Monday, September 24, 2012


Workshops for Get Your Pitch On start on October 1, and....

Window to submit your workshop pitch is open now! 

But don't freak out if you missed the original post on 9/24, at this time we don't have a set deadline given the large number of spaces available. (Each host blog has set the number of pitches they can host. Only once those spots are full will the submission window close.) Of course you'll want to get your pitch into the workshop in well before 10/15 when pitches will be taken on both Down Under Wonderings and YAtopia to skip the slush pile and get your story in front of Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado

How to submit: 

Email your draft pitch to and include PitchOnWS and the title of the manuscript in the subject line. Pitches must follow the formatting as specified for the Get Your Pitch On contest. Guidelines are here and you can see the list of blogs participating here.

(FYI: Example email subject line: PitchOnWS Looking for Alaska)

Important Rule: 
If you want to participate in a workshop, you must critique at least ONE other pitch. Want an incentive for doing even more? Head on over to the other host blogs to critique more pitches. For each critique you leave in the comments, you get an entry into the drawing to win one of eight 10-page critiques from one of the following: Sharon JohnstonLarissa HardestyStephanie DiazCatherine ScullyJodie Andrefski, Paula Sangare, Talynn and Kaitlin Adams. Please use the exact same name for all of your critiques. Also, Sarah Nicolas will be giving away three query critiques! The opportunity ends 10/14/2012.

A little more detail on the mechanics of the workshop:
Pitches will be posted on blogs and comments will be made with comments & suggested corrections for the pitch. ON MY BLOG (everyone is doing this a little differently) if you email me with an UPDATED pitch, I will do my best to change your post to reflect the new one. 

A strong suggestion: When you find your pitch make a comment and/or 'subscribe' to comments so you can keep track of what is being said. When you make comments on someone's pitch you might want to do the same!

An important heads up:

An interview with Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado, will be coming up soon on  Down Under Wonderings so that you have an idea what she's looking for. Pitches will be taken on both Down Under Wonderings and YAtopia on October 15th. The exact contest opening times will be included posts that day (although there may also be a sneak bit of information at the interview!).

Good luck everyone! 

p.s. Here's an excellent article on ways to approach your log line/pitch and keep it concise:  The logline—Who needs it? How do I write one? by Kelly Whitley