stands to lose everything she has left to murder, magic, and greed at the hands of a power-hungry ex-Sage.

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  4. Name: Tara Brown


    Title: The Lonely

    Genre: NA Contemporary-Romantic/Thriller

    Word Count: 88,770

    Query-style Pitch:

    The truth is subjective to what the lonely lets in.

    Emalyn Spicer has lived with it for a long time. She thinks it goes back further than her memories do. She knows it goes back further than the OCD.

    When she arrives at college, her OCD's and the lonely refuse to let her have her wish to be normal.

    When she meets Sebastian and starts to fall for him, she lets herself believe it's possible to outrun the things chasing her from the past. But how to you get away from the things inside of you? How do you run from yourself?

    Just as she gives up and succumbs to the lonely, the unthinkable happens. She finds herself once again trapped in the dark, once again held against her will.

    This time she meets the lonely head on. In the darkest corners of her mind, she discovers there is more to her world than she ever imagined. She discovers that the lonely was there for her, protecting her from herself and her secrets.

    How far would you go to find yourself?

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  6. Name: Shannon Wixom
    Genre: NA Mystery/Light Sci-fi
    Word Count: 76,000


    No girl should have to spend her last summer before college babysitting her brothers on a remote island in French Polynesia. Yeah, tell that to Trinity Holbrook's divorced parents.

    What begins as the most eye-rolling, sigh-inducing summer of Trinity's life quickly morphs into a Gothic novel. Strange, haunting screams wake her in the night. Exotic birds? Maybe, but the natives claim their island has been cursed with a monster. Dogs are disappearing, sharks dying and the island’s famous blue-eyed eel population has been mutilated. Everyone seems wary of something lurking in the darkness of the jungle, even Rylander, the cute but totally annoying guy stuck as her tour guide.

    As Trinity unravels the island's secrets, she discovers that her dad has the greatest one of all.

  7. good luck to all the participants!!! thanks for keeping us in the loop Carrie!

  8. Name: Barb Taub
    Title: Null City
    Genre: NA/Paranormal
    Wordcount: 83K

    Superpowers suck. If you want to live a normal life, Null City is just a Metro train ride away. After one day there, imps become baristas, and hellhounds become poodles. Demons settle down, become parents, join the PTA, and worry about their taxes.
    But when forces try to destroy Null City in order to capture the the angelic relic powering the City and its Metro, Gaby, a (technically) dead accountant, teams up with Leila, teenage daughter of the Prince of Hell, to protect the City. It just would have been nice if someone told them the angels were all on the other side. Or that the only one who can help is Gaby’s ex — the angel she killed.

  9. Name: Mia Kayla
    Title: Marry Me For Money
    Genre: New Adult Contemporary
    Word Count: 80,000
    Query-style Pitch:

    All Bethany Casse ever wanted was to live the American dream because growing up she had anything but. When her deadbeat mother abandons her and left her with mounds of debt by stealing her identity, Beth is devastated but not broken. Because Beth’s dream of leaving small town Wauconda turns into reality when straight out of college she lands a job at One Financial in Chicago, the nation’s biggest baddest bank.

    Work brings her in contact with Kent; the heir of Plack Industries and an unlikely friendship develops. If he wasn’t spoiled, lazy and a bona fide man whore, he’d make perfect long-term material.

    When Kent discovers he will lose his trust fund if he doesn’t marry, he turns to his only true friend for help – Bethany. Kent offers a solution that would help her out in return – Marry Me for Money.

    It was supposed to be an easy fix; married, divorced, debt paid and a new start with the perfect guy Brian, she just started dating. But Beth is smitten by Kent’s loving family and with all the pretending, friendship lines are blurred and the solution is not as easy as it seems.

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  11. Name: Devon Herrera
    Title: Sapphire Universe
    Genre: New Adult Contemporary
    Word Count:86,372

    Some people are so focused on themselves that they miss out on the world around them. These people are consumed with their own pain, trials and live inside of their own world, never noticing what the Universe has to offer outside of their bubble. They don’t see the paths set before them and as is the law of the Universe, when you set out on the wrong path, you lose. Nina Ryan was one of those people.

    When she was 17, Nina’s world was turned upside down. Devastated by grief, she was blind to the warning signs the Universe was sending her. Crippled by her emotions she never saw the betrayal coming and she barely made it out whole. When she did, she vowed to never be taken unawares again.

    Now Nina is a spectator of the world, always searching for signs that she is staying on the path the Universe has set for her. The Universe has never steered her wrong before, so why would it throw her into the path of the one thing she should be avoiding? And it just keeps pushing.

    Connor is a beautiful stranger with Sapphire eyes that see everything. Why would a man from New York who could have anyone want a small town broken girl? Nothing about him makes sense and everything about him screams risk. Will Connor finally be the risk Nina gains from, or is he hiding something that could finally destroy her for good? Only the Universe knows.

  12. Name: Kelsey Keating
    Title: Land In Between
    Genre: New Adult Contemporary
    Word Count: 72,700
    Query Pitch:

    Abigail Carmichael is not your average heiress. Instead of going to posh parties and splurging on trips to the Hamptons, Abby has spent her last three years trying to create distance between her family and herself. Raised in part by her cold, uncaring brother after their parents suicide, the young college drop-out is hell bent on proving life can be fulfilling without relying solely on her inheritance.

    Working as a secretary in her attorney’s firm, Abby creates the perfect cover to live an average, hard working life. Her neat little existence crashes around her ears when her brother and sister-in-law die tragically in a car accident, leaving Abby as the sole guardian to their three children.

    Austin, Maddie, and Connor haven’t always been treated with love and affection, and Abby knows being stuck with their “crazy aunt” makes less sense to them than a monkey riding a bucking rhino. It’s up to the young billion-heiress – with the help of a strangely insightful nanny- to teach them the meaning of family, love, and forgiveness.

  13. Name: Ashleyn Poston
    Title: INFAMOUS
    Genre: Contemporary
    Word Count: 49,600
    Query-style Pitch:

    Everyone knows Roman Montgomery.

    The bad-boy rockstar doesn't just love fame, he basks in it. The girls, the VIP rooms, the roar of the crowd... But when his bandmate fatally overdoses, he drops from the spotlight. A year later he surfaces in the small beach town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and unexpectedly reunites with the last girl he ever wanted to see.

    A classic rock junkie, Junie is the only girl who knew the real Roman Montgomery---the Roman before the fame. Now on vacation and about to watch her Mom marry a sleazy jazz-loving architect, the dirty little secrets of a childhood sweetheart are the least of her worries.

    But what Junie doesn't realize is that she can shatter the intricate web of lies that make up the infamous Roman Montgomery with one simple word...

    Lucky for her, there’s a paparazzo hellbent on destroying Roman's reputation, and he will do anything for it.

    Absolutely anything.

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