Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Winner of the Claire Anderson-Wheeler Full Ms Crit!!

And the winner (since we all know you won't read the rest until I announce it lol) is...

Chantee Hale's HEAT!! Congratulations Chantee!! :)

Chantee please email the full manuscript to writerlyrejects (at) gmail (dot) com. 

The Winner's Pitch:

Title: HEAT
Name: ChanteƩ Hale
Genre: Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Arie has learned to count on one thing: her boyfriend Steven will always come back. This time, when his disapproving father drags him away, Arie can't wait for him to find her because she's pregnant. Like her life, the world is one hot mess. Whole cities are melting down, and Arie is beginning to suspect her boyfriend's family may be hiding some life-changing truths. As her loyalty to Steven is tested, Arie has to find the strength to save herself and the ones she loves.
Now, for those who participated. Claire did have a few things to say so don't lose heart!

"I have to say it’s a strong selection. It’s a hard thing to do, boiling down your 70-odd thousand words into just a few, and the ones I read were impressively concise and effective."

"But I read a lot of queries that unfortunately just set up a challenge for the protagonist but don’t sketch in the ‘how’ and ‘what’ that follows. It’s important for an agent to know more about how your protagonist is going to tackle the central issues."

Here's her reasoning for choosing Chantee's pitch:

"I liked Chantee's synopsis in part because there is the promise here of a personal drama, but also of a wider human drama surrounding it: it can make for a really effective and satisfying story when you have both these elements operating at once; a macro and a micro storyline coinciding as each hits ‘crunch time’."

Thanks again to all those who have participated! You guys have been wonderful :) And keep following we're always up to something around here.

~The Writerly Rejects Team 


  1. Congrats Chantee! Well atleast I am getting closer. Thanks you awesome folks at WR and thanks Claire for taking the time to read the pitches.

  2. Congrats Chantee! Great advise to take to heart :)

  3. Congrats, Chantee! Your story sounds awesome!

  4. Hooray for Chantee, and hooray for a fabulous contest.

  5. Thanks so much everyone! I'm really excited (of course) and grateful to the Writerly Rejects for this opportunity.

  6. sounds like a great story - congrats to Chantee!

  7. Yay, Chantee! What a great opportunity for your story!

  8. Congratulations to Chantee! What a super opportunity! :)

  9. Yay, Chantee! Congratulations on an awesome pitch!

  10. Congrats, Chantee!!! Hope Claire loves the full MS! :)

  11. Yippee! Good job, Chantee! Thanks for representing a great org. SCBWI Houston!