Surprise! We’re opening the submission window early! It will remain open until the original closing of August 17 at 11:59PM EDT (just before midnight).
For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critique his/her writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. To do this, the mentors read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to five (5) mentors to submit to.
Last year we had about forty mentees sign with agents and eight of those resulted in book deals. That’s not counting all the successes from Pitch Wars 2012 and 2013. We hope to have many more successes this year!
If you have any difficulties with this form, or if there’s a technical glitch, or if the site blows up, don’t panic, just use the form under the contact label above and let us know the issue.
About your queries: It should have all parts of the query, as if you were sending to an agent. “Dear Mentor” works for the salutation and make sure to include your bio (if you have one) and category/genre/word count.
About your first chapters: Upload the first chapter of your manuscript no matter how long it is. You can include short prologues (3 pages or less) or send the prologues later if the mentor asks for a full manuscript. If you don’t have chapters in your book or feel your chapters are too short, send the first ten pages of your manuscript.
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU AREN’T READY, once you hit send, there are no take backs or changes. Double check that you have the right mentors for the category (MG, YA, NA, or Adult) you are submitting, your entry will be deleted if you send it to a mentor who is not requesting your category.
There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes for Pitch Wars. I have vacillated between charging and not charging a small fee to enter Pitch Wars this year and decided against it. Instead, if you’ve gotten anything out of the contest, please consider making a donation. Any amount helps. Thank you for your support!
After you hit send on the form, the page will reload. Scroll down to where the form was and it will tell you if your submission has been accepted. YOU WILL NOT GET AN EMAIL RECEIPT. Please do NOT re-enter your form. When you hit submit, the form will say your entry has been received.
AGAIN, please do not re-enter your entry!
THE PITCH WARS WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. Come back September 2 when we’ll announce the mentors’ picks.