Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 2, 2017


What is Pitch Wars?

Is it another contest? Oh, no, it’s so much better. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. Writers send applications (query and first chapter of manuscript) to four mentors who best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the one writer they want to mentor for the next two months.

One mentee is chosen by each mentor or set of co-mentors, and they spend two months revising the manuscript and pitch. In November during the agent round, each mentee is featured on a post that includes their  pitch and the first page of their manuscript. Participating agents view the posts and make requests. More than 50 authors were offered representation and/or published with the help of Pitch Wars 2016!

Over the past six years, Pitch Wars has changed many lives. Countless authors have been matched with agents and even gone on to book deals and successful careers. We’re approaching 250 successes this year!! But most importantly, Pitch Wars has grown the writing community to connect author with author, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie as we go through all stages of revision and publishing.

To get ready for Pitch Wars:

You’ll need a completed manuscript to enter the contest. Make sure your manuscript is finished, as polished as you can make it using critique partners, beta readers, and personal edits. (Published manuscripts will not be accepted.)

You’ll need a query letter (like the one you would send to agents). It’s part of the application. New to query letters or just need some advice? See “Pitch Wars: The Query … simplified”.

Write a 1-3 page synopsis. The mentors you apply to might ask you for one, and many agents request them as well. See “Pitch Wars: The Synopsis … simplified”.

Have a 35 word pitch that summarizes your novel. See “Pitch Wars: The 35-word and Twitter Pitch … simplified”.  It’s not needed during submission, but it’s good to have ready. If you’re picked, your mentor will help you with the pitch for the agent round.

DO NOT query or pitch or email mentors directly. The only way to submit is to use the submission window that will post August 2nd. Please, be courteous of mentors’ time and keep things polite. They are all here voluntarily and deserve our utmost respect. If anyone is caught abusing a mentor, their submissions will be deleted. Thank you.

Pitch Wars 2017 submission window opens August 2 (12:01AM) – August 6 (10PM EDT – New York Time)!

Use this link Here you go, hope this helps!

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Brenda is represented by Peter Knapp at The Park Literary Group, he can be reached at info [at] parkliterary [dot] com. Please contact him for rights inquiries.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Is this for picture book manuscripts as well?

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    • Carleen, in looking at the schedule on their site ( ) in looking at this, it seems it’s novels, MG through adult:

      November 1 – 7: Agent Showcase

      November 1: Adult and New Adult entries go up on my blog
      November 2: MG entries go up on my blog
      November 3: YA entries go up on my blog
      November 7: Last day of Agent Showcase


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