Friday, December 13, 2013

December's #PitchMAS: Final Submission Guidelines and EMAIL ADDRESS

SUNDAY 12/15/13 - MONDAY 12/16/13

We will be accepting your 35-word pitch submissions VIA EMAIL ONLY, beginning Sunday 12/15/13 at 9:00am PST until Monday 12/16/13 at 6:00pm PST

We will delete any submissions received before or after that submission window. No excuses, no exceptions.

Submission emails MUST look like this:

Email subject line: 
PitchMAS Blog Pitch Submission: [title]

Body of email:
Name: [your name]
Title: [title of your manuscript. ex: DIVIDE]
Category/Genre: [your category and genre, ex: YA/Fantasy, Fairytale Redux]
Word Count: [word count]
Pitch: [your 35-word blog pitch. ex: Things not on Holland Briggs' senior year plan: burning her ex's house down, poisoning her ex-best friend, or turning into the Beast from fairytale lore. But that's exactly what happens.]

(No, you don't have to use brackets.)

Please email your 35-word or less BLOG PITCHES to this email address: 

  • PitchMAS submission window opens at 9:00am pacific time, Sunday, December 15th. Submissions received before that time will be deleted. 
  • PitchMAS submission window closes at 6:00pm pacific time, Monday, December 16th. Submissions received after that time will be deleted.
  • Your email MUST be formatted exactly like the example above (minus the brackets). Submissions that are not formatted correctly will instantly be disqualified. You will NOT be notified if you are disqualified. 
  • PitchMAS is for completed manuscripts only. The only works we are closed to at this time are poetry, graphic novels and short stories/anthologies. 
  • You are welcome to pitch more than one manuscript, but each must completed and polished, AND must be in its own submission email. (This goes for Twitter pitching as well. Please Twitter-pitch no more than two times per hour, per manuscript.)
  • We will read through all submissions and post the TOP 75 right here on the blog on Thursday, December 19thPLEASE DO NOT COMMENT on the pitches we post UNLESS you are an agent or editor, OR unless an agent or editor asks you a specific question. 
  • TWITTER PITCHES: If you do not get through to the top 75, and even if you do, please join us for the Twitter Pitch Party on Friday, December 20th. This will go on all day long, and agents/editors will respond to the pitches they want to request. Twitter pitch parties are a LOT of fun, but please don't get carried away. TWO PITCHES PER HOUR, PER MANUSCRIPT is plenty, and doesn't bog down the feed. Please respect your fellow writers by respecting these rules. You are welcome to pitch more than one manuscript, but please only pitch EACH manuscript no more than TWICE per hour
Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag: #PitchMAS

For the list of awesome participating agents and editors, please go HERE

PLEASE ask any and all questions in the comments below or tweet using the hashtag, or tweet directly to us on twitter (@feakysnucker or @jessarusso)! 
One of us will respond as soon as we can. 

Jessa & Tamara 


  1. Hi, Jessa and Tamara. Your Pitchmas honing session was a very good idea. I can't believe the amount of participation and support all of the writers are offering each other. Very, very cool. Would you guys consider holding periodic pitch-honing workshops on the blog even without the official Pitchmas scheduled for immediately after? Say, like a monthly thing so that writers can have a running forum--since you are already established and have a strong following. I don't know how much work it is for the two of you to host the honing workshops but it's been such a positive thing, I thought I'd just suggest it.

    And, thank you!

    1. Hi Suze! We can definitely consider this! Once we get PitchMAS out of the way, Tam and I will discuss this and see if its something we can host for everyone. It's a great idea!

    2. Wonderful! You girls are doin' a good thing. May it all come back on your heads in the form of success for your own dreams!

  2. When you say top 75, do you mean the first 75 to submit or the 75 best pitches? Thanks!

    1. We will be reading each blog pitch submission email ourselves, and choosing the final 75 to proceed to the blog pitch portion of PitchMAS.

  3. Thank you for doing this! Super excited!

  4. Hi, Jessa and Tamara,

    Do you count possessive pronouns like "Ben's car" as two words or do you let evil MS Word count it as three instead of two? Hope it's two.

    Thanks for the wonderful contest!


  5. I sent 2 stories but only received one confirmation (for the first thing I sent). Should I have received two confirmations?

  6. Can't wait for midnight. Father Time, can you move time a bit faster today. Just today though. LOL. :)

  7. I know nothing about PitchMas. Like....less than i know about knitting. If you've self-published an indie book can you pitch that?