#PitchMadness: Clue Edition Is Coming

Pitch Madness is coming soon! I’m really excited to be co-hosting a team with the brilliant Marieke Nijkamp this time around for Clue Edition!

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on March 10!

Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. An agent introduction post will be going up soon.

The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on March 10 until 11:59PM EST. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. Please note: All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted.

There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult fiction; novel-length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer this round.

What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting instructions before the submission window opens, along with the email address to send your entries to.

Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. I will have a post up soon to introduce the hosts, co-hosts, and slush readers.

We’ll have a small team of first readers checking for formatting and putting their top picks through to the hosts. This time around, the hosts and co-hosts of each blog will choose their team of slush readers for the second round. Some blog teams may opt out of having slush readers. So I won’t be choosing all the slush readers this go around.

All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness!

Here are the links to the participating blogs:

Brenda Drake Author Photo1

Brenda Drake’s blog (aka @brendadrake)


Summer Heacock

Summer Heacock’s blog (aka @Fizzygrrl)


Sharon J

Sharon Johnston’s blog (aka @S_M_Johnston)



Rebecca Weston’s blog (aka @callmebecks)


Here’s the schedule …

  • Hosts and their teams introduction on March 3
  • Agent introduction on March 4
  • Rules of the Game on March 6
  • Formatting instructions March 7
  • Submission window will be on March 10 and will be open for 24 hours
  • The first slush round will be March 11-12
  • The final round will be Sept. March 13-17
  • The top 60 picks for the agent round will go up on the blogs on March 18 at 12:01AM EST (NY time)
  • March 20 at 12PM EDT (Noon) the agents requests are revealed, and right afterward is the tying agents challenge round
  • There will be a #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party on March 25 from 8AM to 8PM EST. Check here for rules of the Twitter Pitch Contest.

That’s it for now. Come back on the mentioned dates to learn more about the slush readers, hosts, and agents!

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