There were a lot of great entries, some absolutely hilarious ones, and a few that kinda made me question whether the writer was actually communicating in the English language. But there were several real standouts for me (I've added the character count and the comment poster's handle):
The Winning Query:
What would YOU do if you realized all the kids on your baseball team were vampires? Explains the night practices! Little League Sucks, YA. (138) Deb
Note: I hope this is a real book, because I loved the hook and the title. This was a really amazing - albeit brief - YA query, and shows just how much a writer can accomplish with just a few carefully chosen words. This one gets a query + first chapter critique. Go ahead and send to me as a Word document when you get the chance!
The Funniest Query:
Zombie convinces 1940s detective to find out who killed him; gumshoe discovers that dead men do, occasionally, wear plaid. (122) Anonymous
Note: Laughed for ten straight minutes over this one. And it's a really good query!
The Query that Oprah Would Like the Best:Thanks again to all of you who took the time to enter my very first contest here at the Swivet; it really was a lot of fun to read through all of these. (And please do submit your full-length query to me when you get the chance!)
GOD DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Burundi 1972. 897 dead. UNSC Tribunal, N.Y. 2008. Investigator T. Riwatti. Wanted—his Tutsi father. 89K words. (140) Jim Lamb
This could either be really wonderful or painfully bad. And, although the format is non-traditional, the writer beautifully gets across the complexity of the plot in just a few words.
The Query that Most Intrigued Me:
A gunslinger must steal a necklace from the Bone Queen, a story-figure who turns visitors into lanterns and walls - or be haunted to death. (139) – Alex D M
I'm a sucker for weird and beautiful fantasy; I was hooked by this one.
The Best of the Rest:
When Kate gets an e-mail from her dead best friend she decides to channel Nancy Drew. A hotter, bitchier Nancy Drew, but you get the idea. (138) Lisa and Laura
A dying girl, coerced into acting as grim reaper for a second chance at life, falls in love with the man she was sent to kill. (126) Kat
Traveling to days in her past is fun - until her present starts changing, and the road not taken isn't all it's cracked up to be. (129) Heather
Wrong answers on an exam warp the course of history to match the student’s response, moving the world further from reality with each answer. (140) shsilver
LABYRINTH - (David Bowie and Muppets) + Fey mythology x The dirty streets of Ireland = THROUGH BENDED GRASS, a 90k contemporary Fantasy.(136) Aiden Moher
A phoenix raised by chickens guards his superstitious flock from a deadly magebird attack while discovering his true heritage (125) Darlene C. Goodman
Now you get to tell me: which ones were your favorites?