It might help to know this: Pitch Slam is NOT a solid brick wall.
You might not get chosen as a finalist, but you WILL enter the magical world of the Pitch Slam community--where we cheer each other up and cheer each other on. Just like in the wizarding world, there will be opportunities to learn, improve, and hone your craft. If your entry isn't chosen to receive feedback, DO NOT DESPAIR. The #PitchSlam hashtag on Twitter and our super awesome Pitch Slam Writers FB group will be full of fellow entrants ready to trade critiques with you. Our heads of house, head girls/boys, and prefects will also be there, offering advice and insights, and above all ENCOURAGEMENT.
This is not a trick. Promise. Running at the brick wall is worth the risk of it not leading exactly where you hoped to go.
Bad Reasons for Not Entering:
- You're worried you won't get picked as a finalist. There are four teams with 9 and 3/4 entries each (the 3/4 will be explained later - promise), and hundreds of entries are anticipated.
- You have a complete, polished manuscript but you're worried it's not good enough.
- There's another contest coming up that looks more interesting.
- You're not familiar with Harry Potter.
- You've decided to enter Nightmare on Query Street instead.
- You don't understand how the contest works despite reading the blog posts about it.
Good Reasons for Not Entering:
- Your manuscript is not complete. No. Just no. Some of our PitchSlam professors will be making FULL requests, and our finalists need to be prepared for that.
- You JUST finished drafting, gave it a quick skim and figured, Meh. Good enough. PLEASE, PLEASE NO. Polishing your first page to a shine when you know the rest is basically still at first draft quality is inherently dishonest. We'll be holding Pitch Slam again in the spring. Please feel free to join us then!
- Your manuscript has already been self-published.
- Your manuscript was secretly written by aliens and you're passing it off as your own.
- For mental health reasons, you are choosing not to enter online pitch contests because of the increased risk of high anxiety spikes and/or depressive episodes. We try to keep Pitch Slam fun, instructive, and encouraging, but any contest comes with an element of stress. Be good to yourself. And know that you are welcome to join us on the #PitchSlam Twitter hashtag even if you don't feel up to entering.