What is Pitch Wars?
Is it another contest? Oh, no, it’s so much better. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. Writers send applications (query and first chapter of manuscript) to four mentors who best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the one writer they want to mentor for the next two months.
One mentee is chosen by each mentor or set of co-mentors, and they spend two months revising the manuscript and pitch. In November during the agent round, each mentee is featured on a post that includes their pitch and the first page of their manuscript. Participating agents view the posts and make requests. More than 50 authors were offered representation and/or published with the help of Pitch Wars 2015!
For more detailed instructions, see “Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!“.
To get ready for Pitch Wars:
- You’ll need a completed manuscript to enter the contest. Make sure your manuscript is finished, as polished as you can make it using critique partners, beta readers, and personal edits. (Published manuscripts will not be accepted.)
- You’ll need a query letter (like the one you would send to agents). It’s part of the application. New to query letters or just need some advice? See “Pitch Wars: The Query … simplified”.
- Write a 1-3 page synopsis. The mentors you apply to might ask you for one, and many agents request them as well. See “Pitch Wars: The Synopsis … simplified”.
- Have a 35 word pitch that summarizes your novel. See “Pitch Wars: The 35-word and Twitter Pitch … simplified”. It’s not needed during submission, but it’s good to have ready. If you’re picked, your mentor will help you with the pitch for the agent round.
Pitch Wars 2016 submission window opens August 3, 2016-August 6th at 10pm EDT!