Pitch Wars announced earlier this month it is folding. It's the end of an era. I met an absolutely fantastic mentor through PW, author and book coach extraordinaire Kim Long, although none of my manuscripts were ever selected, and I entered two.
But don't spend too long crying for lost opportunities, because there are still other manuscript mentoring contests available to you to enter your MS, and you should, if you have a MS that's polished, been through CPs and beta readers, and a query package prepared. In part because you just never know the connections you'll make, and they're almost as valuable as having your MS selected.
If you think it's kinda early for this one (compared to last year), you're not wrong. They've pushed up the start date -- March 17 for 2022 -- and they're not publishing the mentor wishlists until today.
Which is not a whole lot of time to prepare, compared to past years.
This contest calls its mentors Editors, so checkout their MSWLs. It's a spreadsheet, available as a Google sheet or Excel sheet, broken down by audience age categories (middle grade, young adult, adult).
NOTE: This contest is not open to picture book or early chapter book manuscripts.
I'm not entering this year (again -- what's new?!). I'm rewriting Dragon Scales (version 6!), and I'll probably be hip-deep in outlining by the time the application deadline rolls around. I certainly won't have a polished MS.
But if you enter, I'll cheerlead for you! Just send me a note or comment on the FB post on my page. Good luck!