Friday, May 11, 2018

Query Kombat 2018 Judge Nicknames

Since the kontestants get to invent amazing nicknames, naturally the judges want one, too! Plus it lets them vote with more freedom. To recognize our wonderful judges and know the vote is legit, here is a list of the nicknames they have chosen:

Good Janet
Ebony Maw
Discount Wonder Woman
Red Ink Slinger
Mrs. Will Herondale
Love & Squalor
Literary Lady
Wonder Woman
Mabel Pines
Frozen Veal
Rainbow Brite
No One of Consequence
Altered Carbon
Picky Peruser
Thaddeus Spinster
Earthbound Misfit
Piano Ninja
The Queen of Thorns
To the Sword 159
Mrs. Winchester
Jumping Jellybean
The Red Cardigan
Princess Falafel
Lady Acacia
Barn Owl
Sonya Blade

It's fantastically fun to be silly sometimes and our judges had a blast choosing these names. We hope you'll have fun choosing an inventive nickname for your story!
And speaking of fun!
The chance to chat with our judges is Monday, May 14th and Saturday, May 19th!
Join us on the hashtag #QKChat at 3:00 pm EST and 8:00 pm EST on May 14 and 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm EST on May 19th to ask questions about the contest and writing in general. You can ask writers who are further along on their journey what submission is like or how they promo or what they said during their call. Just don't ask them to reveal their secret nickname. :-)
Remember submission for Query Kombat is just a few days away on Wednesday, May 16th.
We've added a few special judges who are going to help with just the first round. Their nicknames are included up above. Here they are:

Sarah Remy
Sarah Remy writes fantasy for HarperImpulse and NineStar Press. Sarah lives on the dry side of Washington State with three dogs, four chickens, and two horses. Every morning Sarah takes time over coffee to think about the next generation, the challenges they face, and how best to protect them against oppression and adversity. Sarah can be found at or on Twitter @sarahremywrites.

Ed Ashton
Edward Ashton lives with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters in Rochester, New York, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writes about the awful things his research may lead to by night. He is the author of the novels Three Days in April and The End of Ordinary, as well as several dozen short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from Fireside Magazine and Escape Pod to the newsletter of an Italian sausage company. Please be nice to him. Odds are, he's had a very long day.

Erin Foster Hartley

Erin Foster Hartley is a YA author whose work explores themes of family and identity in unexpected ways. She was a mentor for Pitch Wars '17 and Teen Pit '18, and she has led teen writing workshops for the Iowa Youth Writing Project. Erin is represented by Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content.



  1. Hi Kara! This is so fun and fantastic. I have a quick question. I'm not clear if all the manuscripts have to be fiction. I have written a memoir entitled, 'In Pillness and in Health." Do you guys accept non-fiction?

    1. That’s a cool title! Unfortunately, we are not accepting non-fiction in Query Kombat.

  2. Hi Kara! Quick question, is subscribing to your newsletter the same as following your blog? If not, how do you go about following?

    1. I don’t have a newsletter. Do you mean the subscribe box at the bottom of my blog? That’s to get new posts in your inbox, and yes that counts for QK. You also have the option of following me on Twitter. I’m @Kara_Reynolds7

    2. Yes, I did mean the subscribe box. Thanks so much!