Winners Announced: The 13th “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest (For Young Adult and Sci-Fi)

UPDATE: In September 2016, Victoria moved from Gelman Schneider to Irene Goodman Literary. We have updated her submission guidelines and categories below. 

In January 2013, I ran the most recent (the 13th edition) of my “Dear Lucky Agent” contests. This one was for writers of either science fiction or young adult. The response was overwhelming. Thank you to all who submitted work in the contest.

Well, the weeks of review have gone by and our judge, literary agent Victoria Marini of Irene Goodman Literary, has chosen her 3 winners. According to her, this judging was incredibly difficult — so much so that she has chosen several runners-up. See all winners below!





A Prince Among the Stars – Anthony Isom

Tina Armstrong’s Notes from a Necrophobe

Melody Simpson’s Virtue Not Valid

All 3 contest winners get a critique of their first 10 pages from agent judge Victoria Marini as well as a one-year subscription to (a $50 value).


There were not scheduled to be any honorable mention recipients, but Victoria liked these submissions so much that she has said she welcomes a partial (the first 3 chapters) from all of them. The writers listed below can send a query and first 3 chapters to her so she can review your work.

Wendie Leweck – Finding the One
Dallas Taylor – The Redemption of Lee Victorious
Lindsey Sprague – Cleverland
Leigh Michael – Captive
Kallie – ReWired
Kourtnie – In This Moment
Carla Wintersgill – Killer Smile


Victoria Marini is a literary agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Victoria is looking for commercial and literary Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction as well as upmarket commercial or literary Adult fiction. She represents contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror, and select narrative non-fiction. Victoria would not be the best fit for prescriptive non-fiction, new age/religious/spirituality, popular science, new adult, or regency romances.

Here are some books that she has represented:

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets by Kathleen Alcott (Adult General/Other)
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin (YA)
OCD Love Story by Corey Haydu (YA; July 2013)
forthcoming: Loop by Karen Akins (YA sci-fi)



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