Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published / agented authors, editors, or industry professionals choose one writer and spend three months helping them revise their manuscript.
Starting in November with revisions, Pitch Wars ends in February with an Agent Showcase, where agents can read a pitch/first page and can request to read more from the writers. It’s one of the toughest programs a writer can participate in but the skills and community are well worth it.
From September 27th - 29th, unagented / unpublished YA writers will be able to submit their manuscripts through the Pitch Wars website for us to read and we will choose one to become our mentee!
If you're not sure whether you should submit to us, read on for all the details on what we are looking for and what our mentee can expect from us.
In a nutshell, we want:
Diverse and innovative YA / NA fantasy & sci-fi.
We will be accepting New Adult but will probably ask you to age up or down.
(Sorry, it’s the market, not us!)
What Excites Us
What is NOT a Good Fit
Please DON'T Send
What Our Mentee Can Expect
First, we will read through your manuscript and write an edit letter addressing the big developmental edits that we think will make the story stronger. We definitely will want to talk (in whatever form of communication works best) about the edit letter and discuss any changes to be sure you feel confident about tackling them.
Communication is key so if there’s a point where you get stuck or need extra eyes or just want to talk about your manuscript, we’re very open to having those discussions. We do however, have high expectations of our mentees. I rewrote 2/3rds of my entire book and Xiran revised while attending university full time. We know how tough revisions are and we definitely will guide you through them, but the hard work is up to you. That's us in a nutshell.
We can't wait to see what you've got in store! 😁
Check out the rest of the YA Mentors' Wish Lists below.