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What is Pitch Wars?

Is it another contest? Oh, no, it’s so much better.

Pitch Wars is a volunteer-run mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for the agent showcase. The mentor also helps edit their mentee’s pitch for the contest and their query letter for submitting to agents. Mentors can participate solo or pair up and co-mentor.

During the agent showcase, each mentee is featured on a post that includes their pitch and the first page of their manuscript. Last year, we had nearly sixty agents participate in the showcase. Participating agents view the posts and make requests. With the help of Pitch Wars 2016, more than 50 authors were offered representation with many snagging book deals shortly after the contest!

Over the past seven years, Pitch Wars has changed many lives. Countless authors have been matched with agents and even gone on to book deals and successful careers. We’re over 300 successes as of 2017!! But most importantly, Pitch Wars has grown the writing community to connect author with author, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie as we go through all stages of revision and publishing.

The Process

Writers send applications (query, first chapter, and synopsis with basic manuscript information) to four mentors who best fit their work.

Mentors read all their applications and one mentee is chosen by each mentor or set of co-mentors. Together, mentee and mentor spend about three months revising the manuscript and pitch.

Great! How do I do it?

Easy! Follow these steps:

  • Find a mentor.
  • Prepare your submission.
  • Submit.
  • Join in social media. (optional)

Find a mentor.

Prepare your submission.

  1. 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.)
  2. Prepare a query letter (like the one you would send to agents). See our Resource page on how to write one.
  3. Write a 1 page single-spaced synopsis. This year, a synopsis will be required for submission, and many agents request them as well. See our Resource page on how to write one.
  4. Create a 35-word pitch that summarizes your novel. 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. (Also on our Resource page!)
  5. Add no-reply@pitchwars.org to your email address book or whitelist to ensure you receive the confirmation email.


  • Read our Submission FAQ for answers!
  • Applications (query + synopsis + 1st chapter) will be sent through an easy submission form.

Join in Social Media.

The Pitch Wars 2020 Schedule

  • June 4, 2020: #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party (8AM – 8PM EDT)
  • June 22, 2020: Mentor Application Window Opens
  • July 8, 2020: Mentor Application Window Closes
  • August 10, 2020: Mentors Announced
  • September 3, 2020: #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party (8AM – 8PM EDT)
  • September 12-26, 2020: Pitch Wars Mentor Wishlist Blog Hop
  • September 27, 2020 (midnight EDT): Mentee Submission Window Opens 
  • October 1, 2020 (10PM EDT): Mentee Submission Window Closes 
  • November 7, 2020: Pitch Wars Mentees Announced
  • December 3, 2020: #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party (8AM – 8PM EST)
  • February 10-15, 2021: Agent Showcase
    • February 10: Adult entries are live on the Pitch Wars site
    • February 11: MG entries are live on the Pitch Wars site
    • February 12: YA entries are live on the Pitch Wars site

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any part of Pitch Wars due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting pitchwars@gmail.com.

We're thrilled at the different ways those in our Pitch Wars community are giving back—and we encourage them to do so. However, please keep in mind that Pitch Wars is not affiliated with any of these various contests, promotions, etc., including those of our mentors and mentees. Promoting any such opportunities via our social media channels doesn't imply endorsement or affiliation. We encourage you to do your research before participating.

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