#TeenPit – CLASS OF 2018

Welcome to the TeenPit, Class of 2018!

Are you a teen writer currently in 9th through 12th grades? Have you been watching the awesome Twitter pitch contests and thinking: “Why isn’t there one for me?”

NEWSFLASH!! There is! TeenPit

TeenPit is a contest created by Michael Mammay and Kelly Ann Hopkins to showcase teen writing prowess and help teen writers improve their craft! The contest asks teens to send in their best first page, up to 250 words, and a 50 word pitch for their manuscript. Here are the new and improved 2018 rules:

    1. All teens must have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian allowing their work to be evaluated in the mentor round. In addition, permission is granted to allow the student’s first name, last initial to be published in relation to their entry. A pen name may also be used for privacy.
    2. Manuscripts must be at least 25,000 words in length at time of submission window opening to qualify for TeenPit.
    3. Work must be the teen’s original work. Judges may request teen’s FULL MANUSCRIPT prior to selecting a winner.
    4. Manuscript must be complete to be eligible for the PITCH WARS grand prize. 
    5. Only one entry per person, please.
    6. Writers will be chosen to continue on to the mentor round by a team of first round judges. The number of second round entries will be dependent on the availability of mentors. Judges will pair teens with mentors who are familiar with the entry’s genre.
    7. Mentors will be experienced adult writers familiar with the world of publishing. Some will be published writers, others may be editors or other uniquely qualified authors. Mentors will work with the finalists on their first chapter up to a maximum of 20 pages!
    8. Only manuscripts submitted within the submission window will be considered.
    9. Entries must be middle grade or young adult appropriate. No adult content, please.
    10. When the submission window opens on March 17th, entries will be emailed to submissionsteenpit @ gmail.com (no spaces) and will include the following information:
      1. Teen’s full name and email address
      2. Age and grade
      3. Title of the work and current word count
      4. Genre of the work (ex: Young adult contemporary, Middle grade fantasy)
      5. Parent’s name and contact email
      6. 50 word pitch for the manuscript
      7. First page of the manuscript up to 250 words

Excited yet?


Here’s the Schedule:

March 10: Mentor reveal day. Mentors talk about what they would like to mentor in a short bio.

March 17: Submission day! From 8 AM EST until 8 PM EST, teens in grades 9 through 12 will submit the first page of their manuscripts, up to 250 words and a short (no more than 50 word pitch) about their books. Include name, age, grade, genre, word count, and if the book is complete or a work in progress. We will cap the number of entries at 200. We will notify via Twitter and on this website when we reach capacity.

March 18-20: First round: Judges select top entries (according to number of mentors).

March 21: Finalists and mentor pairings are announced. Mentors will assist mentees with preparing short bios to go up on blog.

March 22-30: Mentors work with mentees on revisions.

March 30: Second round: Resubmit revised pages.

April 1-5: Judges review new pages, and pick the top entries.

April 7: The Reveal! Top three entries are posted up on blog.

Get your pages ready! It’s your turn to shine! 

Need more information? TeenPit Flyer