9/22: Upcoming Pitch/Query Contests from Around the Web: #pitchon #gutgaa #bakersdozen #pitchlive

Ready? Here’s the line-up of pitch events I am aware of coming down the pike. Remember, if you know of more just comment here or tweet me at EllieWrites2 and I’ll add. I’ve only copied little snips of information from each blog. Be sure to click through for full details!


On Monday, September 24, Miss Snark’s First Victim is having the first of MANY rounds and levels of entry for her very popular Baker’s Dozen Contest:

It’s here!  Well, almost.  Welcome, everyone, to the season of the third annual BAKER’S DOZEN AGENT AUCTION!

For the newcomers:  The Baker’s Dozen Agent Auction is MSFV’s biggest event of the year.  60 250-word entries, hand-picked by Jodi Meadows and Authoress, will be placed on the auction block for agents to bid on (with requests for pages, up to a full manuscript request).  It bears the name “Baker’s Dozen” because the original auction in 2010 included 13 agents–a baker’s dozen.  The actual auction is in December, but the fun starts NOW!

The first round of #PitchOn will start on September 24 as well, with a chance to enter the pitch workshop. (My other blog will one of the hosts!):

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.

At the end of the week, on Friday, September 28 Deana Barnhart has the GUTGAA small press contest:

Small Press Pitch Contest Call for Entries – There will be one window for entries–at 11AM EST. I will accept a max of 100 entries. To enter the small press pitch contest you will need to paste in the body of an email the query and first 150 words of your completed manuscript and send it to gutgaa(at)gmail(dot)com. Go HERE for details about what I mean by query and first 150 words as well as the format for entries. I will take entries until 11:59 PM EDT or until I get 100 entries. I will post the format directions on this day as well.

Brenda Drake is hosting ANOTHER Pitch event in October but you can sign up NOW. Be ready to put yourself out there! #PITCHLIVE is all about ‘live’, or in this case video, pitches.

I’m so excited to announce PITCH LIVE! What is it, you ask? It’s a video of your best elevator pitch to an agent. I wanted to give you guys enough time to produce a video of an elevator pitch for your finished novels, so I’m posting this now. We already have a couple agents signed up to view the top 30 videos (if we get that many), but there will be more agents. I’ll announce the agents in a post soon. The contest is for AdultNew Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction. The elevator pitch should be creative, as if you ran into an agent at a conference.


In addition to Pitchon and Bakers Dozen which will be continuing into October, I’ve found the following events:

Hook, Line and Sinker! Details here (Kat Ellis’ blog) For Hook, Line & Sinker.

That’s right kids, on October 13th the entry window opens at 11AM EDT! Take your entries to the appropriate blog based on category. Dee is hosting Middle Grade at www.writeforapples.com, Summer will be hosting the party for Adult at www.Fizzygrrl.com and I’ll be hosting Young Adult right here:http://katelliswrites.blogspot.com! There’ll be details on what your entry should include COMING SOON.

And here is where it gets real, yo. We have agents coming to play.

Oh yeah, that’s right. Real, live, top drawer agents will be coming by to make requests!

Now, we can’t tell you who just yet, but we will say that you can’t count them all on one hand…

This Writers World & Plot Bunnies will be hosting a Spooktacular Pitch Event in October as well:

Here are the details I know you’re burning to know. The Spooktacular Pitch Extravaganza will open for submissions on October 13 at 8am EDT and stay open until October 16 at 12am EDT. On October 17 I will pull 50 names and have you email me your pitches to a special contest email then. So make sure you check back on October 17!
“What do we have to do?”
Great question! Polish and spit-shine your 3 line pitch (no word limit. Just 3 lines only. If you go over 3 lines, you’ll be disqualified and someone else will take your spot) and the first 250 words of your finished and polished ms (if it ends in the middle of a sentence, feel free to go to the end of that sentence.) This contest is open to Adult, Young Adult, New Adult and Middle Grade fiction so bring it on!


Again, these blogs along with  Cupid’s Literary Connection frequently have pitch events. Follow them, subscribe to their feeds and you can be ‘in the know’ for when the next one comes up. And don’t forget Savvy Author. You can sign up for free, and take advantage of pitch opportunities there as well (they had a huge event for paying members recently too and seem to on a bit of a break).

Plus, if you look over on my left side bar, you’ll see a link to a paper.li news article feed which pulls contest, agent news and publishing opportunities which I run across into one place. Easy to check and subscribe. There’s general publishing news too, but mostly about pitch contests and submission opportunities.

Entering any of these can help you get one step closer to becoming published. Wishing everyone luck! (me too!)

If you’ve never done a query contest Sticking To The Story has a wonderful post on what to expect and how to get ready. Even if you’ve done them before there’s LOTS of helpful information there.

p.s. There are many blogs which host pitch contests for single agents. For instance We Do Write has a monthly one (coming up soon!).

***Note: This post is duplicated on my other blog as well. I will be transferring this content there slowly.


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