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Pitch Madness 2015 … introducing the teams!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

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Pitch Madness 2015 SORRY! Edition


The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 72 hours starting on February 20!

Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon.

The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 20 until 11:59PM EST on February 23. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend.

There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer.

What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting instructions and where to send when the submission window opens.

Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. We’ll have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts.

All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag #PitchMadness!


Introducing Round 1  Readers in alphabetical order by last name (because I love them all equally)  …



Sarah Blair

Sarah L. Blair

Website | Twitter



K.T. Hanna

Website | Twitter



 L.L. McKinney

Website | Twitter



Jami Nord

Website | Twitter



To help us choose the best pitches for the market, we have our Market Insider finding pitches that will appeal to agents  …



Lady Lioness, Assistant to a fabulous Literary Agent

Website | Twitter


And choosing in the final rounds are your hosts and their teams



red team    The Red Team 

On Brenda Drake’s blog with Kimberly P. Chase


Brenda    kimberley

Brenda                                     Kimberly

Twitter                                      Twitter | Website


Their support readers 


Naomi Hughes

Twitter | Website


Fiona McLaren

Twitter | Website



green team   The Green Team

On Summer Heacock’s blog with Dannie Morin


Summer Heacock    Dannie Morin

Summer                                            Dannie

Twitter                                            Twitter | Website

Their support readers  …


Rae Chang

Twitter | Website


Stephanie J. Scott

Twitter | Website



yellow team1  The Yellow Team (aka Team Dark Side) …

On Sharon Johnston’s blog with Jeyn Roberts …


Sharon    Jeny_bio_image

Sharon                                  Jeyn

Twitter                                                 Twitter | Website


Their support readers …


Lauren K. McKellar

Twitter | Website


Meagan Rivers





blue team1 (105x91)  The Blue Team

On Rebecca Coffindaffer’s blog with Marieke Nijkamp …

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Rebecca                               Marieke

Twitter                                               Twitter | Website

They’ll be on their own in the slush scouring for the best of the best.


And keeping it all real (meaning: refereeing the teams) is our submission organizer …



Nikki Roberti

Twitter | Website


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Here’s the schedule …

  • Agent Introduction on February 4
  • Rules of the Game on February 13
  • Submission window opens February 20 and will be open for 72 hours
  • The top 60 picks for the agent round will go up on the blogs on March 2 at 12:01AM EST (NY time)
  • March 4 at 12PM EDT (Noon) the agents requests are revealed, and right afterward is the tying agents challenge round
  • There will be a #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party on March 11 from 8AM to 8PM EST. Check here for rules of the Twitter Pitch Contest.

Don’t forget to come back  for the instructions and to meet the agents!

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