Pitch Wars has ended after a ten-year run. This event had a profound impact on my writing career and the careers of countless others. Even though I haven’t been closely involved with Pitch Wars for a few years, I feel the bittersweet sadness of the loss. Pitch Wars is like that. It exerts a gravitational […]
Articles on Pitching Contests
Here you'll find articles on pitching contests for aspiring authors, from one-day Twitter pitching events (#SFFpit and #PitMad) to longer-running, Brenda-Drake-style events like Pitch Madness and Pitch Wars.
Yesterday Michael Mammay and I hosted what I believe is the 11th #SFFpit Twitter pitching event for sci-fi/fantasy authors. This was our first event in July since shifting it forward a month over the winter (mostly to avoid the December holiday). The goal of shifting this event forward was to increase participation by literary agents, […]
Last month was the ninth #SFFpit Twitter pitching event for sci-fi/fantasy authors seeking literary representation, hosted by myself and Michael Mammay. The first #SFFpit took place in June 2014, so this marks four years of the event. Having taken some time to examine the numbers and talk with Mike, I think it’s time to discuss […]
The eighth #SFFpit event, in which authors with completed SF/F manuscripts pitch them to agents and editors on Twitter, took place on December 14th, 2017. Here, I’ll provide the usual breakdown of who showed up and a discussion of some trends. First, however, you should be aware that this event almost didn’t happen. My co-host […]
As I write this, quiet battles are raging. Behind the cloak of secrecy, armed with desperate e-mails, Pitch Wars mentors who both fell in love with the same project are fighting to make it theirs. This is one of those rare reversals of power that happen in publishing, not unlike when multiple agents fight to […]