70pit17 Codenames Advancing to the Judging Round

Next time I will likely not do a lottery—I thought it would save me time, but I was very, very wrong 🙂

Most disqualifications came from too-long entries. I relaxed on some of the rules so that we could have 77 total entries in the YA and adult categories.

Have feedback on what worked and didn’t work this year? Please let me know.


  1. A dream within a dream
  2. a little world made cunningly
  3. A white flower grows in the quietness
  4. A World of Pure Imagination
  5. all the magic I have known
  6. Amid this tangled web of fate
  7. Being a foreigner, in my dreamland.
  8. But I Must Have That Pony
  9. Come hither, Son,” I heard Death say
  10. Deep roots are not reached by the frost
  11. Der Sommer war sehr gross.
  13. Emperor of Ice Cream
  14. Hope is the thing with feathers”
  15. Hummingbirds Hover and Fish Flop
  16. Hung in the golden Galaxy
  17. I am his Highness’s dog at Kew
  18. I refuse to give up my obsession.
  19. I saw eternity the other night
  20. I shot an arrow into the air
  21. I’d rather play at hug o’ war
  22. In that wild throb when all existences
  23. is but a dream within a dream
  24. Kid, you’ll move mountains
  25. Learn well your grammar, and never stammer
  26. Let me grow lovely, growing old
  27. Love and marriage, love and marriage
  28. Married at 19
  29. Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
  30. My life had stood a loaded gun
  31. Nay, we are seven!
  32. not with a bang but a whimper
  33. Of lofty dragons belching flame
  34. On the other hand, you’ve different fingers
  35. Out of the ash I rise
  36. Pass the salt I say, and yet
  37. Rage against the dying of the light—There were two entries with this code name. One was disqualified.
  38. she tries to teach me risk
  39. strange things done in the midnight sun
  40. That lie, as dark as afterlife
  41. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker
  42. The Haunted Palace
  43. The joy, the freedom, of the mind.
  44. The Lockless Door
  45. the whittled fantasies of wooden cages
  46. The yellow years have gathered fast:
  47. There’s too many kids in this tub
  48. They say I am safer here
  49. Twas brillig
  50. Two Roads
  51. What have I done that you wouldn’t
  52. your peculiar mouth my heart made wise;
  53. Your ugly token my mind hath broken

Have feedback on what worked and didn’t work this year? Please let me know.


Twinners Code Names (in alphabetical order)

Some potential Twinners had already been chosen for the lottery. These are the top ones that had not made it through the lottery on the first draw. So many great tweets!

  1. All human things are subject to decay

  2. And I Eat Men Like Air
  3. Hope is the thing with feathers
  4. Hulk hate paperwork! Hulk smash paper shredder!
  5. I was asleep while you were dying.
  6. Moon never beams without bringing me dreams
  7. On Stars Where No Human Race Is

Scroll to the bottom for a word cloud of our favorite YA tweets!

Lottery Winners

  1. a hole in the soul
  2. A Kind of Measles Of The Spirit
  3. A little learning is a dangerous thing
  4. All That We See or Seem
  5. And bobbing poppies flare like Elmo’s light.
  6. And the tender fumbling of the surf
  7. Away to the window I flew
  8. Bloodied but Unbowed
  9. but, having fallen, it was blood.
  10. Cause we could take the bad stuff
  11. Celestial onion
  12. Cloudless climes and starry skies
  13. Come hither, hither, pretty fly
  14. Double, double toil and trouble.
  15. Doubt thou the stars are fire
  16. Fall, Gall Themselves, and Gash Gold-Vermilion
  17. Freedom lies in being bold
  18. Garden of ash and shame
  19. half blade and half silk
  20. hear the library humming in the night
  21. His fingertips like tongues kiss my body
  22. Hold fast to dreams
  23. Hope is the thing with feathers
  24. I do not resemble your other lovers
  25. If I die Tomorrow
  26. I hold with those who favor fire
  27. I made an airplane out of stone
  28. I see a shinning in the darkness under the rubble.
  29. i’ve no patience for stars
  30. In a Sieve they went to sea
  31. In the haunts of goblin men
  32. Let be be finale of seem
  33. life from the roll of the dice
  34. Listen to the MUSTN’TS
  35. many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps
  36. Measured out my life with coffee spoons
  37. Miles to go before I sleep
  38. My Words become Stained with Your Love
  39. nobody, not even the rain
  40. Nothing Gold Can Stay
  41. Our laughter is muted by their agony
  42. our love is more by far
  43. Phenomenal Woman
  44. red ones in a row
  45. Reflections on a gift of watermelon pickle
  46. She took me to her Elfin grot
  47. Silver Girl
  48. somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
  49. soul selects her own society, shuts door
  50. Stand up for the stupid and crazy
  51. Summer Gleams and Glows
  52. Swifter Than The Moon’s Sphere
  53. Tell this soul with sorrow laden
  54. The Best Witchcraft is Geometry
  55. The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships
  56. The hell where youth and laughter go
  57. The sorrows of your changing face
  58. The Tender Protest of the Stars
  59. the way that runs among the lost
  60. The wings’ shades pursue the flying swallow
  61. There is no frigate like a book
  62. There’s a bluebird in my heart
  63. This being human is a guest house
  64. To lose – if One can find again –
  65. Trouble deaf heaven
  66. We’ll break taboo, and other stuff!
  67. When the stars threw down their spears
  68. While I am I
  69. You will softly and suddenly vanish away
  70. I think of you when shadows slant

Have feedback on what worked and didn’t work this year? Please let me know.


Twinners Code Names (in alphabetical order)

Some potential Twinners had already been chosen for the lottery. These are the top ones that had not made it through the lottery on the first draw. So many great tweets!

  1. a joke before the rain
  2. Looks on Tempests and is Never Shaken
  3. Now let the night be dark
  4. Oblivion is the name of this abode
  5. That shall remain forever England
  6. The dwarves of yore made mighty spells
  7. The slithy toves did gyre and gimble

Scroll to the bottom for a word cloud of our favorite Adult tweets!

Lottery Winners

  1. a tree deep-rooted yet dancing still
  2. All too often my back betrays me
  3. Beloved, what are names but air?
  4. But oh, the agitated heart
  5. Darkly bright, are bright in dark directed.
  6. Fear of my children’s handwriting on envelopes.
  7. Her voice revives the leaden strings
  8. isole di umanità erano dentro te
  9. mama said I’d lose my head
  10. miles to go before I sleep
  11. Poetry fills me with sorrow
  12. Six weeks our guardsman walked the yard
  13. Straightaway the silver bird looked grave
  14. The lonely belfry
  15. Whose Woods Are These
  16. A bride married to amazement
  17. A clever man was Dr. Digg
  18. Am perpetually awaiting a rebirth of wonder
  19. and I would rather look at you
  20. And on the pedestal these words appear
  21. And Shun the Frumious Bandersnatch
  22. Annabel Lee
  23. arriving wildbright and never again
  24. But air just danced wrong around them.
  25. but my words like silent raindrops fell
  26. Cheat time, go home, or stay gone
  27. Dance Like a Wave in the Sea
  28. Death kindly stopped for me
  29. Deep roots are not reached by frost.
  30. Do I Dare to Eat a Peach
  31. flame on flame and wing on wing
  32. Frame me! Take the copyright from God
  33. frog jumps in, sound of water
  34. Gender Bender
  35. Haunted By Ill Angels Only
  36. hearts, Made weak by time and fate,
  37. I know why the caged bird sings
  38. I’m the enemy you killed, my friend
  39. Listen to the voice that speaks inside
  40. Lone and Level Sands Stretched Far Away
  41. Love said, You shall be he
  42. Most this amazing day
  43. My sentence served in days long past
  44. Not on His Payroll
  45. One garland of flowers, leaves, thorns
  46. Renewed shall be blade that was broken
  47. shrill demented sparrows bark the sun
  48. slowly evening comes
  49. The Canals of Mars
  50. The caustic ticking of the clock
  51. The only leaf it drops goes wide
  52. The world-spring running down
  53. There are heroes who walk among us.
  54. There in the little house roses bloom
  55. There sat the Shadow feared of man
  56. There’s trouble in the wind
  57. Time’s too short for those who wait
  58. To the delirious eye, more lovely things
  59. Unable are the loved to die
  60. Under the light of a thousand stars
  61. Upper boulders in the sun
  62. We are more alike, my friends
  63. When Fortune mark’d me for her own
  64. When the stars threw down their spears
  65. Where the sidewalk ends
  66. Which taught thy felon heart to feel
  67. wrap them in a blue cloud cloth
  68. Your freedom’s in a bind

Have feedback on what worked and didn’t work this year? Please let me know.

Word Clouds of Our Favorite Tweets

Young Adult




Have feedback on what worked and didn’t work this year? Please let me know.

#70pit17 Entry Form


The form should be self-explanatory. If you have additional questions, see How to Submit and the other pages in the #pg70pit menu. If you still have questions, contact me on Twitter or comment on the How to Submit page linked above.

When you’ve completed the form, there will be a link to edit your answers. SAVE THAT LINK just in case you think you might have forgotten anything or change your mind about one of your answers. Because we are using a lottery system this year, duplicate pages will be considered cheating and will be deleted.

If you have multiple manuscripts, you may enter a maximum of 1 per age category. Please use different code names but the same email address for each entry.

Remember: save your code name(s) and entry form editing link(s) before you close this window.

The entry window is now closed. Thanks for participating! Subscribe to be emailed the list of lottery winners.

#70pit17 Slushies & Judges

This year all the slushies are judges and vice versa. In 2017, the pages with the seven highest scores of each age category will be posted here on larawillard.com/blog, tagged and linked by genre.

(So yes, if there’s a seven-way tie for seventh place, we would have thirteen pages.)

Let’s get to know your pg70pit slushies for 2017! We’ll start with Twitter profiles and then some getting-to-know-you questions and answers.

Middle Grade


Elizabeth Buege, @ekbuege

Reader, writer, book editor. Drawn to beautiful words, magical stories, & the scent of fresh paper. #revpit, #p2p16, & #shoreindie editor + #pg70pit judge.


JD Burns, @jdburnswrites

MG Reader and Writer. Currently on submission with my MG Fantasy. Rep’d by @R_EliseWrites of @GoldenWheatLit.

Ari Schweieters, @arischwieters

We thought you was a toad—Delmar O’Donnell. Writer, Jesus-follower, Hamline MFAC candidate.

Young Adult

Pg70Pit Bio Picture

Meghan Barrett, @MegBarrett316

Meghan is Lara’s intern from last year and needs a Twitter Bio but subscribes to Yoda’s advice: “Do or do not. There is no try.”


India Hill, @booksandbighair

A writer awkwardly stumbling around NYC. Social Media Fellow @HBO. Bylines in TeenVogue, Essence, and Sesi. ΔΣΘ. Matthew 5:16 ✨. Rep’d by @hroot


Kosoko Jackson, @kosokojackson

A Slytherin wearing Wonder Woman’s tiara. Period piece junky. Spy genre trash. @Rockthevote Digital Associate. Repped by @louisefury


Kaleigh Walter, @kaleighwalter

Reader, writer, editor. Currently on sabbatical in France attempting to write a novel. It’s not nearly as glamorous as “Midnight in Paris” makes it seem as I have yet to meet Tom Hiddleston.



Byron Graves, @byrongraves

Ojibwe | Author | #WCNV 2016 Finalist | 2017 WITM Mentee | Seeking representation for my novel The Distance


James Stryker, @JStryker21

Author of #SIMPLICITY #BOY – @ninestarpress #ASSIMILATION – Pan Macmillan, #70pit16 slushie, #FosterDad & puglet slave. #WNDB #LGBT Rep’d by @inthesestones


Nicole Tone, @NicoleATone

Pub. Director @REUTSpub • writer, editor, coffee snob, Slytherclaw • Bylines @hellogiggles @Britandco @Femsplain etc • Contact: ntommasulo@gmail.com

All of the Above


Lara Willard, @larathelark & @LaraEdits

wordherder & story addict | fiction & comics editor @LaraEdits | copy writer & designer | there’s a million things I haven’t done

More About Us

Most-used emoji


JD—What’s an emoji 😉







Lara—😍 🤓 😘

First job

Meghan—Summer nanny

Elizabeth—As a kid, it was helping an elderly neighbor; post-college, it was teaching Spanish.

JD—Dishwasher – just like Rodney Copperbottom’s dad!

India—Cashier at CiCi’s Pizza!

Kosoko—Cashier at a Health Food store


Byron—Commercial Fisherman

James—Customer Service Representative at a call center


Lara—Preschool teacher’s aide & newspaper intern

Current job

Meghan—I am a Reading Corps Elementary Literacy Tutor

Elizabeth—I’m a freelance book editor & a homeschool co-op secondary writing teacher

JD—Get up – eat – work – help kids with homework – skip sleep to write – repeat.

India—Digital + Social Media at HBO!

Kosoko—Digital Media Associate for Rock The Vote

Kaleigh—Grant Writing for MN Nonprofit

Byron—Account Executive & Author

James—I’m a Senior Supervisor for a customer service call center. I do a lot of project management, design/graphics for trainings, and data analysis.

Nicole—Freelance editor and writer

Lara—Freelance editor by night, website copy and design consultant by day.

If you had entered this year, what would be your 7-word code name?

JD—An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small (Thomas Hardy, “The Darkling Thrush”)

India—Okay, ladies, now let’s get in Formation! (Beyoncé, “Formation!”)

Kosoko—The landlord’s daughter, the landlord’s black-haired daughter (Alfred Noyes, “The Highwayman”)

Byron—I’ll tell you how the sun rose (Emily Dickinson, “I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose”)

James—none about me save in the shadows (Ezra Pound, “In Durance”)

Nicole—”& crowned herself the mother-f—ing queen” (Amanda Lovelace, “How’s That for a Happily Ever After?”)

Lara—I like their lady horse swagger, after (Ada Limón, “How to Triumph Like a Girl”)

7-word description of one of your main characters

JD—Quiet boy discovers he is a wood-troll.

India—A black girl who loves to read.

Kosoko—A witty, sarcastic talented linguist in Kosovo

Byron—Sarcastic, cynical, witty, brilliant, apathetic, jaded, righteous

James—Balances dealing drugs, eating disorder, alternate personality.

Nicole—Witch who doesn’t know her own strength

Lara—Tween Chicana BMX racer bestowed embarrassing superpower

Best 69th page from your bookshelf

Elizabeth—The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

JD—Jane Eyre

India—I’m going to go on a limb and say any Harry Potter book.

Kosoko—American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Byron—Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

James—Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Nicole—White Oleander

Lara—Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Dream writing retreat location

Meghan—Oxford, in the same bedroom in the same house I lived in while I was studying abroad.

Elizabeth—I probably wouldn’t leave Minnesota–I want cool, fresh air, along with trees and water–and ideally a dog or some cats to keep me company.

JD—Under the stairs of the Dursley’s residence.

India—Somewhere with a view of the ocean… matter of fact, ON the ocean. Perfect weather where I can lay down for hours and write to the waves crashing agains the sand.

Kosoko—In Dublin ireland, across the street from a pub, and a short distance from The River Liffey.

Kaleigh—A screened-in porch next to a body of water.


James—When I write I really need to focus and block everything out, so my dream writing location would be what would probably drive many people crazy. I would love to write in a cleanroom. No windows, no noise – not even anything on the walls. Just a nice, hermetically sealed, soundproofed, cleanroom. Just me, a desk, and the brain. 🙂

Nicole—A waterfront cottage in Seattle with a fireplace and windows and a desk facing the Puget Sound.

Lara—Howl’s Moving Castle, minus the fire demon and Howl, with the door opening to my house, to the Scottish highlands, to that bunny island in Japan, and to the New York Public Library on 5th.

[pg70pit] Save the Dates for 70pit17

Times are given in EDT, or New York City time. 7pm EDT is 4pm in Vancouver, 11pm in London, and 9am (the next day) in Sydney.

Now until June 1

Make sure your full novel manuscript is agent ready. Then prepare your contest entry by reading Revising for Writing Contests and How to Submit.

The 7-word description is really important this year if you want to enter the Twitter contest, so get that ready, too!

June 1–6: Twitter Party

Like last year, we’ll have a Twitter party leading up to #pg70pit. Use the hashtag #70pit17 to participate. Have any great ideas for topics? Comment below, or jump on the tag like a vigilante and go for it. Note: due to an urgent family situation, I am not leading the Twitter party this year. But please have fun on the #70pit17 tag! I’ll still be available to answer questions and am taking the day off on the 7th for the submission day.


June 7: Submission Date

The submission form—just one this year!—will go live at LaraWillard.com/blog at 7:00 a.m. EST on June 7, 2017, and will be removed at 7:00 a.m. June 8th, 2017.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TWITTER CONTEST, tweet your 7-word description—just once, and pinned to your profile—on June 7th with both the hashtag #pg70pit* and the hashtag of your age category: #A #YA or #MG. You can post at any time on the 7th; no one will be able to cross-check Tweets with entries, so you’ll stay anonymous.

*Use the year-specific hashtag #70pit17 for all other tweets about the contest

June 7–15: Twitter Contest

Favorite and/or quote-RT * any 7-word descriptions you like from June 7th to June 15th. This is a great way to meet other writers in the online community!

To be eligible for the Twinner contest, you must choose seven—just 7!—of your favorite 7-word descriptions and retweet them—without quote-retweeting* them.

Encourage your friends who aren’t participating to like or retweet your 7-word description. If you’re participating, though, you may only retweet seven contest tweets. Like or quote-RT* the others. Your seven total retweets can be from any age category.

If you don’t retweet 7 of your fellow participants, you can still try your luck in the lottery, but you won’t be eligible for one of the 7 Twinner spots.

We’ll choose the 7 Twinners from the ones with the most RTs, the ones with the most likes, and some of our favorites from the tweet content itself.

Encourage your friends to like or retweet your pitch!

On June 7th, click to Tweet: “Hey followers! I’m participating in the #70pit17 pitch contest today. I’d love it if you’d vote for my 7-word pitch with a like or RT!

Want to nominate an especially awesome tweet? Quote tweet it, include the tag #70pit17, and tell us why!

*On Twitter.com, that means adding a comment when you retweet. On the Twitter App, that means choosing “Quote RT.”

June 17: Twinners and Lottery Winners Announced

Check in at larawillard.com/blog for the 7 Twinners and 70 lottery winners from each age category.

July 17–July 31: Find CPs while We Read

Didn’t get into the lottery? I’ll post on my blog an opportunity for you to find a CP, if you’d like.

Judges will read and score all of the 77 entries for each age category. Follow along on the #pg70pit tag for insight and teasers. I will rate each entry on my @LaraEdits account, like I tend to do, and other slushies and judges are encouraged to do the same. We don’t always agree, which is why I’m not the only judge!

July 7: Agent Round

The top 7-scoring entries for each age category will be posted on my blog for agents to read and request from. In the event of a tie, I’ll call in another slush reader or two, confer with them, and then make my decision that way. If we REALLY can’t decide, we might look into the entries that didn’t make it into the lottery. No promises.




(or ask me in the comments below!)