Up and coming writing competitions

As a part time teacher, full time mum, forest skills leader, sandtray therapist and school mentor I have little time for writing.

Needless to say, my current work in progress (WIP) has been my WIP for a long, long time. But I am ready to enter some competitions to see how my work is received. I thought I’d let you know what’s about the next month or so.


Let’s start with a very short notice comp. Sun vs snow starts tomorrow, Feb 1st. The submission window opens 4pm Eastern time.
One entry per person, only the first 200 entries will be taken. Finished and polished stories only.
Look on this blog for more details: www.Michelle4laughs.com
Or this link:
https://chasing the crazies.WordPress.com/2015/12/14/2016-sun-vs-snow-details/

The premise is that there are two teams of mentors that chose 15 entries each. They then work with the authors to polish their query and first page. Literary agents are then invited to look at the entries and make requests if inclined. Apparently last year they were full after 7 minutes so be quick.

#PitchCB is not a competition as such but an event that happens every month. You pitch your MS via Twitter- debut and unagented authors only. The agents of Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh will favourite your tweet if they want you to send a partial and pitch to them.

#PitchtoPublication is such a great opportunity. Run by the lovely @samanthafountain the next pitch to pub is 5th March 12:00pm EST to Sunday 6th March 12:00pm EST.
She has 15 editors lined up who will each look at 100 pitches and the first 2000 words. You can send your MS to a maximum of 3 of the editors. Over the next few weeks you then stalk/follow your editor on Twitter and watch as they give advice and teasers about the manuscripts they are reading. It’s torture as you try to guess which one is yours, but the advice is priceless. The editors will choose one entry each (sometimes battling over their favourites). Two months of editing and improving your manuscript leads to an agents round.

I entered last year and although I wasn’t successful at even getting short listed the feedback and advice I received freely was amazing. I have also found support with other writers and some of the editors themselves.

A long way off still, worth a mention is #PitchWars run by, the also lovely, @brendadrake is very similar in structure and on an equally large scale. The window opens August 3rd this year.

So, lots to be getting on with – editing and refining, to get ready.

Are you entering any of these, or others? Let me know

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