Because we are so cool, we’re opening the submission window early! It will remain open until the original closing of August 18 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 four mentors to submit to.
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 e-mail Dan Koboldt at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know the issue. And maybe me, too, but my bet is Dan would know what to do before I would.
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: Send the first chapter of your manuscript no matter how long it is. Don’t send your prologues, send the first chapter. You can send the prologues later if the mentor asks for a full manuscript. If you don’t have chapters in your book, send the first 2500 words. If you fear your first chapter is too short, don’t worry, our mentors will ask for more if you hook them.
After you hit send on the form, it will tell you if your submission has been accepted.
PLEASE DON’T 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.
Please do NOT reenter your form. When you hit submit the form will say your entry has been received. Receipts are talking hours to days to arrive in entrants’ email boxes. AGAIN, please do not reenter your entry!
THE SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. COME BACK SEPTEMBER 3 FOR THE MENTORS’ PICKS!