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Is Dystopian Lit Still Going Strong?

The New York Times recently profiled three young-adult dystopian titles: Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Crossed by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. All of these authors have published in the past, but fans of dystopian fiction can also expect some new novels from debut authors.

The video embedded above features the book trailer for Divergent, the first book in Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy. Roth describes the book as being a story about “choice and identity.” According to Publishers Weekly, Roth’s agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe pitched it as “The Hunger Games meets The Matrix.”

Lauren DeStefano‘s Wither kicks off The Chemical Garden trilogy; it features a world where people are bound to a limited lifespan and strict marriage guidelines. In June, Elana Johnson will publish Possession. The story stars Vi, a rebellious heroine hellbent on thinking for herself. Will dystopian lit continue to rule or will Greek myths dominate?

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Pitch Contest Counts 300 Submissions in Four Hours

contest.jpgAs Twitter whittles down the length of the average idea to 140-characters, QueryTracker sponsored a one-line literary pitch contest yesterday. The contest was only open for the 24 hours, but the submission limit of 300 pitches was reached in four short hours.

The one-sentence submissions will be judged by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary. The winners will be announced on Monday, April 20. The grand prize winner can submit their whole manuscript to Stampfel-Volpe, and three other winners can submit partials.

Despite reaching the original limit, the organizers decided to keep the contest open for a full 24 hours: “Because of the overwhelming interest we have received, it has been decided to continue accepting entries for the entire 24 hour period as originally stated. And everyone should thank [Elana Johnson] for her efforts and time she spent collecting and responding to the deluge of emails she has already received.” (Via Colleen Lindsay)