I've heard so much about Pitch Wars but I have no idea how it works! Can one of you please explain it to me?? Thank you!
PitchWars is a contest where writers submit a query letter and a sample chapter to four mentors via an online form. These mentors are either editors or agented/published authors. There is a blog hop where you can browse the mentors and get to know them and their likes/dislikes. If a mentor likes your submission, they'd ask for more material (1-3 page synopsis or 50 pages or full MS). After a month of consideration, the mentors announce their picks for the mentees. Each mentor gets to choose only *one* mentee from more than fifty other submissions. So, yeah, it's a tough competition.
If chosen, the mentee revises the MS with the mentor for two months. The mentor sends her an edit letter and line edits the revised draft. The approach to mentoring is subjective.
At the end of two months, the pitch (35 words) and a sample (250 words) are showcased on Brenda Drake's website for the participating agents. The agents make requests for more material in the comment section if they like what they see.
This contest has a very high success rate. From the 2015 batch of mentees, fifty writers are now represented by agents. Some of them have already signed major publishing deals.
Find out more about PitchWars at http://www.brenda-dr...com/pitch-wars/ or use the twitter #PitchWars.