Get Your Pitch On!!

September 28, 2012
So we all know I love contests. The last couple of months, I've loved them a little TOO much, I think. I entered a few, some of which overlapped, and MAN it was nuts! (But did get some love for BETWEEN, which makes me happy.)

And NOW I'm letting you guys know about another contest that is coming up- and this time I won't be entering, but my blog (along with several of the Misfits' blogs) will be hosting some of the entries!!

The lovely Sharon M. Johnson is hosting the Get Your Pitch On contest!

Here are the details, straight from Sharon's blog!

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's 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 [ @ ]
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.

Submissions are open NOW. Go here for more info!


1 comment

  1. Wow! Sounds like a great opportunity. I'll pass it on.

    So glad to hear you got some agent-love for your MS, too. Good luck with it!


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