Well, the top ten entries in our agent pitch contest are now up! Congrats winners!
If you didn’t make it in, don’t be discouraged. A lot of you were very close. Plus, you’re welcome to reply to your pitch email and ask for my brief critique; I’ll give it to you, but be prepared to handle the brutal truth. (In most cases, it probably won’t be so bad because all the entries were good, but still.) So, only ask if you’re genuinely interested in improving and can handle criticism.
And now that the entries are posted… guess what that means? Yes, you called it. It means that our awesome participating agents will be lurking on the blog, reading the entries, and possibly requesting more of your manuscripts! *muppet flail*
Quickly, here’s how it’s going to work:
- The agents have from now (9/20) until Sunday night (9/23) to read all the entries and request more from their favorites. They will do this in the comments section, so if you made it in, be sure to check those comments. Also, if they request, the agents will specify how much of the manuscript they want and whether they want a query letter/synopsis/whatever accompanied with it. When the contest ends, I’ll send you the agent’s email so you can forward the pages on to them. Finally, I’ll try to post a pitch contest wrap-up on Monday.
- Followers, you’re also welcome to make critiques of the entries in the comments, but please keep them civil and helpful. Participants, cross-critiquing is also encouraged, but please also be polite.
- We might have some lurking agents/editors who aren’t technically part of the pitch contest here, too. If you’re a lurking agent/editor and see a pitch that catches your interest, email me at TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll get you in touch with the author. Thanks.
Questions? Comment below!
And in TCWT-related news, our one year anniversary is TOMORROW! (Woot!) Please send me your teen writer reflections/blurbs by tonight for me to post tomorrow (if you want to participate). I’ll also include info for tomorrow night’s Chatzy chat in that post. In addition, I’ll post the roundup of Tuesday night’s Twitter chat with Pam van Hylckama on Saturday.
Aaaand that’s all for now.
(*If you haven’t already read our event listings for the next week of, you might want to do so. There’s some seriously awesome stuff going on.)
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally time to announce the details of our TCWT’s first birthday agent pitch contest! *muppetflail* I’m incredibly excited, as you can probably tell. First off, let’s meet our awesome agents, shall we?
Pam van Hylckama of Larsen Pomada!
Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Literary!
Julia A. Weber of J.A. Weber Literary!
Emily Keyes of L. Perkins Agency!
WOOHOO! Such awesome agents. *muppetflail again* I’m so grateful that they all agreed to do this! And I’m excited to see what they think of the entries. But first, the rules.
- To participate, you MUST be of the ages 13-20. No exceptions.
- You must have a completed manuscript. This means it’s fully polished and ready-to-go. If you wouldn’t want an agent to read it as is, don’t send it.
- To enter, email a three sentence pitch and your first 250 words IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL to TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com. No attachments, please.
- Each entry should get a confirmation email a few hours after you send it in. If, come Tuesday, you still haven’t received confirmation, please resend the entry.
- 10-15 entries will be chosen from the slush and posted on the blog. I’ll only post my top 10 favorites. Unfortunately, this means not all submitted entries will make it to the agent round. Keep in mind that this whole thing is subjective and if I don’t love your entry, it doesn’t mean that no one else will either.
- The top 10 entries will all be in their own posts, and our four awesome agents will be reading through and requesting to read more of their favorites in the comments section of each entry, so if you make it to round 2, be sure to see check whether you get any agent activity. Note: Making it to round 2 does not guarantee you’ll get an agent request. It just means you’re a lot closer, and that I personally think your entry will grab an agent’s attention.
- You’re also welcome to critique the top 10 entries in the comments of each post, but please make sure to keep it friendly and helpful.
- If you don’t make it to the agent round and really want to know why, email me and I’ll tell you. Be warned, though, my response will be brutal honesty, so only ask if you’re genuinely interested in improving your pitch and first 250 words.
Dates & Times:
- Entry submissions open at 6 PM EST today (9/15) and close at 11 PM EST on Tuesday (9/18).
- Winning entries will be announced and posted sometime on Thursday (9/20). Be sure to check and see if your entry made it to the agent round!
- The agent round closes on Sunday night (9/23). All agents will make requests before then. If you got a request, I’ll email you directions for sending the agent your manuscript and you’re on your way!
Format for Entries:
All entries should look like the below, just with your info added in. (Note: You don’t have to put your full name/real name in the “name” section if you don’t want to. The name should be whatever you’re comfortable being known as if your entry gets posted on the blog.)
[insert three sentence pitch here]
[insert the first 250 words of your MS here. Please make sure to finish the sentence you end on. If this means going over or under the 250 word limit, that's okay.]
**If you need help with your three sentence pitch, we have some good examples from our editor pitch contest here. Or if you’d like a critique, post your three sentence pitch in the comments below and someone will hopefully come along to help you out. Be sure to critique another pitch in the comments, though, if you post yours, so the karma will be returned.
***I’ll live-tweet some pros and cons of the entries using hashtag #TeenWriters on Twitter. If you participate in the pitch contest and are on Twitter, you might want to check in on the hashtag every day or so. Also use #TeenWriters for any tweets you make related to the pitch contest.
****Don’t forget about our live Twitter Q&A with agent Pam van Hylckama Tuesday (9/18) at 8PM EST. Details are here.
Good luck, everyone! And anything you can do to spread the word is greatly appreciated!
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let me know either below, by email, by social media–whatever.
Well, it’s almost time. TCWT’s first birthday is a little over a week away! And, knowing me, I’m going to make a big deal out of it. So! I’m currently organizing four main events which will hopefully appeal to everyone, whether you’re writing just for fun or for serious publication. This post will cover the basics of what’ll go down over the next week.
Teen Writer Blurbs: This, I admit, is Allegra’s great idea. Basically, you submit a brief reflection about what being a teen writer has meant to you, or about your journey as a young writer. They should be 1-2 paragraphs, but it’s okay if you make yours longer. You can talk about anything vaguely related to teen writing, really. Anything goes, whether the reflections are serious or funny. These will be combined into one post and made on the day of our anniversary, which is Friday September 21st. Submit the blurbs them to TeenRiter(at)gmail(d0t)com. All will be accepted as long as they’re coherent, and they’ll be complete with blog/twitter/whatever links and everything so you can connect with other teen writers. Hopefully most of you have something to share!
Note: This is for TEENS ONLY.
Live Teen Chat: I’m going to try and setup a Chatzy chat for the night of Friday the 21st. Anyone of the ages 13-20 can join. It’ll be a lot of fun, and imaginably random. For those of you who don’t know, Chatzy is a live chat, but it isn’t a video chat. You type in a screen name, join the room, and start chatting madly. I’ll moderate everything so it’s just teens who join. I’ll also post a link and specific time next week, but just be prepared for it. It should be a ton of fun!
Note: This is for TEENS ONLY.
Live Agent Chat: The amazing Pam van Hylckama of Larsen Pomada (and trust me, she’s amazing) has agreed to chat with us! *muppetflail* Like, a REAL LIVE AGENT, answering all of your publishing questions! This chat will be like the normal #TeenWriters chats, and it will take place this Tuesday at 8 PM EST. Hashtag #TeenWriters. BE THERE!
And yes, this means it’ll be on Twitter. Sorry, but that is the easiest way to do it. To those of you who aren’t on Twitter, I really hate to exclude you. However, I’m pretty sure you can follow the hashtag even if you aren’t on Twitter, and anyway, I will be posting a transcript of the chat the next day on the blog for everyone to read. If you can’t make it/aren’t on Twitter but have questions anyway, please email them to me or leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to ask on your behalf and get you an answer. And of course, I’ll post a reminder about the chat when the time comes.
Note: This is for TEENS ONLY. You don’t need to be serious about writing/have a completed manuscript/anything to participate.
Agent Pitch Contest: This is, by far, our biggest event. For those of you with completed manuscripts who hope to snag an agent with, this is the contest for you. I’m only going to tease you about it for now since the details, along with the participating agents, will be announced tomorrow. BUT, it’s going to be a great opportunity to get your writing in front of agents. I’m going to ask for a three sentence pitch and first 250 words when the time for the contest to begin comes, so start polishing those entries. And be sure to spread the word!
Note: This is for TEENS ONLY.
Thanks guys! I hope you all participate in the next week of madness!
(*YA authors: We are also open to doing giveaways on our social media as well as our blog throughout the next week of madness, so if you’d like your book promoted, let us know and if we give it our “stamp of approval,” send an eBook copy and I’ll give it away!)