#TeenPit

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Are you a teen writer currently in 10th through 12th grades? Have you been watching the awesome Twitter pitch contests and thinking: “Why isn’t there one for me?”

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NEWSFLASH!! There is! #TeenPit

#TeenPit is a new 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 rules:

    1. All teens must have a permission slip signed by their parent/guardian allowing their work to be evaluated. 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. Work must be the teen’s original work. A minimum of one full chapter (or twenty continuous pages of story, which ever is lesser) must be available for the final round. A thirty page chapter will only have the first twenty pages worked on with a mentor. Manuscript MUST be nearing completion to qualify for GRAND PRIZE.
    3. Teens will paste into an email to submissionsteenpit @ gmail.com (take out the spaces of course!) a separate 50 word pitch that describes your project plus the first full page of their manuscript. The manuscript page cannot exceed 250 words. Only one entry per person, please.
    4. Writers will be chosen to continue on to the mentor round by a team of 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.
    5. 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!
    6. Only manuscripts submitted within the submission window will be considered.
    7. Entries must be middle grade or young adult appropriate. No adult content, please.

Excited yet?

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Here’s the Schedule:

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

April 15: Submission day! From 8 AM EST until 8 PM EST, teens in grades 10 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, with the first to enter getting into the review. We will notify via Twitter and on the website if we reach capacity.

April 18-24: First round: Judges select top entries (according to number of mentors)

April 25: Finalists and mentor pairings are announced. Mentors will assist mentees with preparing short bios to go up on blog.

April 26-May 12: Mentors work with mentees on revisions.

May 13: Second round: Resubmit revised first pages.

May 13-18: Judges review new pages, and pick the top entries for prizes.

May 20: The Reveal! Winners are posted up on blog with short interviews with mentors and mentees.

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

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