We have posted the WINNERS at the bottom. Before you scroll down, here’s how it was worked out. Each judge chose their top 3, and we assigned 3 points for a 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd and then tallied across the 3 judges. This is how we arrived at our winners and why there are more than 3.
We will also publish a separate post with all the shortlisted pitches on it, at 12.30pm today, as we know you’ll be dying to read them! And another little surprise at the bottom of that post.
Here’s our judges individual choices.
My 8-year-old would love this. You can hear the tone of the narrative in the pitch itself, which is an achievement in a mere 35 words. There’s both emotional and physical conflict to overcome here, and the gross yet fascinating setting in the maze of sewers. The pitch also cleverly leaves us hanging with the question of why the sewage monster wants revenge…
I’m always going to be generous to interesting characters with scope for development in an original direction. That doesn’t mean the whole premise needs to be unique, since we all know that most new stories are just retellings of old stories. But in a world currently awash with dystopia (both fictional and real) I was looking for something that moves us on from the trope of ‘character with quirk in a world bound by arbitrary control saves the world from itself’. The pitches I picked seemed as though there was a broad world around them that could be explored, and characters that I wanted to get behind.
1. Those That Are Lost
2. Billy and Chester: Partners in Grime
3. Flame Tree Summer
1st Place – Those That Are Lost by Chris Roche (7 points)
2nd Place – The Curiosity Locker by Melissa Welliver (4 points)
3rd JOINT – Billy and Chester: Partners in Grime by Mark Eccleston and Winter’s Shadow by Emma Finlayson-Palmer (3 points)
5th Place – Flame Tree Summer by Emma Styles (1 point)
Well done to the WINNERS but also well done to all those short listed, long listed and those took part in the Twitter pitch section, too. Hopefully with the feedback offered, every single participant has gained something from #PeerPitch, whether it’s a more polished pitch, several new writing friends or overcoming the scary step of putting your story out there.
Once again, we want to thank you and wish you luck with your writing, whatever you do next. Speaking of which, remember two of our judges run the Writers HQ courses and have several discount offers going on, so follow them on Twitter for more details. You already all have a 10% one to use.
Remember to check back at 12.30pm for the post of shortlisted pitches.