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.

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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.


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  1. Argh, I am so gutted that I don't have anything for this contest! Good luck to everyone who will be entering though!

  2. Can't wait for this!!! Good luck everyone :D

  3. Man, one more month and I'd be ready! Good luck to everyone who enters and I'll catch the next one!

  4. I just queried Ms. Hammond a few days ago, so it would be kind of rude to participate in this, wouldn't it? I have no idea what the etiquette is for this sort of thing. @_@

  5. Yay! Our first official pitch contest. Good luck, everyone! :)

  6. Thanks and just to make sure .. the main characters in the NA category are about 20-25 yrs old?

  7. So glad NA recognition is growing :) Congrats on hosting your first pitch contest, should be awesome!

  8. @Mason - That's probably up to you, but it might be a good idea to wait out your submission.

    @Glora - NA is usually 18 - 25, but can go up to 30. It's about the transition into adulthood from adolescence. Whatever that may mean to your character :D

  9. Oh how I wish this was one month later!

  10. Would a novella of about 26,000 words be appropriate for this? It's def NA, and it's polished and ready ... just not novel length.

  11. I just entered the pitch contest, but have I got the right times? Did it open at midnight (12:01 8/8) last night, or is it noon today?
    I see other posts there at various times, and now I am confused as to the proper time to enter.


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