Pitch Wars Submission Guidelines…
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Pitch Wars Submission Guidelines…

For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns (mentor list here) choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for these agents here. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. Mentors also pick two alternates each in case their writer drops out of the contest. A special alternate showcase is held on some of the mentors’ blogs and the mentors will critique the alternates’ pitches. Writers send applications (query and first 5 pages of manuscript) to the four mentors that best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for the next five weeks to be ready for the agent round January 22 through January 23. PLEASE NOTE: Due to deadlines, I’m not mentoring this time. Check out this vlog message by the talented (and so cute) Megan Whitmer who is a mentor this year …     Submission Guidelines …   Submission window opens on December 2 from 12:01AM to 11:59PM EST for applications (query and first five  pages of manuscript – that’s double spaced manuscript pages but make them single spaced in your application – see below). Please do not send applications before or after the submission time or they will be deleted. If you make it into Pitch Wars, you may not enter any contests during the coaching period and until after the agent round, which is January 22 -23. (That’s after 12/11. You may enter Baker’s Dozen.) On submission day, send your applications to brendadrakecontests@gmail.com. Writers can apply for up to 4 coaches. The coaches’ categories are set. Coaches can only consider the categories they’ve signed up for. Writers cannot apply for a coach that is not in their category or the application will be deleted. No nonfiction, picture books, or previously published works. If you’re an unagented author and have self-published before, you may enter the contest with a never-before-published manuscript. · This is open to finished manuscripts only. · You may only enter one manuscript. · Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest. Formatting… Send four separate emails addressed to each of your chosen mentors. Not one email for all four. That’s four individual emails. The query should be addressed to the mentor(s) you’re applying to, and it’s up to you if you want to personalize it as you do when sending to an agent. It’s not a requirement to tell the mentors why you’re choosing them, but it may be an added push to...

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Pitch Wars … announcing the agents!
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Pitch Wars … announcing the agents!

The agent round isn’t until January 22, but I thought it would be fun to announce the agents now, so you can see all the fabulousness waiting for you if you are chosen by one of our amazing mentors. So grab some popcorn, sit by the fire, and warm your toes while you get to know the agents for Pitch Wars. (Submissions for Pitch Wars is now closed. The mentor’s picks will go live on January 22-23 for the agents to make requests. Please join us and see how the winners do!) Louise Fury  The Bent Agency  Louise Fury represents young adult, middle grade, new adult, commercial fiction including romance, and select nonfiction. She’s looking for writers with a unique voice and an unforgettable story. She’s particularly drawn to stories with a strong protagonist. In young adult, she looks for manuscripts that are written with an unforgettable voice—this can be deep, dark and gritty or literary, lyrical and emotional. She’d love to find a young adult novel that has a bone-deep sense of danger that haunts her from page 1 and doesn’t let go of  her for days. She wants delicious adult romances with creative plots, sexy liaisons and unique characters who sweep her up in their love story. She wants to feel something unforgettable when she read your pages; manuscripts that she can’t stop thinking about. Suzie Townsend  New Leaf Literary “My favorite books are ones that keep me up all night  with characters that I can’t stop thinking about long after I’ve finished.” After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, she represents adult and children’s fiction. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, she’s specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Childrens’ she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie  SUPER 8). She’s an active member of AAR, RWA, and SCBWI.  Nicole Resciniti  The Seymour Agency  “I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author’s dreams come true.” Nicole has been listed by Publisher’s Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW’s 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be...

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12/1 WINNERSPLOSION!
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12/1 WINNERSPLOSION!

The last day! I can’t tell you all how much I’ve enjoyed meeting all of you and getting to know your work! We’ve had over 70 people participate! I’ve also decided that critique giveaways will now be a once-a-month part of my lineup here on Brenda’s blog. So all is not lost if you didn’t win today! So now, without further ado . . . today’s final winners are . . . CK Lyall, Shawn Barnes, Cheyenne Campbell, Tobie Easton, Leslie Wood, and Laura Shovan! Congrats!!! I will DM you the details...

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The Great Pitch Wars Mentor Search … winners!!
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The Great Pitch Wars Mentor Search … winners!!

You’ve scrambled your way through the Mentor’s bio posts, searching for secret words and letters, and looking for clues to help you unscramble the mystery quote. You’ve pulled at your hair, begged for extra hints on twitter and crossed everything crossable, hoping that your entry would be one of the lucky five chosen for an extra mentor application. The quote was a line from a book that held special memories for both Brenda and me: AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET by Dr. Seuss. (If you didn’t find the hidden #GSRtM clue to read our stories about why this book is special to us, you can find it here: http://gladsomeonereadtome.tumblr.com/PitchWars) The line was: “And that is a story that no one can beat, When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street.” Most of you were able to find the correct mystery quote, and a couple of you even went above and beyond with your entries. In addition to typing the appropriate quote in the body of her email, L.L. McKinney dug out a copy of the actual book and sent us a picture of the page where the mystery quote was found. And Shawn Barnes had us giggling like crazy when he said that the quote was “By the original “doctor” who didn’t need a Tardis to transport us to magical places.” (Unfortunately, guys, extra grins and giggles didn’t earn you any extra entries in the contest.) Thank you for joining in the fun! Veronica Bartles @vbartles We’ve thrown all of the correct entries into a virtual hat (Random. org), and randomly selected five winners. The lucky winners, who will be allowed to submit FIVE Mentor applications are: Cara Reinard Carla Cullen Michele Rieppel Phil Stamper Leoma Retan   Winners, please reference at the end of your Pitch Wars required subject line (5th pick – TGPWMS). I will check all applications that have this added to them to verify the winners, so if you didn’t win, please don’t send an application with this in your subject line or you will be disqualified from the...

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