McIntosh & Otis Internship

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Even though I write middle grade and young adult stories, I’ve got a few ideas for adult fiction books in the works. So, I love every age category of reading. So when I hear news about categories I’m not currently writing, I still want to share with all my readers.

For all you lovers of adult fiction or non-fiction, you’ll be excited to learn that an agent at McIntosh & Otis is seeking an intern. Applicants should have a strong interest in book publishing and be savvy readers and strong writers who have office experience. Intern will be responsible for reading submissions and writing evaluations of adult fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. In addition, the intern will assist the existing support staff of the department, handle mailings, filing, and other day to day tasks. The internship will also include administrative tasks such as scanning and copying, but our goal is to create an environment where students will learn firsthand about an agency’s role in book publishing. Please note that this internship is unpaid, though we are more than willing to work with interns in order for them to receive college credit. We would like an intern to work 12-18 hours per week and to commit to a 4 month term, but we can be extremely flexible with your schedule. Current undergraduates strongly preferred.

Send cover letter and resume to aappel@mcintoshandotis.com  to apply to this awesome opportunity.

As always, good luck!

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

“Dear Lucky Agent” Contest

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Chuck Sambuchino announced Writer’s Digest is hosting the 22nd “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest. The agent judge is ANDREA MORRISON of Writers House.

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 She started as an intern for Steve Malk in the California office in 2009, and has been in love with publishing and the company ever since. In NYC, she first learned under Brianne Johnson, and then went on to assist Rebecca Sherman and Geri Thoma. For this contest, she’ll want the first 150-250 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed book-length work of young adult (no high sci-fi or high fantasy, please). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

Please note, in order to be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any social-media. The contest will be live through the end of August 24, 2016, PST. Be sure to read all the contest guidelines before entering.

As always, good luck!

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

Pitch America for Latinx Voices

Pitch América

A pitch contest focused on Latinx voices

This contest will feature the first 500 words and the 35 word pitch of completed and polished manuscripts written by Latinx authors. This is a diversity contest with many well known agents and editors participating.

Submissions open on August 16 at midnight EDT and close on August 17, 2016 at 11:59 EDT. Please check out the website for complete guidelines.

As always, good luck!

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

 

Peter Knapp MG & YA Critique Giveaway!

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Since Peter Knapp returned to Park Literary & Media, he has decided to give critiques to all middle grade and young adult submissions received before Tuesday, August 16th at 5pm ET that follow his guidelines. NOTE: This is NOT open to queries or submissions he has previously seen. No exceptions.

Be prepared to paste the first three chapters of your manuscript with your query. In the subject line put “Query – Peter Knapp – August 2016 Feedback Giveaway – [category + genre of your book]” (for example, “Query – Peter Knapp –  August 2016 Feedback Giveaway – MG Historical”). Remember, this is only for COMPLETED manuscripts. To make sure your submission does not get deleted, be sure to follow Peter’s entire guidelines.

As always, good luck!

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

 

 

Pitch Wars Submissions are Open

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This is a quick reminder that Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars submissions opened yesterday and will close August 6 at 10pm EDT (New York time). Go here for the guidelines and here  to submit. There are two extras this year also, a scavenger hunt  (scroll to find the info) to get a free pass into Pitch Wars and if you donate at least $20 you can pick two extra mentors. Woot! Lastly, be sure and stop by twitter to watch the #PitchWars feed because they are giving extra mentor prizes away.

As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst

MidAmeriCon II: THE 74th WORLDCON

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Kansas City, MO will be hosting the 74th World Science Fiction Convention (MidAmericCon II) at the Kansas City Convention Center Wed to Sun, August 17-21, 2016. You can meet some of your favorite authors, illustrators, and more at this fantastic event. Even more exciting, George R. R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones, will be participating. The list is too long to name everyone, but you can view those attending here. Hurry and get signed up!

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

LOUISE MERIWETHER FIRST BOOK PRIZE

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The Feminist Press has partnered with TAYO Literary Magazine to launch 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 and could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!

To learn how to enter and complete guidelines, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Pass or Pages

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This contest called Pass or Pages is hosted by Operation Awesome. Submissions will begin July 11, 2016 EST for women’s fiction this round. How it works is participating agents give brief feedback on a handful of entries, explaining why they’d pass or want to request pages! Here are some important details:

  • Entry starts: Monday, July 11, 2016, at 6 a.m. Eastern
  • Ends: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 6 p.m. Eastern
  • Category/Genre: Women’s Fiction
  • How To Enter: Fill out the entry form on the contest post when it goes live
  • What Is Required: Your query (NO BIO or personalization for agents), your first 250 words, a complete and polished MS

Here are the participating agents for the Women’s Fiction Pass or Pages.

As always, good luck!

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

Picture Book Party

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Holy-moly! It’s another picture book contest in less than a month. Things are looking up for the PB writers and illustrators, indeed. On July 10th, 20016 Michelle Hauck and Sharon Chriscoe will  co-host a Picture Book Party. Submission will open at noon EST and will close when 250 entrants have been received. You need to have a completed and polished PB manuscript and illustrations are encouraged to be submitted (if you’re an illustrator). The agent round will be between July 20-22, 2016. Be sure to checkout the complete guidelines on the website. You can also follow helpful hints for all writers on the twitter hashtag #PBParty.

As always, good luck.

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

Manuscript Wish List

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Today I learned someone didn’t know Manuscript Wish List existed. I’ve blogged about it before but decided to readdress since agents updated their requests June 30th, as well as tweeting their wants on the twitter hashtag #MSWL. For those who don’t already know, Manuscript Wish List was created by agent Jessica Sinsheimer for agents (and some editors) to let writer’s know what they’d like to see in their inbox. Yes, it’s that simple! So, before you decide to query that shiny new manuscript, check out the website to see if any agents would be a perfect fit. Even more exciting, they’ve created a sign-up for upcoming newsletters!

We all should thank Jessica promptly! Just sayin’.

As always, good luck!

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