Are You Ready to Get Your Pitch On?

What’s that, you say? You love contests? So do I! Crazy, right? And it just so happens that the lovely S.M. Johnston is holding a killer one in a few weeks that you’ve probably already heard a little about. It’s called Get Your Pitch On, Twitter tag #PitchOn.

Here are the juicy details:

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

Marisa is looking for YA in any genre and is accepting submissions from anywhere 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 (but definitely not with this information which I threw together in a late-night, slap-happy moment):

Name: Sparkles McSparkleson
Email: smcsparkleson [ @ ] email.com
Country of residence: The Kingdom of YourFaceia
Title: ETHEREAL PARANORMAL TWILIGHT 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
Genre: Vampire Kissy Stuff
Word Count: 113,000
Pitch: Beautiful half-vampire, half-fae, half-witch Catarina Sparkles is living a fabulous life with dresses and cute shoes and her perfect vampire boyfriend Mr. Perfecto. But when a sinister Mr. Someone steals her sparkle power, she is forced to trek into the Really-Dark-No-Seriously-It’s-Like-Pitch-Black Forest in search of the Lost City of Lostness with only an arrogant, hawt werewolf to help her in her quest to regain her most sparkly of powers.

Just as it’s important to get someone else to look over your manuscript before you query, it’s also a good idea to get feedback on your pitch before you post. With that in mind, S.M. Johnston has lined up 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.

This is going to be an awesome competition, so get geared up, ready for the workshops and prepared to Get Your Pitch On!

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