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Wild Rumpus Pitch Party

Wild Rumpus Pitch Party 

Submit a pitch (a maximum of three sentences. Less than 30 seconds when  read aloud) to Brooke Van Sickle at by Friday, April  2, 2021 for a chance to have your pitch read aloud to editors and agents  and receive valuable feedback.  

What to Include in a Pitch? 

  • What does your main character want? 
  • How is the antagonist/antagonistic force stopping the main character  from getting what they want? 
  • What makes your story unique? 
  • Include the stakes or a ticking time-bomb. If your protagonist doesn’t get what they need/want, what is going to happen to them and/or the world? 


  • Protagonist wants something but can’t get achieve the goal because there are obstacles. But when something drastic changes or happens, the character is able to do something and solves the problem. 
  • When inciting incident occurs, a protagonist must do something, or  else something big will happen. 
  • In a setting, a protagonist has a problem/goal caused by an antagonist or antagonistic force and faces a conflict as they try to achieve a goal. 
  • To stop A, character B must do C, but D happens. 
  • When A happens, character B must do C, but D happens. Examples of Movie Pitches

Rocky (1976) – A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight  the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for  his self-respect. (30 words) 

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – A listless and alienated teenager decides to  help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high  school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. (32  words)

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – A meek and alienated little boy finds a  stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities  to help the alien return to its home planet. (29 words) 

Star Wars (1977) – Luke Skywalker, a spirited farm boy, joins rebel forces  to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the  Empire’s planet-destroying Death Star. (27 words) 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) – A young Greek woman falls in love  with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she  comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. (30 words) 

The Godfather (1972)The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty  transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (18 words) 

The Lion King (1994)—Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his  identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his  boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (26 words)