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

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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 Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, 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 WritersMarket.com (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 an associate literary agent with the Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency, and an assistant to the boss-ladies: Jane Gelfman, Deborah Schneider, and Heather Mitchell. Gelfman Schneider has been in business for over 30 years. They passionately represent a wide range of authors including American Academy of Arts, Edgar Awards and Pushcart Prize winners, as well as several New York Times bestselling authors. Victoria began taking on clients in 2010. Currently, she is building her list and hungry for more.

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

  1. alshultz says:

    WOW!! How exciting and Congrats to everyone!

  2. Chuck Sambuchino says:

    Agreed. Congrats, all!

  3. flute71 says:

    Congratulations everybody!!!

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