Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!
Jul17

Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!

We’re so excited for our fifth Pitch Wars! For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer critiques on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch and query letter to get it ready for the agent round. Those entering Pitch Wars submit applications (query plus first chapter of manuscript) to their chosen mentors. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to four mentors to send an application to. How will you decide what mentors to submit to? Participate in our Mentor Wishlist Blog Hop starting July 20th. The mentors’ bios and wishlists will be posted to their blogs and linked from a post on my blog, and you can hop around and find the right matches for you. The hop will go on until August 3, which is submission day!! There will be a scavenger hunt during the hop with an exciting prize. You don’t want to miss it. More details will be on the blog hop main post on this blog. Visit the Twitter hashtag, #PitchWars, to get to know the mentors personally (virtually).  Mentors will be tweeting advice and answering questions on it. Check out Pitch Wars Live. Some of our mentors will be chatting live starting July 20 and ending on August 2. The chats start at 8PM EDT. Make sure to watch, ask questions on #PitchWars, and get to know the mentors. Watch the blog for more details. Read the July Mini Interviews with the mentors here on this blog posted June 27 through July 18. How do I enter? Applications (query + 1st chapter) will be sent through an easy submission form. The form will go live just after midnight (EDT – New York time) August 3 and remain open until August 6 at 10 PM (EDT – New York time). What will you need to enter in the form? Your top four (max – you don’t have to pick 4, but you are limited to 4) mentors, your email address, title of the manuscript, category and genre, your query letter (sorry no personalized queries this year), and the first chapter of your completed manuscript (Word .doc or .docx format). The sample chapter should be manuscript formatted pages (12pt, double-spaced). All of this will be fill-in-the-blank on the form. Send the full chapter no matter how long it is. But my chapter is short? That’s fine. Send up to ten...

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