Gabriela Lessa sent me an email to let me know she's holding a contest. This contest is a great one. All the judges are from Sourcebooks, how great is that? All you have to do is enter the first paragraph of your work of art with a pitch. The first paragraph is easy, that part is already done. What I found out is the pitch is a lot harder than I thought.
So. I'm posting my entry for you to critique. Here goes: Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Title: Light Weight
Manuscript word count. 74,091
Judge: Leah Hultenschmidt
One sentence pitch: When Tony is given the chance to win a college scholarship and leave the life of the gang, he finds that following his dreams has deadly consequences.
Chapter One The Fight#
I never saw it coming. The impact sent lighting bolts of pain through my jaw. I saw stars as the tunnel vision blocked my sight. Then I felt my body smashed against the brick wall behind me. I needed to defend myself. I lifted my arms to block my face. I knew I couldn't stand much more. I thought about how I got here. It was stupid really, if you thought about it. All I did was try to do something right for once.