Friday, March 21, 2014

Pitch Slam! Battle of the Bands

The call went out for a pitch contest where entrants would be able to revise and resubmit before the final round, so this behemoth was born. Introducing the first ever Pitch Slam!

Here’s the deal with the musical theme. Nearly every writer I know has a playlist (or six) they rotate through when they write. On top of that, a slew of tweets where writers paired songs with their manuscripts took over Twitter last week. It’s obvious music is part of writing culture, so we’re gonna celebrate both for the inaugural run.

Everyone here at R&R Talent Inc. knows how valuable feedback on a previous performance is, and how it can strengthen your next show. Our Managers (hosts) are ready to work with their Talent Scouts (slush readers) to hunt down good pitches and first pages, and make them great.

Auditions open at 12:00 AM EST April 20th, and will remain open until 11:59 EST that night. There is no limit on how many people can submit, but any entries received before or after the appointed times will be deleted without being read. Sorry guys, but rules are rules for a reason, so please follow them.

Everyone is encouraged to submit, though there are a few stipulations. One one entry per person. Said entry needs to be for a completed and polished manuscript. By manuscript we mean novel length work, no novellas. Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade works of all genres are welcome.

What you’ll need to take part of Pitch Slam!

A 35 word pitch, the first 250 words of your manuscript, and the song you associate with your story. That’s right, we just asked for theme songs, and please include the artist.*

Posts about the Managers and their Talent Scouts–as well as the executives from Literary Records who’ll be making requests for your work–will go up over the next couple of weeks. Be sure and check back for all that awesome info as well as a breakdown on how the rounds work, and audition guidelines.

**Song choice will have no bearing on the outcome of any portion of the contest.

Follow my #PitchSlam partner in crime & #PitchSlam master mind, Leatrice McKinney. She is amazaballs!

Until next time, happy reading and writing everyone!

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