Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NestPitch submission window is NOW OPEN

The submission window for NestPitch is NOW OPEN!

It will remain open for 24 hours, from noon on 1st April to 11.59am 2nd April (USA EST). That’s 24 hours from this post going live, folks.

There’s no cut off number for entries. Everyone who submits during the window will make it into the contest. All entries will receive an email receipt. If you don’t, check with Nik Vukoja on Twitter @nestpitch and/or @nik_vukoja

Send your entries to nestpitch @ outlook .com (no spaces)

For formatting instructions and rules check this post out (although an excerpt is contained below).
NestPitch is a contest where participants email their 35-word pitches together with the first 300 words of their finished manuscript (or 100 words for picture books).

The selected pitches will be featured on these blogs (show them all some follow love – you know, if you want to):

Brooke Powell | Kimberly P. Chase | Jeffe Kennedy | Tina Moss | Amanda Foody | Dannie Morin | Sharon M Johnston | Sharon Bayliss | Stacey Nash

Then agents, identities hidden, will leave a request for pages, partials or fulls of the featured pitches.

Entries must be embedded within email (no attachments) with following:

Genre: Category/Genre of Manuscript (i.e. NA Romance)
Word Count: (round to the nearest 1000)
PITCH: 35-word (maximum) logline
Answer to this question in one sentence of no more than 15 words: If my Main Character were an Easter Egg, what flavour would he or she be and why?

First 300-words of your manuscript. If the 300th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. For picture book submissions please only submit 100-words. If the 100th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence.

Please ensure:
(i) your manuscript has not been featured in another Pitch Competition in the past 12 months – that’s ANY pitch competition (not including twitter pitches such as #Pitmad), from the period April 1st 2013 to 31st March 2014 (if you have entered but not made final rounds then you are eligible to enter)
(ii) your manuscript IS NOT published. This INCLUDES self-published.

Our Slush Bilbies and Nest Bloggers will read through the pitches and pick the top 72 pitches for the agent round: April 17th – 18th

We’ll try to get a good mix of various genres, but the writing comes first. If the submissions aren’t ready, it’s in your best interests that we pass. The last thing anyone wants is your manuscript to be old and tired from “doing the rounds” before it’s ready.

Example Pitch:

Name: Sharon Johnston
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Word Count: 55,000

PITCH: The mindless drone cyborgs used for manual labour since the extinction of males freak out Jenna McBride. But she should be afraid of the person who ordered their creation and hunting Jenna’s girlfriend—her mother.

Answer to this question in one sentence of no more than 15 words: If my Main Character were an Easter Egg, what flavour would he or she be and why?

Jenna would be a Darrell Lea Nougat Egg, because she has a lot of substance and there's much more to her than meets the eye. 

First 300-words of your manuscript. 

A three letter word shouldn’t sting this much, but it does.
“Imp,” hisses Kiri Robyns as she shoulders into me. I try to deflect her jibe as she glides past, but her insult lingers on me like the pain in my arm.
“What did you say to her?” My best friend, Hetty, screeches to a halt.
For a moment Kiri and her glued-to-the-hip-side-kick, Rosetta, freeze. Wet clumps of hair stick to their foreheads and their hands tighten around their towels. They must be coming back from the water hole.
“Just leave it,” I murmur, pulling Hetty towards the walking track that leads to the lookout.
The two of them laugh as they continue in the opposite direction, back towards New Canberra.
“Why don’t you stick up for yourself more? Or at least let me?” Hetty complains, as she does nearly every time some shallow person points out I’m an imperfect.
“Because it doesn’t matter,” I reply between puffs as we start on the sharp incline. “If people are going to judge me on the colour of my eyes then –”
“They’re not worth it.” Hetty finishes my sentence for me with the words she’s heard me parrot a thousand times or more. Her voice labours as well. “I seriously don’t understand it though. I’d think they would want to kiss your butt with your mum and all that.”
“Oh, is that why we’re friends?” I tease, knowing there’s no truth in it. “So you can suck up to the Australian Ambassador’s daughter?”
She sticks out her tongue then laughs. “You know what I mean, Jenna.”

I smile at her, and then groan as we hit the steps that lead to our destination. My whole lower body protests in pain at the halfway point. But it’s so worth it once we hit the top.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Nest Pitch Introductions - A pitching contest with an Australian and Croatian flavour

There’s a special Easter tradition throughout central and northern Croatia – making Easter Nests.  On the afternoon or eve of Easter Saturday children go out into the garden and collect leaves, grass, twigs, with which to make a “nest” for the Easter Bunny – that’s where he places his Easter-Egg-Presents. The children go to bed that eve wondering if the Easter Bunny will like or love their nest, because the best nest gets the best and biggest eggs!

#NestPitch is based on this idea where an author’s ‘pitch’ is the nest and the Easter Treats are the Agents (SECRET BUNNY AGENT) requests.  Why Croatian I hear you ask? Simple the Host Nikola Vukoja was born in Croatia.

However, as Nikola was raised in Australia, she couldn’t help but bring a little Aussie into the fold… more on that later.
So how does it work?
The submission window will open on April 1st
For those who haven’t been watching/listening carefully, this is how #nestpitch will work.  On April 1st, you will send us your 35-word pitch + the first 300* words of your polished and ready manuscript. 

NOTE; for Picture Books, it’ll be the first 100 words. 
Go here for all the rules and conditions, and please follow the rules & submission guidelines.

Once Submissions are closed, our team of Slush Bilbies will pick the top 100-odd.  For more information on the Slush Bilibies, go to here.

What’s a Bilby?  It’s a super cute Australian Native Animal. Easter Chocolates in Australia are also made in the shape of a Bilby.

From there our Team of Bloggers, yep, I’m one of them, will each pick their favourite pitches to post on their blogs.  The selected pitches will be notified via email also.  For Blogger info go here.

This year there are NINE BLOGGERS, that’s 72 opportunities!
I’ve also added a list of the other Bloggers.  Once the pitches are posted, the Secret Bunny Agents will hop from nest to nest and leave a chocolate treat.

For example:

Golfer Bunny has left you 1 Box of Caramel Eggs – for all the *TREATS* got to here.

You’ll need to know what Easter Treat equals what request so I suggest you save a copy of the Easter Treats request items to your desktop; or better still, print a copy off.

At the end of the Easter Egg Treats day… you will be sent a second email with a list of agents who made a request.  If any agents have given specific email addresses, this will be added to your email. If not, please email to the Agency Website but remember to follow the guidelines with regard to what to write in the Subject Line.
For a quick list of the agents refer below.

But wait; there’s still more! We also have MAGIC BUNYIPS!
Magic Bunyips are Agents who, like their name-sake, will be lurking around the blogs.  If they see something they like, they’ll leave you a “treat” also.  What’s a Bunyip?  Well here’s a little bit more of that Aussie influence.  Bunyips are mythical creatures who live around billabongs (ponds).  They are very shy and secretive, a little strange-looking, but not all that mean and nasty. Sorry, we can’t tell you who the Bunyips are because, frankly, we’re not sure they’re real...

Now, because we know EVERYONE likes a reward for all their hard work, there’s going to be some prizes too.  The pitch that gets the most over-all requests as well as the pitch the gets the most FULL requests will each receive an AMAZON Gift Voucher. 
There are three gift vouchers up for grabs:

(i)             Most overall requests (for selected pitches only)
(ii)           Most FULLS requested (for selected pitches only)
(iii)          First correct Match the Agent to the Mask (everyone             can play!)

How this works:

Each of the agents has taken on a Secret Agent Bunny Mask and your job is to identify who is wearing which Mask. (you’ll find the Agent List here.

There’s an Amazon Voucher in it for the first correct answer.  For more info, go here

Remember all of the above winners will receive an AMAZON Gift Card 

Go to here for more information.

Now to the Bunny Masks, and in no particular order Da-Daaaah!!!




Oh, and don’t panic if you don’t see your genre or category, these are TOP agents who work for AWESOME agencies, eight agencies to be accurate, trust me, their colleges are watching, and waiting, and intending to leave treats under these Bunny Masks.

List of Agents:

Pam Van Hylckama – C0-founder /Agent - Foreword Literary 
Melissa Jeglinski- Agent - The Knight Agency
Pooja Menon- Agent - KimberleyCameron & Associates 
Gina Panettieri  – President - Talcott Notch Literary
Jordy Albert – Co-founder & Senior Agent - The Booker Albert Literary Agency 
Camilla Wray –  Agent - Darley Anderson Literary (UK) 
Sarah Negovetich – Junior Agent/PR Team Leader - Corvisiero Literary Agency  
Cate Hart – Junior Agent - Corvisiero Literary Agency 
Dr. Uwe Stender – President  - TriadaUS Literary Agency

For Agent bio’s go here.

Finally, here’s a schedule, so you don’t miss any of the fun:

Mar 30th           Post on Twitter submission window to open April 1st
Apr 1st -2nd        Submission windows open 1st April NOON USA EST - 11.59am 2nd April USA EST

Apr 3rd -10th     1st Round – Slush Bilbies select top 120 nests*

Apr 12th           Unmask the Agent window open NOON USA EST until 8.00pm Apr 12th USA EST.

Apr 11th -15th  2nd Round – Nest Bloggers  pick their 72 nests*

Apr 16th              3rd Round – Nest Bloggers post their top choices

Apr 17th -19th   4th Round Secret Bunny Agents  stock *nests

Easter Sun.     

Stocked *nests* revealed/Secret Bunny Agents identities revealed

Apr 21st           Unmask the Agent Winner Revealed

Apr 30th           Additional surprise revealed!

Nest Bloggers: 
Tina Moss    

Slush Bilbies:

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