Sunday, February 3, 2013

20 Pitch+250 Contest Submissions are Closed

We are now closed to submissions. Thanks to all the great entrants!

The Pitch+250 contest is open to YA, MG, and NA manuscripts. On February 4th at noon EST, we will begin accepting submissions. The submission window will close on February 9th at 11:00pm EST, or when we receive 100 submissions, whichever comes first. Good Luck!

Read about all of our amazing judges here.

Martina and Jan will review the submissions and narrow them down to the top 50, who will be announced on February 11th.

Round 1 – The top 50 submissions will be judged by our blogger judges. The top 25 will be announced on February 18th and will move on to Round 2.

Round 2 – The top 25 submissions will be judged by our author judges. The top 10 will be announced on February 25th and will move on to Round 3.

Round 3 – The top 10 submissions will be judged by our agent judges. The winner and 4 runners-up will be announced on March 5th.

The submissions will be scored in the following categories:

Clarity of Premise
Originality of Premise
Writing of Premise
Overall Wow-Factor of Concept

Quality of Writing
Quality of Voice
Strength of Opening Image
Clarity of Story Question
Character Likeability
Character Relatability
Sufficiency of Action/Movement
Appropriateness of Mood/Tone
Urgency to Keep Reading

The winner will receive a three chapter critique (30 pages max) by Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management.

The 4 runners-up will each receive a one chapter critique (10 pages max) by one of our agent judges.

The remainder of the top 25 will receive a one chapter critique (10 pages max) by one of the judges.

The top 10 pitches and first 250 words will be posted on the blog in their entirety on February 25th and 26th, and we will be inviting agents to take a look at them.

Submission Guidelines
Starting at noon EST on Monday 2/4, please send your pitch of no more than 250 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:



1st 250:


  1. I have a question: Will the pitches and 250 ever be posted on the blog, like at each round? Or is it just the names of who is going through to the next round? Also, is this for MG and YA?

    1. Okay, found the answer to my second question (it's open to MG, YA, or NA).

    2. Oops. Sorry about that. I've updated the post to reflect the genres.
      For round 1 and 2, just the names and title of WIP will be posted on the blog. The top 10 pitches and 250 will be posted on the blog in their entirety on Feb. 25-26. We will be inviting agents to take a look at them. I'll add that to the post too.

    3. Thanks! I was working on a post for my blog and wanted to make sure I had all the info to include/link to.

  2. Sounds like a fun contest! Just one question: is it okay to submit a pitch for an incomplete manuscript?

    Thanks! :)

    1. The manuscript does need to be completed, because we will be inviting agents to view the top 10 submissions.

  3. Will you be emailing confirmation that you received? I'm concerned mine didn't go through

  4. I was wondering if you were planning on sending an email confirmation too like Katie above. I sent mine at 12 pm and want to make sure you got it!


    1. I think I got yours. Last name Mitchell?

    2. Yes, my last name is Mitchell.

      Thanks so much for getting back to me and hosting such a wonderful contest!

  5. I forgot to turn on the autoresponder this morning. It’s on now, so if you’re concerned, go ahead and resend.

  6. When I sent my submission, it removed the blank lines between paragraphs. Should I fix it and resend?

    1. I just checked it, and it looks fine. No worries. :)

  7. Question about the pitches - are you looking for a 1-3 sentence pitch, or can it be a full query as long as it's under 250 words?

    1. A query under 250 words is fine, without the bio paragraph. :)

  8. So excited about this contest! :D

  9. Hi Jan! Thank you for hosting the contest! I submitted, but I didn't get a confirmation. I may have been too late to enter so I was just checking. Thanks! :)


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