9/29 Upcoming Pitch/Query Contests from Around the Web: #pitchon #bakersdozen #pitchlive

Here’s what I am aware of for the start of October. 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! A lot of this looks familiar, but there is at least one new one out there!


GOING ON RIGHT NOW! (no idea how long it’ll be open) Pitch DIRECTLY to Deb Werksman at the Casablanca Authors Blog. You have to go to the site for formatting information, etc. (Not familiar with Sourcebooks Casablanca? Look here for information) A tease to tempt you:

It’s one of those months when I don’t want to read my own writing—I want to read YOURS! Voila—time for a pitch session!
These are the IRON-CLAD rules!
1)      ONLY single-title romance 85,000 to 100,000 words or commercial women’s fiction
2)      Erotic romance, paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary romance

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.

 Miss Snark’s First Victim will be having the second ‘pre’ contest chance to get your logline polished before 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!

We will have 3 critique rounds for those of you who would like feedback on your loglines prior to submitting. These rounds will be run as lotteries. Times TBA.

ROUND 1: Tuesday, September 25 (submissions on Monday, September 24)
ROUND 2: Tuesday, October 9 (submissions on Monday, October 8)
ROUND 3: Tuesday, October 16 (submissions on Monday, October 15)

Details here (Kat Ellis’ blog) For Hook, Line & Sinker which will open on October 13:

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 which opens October 13 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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