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: