That's right, Alley frequenters and new-comers, we're hosting our very own pitch contest here in the Alley! On August 8, Lauren Hammond (blogtwitter) of ADA Management Group has agreed to read all the pitches, and she'll request partials or fulls from the winners she chooses.


Your manuscript must be complete and polished, and it must fall into the New Adult (NA) category to be considered. The submissions window will open August 8 at 12:01 am EST and will remain open until 75 pitches are submitted OR until 11:59 pm EST. To enter, you will be required to submit via comment the following:

  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Title:
  • Genre:
  • Word Count:
  • Blurb:
  • First 250 Words:

Your blurb should be the meaty part of your query, not over 200 words, and make sure you spend the next several weeks polishing your whole manuscript, not just that first 250 word excerpt Lauren is looking for. You do not need to follow our blog to participate -- but if you want to stay up-to-date on further details about this pitch contest, and be informed about future contests, you really should.

NOTE: If you are agented, please discuss entering such a contest with your agent before doing so. Also mention that in your pitch.


The winners will be chosen by Lauren Hammond and we will post the results on the blog within two weeks. Lauren may request partials or fulls from the pitch winners.

Spread the word!

We can't wait to see you back here on August 8 for our first pitch contest hosted here in the Alley. Please tweet, blog, chat, email, etc. about this contest.


Post them in the comments!