The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 72 hours starting
on February 20!
Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the
participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon.
The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 20
until 11:59PM EST on February 23. You should have plenty of time to get
your submissions in.
There is no limit of how many entries will be
accepted. All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be
deleted. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may
There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness
will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never
before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and
polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary,
sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. This time around we will not
accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer.
What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words
of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a
sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting
instructions and where to send when the submission window opens.
Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a
co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. We’ll have a team of
first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and
put their top picks through to the hosts.
All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag
Round 1 Readers in alphabetical order by last name (because we love them all equally) …
choose the best pitches for the market, we have our Market Insider
finding pitches that will appeal to agents …
a fabulous Literary Agent
your hosts and their teams …
blog with Kimberly P. Chase …
On Summer Heacock’s blog with Dannie Morin
Team (aka Team Dark Side) …
On Sharon Johnston’s blog with Jeyn Roberts
They’ll be on their own in the slush scouring
for the best of the best.
Here’s the schedule …
- Agent Introduction on February 12
- Rules of the Game on February 13
- Submission window opens February 20 and will be open for 72
- The top 60 picks for the agent round will go up on the blogs on
March 2 at 12:01AM EST (NY time)
- March 4 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 11 from
8AM to 8PM EST. Check here for rules of the Twitter Pitch
Don’t forget to come back for the instructions and to meet the