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2016 Pitch Wars Bio & Wish List – Margarita Montimore, Writer. Name: Margarita Montimore Greetings, Potential Pitch Warriors! I was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2014, a mentor last year, and I’m happy to be part of such a fantastic writing community once again this year. I will be mentoring adult fiction. A bit about me: I’ve worked in both the agent and publisher side of the business, then worked in social media for a while, before I left the corporate world to focus on writing. I write upmarket fiction, which usually contains dark and/or surreal elements, and am currently between agents. I’m also a freelance book coach/editor at Author Accelerator. Additionally, I have a personal blog, The Diary Project, in which I transcribe my old diary entries, which caught some national TV attention last year. What I’m Looking For While there are certain story elements I gravitate toward, such as the offbeat and the strange, I also love to be surprised, so don’t think if your story isn’t “out there” enough, I won’t love it.

Category: Adult Sub to me if your novel: Contest Guidelines - A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. Thank you for your interest in the contests in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. 7th Annual Contest: Theme ~ Fabrication We accept contest submissions year-round. The deadline for our 7th Annual Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry is September 1, 2016, for publication in November 2016.

All notifications will be made by the end of October 2016. is pleased to announce our 7th annual contests in: Fiction, judged by Kate BernheimerNonfiction, judged by Lauret SavoyPoetry, judged by Eamon Grennan Contest Details Submission Period The contest submission period for our 7th Annual Contest ended on September 1, 2016. Prizes A prize of $500 plus publication for the first-place winner will be awarded in each genre. Selection Process All submissions are considered for publication. Judges (7th Annual Contest) All contestants will be notified of the judges’ decisions by the end of October 2016. How to Submit Cost What to Submit Cover Letter Required The Submission Process. It's In The Details: Query Questions. Is there a better or worse time of year to query?

There isn’t really, though things are a bit more likely to get lost in the shuffle during times when a lot of people are out of the office (especially August and December). Does one typo or misplaced comma shoot down the entire query? Definitely not. Everyone makes mistakes! But I will say that more than one mistake (especially a misused word) looks sloppy, and may send the message that you’re not as attuned to language as you might be. One mistake is no big deal; more than one and I start to get a little skeptical. Do you look at sample pages without fail or only if the query is strong? I will always look at the sample pages if the query sounds like a project I can sell. Do you have an assistant or intern go through your queries first or do you check all of them?

I check all of them, though at times I have an intern who is reading alongside me. Do you keep a maybe pile of queries and go back to them for a second look? Yes! Yes. Lighthearted YA. Pitch Contest Calendar. (last updated Feb 26, 2016) If you're a writer querying a completed manuscript, the waiting time can be torture. Contests make the process a lot more exciting. Polish your pitch and join in the fun! Upcoming 2016 Pitch Contests Enter for a chance to get your MS or query considered &/or critiqued by an agent! ** In 2015, a lot of Twitter Pitch Contests changed their rules: limiting the number of pitches that each author can tweet (10, 5, 3, etc), and banning re-tweets.

The changes should help make the feed move at a more manageable pace, and make things easier for agents! (Northern Hemisphere Seasons) Note: The contests listed below usually happen annually, but may or may not happen this year. Visit the hosts' websites for updates. WINTER (Dec-Feb): SPRING (Mar-May): SUMMER (June-Aug): FALL (Sept - Nov): Twitter Hashtags: Twitter hashtags to keep an eye on for upcoming pitch contest news! Want a link to a search for all the twitter hastags in one go? All your contest news in one feed: Design & Plan Backyard Sheds & Studios | Modern Prefab Shed Plans. Michelle4Laughs- It's In The Details: Announcing Sun versus Snow in 2016.

To help everyone prepare, here is the information you'll need to enter Sun versus Snow. The submission for Sun versus Snow will be February 1st at 4 pm Eastern time. Act fast. We will only be taking the first 200 entries. Please do not enter early or your entry will be deleted. You can resend at the proper time if this happens accidentally. Confirmation emails will be sent. There is only ONE, yes that's right, ONE entry per person allowed. This contest is only for finished and polished stories. Amy and I have decided not to accept picture books for this contests. To enter you must be followers of our blogs.

The Format: Send submission to Sunversussnow (at) yahoo (dot) com. Here's how it should be formatted (yes, include the bolded!) Subject Line: SVS: TITLE, Age Category + Genre (example: SVS: GRUDGING, Adult Epic Fantasy) In The Email: Title: MY FANTASTIC BOOK (yes, caps!) Genre: YA dystopian (Age category and genre. Word Count: XX,XXX (round to the nearest thousand) Query: Query goes here!