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Pitch Madness News

Monday, 22 January 2018  |  Posted by Heather Cashman

After weeks of deliberation and tears and sadness, we are sorry to announce that there will not be a Pitch Madness contest this year.

We hope you’ll continue to take advantage of the programs we are offering, like query and first page workshops, webinars, the forum, upcoming mentee/mentor Twitter chats, movie events, and #PitMad in March.

Many things conspiring against the running of Pitch Madness in 2018. Pitch Wars needed reorganized, and it’s become it’s own business which has taken a lot of effort. We’re organizing more things behind the scenes, updating our website to avoid issues that happened last year, and our additional programs are taking time. Pitch Wars 2018 will be sooner and longer this year. As well, Brenda has been having a lot of family health issues that have been taking her time.

We hope to begin the query and first page workshops earlier this year as well, so you’ll be able to use them to help you revise in time for the earlier Pitch Wars submission window.

We want you to know how grateful we are for your support of the Pitch Wars community.

Filed: Pitch Madness

  • SM Roffey says:

    Sad to hear it, but you are all doing so much for the writing community already. Sending positive vibes to Brenda and her family in hopes that good health finds them. Thanks for everything you all do!

  • Terri Lewis says:

    You guys are so terrific and do so much for us all. Sending wishes to Brenda for her family’s health.

  • I’m sorry to hear about the difficulties behind the scenes that led to your very difficult decision. I was looking forward to it, but I can understand how hard it is to take this on too. Sending positive vibes that when you return, PitchWars will be bigger, better and more successful than ever!

  • I’m also sad, but… I get it. And I wish you and Brenda all the best – family and health are all we have at the end of the day. I had to drop out of PitchWars last year – I’d gotten some interest but that same day was HIT BY A DUMP TRUCK and had to take some time to pull my spine, and my head, and etc back together. Having mastered typing with the use of 1.5 hands, my MS is leaner and meaner than ever before.

    You’re changing people’s life courses (and those of their families) for the better! In the writing community, there’s ALWAYS an elevator sent back down – and if you’re deserving, someone to carry your butt in if you can’t even crawl. You ladies have perpetuated that – never forget it! <3

  • Wishing you both smoother sailing ahead. Even without the contest, you have created a community of supportive writers that will continue in 2018.


    No worries. Thanks for the update, and for all you do for the lit world. Well wishes to Brenda, and to her family.

  • Melissa Miles says:

    You guys do so much and I’m so appreciative of your time and efforts. I hope Brenda’s family issues resolve soon, and all is well with everyone involved!

  • “Nooooooooo… this is Madness, I tell you! Madness!”

    “Calm down, Zachariah. Geesh, that guy is craaa zzz y. I am the calmer side here to tell you thank you for all of the great pitch events. You guys are wonderful. Many blessings to Brenda’s family and dealing with their health issues.”

    One love,


  • Lyn Goodpaster says:

    Just so grateful for everyone connected with these contests and all the generosity shown to those of us still trying to “make it.” All the best to Brenda and her family as I can empathize with serious health struggles and loved ones. Looking forward to PitchWars!

  • Rachael says:

    What is the difference between Pitch Madness and #PitMad?

    • Heather says:

      Pitch Madness is a mini Pitch Wars that only revises the query pitch and first chapter and then has an agent round.

      #PitMad is a one day Twitter Pitch contest using tweets with hashtags so agents can search what they’re looking for and request by liking the tweet. There’s a page all about #PitMad on the menu of the Pitch Wars.org homepage.

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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