Writer’s Voice Contest

The Writer’s Voice is a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Cupid of Cupid’s Literary Connection, Brenda Drake of Brenda Drake Writes, Monica B.W. of Love YA, and Krista Van Dolzer of Mother. Write. (Repeat.). The gist of it is, writers “audition” by posting the plot summary from their query as well as the first 250 words of their manuscript. Then the blog hosts pick their teams and the agents come in to vote later down the line. Click any of the above links for more details.

Here’s my YA Sci-Fi/Thriller


Until now Ginny Carrera believed she was a normal teenage girl with concerns about zits, boys, and trig, although, not necessarily in that order. Then she discovers her life is a lie. Her parents are not her parents, scientists designed her, and a U.S. senator has her on his agenda.

In the space of a week, she finds herself fleeing a past she didn’t know existed. Worse than discovering she’s a genetic freak, is being chased by government factions who want the ‘proof’ of the program, the genies, to disappear. Senator Emerson wants to sell her valuable DNA – whole or in parts – to the highest bidder. Designed to survive a nuclear war, she is the most valuable of the genies. With the help of lifelong friends, Toad and Mayo, she sets out to bring down the senator and his crew of human engineers.

Can Ginny stay alive long enough to blow the lid off the biggest scientific scandal of the century? THE GENIE PROJECT is 67,000 words.

The overhead light flared on. Ginny grumbled as she opened one eye, and the green numbers on the alarm clock glared at her. 12:01. “It’s the middle of the freakin’ night.”

“Get up. It’s time,” Dad said, his eyes wide, his lips thinned. “We told you it’d be this way.” He punched the code opening the panic room at the back of her closet. He installed it last month while spouting a detailed explanation involving as much intrigue as a political thriller.

After the tenth kidnapping, parents all over town took extreme measures, but panic rooms? Get real. She thought her parents were overreacting.

She stumbled on Grace, her stuffed pig – a gift from friend, Toad. “Where’s Mom?”

The door silenced any response, if there was one. A sharp clank followed the sucking of the vacuum seal, and she found herself imprisoned by iron walls, cold and unwelcoming. A steel door threw back her distorted reflection. The pads of her bare feet froze against the concrete floor. Scrubbing her eyes to clear her vision, she groaned when she realized her fluffy white robe lay on the floor beside her bed.

On the other side of that door.

I’m so totally screwed.



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22 responses to “Writer’s Voice Contest

  1. Very intrigued! Good luck with this! 🙂

  2. aewelch

    Good luck in the contest! -April, #61

  3. Sounds like an interesting premise! Good luck!

    • dawnall

      Thanks! I’m at a writing conference, but I can’t wait to get around to reading the other entries.

  4. This sounds really intriguing. I’m curious about the genie project and I’d like to read more. Good luck in the contest!

  5. Hi Dawn, I’m visiting your blog from the Writer’s Voice Contest (entry #58), and I wanted to wish you the best of luck! Nice to meet you.

  6. Very exciting!

    Good luck,
    Tessa #183

  7. I’m intrigued by this concept, and the setup in the opening excerpt is strong. Little clues to give us setting without infodumping things. Good luck!

  8. Genies! I love genies!! I think they are under served in literature, lol. I liked this a lot!

    Good luck in the contest!

    Summer – #40

  9. nicolezoltack

    Sounds cool. Good luck!

    ~Nicole, entry 68

  10. Good luck! Love your opening, and your concept sounds neat!

    Brandi #199

  11. Best of luck, Dawn! 🙂

  12. C.G.Ayling

    Hi Dawn, interesting premise raising immediate questions about why. I could use a little nuclear proof DNA myself… Good luck!

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