One Pitch Wars Spot . . . Who Wants It?

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Some of you might find it most endearing that I love to travel and experience different cultures, or that I’m a vegetarian who would never go vegan and give up ice cream and cheese. Or maybe when you hear that Grease is my all-time favorite movie, you don’t care what my writing qualifications are. But, for those of you who are still wondering why I’d be a good mentor, here goes. I’m an elementary Truck on freewayteacher, and believe me, third grade writing conferences count as experience. I can spot a grammar error or choppy sentence flow like it’s a semi-truck whizzing past me.

I’m a freelance educational writer, and you’ll find a handy list of links to my work over at my website, black laptop red shirtTeacher’s Idea. I’m a Middle Grade writer, represented by Kerry Sparks of the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency and I am constantly reading, writing, or critiquing with a fabulous list of critique partners. I’m fairly certain they’d all vouch for me. Um, right, you guys? 

I believe in pointing out the strengths in a manuscript MP900448582as well as what might need work, I love to chat about ideas, and if your manuscript needs a polish, I always have my cleaning gear ready. :) 


So, if you’re interested, here’s what I’d love to find for my Middle Grade team . . .

Contemporary with Magical Elements
Light Fantasy/Light Sci-Fi

I'm most drawn to MG stories grounded in reality- contemporary or contemporary with magical elements. I’d even go light fantasy and light sci-fi, but I prefer stories based in our world. I also love combinations of mystery and adventure or either one on its own. I’m not your girl for straight up historical, but if it has a dash of history thrown in, it’s a yes! I like fun, clever, stories with strong or developing relationships, whether it's family, friendship, or first love. Most of all, give me great characters and a story that keeps me turning the pages.

Now the only question is, what do you have for me? :)


Submissions start today (11/26) ! The cut off time to get your applications (query & first five pages of manuscript) in is 8PM EST on December 5.

Send your applications to Writers can apply for up to 3 coaches. The coaches' categories are set. Coaches can only consider the categories they've signed up for. Writers cannot apply for a coach that is not in their category.

For additional information about this contest go HERE.

· This is open to finished manuscripts only.

· You may only enter one manuscript.

· Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.


Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Brenda Drake: GONE WITH THE WIND)

Name: Your Name

Genre: The genre of your manuscript

Word Count: The word count of your manuscript

Query letter here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.

First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.


REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches. 

Check back soon for a complete list of the amazing agents participating in the contest. There's over a dozen!

Today all the coaches are posting bios/wish lists on their blogs. So before choosing your top 3 picks, check all the coaches' posts in your category before deciding which coach to submit. To jump from blog to blog, just click on our pictures below.


  1. Love your bio, and your focus on education, and your approach to editing. Okay, love everything. Go Team Writeforapples! (Although I hope you'll have a better name than that. :)

  2. Thanks, Elaine! Does that mean you might be applying for my team? ;)

    1. If my baby hadn't been throwing up this morning, I might have applied already! :)

  3. I can vouch for this lady. She's amazing! If my book ever gets published I'll probably have to dedicate an entire page just to her--that's how much she's helped me. I promise--you want her!

  4. PitWars sounds like SO much Fun! I wish I could, not sure, but you'd be the Perfect Coach for me! I've been in a deep dark revision cave. I better make dinner first, (calls of starving beasts) and see If I can swing it. :D

  5. MG... contemporary... adventure... developing relationships... I think my book would be an excellent match! Okay, I sent my submission! *crossing my fingers*