For aspiring authors, it can be challenging to get their work published. It is hard to find the right channels and contacts to get a manuscript to the final stage of publishing. Putting so much hard work and emotion into a manuscript just to have a hard time getting people to read it can be emotionally difficult. Pitch Wars is the opportunity many authors in this position need. Pitch Wars give authors a boost to get to the publishing phase.
Pitch Wars is somewhat of a competition between authors. Hosted by published author Brenda Drake on her blog www.brenda-drake.com, Pitch Wars is a brilliant invention. Aspiring authors from all over the internet can submit their manuscripts to up to four mentors. Each week leading up to the submission day, Brenda is posting mentor profiles to help the contestants learn which mentors would be the right match for them. There are mentors for four different categories of writing: middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult. For one day only, August 17th, 2015, authors can submit their pitch and first chapter of their manuscript in hopes of winning the eye of a mentor. If an author does win a mentor, they will read their entire manuscript and help the author spruce it up to help their chances in publishing.
Sounds pretty sweet, right? The contest is open to anyone, so if you think you are interested in submitting your work, here are a few tips for entering the Pitch Wars:
- Your manuscript should be fiction. Do not submit any nonfiction works.
- Only submit manuscripts for middle grades and up. Do not submit any picture books or elementary school books.
- You can only enter one completed manuscript. Unfinished or previously published manuscripts, even self-published manuscripts, will not be considered.
- You can only apply for up to four mentors, max. You do not have to apply for all four, but four is your limit.
- Mentors will only consider manuscripts in the categories they signed up for. If you submit a manuscript to a mentor not signed up for that category, your manuscript will be ignored.
- The sample chapter you submit must me in 12 point, double space format. This is typical manuscript format.
- To enter, fill out the online form on her blog on August 17th. It goes live at midnight.
There are 92 mentee spots up for grabs! The submission period is only open for 24 hours, so mark your calendars now! Chosen mentees will be mentored for two months to get their manuscript ready for agents. So, between now and August 17th, check out the mentor profiles and decide what mentor(s) would be right for you. These mentors are wonderful resources in the publishing process and are not to be taken for granted. Please respect the mentors and fellow contestants. They will delete your application if they find you not to be compliant with the contest rules. So remember, have fun and play by the rules, and you could be published in no time!