Pitch Slam Calendar*
Note: If you have entered Nightmare on Query Street, you must enter the feedback rounds of PitchSlam to be considered for a finalist spot AND advise us that you have entered NOQS.
Please type Pitch Slam: TITLE into the subject line for each round.
When sending the first 250 words: do not stop in the middle of a sentence. Continue to 255 words at most if necessary. There is no extension for pitches.
Name: Real Name (Writing as [insert alias] if you are using a secret indentity/pen name)
Genre: This includes age category and genre. Age categories=MG, YA, NA, Adult. Keep your genre picks simple. An easy way to do this is ask yourself: If my book was in a store, what would the sign on the shelf say? Fantasy, Contemporary, Sci-fi, Horror, Western, Thriller?
Title: Your Story
Did you enter NoQS?: Yes or No.
Word Count: XX, 000. Round to the nearest thousandth.
Hogwarts House: Which house would your main character be sorted into and why? (This is just for fun - keep it brief)
Pitch and/or 250: Entries must be single spaced with one line between paragraphs and NO indentations. See this post for a tip that might help you copy-paste without losing your formatting.
*If you submitted to NOQS and want to be considered for PitchSlam, you need to enter the feedback rounds. NOQS will announce their picks on the 20th, the day before the final entry window for Pitch Slam opens.
October 17th: Submit 35 Word Pitch.
150 pitches will be randomly selected to receive feedback from three of our judges.*
October 19th: Submit first 250 words.
100 first 250's will be randomly selected to receive feedback from three of our judges.*
*Please be patient as you wait for feedback. If you are not selected (and even if you are), we encourage you to take advantage of the amazing community on the #PitchSlam Twitter hashtag and our Pitch Slam Writers FB Group. In the past, entrants have had good success trading critiques with each other.
October 21st: Submit 35 Word Pitch AND first 250 words. There will be no entry limit for this round. You do not have to participate in the first two rounds to enter this one.
If you are unable to send during a submission window, consider using an email scheduler like Letter Me Later. Send all submissions to: PitchSlamContest@gmail.com. Entries sent before or after the entry windows will not qualify.
House leaders will spend October 22nd reading final entries and finalizing their choices. These choices will be made public when the agent round starts the next day.
The agent round will end October 26th. Agent requests will be revealed shortly after.
10 Points - Query and first 10 pages
25 Points - Query and first 25 pages
50 Points - Query and first 50 pages
100 Points - Query and first 100 pages
200 Points - Query and full
For details on each individual team, check out these awesome posts from our Heads of House: