Pitch Madness 2017 Candyland Edition … submission window

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The Pitch Madness 2017 submission window is now open!

To submit your manuscript pitch into the contest, enter your information in the form below.

What is Pitch Madness?

It’s a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. (See who they are here.)

The submission window is open from NOW and until 11:59PM EST on February 24th. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend. 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. If  you’ve entered this manuscript into contests before, you CAN still enter Pitch Madness.

There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. Only one entry per writer.

Each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 10 entries. We have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts and cohosts.

This year’s first round readers and teams can be found here.

The agent round will be on March 16 and 17. To see our amazing line up agents go to this post here.

All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag #PitchMadness! Hope you’ll enter and good luck!

 

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Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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    • Best of Luck to you as well, but just maybe there are 60 or less submissions?? No luck required! ha! Wouldn’t that be nice 🙂

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  1. Yay! My first time entering this contest. Wishing everyone lots of luck!

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  2. Done! Phew!! Good luck everyone!!!

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  3. Good luck to everyone.

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  4. Pretty sure I spent as much time fine-tuning my 35-word pitch as I did writing a query letter. 😉 Good luck all!

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    • Earnheardt, yes, crunching done a 70,000 word novel into 35 words was hard work. Good luck!

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  5. Entering Pitch Madness is a rush! Hope those who enter feel the same way. And good luck to all.

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  6. Done! Feel surprisingly nervous. Fingers crossed.

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  7. Ah! I did it! This is my first time and I’m so excited and nervous!

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  8. Thanks to everyone who makes these contests possible! Good luck to my fellow contestants!

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  9. My first Pitch Madness; not easy-peasy, but what fun! Thanks for doing this, hosts. Good luck all!

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  10. Thanks for this contest, hosts, and good luck to everyone!

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  11. Good luck everyone! Yay for all of us for trying!

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  12. Thanks Brenda. This should be fun. You rock in ways I can’t describe. (And I’m a guy who makes his living with words).

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  13. Brenda, your mad mad mad pitch contests have gotten me out in the world. Thank you so much!

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  14. Thanks for the fun contest. Trying out a new pitch. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed!

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  15. Hi Brenda, were we supposed to receive a confirmation email? I never got one.

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  16. No picture books this year?

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  17. Thanks so much, Brenda, for doing this.

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    • Thanks, so much, Brenda! These contests are such a wonderful opportunity for writers ~ 🙂 Quick question, though – and this is SOOO embarrassing… *le sigh* I’ve been working on my pitch all week and somehow JUST noticed, a few hours after I sent my entry in, that I used the MC’s name from my current wip in my pitch and not my actual MC’s name for that story… *face palm* I’m so embarrassed and so sorry. I swear I know my MC well. I’ve just been working on another project, lately. Clearly my new MC is consuming my thoughts. Anyhow! I’m hoping this doesn’t discount me from the contest? Can I resend my entry? Or, if I’m lucky enough to get picked, just change it during the polishing/mentor phase?

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      • I checked it and your MC’s name isn’t mentioned in the opening. So you can just change it with your team if you’re picked. Good luck!

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        • Yes, thankfully her name isn’t mentioned until a little after the first 250 words. Thank you!! 🙂

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  18. Thanks for hosting these amazing contests!

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  19. What a great contest. Thanks for making it happen, Brenda. Isn’t it wonderful to dream what might become of a novel?

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  20. Entering this contest has been both hair-raising and fun! It’s a first for me. Thanks so much!

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  21. You guys have the best contests! Thank you and good luck to all.

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  22. Best of luck, everyone!!

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  23. Great contest! Best of luck to all entries and thanks to all the readers and Brenda most of all!

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  24. First ever pitch war! Good luck to all!

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  25. Good Luck Everyone!

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  26. Good luck to y’all!

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  27. Thanks for this chance! I so want my character’s story shared. Good luck, everyone! –Deborah Holt Williams (Lucky on facebook)

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  28. Thanks for organizing, Brenda. Good luck, everyone.

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  29. Good luck, everyone! This isn’t my first Pitch Wars, but I’m still so nervous! Gah!

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  30. That feeling like there is a typo on the first word of your submission but you don’t see it as you hover your mouse over the submit button? Yeah. That.

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    • It’s right up there with wondering if you *ACTUALLY* saw the screen change that meant it worked. Ah, fun times.

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  31. Thank you Brenda for this opportunity. Do you have any predisposition to sweet talk, bribery or free days at the spa in return for favorable results in contests you host. Name your price! I swear!

    🙂 YES I’M KIDDING, except for the thank you part. Your efforts are an example to us all.

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  32. Glad I stumbled upon this today. Perhaps it was meant to be?

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  33. Thank you to the organizers,judges for this great opportunity to put our work out there for a chance to be noticed. Everyone deserves a chance. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Good luck to all the entrants.

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  34. Best of luck to everyone! This is my first year. I swear I’ve given *birth* with less anxiety, LOL!

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  35. totally forgot about the contest, hope my pitch is still good enough. Good luck to everyone.

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  36. Submit and gone. Yikes! Good luck to all and thanks for the opportunity!

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  37. Thank you for hosting this. Never done it before but this is awesome. Best of luck, folks!

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  38. I saw someone on twitter received a reply confirmation… I didn’t… others? Do I need to resubmit… help, and thank you, best of luck…

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    • I wrote two pitches and had a hard time deciding which one to send. I hope I made the right choice!

      On another note, should I have received an email confirmation? Or was the confirmation that appeared in the screen it?

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    • No one has received an email confirmation. There is a message that says it was sent after you enter – it replaces the form.

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  39. Good luck everyone. Let’s race our new fancy cars down highways when the public buys all the books we wrote.

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  40. Thanks Brenda and helpers!!! Good luck fellow writers. 🙂

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  41. Thanks, and good luck to everyone!

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  42. So, now we just wait, right? Good luck to all!

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  43. Do selectees receive an email if/when picked? Or is it up to all of us to watch all the team blogs and hope for the best? 🙂 New to this, and excited to see how things go! May the best manuscripts win! <3

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    • Each team will announce them on the blogs, and then Team Leaders will contact you to begin revisions. Good Luck, Rebecca!

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      • That makes perfect sense. Thanks for clarifying!!

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  44. The hardest part of Pitch Madness isn’t submitting, it’s the waiting. 5 more days, eep!

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