Saturday, April 13, 2013

24 Announcing the May Pitch+250 Contest

Get your pitches and first pages ready! Submissions for the next Pitch+250 Contest will be accepted starting on Sunday, April 28th at 3:00pm Eastern time. The submission window will close on May 3rd at 11:00pm Eastern time, or when we receive 100 submissions, whichever comes first. 

The entries will consist of a pitch of no more than 100 words plus the first 250 words of your manuscript. Please note that the pitch word limit has been lowered. Think logline, not query.

Pitch+250 is open to YA, NA, and MG submissions only. It will consist of 3 rounds of judging. Martina and Jan will judge the initial submissions and narrow them down to the top 50, who will start Round 1.

Check out our fabulous judges here!

Round 1: A great set of bloggers will judge the top 50 submissions. The 25 submissions with the highest scores will move on to the next round.

Round 2: YA authors will judge the top 25 submissions. The 10 highest scores will move on to the next round.

Round 3: Agent judges will score the top 10 submissions.

The winner will receive a 3 chapter (30 pages max) critique from Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis. The entries placing 2nd through 5th receive a 1 chapter (10 pages max) critique from one of our agent judges.

The remainder of the top 25 entrants will each receive a 1 chapter (10 pages max) critique from one of our judges.

Starting at 3:00 pm Eastern time on Sunday, April 28th, please send your pitch of no more than 100 words plus the first 250 words of your manuscript in the body of an email to 4kidlit (at) gmail (dot) com. We will accept a maximum of 100 submissions. You must include Pitch+250 in the subject line. Please use the following format in the body of your email:

Name:
Title:
Genre:
Email:
Pitch:
1st 250:

Good luck!

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great contest! One question: is this only open to complete/query-ready manuscripts? I'm not sure since the prizes are critiques. Thanks!

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  2. Any limit on number of initial submissions?

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  3. Yes. It's for completed manuscripts only.

    One submission per person.

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  4. I'm so excited for this contest - what fun! Should we submit the first 250 words to the end of the sentence or is it 250 exactly? Thank you!

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  5. The submission link goes to an error page.

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    1. I'm not sure what submission link you're referring to. Submissions should be sent by email to 4kidlit (at)Gmail (dot) com

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  6. Okay, thanks. I was clicking on "the contest is open for submissions" on the right-hand side. Thank you.

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  7. should we include the word count? Thanks!

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  8. will it close when you reach 100 or when a certain amount of time has elapsed?

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  9. ignore last comment - I can see now its either May 3 or 100, whichever is first

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  10. Only the first 250 words, and not a word over, or can we include the end of the sentence if it goes just over?

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  11. Hi Jan,
    Thanks for your work on this. It's a great opportunity. When/where will we be able to see who's moving on to Round 1? Thanks again.

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  12. We'll be posting the entries that are moving on to Round 1 on Sunday.
    And you're very welcome! :)

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  13. Thank you so much for the contest!!!

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  14. Looking forward to the first round being decided. Should I be on the lookout for an email? Or just keep my eyes on your blog?

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    1. Keep your eyes on the blog. I'm going to post here in a few minutes!

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  15. Thanks so much for letting me be a judge. I can't wait to dive in to the submissions.

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