What is Pitch Wars, you ask? 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. Mentors also pick one alternate each in case their writer drops out of the contest. Writers send applications (query and first chapter of manuscript) to their four mentor choices that best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months. Then we hold an agent round with over a dozen (sometimes close to twenty) agents making requests. Go to this post for the full contest schedule: http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/05/contest-schedule-yep-im-getting-organized/
This contest is open to MG, YA, NA, & Adult fiction. Completed manuscripts only.
We had so many successes the last Pitch Wars that I’ve decided to add more mentors to this round. We have 75 mentors. Yes, 75!! There will be a mentor wish list/bio bloghop on August 4-18. Each mentor will post what category and genres they will consider to mentor. The submission window to send in the applications will be open for 24 hours on August 18. For now, you can check the mentors out on Twitter by clicking on the links below.
Also, Marieke Nijkamp is putting together an “Ask the Mentors” event on the Twitter hashtag, #PitchWars. We’ll post more information and dates for it soon.
And now, here are your Pitch Wars mentors …
Update: Sean McConnell had to back out of Pitch Wars, but taking his place we’re excited to have …
Mónica Bustamante Wagner
Julie Sondra Decker
Jaye Robin Brown
Kara Leigh Miller
Juliana L. Brandt
Kate Karyus Quinn
Rachel Lynn Solomon
Kelly Loy Gilbert
Ronni Arno Blaisdell