Okay, the moment you all (or at least 10 of you!) have been waiting for!

The results are all in from the judges.

Before we reveal these, please take a second to thank the judges and perhaps a Twitter shoutout to them would be appropriate.

We have put the choices of each individual judge first, then the overall winners are at the bottom of the post.

We hope everyone feels like they’ve gained something from #PeerPitch. If you missed out in the contest, I hope you got good feedback. If you’re disappointed, dust yourself off, have a strong drink, then get back on the writing wagon – we are planning to hold more contests over the course of the year, so be prepared and keep an eye on the blog.

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Judges Choices

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Sharon Belcastro

This was not easy.  They are all so great.  Congratulations to everyone!

But I picked the three I felt had the most elements of a great pitch.

1) KONADAI by Elisa Stryker

This one also quite great. Identifies the protagonist (Hiromi) his goal (create a cure for a virus turning those infected into Konadai) what’s interesting about the story (mutated beasts with insatiable hunger) and a very difficult conflict (protect her friend and his siblings or harvest them).

2) ALL THE UNFORTUNATE DREAMERS by Audra Atoche

This one does a great job of identifying what’s interesting about the story (Afterlife Dream Bureau) elements of intrigue (her missing brother in a dreamscape) her goal (find her brother) what she’s willing to do to find him (break forbidden rules) and the twist (plot to destroy the DB and release nightmares onto the waking world)

3) DANCE, DANCE, DIE! by Loretta Chefchaouni

Heck this is good too. Diverse interesting protagonist (dyspraxic 15 yo transformed from klutz to swan) with a very intriguing problem (a vengeful ghosts that wants her soul for the shoes).

Yasmin Standen

1) I KNOW WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO DIE by Michael J Bowler

I love the fact that the main protagonist is a psychic boy – usually very much the preserve  of female protagonists. I’m also intrigued by anything supernatural and would love to see if Leonardo can indeed change the future. I’d expect this to be a fast paced and action packed novel. Meddling with future events doesn’t usually bode well. It is always subjective and this is right up my street!

2) ALL THE UNFORTUNATE DREAMERS by Audra Atoche

I love this premise – it’s psychological and also very unpredictable, since we don’t know how far our dreams / subconscious affect us in our waking life. The concept of dreams crossing over into the waking world is absolutely brilliant. I envisage the novel is fast paced and a race against time to escape our darkest demons…

3) SENECA FALLS by Ralph Browning

This is a fantastic twist on the usual theme of male dominated dystopian novels  – I love the concept of females being the dominant species. I love the way this novel turns themes from novels such as The Handmaids Tale on it’s head.  What I found touching was Daisy’s admiration of Adam’s gender equality ideas from 2018 – who knows what the future holds?

It’s been a pleasure taking part in Peer Pitch – it’s a genius idea and showcases some fabulous talent! Thank you for having me judge!

Chloe Seager

This was really hard, but here are the ones that stood out to me:

1) I KNOW WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO DIE by Michael J Bowler

I’m a sucker for this kind of concept (and a big fan of Death Note…) The characters have a really clear goal with a ticking clock, and what a title!

2) FORTY DAYS by Kojishi Dae

If done well this could be really compelling/moving at the same time.

3) SENECA FALLS by Ralph Browning

I love sci-fi with a hint of romance, so this sounds really up my street.

Also, I can see all of these translating well into film/TV!

Laura West

1) THE FAR SIDE OF THE GALAXY by Glen Deakin

This sounds like a lot of fun and I love anything to do with space.

2) FORTY DAYS by Kojishi Dae

I do like gritty thrillers and this has the promise to keep me reading into the night.

3) DANIEL STRANGE & THE PRIME MINISTER’S P.L.O.P. by Jenny Pearson

This is a really fun premise – a mystery and a plot against the Prime Minister. What more could you want?

OVERALL WINNERS

  1. I KNOW WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO DIE by Michael J Bowler (6 points)
  2. ALL THE UNFORTUNATE DREAMERS by Audra Atoche (4 points)
  3. FORTY DAYS by Kojishi Dae (4 points)
  4. KONADAI by Elisa Stryker (3 points)
  5. THE FAR SIDE OF THE GALAXY by Glen Deakin (3 points)
  6. SENECA FALLS by Ralph Browning (2 points)
  7. DANCE, DANCE, DIE! by Loretta Chefchaouni (1 point)
  8. DANIEL STRANGE & THE PRIME MINISTER’S P.L.O.P. by Jenny Pearson (1 point)

 

Well done to our winners, but also all of our short-listed, long-listed and every participant in #PeerPitch. It’s been the best one yet!

We’ll shortly put up another post where read more about each of our shortlisted authors and to see their pitches.