Pitch Contest

The 1st Annual Passionate Reads Pitch Contest is officially open closed for submissions!

Please read all of Grace’s instructions below and prepare you entries accordingly.  Good luck!


I am excited to have been chosen to judge the first-annual Passionate Reads Pitch Contest. The winner will receive a line-by-line critique by me of their first three chapters. The manuscript does not have to be complete in order to participate in the contest.

For the first round, I will be reviewing pitches. Please submit to the blog the one to two paragraph summary of your book that you would include in a query letter. At the beginning of the entry, please include your pen name, working title and Ellora’s Cave genre. If you are pitching a story for our Blush line (romance, but not erotic), please indicate if it is sweet, suggestive or sensual. Visit http://www.ellorascave.com and click on Submissions to view all the genres we publish. I will select ten entries to move on to the next round. During the week while I am considering each pitch, blog readers will get to vote on their favorite entry and that pitch will also move to round two if it is not one I have also selected.

For the second round, the ten (or eleven) finalists will send me the first chapter of their manuscript. One week later I will announce the top three. Blog readers will have the opportunity to vote as well, and their favorite chapter will also move forward if it is not one I have chosen.

For the third round, the three (or four) finalists will send me the first three chapters of their book. Two weeks later I will announce the winner. Sorry, only I will judge this last round *grin*.

I am currently actively acquiring in all subgenres of romance and erotic romance and am always looking for new talent. This contest is a great way to get your writing in front of an editor and receive valuable feedback. If you have any questions, I will be stopping by all day today to answer them. Best of luck to everyone, and I look forward to reading your pitches soon!

Grace Bradley


Contest Quick Links


(post your pitches here)

(vote for your fave pitches here)

(see first-round finalists here)

(vote for your fave chapters here)

(see 2nd round finalists here)

11 Responses to “Pitch Contest”

  1. Lisa December 22, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    Wow! Thank you!

  2. Adelle Laudan January 1, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Happy New Year!
    Is this where we are supposed to pitch our manuscripts, or am I a tad too early. Sorry, anxious to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
    Thanks in advance.

  3. lorrainenelson January 8, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    How do we vote for the pitches?

  4. Abby-Rae Rose January 10, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Not everyone knows me by my Pen name.. is it to late to add my real name next to it

    • Brandi Evans January 10, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      I can easily add it to your pitch on the voting page, yes. I think I can add it to the post, but I have this fear of accidentally erasing all the votes, LOL.

      • Abby-Rae Rose January 11, 2011 at 3:04 am #

        🙂 Don’t worry about it.. I should have written it before.

        Thank you,

        Andie 🙂


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