Presenting the awesome pitch contest coming your way, NestPitch! And I’m a judge, which will be AWESOME. If you don’t know already, pitch contests are ways for writers to get their WIPs in front of agents or small presses without going through the traditional query process. Or writers might choose to do a mixture of both. They pop up on Twitter a great deal now, and this is just one of the great contests this year.
Here’s a bit about it:
The pitch will consist of a 35-word pitch, an answer to a question and the first 300*-words of your manuscript.
*Picture Books will only be submitting the first 100-words
On April 1st the pitch submission window will be open to all groups, PB, MG, YA, NA & Adult and all genres except Erotica.
24-yours later, our Slush Bilbies will start combing through the submissions, picking the top 100-120.
But we don’t want to miss anyone, so I and the Nest Bloggers (explained below) will also be searching the pitches to make sure no GEMS have been missed.
There will nine blogger *nest sites* and on each nest site, each Blogger (CalledNest Bloggers) will pick their top eight best pitches. THAT’S 72 SUBMISSIONS FOLKS, so everyone has a really good chance to have their work put before an agent.
Once up, the Secret Bunny Agents will place their chocolate treats in the#NestPitch(s) they like the most. Remember, the best nest gets the biggest and best eggs! So make your #NestPitch as perfect as possible.
You can read the full rules here.
Pitch contests are great. Last year I participated in the Like a Virgin Contest, where I was a finalist and got a full agent request out of the deal. I’m still querying that MS, even though I should PROBABLY be spending more time on it. That contest involved cherries.
Here are the awesome agents participating in the contest:
- Pam Van Hylckama – Co-founder /Agent – Foreword Literary
- Melissa Jeglinski- Agent – The Knight Agency
- Pooja Menon- Agent – KimberleyCameron & Associates
- Gina Panettieri – President – Talcott Notch Literary
- Jordy Albert – Co-founder & Senior Agent – The Booker Albert Literary Agency
- Camilla Wray – Agent – Darley Anderson Literary (UK)
- Sarah Negovetich – Junior Agent/PR Team Leader – Corvisiero Literary Agency
8. Cate Hart – Junior Agent – Corvisiero Literary Agency
9. Dr. Uwe Stender – President – TriadaUS Literary Agency
The agents will all be wearing different masks during the contest, as follows:
(1) COCKTAIL BUNNY
(2) BOOKWORM BUNNY
(3) GIANT BUNNY
(4) LAPTOP BUNNY
(5) MAD SCIENTIST BUNNY
(6) SOCCER BUNNY
(7) JUGGLER BUNNY
(8) NINJA BUNNY
(9) ARTIST BUNNY
Find out about all the bunny masks here.
Isn’t this exciting? I’m so excited!
Almost as excited as this cat!
If you’ve got any questions, let me know in comments. Otherwise, follow the links and read about this fabulous competition. I’m so happy to be a part of it.