Pitch Wars!

We’re extremely excited to announce an
upcoming event where  agented authors,
industry interns, and editors team up with
writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome

Here’s the deets…

The teams will consist of 1
agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.

December 1: The coaches (listed
on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to
coach. They’ll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and
decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.
December 5: Aspiring writers
will submit 3 “applications” to their top choices for coaches to the
contest email (brendadrakecontests@gmail.com) during the allotted times (8AM to
8PM EST). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the
contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach.

December 5 through December 10:
Coaches will read the applications and pick teammates.The coaches don’t have to
pick from their applications. If a coach passes on an application, it is then
up for grabs and another coach, if they haven’t connected to their applicants,
can snatch it after notifying the applicant and if the applicant chooses the

December 12: Teams will be
announced. On the announcement post there will be instructions on how the
winners must send their work.

December 12 through January 16:
Each coach will read their teammate’s manuscript and give general notes on any
issues they find. The coach will help their teammate get his or her pitches
ready for the agent round.

Note: The material for the
agent round will be a 3 sentence pitch and the first 250 words of your
manuscript. Coaches will read manuscripts and query letters only once and give notes.
It is up to the writer to use the notes from their coaches to get the
manuscript and query letter in as best shape as they can to send to requesting
agents. The coaches will critique the three sentence pitch and first 250 words.
The coaches will read them as many times as they deem necessary. In no way will
writers expect the coaches to read the manuscript and query letter more than
once or the pitches more than twice. 

January 20: Coaches will submit
shined pitches to the contest email.

January 23 and 24: Agents will
read and make requests on the pitches they like (it is likely that not all
participants will get requests).

January 25: We’ll announce the
team with the most requests and who will take home the winning prizes (an
amazon gift card for each).

This is open to finished
manuscripts only.

You may only enter one

Only the genres requested by
each coach will be considered for the contest.


Subject line: Pitch Wars Application:
Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application:

Name: Your Name 

Genre: The genre of your manuscript 

Word Count: The word count of your

Query letter here  (embedded in email). Single spaced. No
indentions. A space between each paragraph.

First five pages of the manuscript here
(embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each



 REMINDER: You can send an application
for up to 3 coaches (Note from Sharon: If you like YA – pick me =P).

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