First, I made a list of all the entries that had intriguing concepts and great writing. That narrowed it down to 52.
Then I chose the ones that really spoke to me on a personal level. That narrowed it down to 17.
From there, I parsed out the entries that I believed were most ready to query, and that brought my list down to nine.
I closely examined the queries and 250s of those nine, thought about it really hard, and chose that five that, right now, at this moment, I’d be most likely to pick up to read and not be able to put down. I know this doesn’t make it easier for anyone, but if I were asked to vote next month, I’d probably choose different entries because my mood would be different.
These are the ones I chose:
SWORD & SHIELD
THE FALL OF TROY
TRANS LIBERTY RIOT BRIGADE
DEAD AND BURIED
Congratulations to those authors, and to you all, because you’re ALL doing great work.