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Pitch Madness
« on: February 24, 2017, 03:17:08 AM »
So, short notice, but a friend just reminded me about this yesterday. It's happening in literally a few hours (starting at 12:01am Eastern time on February 24th).

If you have completed a novel, and you're comfortable that it's polished, this is a great opportunity for you to get some feedback on it and possibly, even a critique from a published author and a look from an agent.

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Pitch Madness is a contest held every March, where writers enter for a chance to win requests from the participating agents. Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round. Though Pitch Madness has a game theme, the next contest will transition to more of a critique based contest with agents simply requesting in the comments of the entries’ posts instead of having the agents play for requests. Also, hosts will coach our team members, helping them polish their entries and first pages.

Details and rules here...

http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitch-madness/

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Re: Pitch Madness
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 10:05:32 AM »
If you have a project ready--and it does need to be ready for agent attention--then competitions like this are great opportunities. I participated in a similar one around the start of my querying, and though I didn't get anything out of it directly (the requests I got from the contest didn't play out to anything) I got a great confidence boost from a) being chosen, and b) the feedback I got from my host/coach/mentor. In the querying game, knowing whether you're actually doing anything right is a big first step.

If you don't have a project ready, don't rush and don't despair. Contests similar to these run throughout the year. Keep an eye on Brenda Drake's social media, and also Michelle Hauck hosts / talks about a lot. (She ran the one I participated in.) And if you think you're going to be interested in a future contest, keep an eye on this one to see what's effective. You can definitely start to spot trends that help you craft your own pitches, regardless of whether you participate in a contest.

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Re: Pitch Madness
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 12:34:12 AM »
Just an update ... on Twitter, they said they got something like 1,400+ entries. Holy cow! It'll be interesting to see if mine makes the first cut, as they're looking for 60 or so.