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Pitch Madness

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know today is the day. The submission window opens for Brenda Drake’s Pitch Madness. Do you plan on entering? I did.



Pitch Madness is a contest where agents compete in a game against their peers for pitches. This time the game is Clue logo2. If you haven’t been a part of a Pitch Madness challenge before, please check out this post here for more information. The slush readers will read through the pitches and pick the top 60 pitches for the agent round starting on March 18.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: ALL DAY Monday, March 10 (12:01 AM EST – 11:59 PM EST)


The email for submissions is – NO ATTACHMENTS – All pitches must be embedded in the email.

Email subject line: Pitch Madness: TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT

Name: Your name
Genre: Category/genre of your manuscript (ie. YA Fantasy)
Word Count: Word count (round to the nearest 1000th – ie. 70,000)

Pitch: 35word (max) logline. Do not go over even one word. Single spaced. Times New Roman 12pt. No indentions.

Excerpt: The first 250 words of your manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of that sentence. Your pitch should be Times New Roman 12pt, single spaced, one space between paragraphs, no paragraph indentions. Make sure the formatting is done correctly, but if the email transfer messes it up we will still take it.

The Agents: For all of the agents information (twitter, website, etc click here)

  • Maria Vincente
  • Jessica Sinsheimer
  • Uwe Stender
  • Laurie McLean
  • Carrie Howland
  • Peter Knapp
  • Melissa Jeglinski
  • Christa Heschke
  • Sean McCarthy
  • Jordy Albert
  • Lara Perkins
  • Rena Rossner
  • Mr. Boddy (aka Secret Agent)

Good luck to everyone that enters!

Blind Speed Dating Contest

January brought us PitchWars and Sun Versus Snow. Now it’s time to search for a new literary contest. Enter the BLIND SPEED DATING CONTEST hosted by Cupid’s Literary Connection. Here’s another chance to impress some agents with your query and so-polished-you-need-sunglasses-to-read-first 250.


The rules are straight forward and broken down for you on the site. I’m formatting my entry now. This contest will cost you $10 USD payable via paypal.

Here are the juicy deets:


January 27th at 10:00 AM EST – Submission window opens
February 12th – winners of Bouncer round emailed
February 13th/14th – selected entries posted for agent round
February 17th-20th – agent round
February 21st – Winners announced, identities revealed

EMAIL: cupidslitconnection(at)yahoo(dot)com.
EMAIL SUBJECT: TITLE – Your Name (In case they need to go back and find your email!)

FORMATTING IS CRUCIAL:  Be sure you bold, where it’s bolded.
They even provide an example entry. Yep, it’s that easy.

Title: NAME OF YOUR BOOK (Yes, CAPS there!!!)
Genre: Genre of your book
Word Count: xx,xxx (to the nearest thousand please)

Your query formatted correctly. (see guidelines) DO NOT include genre/word count again!

First 250:

Your first 250 formatted correctly. (see guidelines)



Sun Versus Snow 1st 250

first 250Sun Versus Snow is right around the corner and people have been posting their queries here for feedback. I’ve been asked to open a post for people trying to perfect their first 250 before the contest starts.

Your wish is my command!

Post your first 250 words of your novel below and allow others to offer up corrective criticism and help you tighten it up to gain the attention of Michelle and Amy come contest day!

#PitMad Pitch Practice

pitmadThanks to the lovely Brenda Drake, another #PitMad Twitter Pitch will take place January 8, from 8AM EST to 8PM EST. Since I posted a blog for those of us planning on practicing in #sunvssnow to post our queries for feedback, I’ve been asked to post a blog for pitch practice as well.

As you wish!

Use the comments below to post your pitch. Make sure you leave room for #PITMAD hashtag and your genre/category. It’s imperative the genre in included at least. During #PitchMAS a few agents and editors said they passed on pitches because they couldn’t figure out if your novel was adult or YA or NA, etc.

Good luck and Happy Tweeking those Pitches!

Agent Feedback Giveaway

Found another one for YA and MG authors!

Literary agent, Pete Knapp of The Part Literary Group is hosting a giveaway that will make your day. Agents deal with so many queries, many of them send a form reply rejection letter (if they respond at all), leaving you to question WTF you did wrong. If you submit your query (must be a new submission) and required materials per his agencies guidelines with the phrase FEEDBACK GIVEAWAY, will receive his HONEST FEEDBACK. That’s worth it’s weight in gold.

Follow his instructions found here and you never know, he might fall in love with your material. At the very least, you will receive genuine feedback. 

Sun Versus Snow Query Practice


For those of us that participated in #pitchMAS, a few days before the contest took off on twitter, a post opened to give people a chance to work out their pitches and get feedback from others. Now, Sun Versus Snow is around the corner, I thought there’s no time like the present to get these queries perfectly polished.

Feel free to paste your query in the comments below. Limit it to only your query and if there is interest, I can always open another post for everyone to post their first 250 words.

One On One Contest

I love twitter and blogs in the writing community because there are so many opportunities to get your work in front of an agent. It’s like attending conferences without having to pay the high costs and never leaving your office chair. I love it. Thanks to twitter, I discovered another contest that will be taking place BEFORE PITMAD or SUNVSSNOW, called the One on One Contest.


This contest gives you the opportunity to win 30 minutes to talk one on one with agent,  Pooja Menon from Kimberley Cameron & Associates if you are one of 10 chosen from the first 50 that submitted their query on Jan 4. Go polish your queries and set up that email! Mine’s ready and waiting. See the details of Mike Anthony’s contest here.


First Chapter Critique Opportunity

Run don’t walk to Melanie Concklin’s website where you can enter for a chance to win a first chapter critique on your MG or YA novel. Get the full details here.


What you have to do: 

Email Melanie your name, title, category, genre and query to melanie dot conklin at mac dot com. She is even giving feedback on the queries she’s getting as well and will then contact you if you win the full critique form her.

When does it end? 

You have until Midnight on Dec 23rd. So hurry!


I’ve already submitted mine! I hope you do as well.


Carolrhoda Books Open Submission

Thanks to twitter, I found about another opportunity coming up in January for unagented debut YA fiction authors.



Submissions will run from 1/6/2014 to 1/12/2014

What To Do: 

Please email a very brief cover and your manuscript to Include the word “QUERY” in the subject (We’re not asking for queries. Just put the word in the subject line and ignore the contradiction). Please put the cover letter in the body of the email and include the completed manuscript as an attachment. Do not send partials. Do not include any portion in the body of the email. Microsoft Word or RTF files much preferred. PDFs are OK if you need to show illustrations. All non-compliant emails deleted with prejudice and without reply.


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