Hi all! With the change in pricing to BookExpo ($300!) plus the upfront payment and stricter application process, many bloggers won’t be able to go to next year’s show. Scholarpitch wanted to do something to help marginalized bloggers so we’re happy to announce we’ll be choosing TWO bloggers from the PoC, LGBTQIA+ or Native American communities to get all days passes to BookExpo 2017. (One pass per blogger)

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There’s more! I know some of you won’t be able to come to NYC for the event so in addition to the two passes we’ll also be giving away a collection of ARCS from the show (Titles TBD) to help you experience BookExpo, even if you can’t be there.


We have a form below where you’ll be able to choose between the BEA Pass or ARCS (*ARCS are only for people who can not attend the show.)

PLEASE only fill the form out once. If you do it more than once you’ll be disqualified and I’ll be really cranky with you for at least a week.


Please only select BookExpo Pass on the form if you either live in or know for sure you will be able to travel to NYC. Travel expenses are *not* part of the prize. We’re not made of money, pals (but I sort of wish I was.)  So that’s it! Please fill out one of the two forms below & good luck!




  • Please note, you will need to provide either your blog, Instagram or BookTube link to be eligible. Please fill out at least one of those fields or as many as you have. Thanks!









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Oh hi there, welcome to our post. We’d like to talk about a pitch contest. Not just any pitch contest, Pitch Wars.
Most of you already know what that is, but if you need a refresher blurb, feast your eyes on this (from the PitchWars page at Brenda-drake.com):
“Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round…In November during the agent round, each mentee is featured on a post that includes their pitch and the first page of their manuscript. Participating agents view the posts and make requests. More than 50 authors were offered representation and/or published with the help of Pitch Wars 2015!”

The submission window is coming up next week and there is a lot of excitement among prospective mentees to get their submissions ready to submit to 4 lucky mentors. There is the opportunity to get 2 extra entries by donating $20 to PitchWars .

This is the main thing we’d like to talk about. We believe that donating to PitchWars is key to keep such a great contest running. We also know that not everyone can afford to donate. So, we created this Scholarship fund. A Scholarship for Pitch contests…a ScholarPITCH if you will.

And since we’re POC/ownvoices and proud of it, we’d like to give this Scholarpitch to POC,  Native Voices and LGBTQIA looking to enter PitchWars. So, we will pick TEN winners to receive a $20 donation in their name so they can enter to 2 extra mentors. This giveaway is not an official part of PitchWars, but something that we’d like to start because of the understanding that not all people can afford to donate. (Note: If you can still donate then please consider it, PitchWars has done so much to get deserving authors’ work in front of enthusiastic agents).
To enter, tell us in 250 words (or less) why you think you deserve the scholarpitch. Include that and your query letter in an email to TheScholarPitch@gmail.com. Submission window is open now through August 1, 2016
  1. This is a small contest and the rules are decided by Claribel and Kat. They will personally read each entry and have final decision on winners.
  2. The contest is open now until August 1, 2016. If volume of applications becomes too large to read through before deadline, entry submission will be closed sooner due to time constraints of two authors with revisions and WiPs of their own to get through. If that happens, it will be announced at www.ClaribelOrtega.com and Twitter via @Claribel_Ortega and @KatCho
  3. Any POC, Native Authors or  LGBTQIA planning to enter Pitch Wars may enter. There are no restrictions on genre. (preference will be given to ownvoices)
  4. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone from the contest for any reason.
  5. Prizes are not transferrable. Please alert one of us if you decide not to enter PitchWars and we will reserve the right to choose a replacement winner.
  6. If you already have donated $20 then, unfortunately, you cannot enter. We will not be providing cash directly as a post-reimbursement. It will be donated directly to Pitchwars in your name.
  7. If we don’t get 10 viable entries, we reserve the right to not award some or all of the prizes.
  8. Your entry will remain private. We will not be posting any part of your entry and we will not be publicly announcing winners.

                                               A real life video of me at BookCon

I’m in NYC for this year’s BookExpo America and BookCon. For those of you who can’t be here I have an awesome giveaway going on! As per usual I’ll be getting tons of ARCS at this year’s show and posting pictures of all the goodies I get along the way. The best part is, if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr I will enter you to win a giant prize pack! Just follow me on any of my social media sites below and then Tweet me, leave a comment on the giveaway video or inbox me on Tumblr and I will put you on the list! If you follow me on all three I will enter you a a total of FOUR times giving you a bigger chance to win!

Since the show hasn’t started yet I can’t tell you exactly which ARCs I’ll be getting but in other years I’ve gotten advanced book copies from Harper Collins, Harlequin, Hachette (including titles like Dorothy Must Die and Red Rising to name a few) and More! Follow along on my social media accounts to see what will be included in the prize pack but hurry, the contest will be closed on Monday, June 1st!

If you have any problems following me or any questions please email me at Claribelortegaauthor@gmail.com, yay!