Wanna Get Your Pitch On? #PitchOn

It seems like there are so many amazing contests out there this fall – hopefully all you querying writers are taking advantage of the awesomeness! However, I want to tell you about one more that I think you’ll be really excited about. The fabulous S.M. Johnston is holding a contest called Get Your Pitch On and it’s coming up SOON!!!

I’m so excited to be a part of this contest –  I’m going to be hosting some  of the pitches on my blog starting October 1st so they can get feedback and be nicely polished up before the contest starts! (We’ll provide more details on how that’s going to work in a few days)

Here are the deets about Get Your Pitch On:

Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado, will be poised and ready to take your pitches both here on Down Under Wonderings and on my group blog YAtopia on October 15th.

Marisa is looking for YA in any genre and is accepting submissions from any where in the world. It’s your chance to skip the slush pile and put your pitch right under the nose of a fantastic editor. There’s even better news – there is no limit on how many requests Marisa will make from the contest.

Here are the rules:

  • Your manuscript must be complete, polished and ready to query – this means no first drafts or almost finished manuscripts.
  • It must be YA.
  • When the contest goes live on October 15th, post your entry details in the comments section of either YAtopia or Down Under Wonderings – each blog is accepting 100 entries only.
  • Your entry detail needs to include a 50 – 70 word pitch.
  • You can enter more than once if you have more than one complete, polished, ready to query manuscript.

Your contest details should be formatted like this:

Name: Sharon Johnston
Email: smjohnston [ @ ] live.com.au
Country of residence: Australia
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word-count: 58,000
Pitch: Seventeen-year-old Mishca Richardson is a sleeper soldier with a weak heart. She has no idea that a life saving heart transplant has accidentally triggered her programming. In the search for answers, she discovers the truth and that her creator, Wirth, has classified her remaining “sisters” from her experiment group as defective, scheduling them for termination. Mishca sets out to save them before they’re eliminated.

Just as it’s important to get someone else to look over your manuscript before you query, it’s a good idea to get feedback on your pitch before you post. We have about twenty blogs who are ready to help you hone your pitch. These workshops start on October 1 and you can find the list of blogs participating here.

Also – make sure to use the #PitchOn hashtag on Twitter to follow all the news now and be part of the excitement during the contest.

I’m so excited to bring this competition. So now it’s time for you to Get Your Pitch On!


1 Comment

  1. Hey Jamie,
    I was just notified you will br hosting my entry for the PitchOn workshop. I’m very excited! Just wanted to stop by and say hello 🙂 Thank you for hosting.