We had some AWESOME openings sent into the competition over the weekend… we read, agonised, argued and chatted about who to put on the long list. Even beyond the ones we’ve chosen, so many others could have been on here.

It was particularly pleasing to see so many entries which had been posted on Twitter earlier in the week, then revised and polished with peer feedback, before appearing in a much improved form in the competition entry.

So, whether your opening appears below, or not, take heart if you took the time to seek feedback, and then apply it to your work.

You will all get feedback on your opening and you will receive a discount code for a Writers HQ course. Both will be sent to you on the email you used to send in your entry in the next few days.

So here’s the authors and titles that made the long list. We’ll announce the short list on Wednesday at midday, followed by the winners at a time/day to be announced. We must give time for our lovely judges to decide!

CHILDREN OF THE URD by Ashley McAnelly

CREEPER by Ellie Lock

DEMELZA CLOCK & THE SPECTRE DETECTORS by Holly Rivers

DUODECIM by Mads Bertasio

EAT, SLEEP, MINE, REPEAT by Marisa Noelle

ELVEN GIFTS by Caroline Sciriha

GIRL CODE by Jeanna Skinner

IONA AND THE SILVER LINING by Emma Umpleby

IVY AND THE OTHERSIDE by Renee McAlpine

JAZ AND THE MYSTERIOUS TABLET: FARAWAY WORLD by Deb Drick

MILTON HITS THE HEADLINES by Emma Dykes

MOOR by Lydia Massiah

PANIC by Marisa Noelle

PARKER AND PAYNE’S LIES, FIBS & EXCUSES by Jefferson Toal

REDBLUFF by Oscar Allen

SALOME’S FOLLY by Paul Casey

SANDY BRISTOL, CHICKEN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Anne Boyere

THE BOY OF ORION by Emma Dykes

THE PECULIAR PREDICAMENT OF PENELOPE PENDRAGON by Audra E. Atoche

THE SHADOW KEEPERS by Marisa Noelle

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHICKENS by Caroline Murphy

THE WITCH AND THE DEMON by Katherine Toran

TROGLODYTE by Lydia Massiah

WRITTEN IN BLOOD AND INK by Jolie McCarty

To those of you that have got to the bottom of the list and your heart has been broken a little on finding that your entry / entries are not there, don’t forget: YOU WILL BE RECEIVING FEEDBACK. And hopefully, after this exercise, your work will come out all the stronger for having taken part.