Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I am interrupting my fun-filled Florida vacay to announce an agent pitch contest you DO NOT WANT TO MISS! Check it out...

We're extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where  agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.

Here's the deets...
  • The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.
  • November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They'll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.
  • December 5: Aspiring writers will submit 3 "applications" to their top choices for coaches to the contest email ( during the allotted times (8AM to 8PM EST). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach.
  • December 5 through December 10: Coaches will read the applications and pick teammates.The coaches don't have to pick from their applications. If a coach passes on an application, it is then up for grabs and another coach, if they haven't connected to their applicants, can snatch it after notifying the applicant and if the applicant chooses the coach.
  • December 12: Teams will be announced. On the announcement post there will be instructions on how the winners must send their work.
  • December 12 through January 16: Each coach will read their teammate's manuscript and give general notes on any issues they find. The coach will help their teammate get his or her pitches ready for the agent round.
  • Note: The material for the agent round will be a 3 sentence pitch and the first 250 words of your manuscript. Coaches will read manuscripts and query letters only once and give notes. It is up to the writer to use the notes from their coaches to get the manuscript and query letter in as best shape as they can to send to requesting agents. The coaches will critique the three sentence pitch and first 250 words. The coaches will read them as many times as they deem necessary. In no way will writers expect the coaches to read the manuscript and query letter more than once or the pitches more than twice.
  • January 20: Coaches will submit shined pitches to the contest email.
  • January 23 and 24: Agents will read and make requests on the pitches they like (it is likely that not all participants will get requests).
  • January 25: We'll announce the team with the most requests and who will take home the winning prizes (an amazon gift card for each).
  • This is open to finished manuscripts only.
  • You may only enter one manuscript.
  • Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.

Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Brenda Drake: GONE WITH THE WIND)

Name: Your Name

Genre: The genre of your manuscript

Word Count: The word count of your manuscript

Query letter here  (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.

First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.


REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.

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Angela Brown said...

Glad to see you are a part this. Continue to enjoy your vacation :-)

Anonymous said...

Sounds great-- enjoy Florida (she says with a touch of envy).

Juliana L. Brandt said...

I very much wish I had the energy to participate in this...and that my WIP was finished ;) It looks like it'll be a blast & I'm sure will be fun to watch.

Tamara said...

This sounds like such an amazing opportunity!! Thank you and hope you are having fun on your vacay!

Stephsco said...

I'm stoked. I have one leeetle question. Is there a limit for the number of submissions, or do entrants have all day to submit to 3 potential mentors without fear of it filling up? I know how past contests have filled up fast with entry limits. :)

ilima said...

Anyone would be blessed indeed to have you as their coach. Good luck!

Terri K Rowe said...

I was amazed and thrilled to hear about this fabulous opportunity! Thank you for sharing this with us!

alexia said...

Oh wow, you are a glutton for punishment!! Just joking... very kind-hearted of you to do this so soon after GUTGAA. This sounds cool... I'll have to check it out.

Enjoy Florida!

Anonymous said...

Quick question, Deanna...are picture book manuscript eligible?
What a wonderful opportunity you are providing!

Leigh Covington said...

That is AWESOME! Wow! I wish I was prepared. But that's okay... my time will come. :D

Bethany Crandell said...

Dude, when do you rest?!

Another great event--well done, lovey!

LisaAnn said...

Oh my gosh, this is such a good idea! You are amazing, Deana. You always come up with the best stuff!