#SFFpit Pitch Event For Writers

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It’s that time of year again for science fiction and fantasy writers to polish their pitches for Dan Koboldt’s #SFFpit writing contest on twitter! It runs on July 24, 2019 between 8am-6pm EST. This contest allows 10 pitches total and Dan asks that you use them wisely! As usual, it needs to be a 280 character pitch for twitter including the hashtag #SFFpit. For all the rules, including how to properly insert the age group and category, go here. And remember to research any agents or editors that favorite your tweet because ANY ONE can trawl the feed!

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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Carina Press: New LGBTQ+ Imprint Submission Call

Carina PressCarina Press, a digital-first imprint of Harlequin, is accepting submissions for a new trope-based LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line called Carina Adores, which will launch in early 2020. This is huge news for the LGBTQ+ writing community, readers, and lovers of all things romance!

For complete details on the specific tropes they are looking for and how to submit, just click the pretty rainbow above! (Note: Carina Press did not rainbow their name, though maybe they should because it’s so pretty! I did this independently for easy access and so the submission link will stand out from the parent companies.)

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Fitcarraldo Editions Novel Prize 2019

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The Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize submission deadline is midnight July 15, 2019 (GMT). The judges are looking for novels which tackle subjects and themes relevant to the world we live in. The winner is to receive a £3,000 prize as an advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions. The winning novelist’s publication joins a fiction list, alongside writers such as Claire-Louise Bennett, Mathias Enard, Camila Grudova, John Keene, Esther Kinsky, Olga Tokarczuk and Alejandro Zambra. Also, Jeremy Cooper won in 2018 for Ash before Oak, a novel in the form of a nature diary, obliquely charting the narrator’s slow return to health.

This contest is open only to residents of Great Britain and Ireland. For complete guidelines and submission details, go here.

As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst

Think of changing agents? I have a friend currently considering this, so when I read the below blog post (scroll for link), I felt this was something very relevant to share. Sometimes it’s necessary to move your writing career forward to change an agent, but can be scary because no one wants to be in the query trenches again.

I’ve heard some writer’s gasp when they hear an author wants to switch their agent because they don’t understand the reasons. One popular reason is because an agent that signed an author on their adult fantasy doesn’t want to represent the writer’s new manuscript that’s a middle grade historical fiction, or doesn’t represent middle grade at all. I’ve read several articles over the years regarding why writer’s would consider making a change. This past weekend, I read another great blog post on this subject by Dahlia Adler and thought I’d share. I’ve followed her for several years (on Twitter and her blog) and definitely recommend subscribing to her newsletter.

So, for anyone considering changing their agent, or curious to know why someone would change an agent, here is her very informative article with things to consider when doing new research:

via Mid-Career Querying and Other Stuff We Don’t Talk About

San Francisco Writing Workshop

Per the website, the San Francisco Writing Workshop is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). This workshop is a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in San Francisco, CA on August 10, 2019.

 

For those attending, this sounds like a great day of learning and marketing yourself. Good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Pass or Pages Contest

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Operation Awesome is hosting a Pass or Pages this month. For this round, the category is  for Young Adult Horror. Submissions open between July 8 (6am EST) to  July 12(6pm EST), 2019 This is an opportunity to get feedback from an agent on your query and first 250 words of your manuscript. Peeps, this is priceless! And as a possible bonus, the agent reserves the right to request your FULL.

The participating agents :

There will be a form for submissions on Operation Awesome when the entry window opens. For complete rules and previous feedback reveals, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

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Hooray! It’s another year of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 243 years ago on July 4, 1776. It’s a time of celebration with our families and friends, watching fireworks, and eating lots of food.  As you prepare for your day of fun, here are a few facts you may not know:

  • Although adopted on July 4, it wasn’t officially signed on this day.
  • More than one copy exists.
  • A riot broke out in New York upon the news and a statue of George III was melted to shape more than 42,000 musket balls.
  • Eight of the 56 signers were born in Britain and not America.
  • Richard Stockton became the only signer to later recant his support of the revolution.
  • One of the copies sold for $8.1 million.

For expanded explanations and additional things you may not know, go to History.com. As always, be safe and have a great day!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

77th Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland will be hosting the 77th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) across two venues: the Convention Centre Dublin and the Point Square  during August 15-19, 2019. You can meet some of your favorite authors, illustrators, and more at this fantastic event. This will be an event to remember with scenic views to inspire any writer or artist. Check out the program here.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

LOUISE MERIWETHER FIRST BOOK PRIZE

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Deadline approaching! The Feminist Press has partnered with TAYO Literary Magazine  for a contest seeking the best debut books by women and nonbinary writers of color to celebrate author Louis Meriwether’s achievements. This contest is for first time authors. Submit your complete manuscript of fiction (including novels and short story collections) or narrative memoir between 50,000 and 80,000 words. Capture their attention with your words to receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!

Thanks to TAYO Literary Magazine for their support!

The third annual Louise Meriwether First Book Prize entries will close on June 28, 2019. To learn how to enter and complete guidelines, go here or here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers in the world. For all the times you kept going when everyone else became ill, good job! For all the troubled times you were strong and everyone around you crumbled, I’m proud of you! For every dream you set aside to help another achieve theirs…you are awesome! For every person you tucked into bed to chase nightmares away and lost your own sleep, go you!

But this is YOUR day! It’s okay to sit, sleep, read a book, let the grass not get mowed, not pick up your clothes, let someone else fix the car, or have another grill the burgers. Rest, because you deserve it! And it’s okay if you want to seize life and do something spontaneous or out of character, or simply be yourself. Take a hike, explore a cave, go fishing, bungee jump, repel, ride a motorcycle near a beach, pick some flowers, or maybe knit a scarf (like Russel Crowe). Take the kids or don’t take the kids. Seize your day because you are DAD and you are APPRECIATED!

Love to you all!
P.D. Pabst