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12 JUNE 2021 MINI-EVENT: Win a query critique

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Hey #writers, welcome to our first mini-event!

Are you struggling with your query letter (for traditional publishing) or blurb (for independent publishing)? If so, you are not alone! We are offering writers a chance to win a FREE in-depth critique.

Who is this competition for?

  • Aspiring authors who are pursuing either traditional publishing or self-publishing pathways.

  • Submissions are limited to Young Adult (YA), New Adult (NA), and Adult speculative fiction.

  • We accept the following genres: fantasy, science fiction, space opera, thriller, mystery, contemporary, romance, urban fantasy, and horror.

When will the competition take place?

  • Saturday 12 June, 2021 from 11am to 4pm EDT.

What is the prize?

  • A FREE in-depth critique of your query letter or blurb.

How do I participate?

  • On the day of the competition, Tweet your pitch using #SlushPit.

  • You may only Tweet ONE entry per manuscript.

  • Retweets are encouraged, comments are fine, but please DO NOT “LIKE” any of the Tweets.

  • Important: All the judges will have their usernames set to [name]: #SLUSHPIT JUDGE. If your Tweet is “liked” by someone without this title, you have not won.

  • If your Tweet is “liked” by one of the judges, that means you have WON a free critique.

  • Winners should send their query letter or blurb as a Word Document to slushpilemonster [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line #SLUSHPIT WINNER + [name of the judge who “liked” the Tweet].

What's next?

After the pitch competition, we will have a game! It’s a great way to connect with other writers and blow off some steam.


  • Share a picture of your furry, feathered, or scaled writing buddy

  • No rules, no prizes - just be respectful and have fun!

  • Use #writingbuddy to join!

Also, don’t forget to join our mailing list so you never miss any of the games or competitions! We also share resources for writers. It's much more reliable than getting updated on Twitter, and we also have special mailing list-only content!

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