In Praise Of Pitch Contests

One of the reasons why we’re so excited to be opening up a submissions mailbox this year is because we know there are a lot of talented writers out there, all looking for a good home for their work. And how do we know this? In part, because of pitch contests.

Pitch contests, for those who haven’t heard the term before, are online events that allow writers to promote their work directly to literary agents and/or publishers. The contests vary in their requirements – some ask for twitter pitches, some for full-length pitch letters, and others for a sample of writing. But they all share one thing in common – they’re great opportunities for new writing talent to be discovered.

March is an important month in terms of pitch contests, because it sees the return of Pitch Madness, one of the longest-running and most popular pitch contests to date. Pitch Madness includes both a blog-based contest and a twitter pitch party, to which everyone is invited, and you can find out more about it here.

But there are plenty of other pitch contests to consider and, with many writers signing with literary agents as a result of requests made during these contests, there’s never been a better time to try them out. A list of current and past contests can be found here, including the all-important twitter hashtags. And if you decide to join in the fun, we look forward to reading your pitches very soon!

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