Pitch Madness: The Game Rules and Instructions‏

For those of you not familiar with Pitch
Pitch Madness is a contest where agents compete in a game
against their peers for pitches. This time the game is Clue logo2. If you haven’t been a part of a Pitch
Madness challenge before, please check out this post here for more information. The submission window is
open for 24 hours (12:01AM EST to 11:59PM EST)
on March 10. Our slush readers will read through the pitches and
pick the top 60 pitches for the agent round starting on March 18. We try
to get a good mix of various genres, but the writing comes first.
Basically, if the submissions aren’t ready, it’s a pass.

So I bet you’re wondering how the agents are going
to play the game? Well, here are the game rules for the agents so you
all can follow along…

Starting on March 18 at
8AM EST through 12PM EST on
March 20 the agents will visit the host blogs, read the
entries, and enter their crime weapons (requests) for the pitches they
want. (See the weapon list below.) All requests (weapons) are partial
requests of the query and first 50 pages of the manuscript. If three or
more agents request, the partial will become a full request.

Each pitch will have a murder clue to solve. All
the agents have to do is guess what weapon was used in the crime. Don’t
worry, they will be easy to solve. To trump all requests, the agents can
also guess which character committed the dastardly deed (see the list of
suspects below – hint: the agents are the suspects). The agents don’t
have to guess the culprit, just the weapon to enter a request. Whoever
guesses correctly wins the pitch. If there are several correct guesses,
the pitch will go to the challenge round (see below for details). There
is not a cap on how many requests the agents can make this round.

Only one request per agent for each pitch during the first

Here’s the participating blogs:

The comments will be set to moderation so you won’t
see what the agents’ requests are until reveal day.

is reveal day. We’ll post all the comments and reveal the winning
agents starting at 12:01 PM EST (noon). We will @ the agents on Twitter
with the results. You can watch the game unfold on the hashtag #PitchMadness.

What happens with ties, you ask? Well, that’s where
it gets tricky!


The challenge round starts after the reveal and
if there are tying requests. We’ll announce the pitches that received
tying requests on the hashtag #PitchMadness and @ the tying agents on Twitter. The agents
will then be asked to go back to the tying entry’s post with their
competitor(s) and use one of their alibis in the comments.

The agents will have a limited amount of
“alibis” to use during the challenge round. There are several levels of
alibis (see attached Alibi Tracking Sheet). The highest level alibi
trumps the lower one and wins the request for that pitch. Each challenge
will continue until there is a winner or until all but one player
(agent) is eliminated (runs out of alibis) for that pitch. Best alibi

Agent Prizes!

Agents won’t only be competing for requests, but for gift cards, too! We
figured that it’s a lot of work playing a game, so we decided to reward
the winners as an extra incentive and bragging rights. The winning
agent, grand crime solver, ruler of the slush pile will receive a $50
gift card from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winners choice) with
two runners-up receiving $25 gift cards. Each agent will get an entry
into the drawing for the gift cards for just participating. For each
pitch the agent wins, he/she will get another entry into the drawing for
the gift cards. We decided to do a drawing since not all agents are
looking for all the categories/genres in the game and felt this would be
a fair way to handle that issue.


 Mr. Boddy (aka Secret Agent) may be dead but his spirit will be ghosting
around and making requests. 

And the Butler (aka Secret Agent) will be serving up requests on a silver tray as she tries to figure out what crookedly evil guest committed some of the most horrendous crimes. 

clue maid

Could the maid (aka Pam van Hylckama Vlieg) be secretly conniving with the murderer or could she be more sinister than she would have us believe? The suspects will have to be on their toes or she just might swipe all the requests from them.  

The suspects (agents) …

Pitch Madness Suspects Sheet

(click on image to enlarge)

The weapons …

Clue Weapons


The alibis …

Pitch Madness Clue Alibis

Here’s the Pitch Madness schedule …

  • Hosts and their teams Introduction on March 3
  • Agent Introduction on March 4
  • Rules of the Game on March 6
  • Formatting Instructions March 7
  • Submission window will be on March 10 and will be open for 24 hours
  • The first slush round will be March 11-12
  • The final round will be March 13-17
  • The top 60 picks for the agent round will go up on the blogs on
    March 18 at 12:01AM EST (NY time)
  • March 20 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 25 from 8AM to
    8PM EST. Check here for rules of the Twitter Pitch

That’s it for now. Come back tomorrow for the formatting

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