Edit: We received an email from Bridget this morning saying she'd like to receive queries from the 5 finalists. WHO are these finalists you ask?
#24 Heather Hawke --Raven's Wing
#16 Karen lee Hallam --AbeGale Force
#14 Sara Biren --CLOUD 9
#10 Kate Brauning --The Other Side of Silence
#5 Emily Cushing --Race to Butch Cassidy's Gold
(Be sure to mention you were a finalist!)
As for the others involved feel free to query her too and mention the contest in your subject line :)
You guys are so awesome, with all the comments and the awesome entries. We have a very talented group of followers, dears. So! First up...
The mystery agent is....
Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary!!!
A bit about Bridget:
Bridget Smith began her career at Dunham Literary, Inc. in June 2011.
Previously, she was an intern at Don Congdon Associates, worked at a secondhand book store in Connecticut, and evaluated short story submissions for Tor.com under Liz Gorinsky and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.
She graduated from Brown University in 2010. While there, she studied anthropology and archaeology, worked as a radio DJ, fenced on the varsity team, and helped design an experiment that she later performed in microgravity at NASA.
A lifelong fan of children’s books, she’s looking for middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary, plus anything that bends the rules of genre. She is actively seeking books with underrepresented or minority characters.
She is also seeking fiction for adults, especially fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary women’s fiction.
In accordance with her college degree, she’s interested in informational, literary nonfiction, especially science or history written by experts for a general audience.
And for the part y'all are all waiting on. Bridget has selected Entry 8--Lovesense by Robin Hall as the winner! She will be critquing the first 50 pages of your manuscript! :)
Please email us at email@example.com for instructions :)
Thanks for participating, y'all. We're hoping to put together a contest for late October or early November--if you have any suggestions for it, please share them in the comments or email us! :)