Announcing Pitch Madness Mario Kart Edition!
Jan19

Announcing Pitch Madness Mario Kart Edition!

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 26! Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon. The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 26 until 11:59PM EST. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. Please note: All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult completed fiction, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer this round. What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting instructions before the submission window opens. There will be a form on the submission post to enter your pitch into. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. I will have a post up soon to introduce the teams and slush readers. We’ll have a small team of first readers checking for formatting and putting their top picks through to the hosts. This time around, the hosts and co-hosts of each blog will choose their team of slush readers for the second round. Some blog teams may opt out of having slush readers. So I won’t be choosing all the slush readers this go around. All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness! Here are the links to the blogs joining me for the contest: Summer Heacock’s blog (aka @Fizzygrrl) Co-hosted with Dee Romito (aka @writeforapples)   Sharon Johnston’s blog (aka @S_M_Johnston) Co-hosting with Jeyn Roberts (aka @JeynRoberts)   Rebecca Weston’s blog (aka @callmebecks)     Co-hosted with Marieke Nijkamp (aka @mariekeyn) And Brenda’s own Co-host: Kimberly P. Chase (aka@kpchase817)   Here’s the schedule … Round One Readers Introduction on February 15 Team Introductions throughout the day on February 16 Agent Introduction on February 17 Rules of the Game on February 19 Formatting Instructions February 23 Submission window will be on February 26 and will be open for 24 hours The top 60 picks for the agent round will go up on the blogs on March 9 at 12:01AM EST (NY time) March...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Story with Amanda Hill, and her mentors, Jessica, Joy, & Rebecca!
Jan19

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Story with Amanda Hill, and her mentors, Jessica, Joy, & Rebecca!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Amanda Hill and her Pitch Wars mentors, Jessica Vitalis, Joy McCullough-Carranza, and Rebecca Wells! Amanda recently signed with Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown LTD., and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Amanda, Jessica, Joy, and Rebecca as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Amanda, you had an unfortunate experience with your first Pitch Wars experience and received a redo. What was your reaction when you were contacted that you would be in Pitch Wars 2015? Oh gosh. I think to understand you have to realize that I’d just been hoping for a second chance to enter Pitch Wars, with no guarantee to get in. If Brenda had just offered me that I would have been thrilled. But she offered me a full redo, with three fabulous mentors and a slot in the agent round. I was…ecstatic, so incredibly thankful. I’m pretty sure I said, “I will buy all her books forever.” But honestly, the words I keep coming back to to describe it are actually from my Pitch Wars manuscript. “Like hope, and answered prayers, and new plants sprouting.” Mentors, what about Amanda’s application made you want to work with her? Jessica: I felt so bad after hearing about Amanda’s previous experience that I volunteered to work with her before knowing anything other than that she had a MG story (I figured that since she’d been selected as a mentee the year before, the writing was sure to be of high quality). When Brenda sent over her writing sample to make sure it was a good match, I was blown away. The premise of her story was outstanding, and I immediately fell in love with her quiet, lyrical prose. It turned out to be a perfect match! Joy: Amanda’s situation was different from most Pitchwars applicants’ in that we all jumped in to mentor her without knowing anything about her manuscript–only that it was MG. It didn’t honestly matter to me what her book was about; she’d had a crummy experience in a contest that is absolutely wonderful for most participants and I wanted to do everything I could to help rectify that, whether her manuscript was a genre I would normally go for or not. As it turned out, it was a quiet, literary contemporary, which is 100% up my alley. Amanda, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? So, I know everybody says it is intense, but I think mine was extra intense. haha Remember, I wasn’t picked out...

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