It is time to take things up a notch!
These competitors have not only survived NaNoWriMo – but also Round One of the NaNo-Virtuosos Competition – a grueling, nerve-racking experience that threatens to send even the most collected competitor into nervous breakdown. But the rewards are oh-so-sweet – five lucky (and talented) winners will receive:
- $25 Amazon Gift Certificates
- Professional Editing of first 10 pages of their work
- A chance at the grand prize – a publishing deal with Curiosity Quills Press!
Running until January 2, 2012, we will be gathering votes to see who makes it through this second round of elimination.
ATTENTION COMPETITORS: Please be mindful of these updated rules for promoting your work throughout this competition!
Support your fellow aspiring authors by voting for up to five entries at a time!
Second Round Entries
Genre: Upper YA
Author: Court Young
Synopsis: Elizabeth has visions induced by an antique music box that her dead grandfather was given decades before her birth. Gertrude, a witch, instructs Elizabeth to face her fears which induces her to go into the woods after dark. She travels to unfamiliar places and meets strange characters, all while trying to subdue her fear of an evil vampiress named Capella. In the end, Elizabeth finds the answers to the questions she has and understands the change that will soon take place in her life. She must ultimately choose between good, evil, and life or death.
Author: Trystan Mackendrick
Synopsis: A sidelined drifter meets an ex-con turned drug dealer and is quickly caught in a vicious cycle of prostitution and cocaine use. Meanwhile, a recently widowed woman falls prey to her vices, and an apathetic stripper struggles to care for her estranged children. As their lives collide and intertwine under the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip, each will be forced to make choices that will change their lives forever. Pleasurable escapes become dominating addictions, and even love is for sale. One person’s truth is someone else’s lie.
Author: Misty Mikes
Synopsis: For generations, the Black family has fought to protect the safety and happiness of the vulnerable full-blooded humans who could be harmed if demons should be allowed to run amok. It’s a thankless job carried out in the shadows of night, but somebody has to do it, right? Unfortunately, when Jon Black’s ex-girlfriend is accused of being a demon, he may find out more about his family’s legacy than he ever wanted to know.
Author: Trudy Dillard
Synopsis: When some residents of a small town notice that cell phones are creating unusual behavior, they join forces with an odd pair of siblings to intervene before technology problems spiral out of control. The result is a journey which spans across the globe, the galaxy, and even time itself.
Author: Amy Lawrence
Synopsis: Amaryllis Porter investigates a house on Somme Hill for a history project. After 10 o’clock, a man appears, saying the same things, doing the same things every single night that she returns. James Parker is a World War I soldier, haunted by the ghost of a girl night after night. Amaryllis must help James escape the time loop – but after discovering his history, does she want to?
Genre: Travel Spoof
Author: Vago Chris Damitio
Synopsis: Pigrone Martin aka “Pig” is a deadbeat loser from Las Vegas who is looking for a better life. Leaving Las Vegas he is funneled towards the Muslim-African nation of Baboob where he hopes to find the hijabi girl of his dreams and discover the key to his own happiness. Pirates, smugglers, cross dressers, Hawaiian ukulele players and discontent European royals all play their parts as Pig discovers that he isn’t nearly as dysfunctional as the douchebags, fags, and hags of the international travel and expat communities he meets along the way. The only question is, can he avoid becoming one of them?
Author: Ian Hancock
Synopsis: On the sun drenched shores of the lagoon, summer has arrived. It’s time for singing songs, dancing, late night bonfires, and surfing. But the good times don’t last forever when the dead begin walking and it’s up to Benny, Penny, and the rest of the gang to figure out why and how to stop them.
Genre: General Fiction
Author: Anthony Mathenia
Synopsis: Rose Gluck thought she knew what it meant to be happy, until Wyatt True, a recent graduate of the Ministerial Training School came to help her small country congregation. Rose finds herself drawn to the dashing young brother and experiencing feelings that she never knew existed. Meanwhile, despite his vow of singleness, Wyatt can’t but help to fall for the beautiful young sister. But the Presiding Overseer of the congregation has his own plans for Rose.
Author: Thea Isis Gregory
Synopsis: Vivian Skye is assigned to work on quIRK, one of the most advanced quantum computers ever designed. She leaves her home planet of Aurora to travel across the galaxy to the Extra-Galactic Observatory, the home of quIRK. When station administrator Bryce’s jealousy and ambition compels him to pit Vivian and quIRK against each other, Vivian must struggle to survive not only Bryce’s megalomania, but also the emerging artificial super intelligence that is quIRK.
Genre: Mock Horror
Author: Bill “bil.lion” Boyles
Synopsis: There are dimensions beyond our understanding, Universe layered on Universe. A creature that has developed the adaptation of traveling between dimensions has found a string leading from the nth dimension to the 3rd. It emerges in the low bluffs on the west side of Memphis, Tennessee, to the idolatry of the Chickasaw Indians. For many years, the relationship is more or less benevolent. Then, the Monster gets hooked, becomes substance dependent on electricity and his behavior changes dramatically. And there’s only one person in the country that has a chance of stopping this thing; an XAP WM consultant named Sam Stone.
Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Voting!
Please choose up to 5 entries that you would like to nominate for the next round, then click the “Vote” button!
The poll will close at midnight on the evening of January 2, 2011.