MidAmeriCon II: THE 74th WORLDCON

MidAmeriCon II

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.


Feminist Press

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


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


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


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.



Next month The Knight Agency will be in business for 20 years! (Happy early anniversary to them!) They are starting their celebration early by having their very first twitter pitch party. This is great news for writers near and far.

The party will start tomorrow (June 29, 2016) between the hours 9am-5pm EST. You must use the hashtag #TKA20 and may use one of the additional tags below (but it’s not necessary).

#RS=Romantic Suspense

#WF=Women’s Fiction

#YA=Young Adult

#MG=Middle Grade



#CM=Cozy Mystery

#LGBT=LGBT fiction or nonfiction

#MM=Male/male Romance

#CR=Contemporary Romance

#PNR=Paranormal Romance

#INSP=Inspirational fiction or nonfiction



They have some specifics on the number of times (5) you can pitch and rules about multiple favorites, so be sure to read their complete guidelines before pitching.

As always, good luck!

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

Drue Heinz Literature Prize


The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2017 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The winner will be announced in December (2016) or January (2017). No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.

The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.

Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.

Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2016. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.  (That’s right, these are mailed submissions.)

As always, good luck!

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

Twitter Contest for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers


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 starts tomorrow June 23, 2016 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 140 character pitch for twitter and includes 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.

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2016 In New York

Writers Digest Conference

The Writer’s Digest Conference will be held in New York August 12-14, 2016 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The program is designed to give you a balanced education in both the craft and the business of being a writer—all in an encouraging, inspiring environment. Customize your experience by mixing-and-matching sessions among these core tracks: Craft, Getting Published, The Business of Being an Author, Platform & Promotion and Genre Studies. And this is the cool place where Pitchslam happens!

Agents/Editors in attendance will be:

Kurestin Armada P.S. Literary
Noah Ballard Curtis Brown, Ltd
Danielle Burby HSG Agency
Tara Carberry Trident Media Group
Kirsten Carleton Prospect Agency
Marisa Corvisiero Corvisiero Literary Agency
Kaylee Davis Dee Mura Literary
Elise Erickson Harold Ober Associates
Heather Flaherty The Bent Agency
Connor Goldsmith Fuse Literary
Mark Gottlieb Trident Media Group
Andy Kifer The Gernert Co.
Peter Knapp New Leaf Literary
Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary-website encountering errors but they’re legit)
Kimiko Nakamura Dee Mura Literary
Beth Phelan The Bent Agency
Tanusri Prasanna HSG Agency
Eric Ruben Eric Ruben
Lydia Shamah Carol Mann Agency
Alec Shane Writers House
Katie Shea Boutilier Donald Maass Literary Agency
Anjali Singh Pande Literary
Marlene Stringer Stringer Literary
Jaida Temperly New Leaf Literary
Stacy Testa Writers House
John Willig Literary Services
Christine Witthohn Book Cents Literary
Seats are limited so be sure and book right away. As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry National Writing Contest


In partnership with We Need Diverse Books Penguin Young Readers celebrates 40 years of  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor by launching a debut children’s fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14.

The deadline to enter is June 21, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, aged 18 and older.

Submit your manuscript (25,000-75,000 words) for a book about diversity for ages 8-14 and you could receive a publishing contract from Penguin Random House LLC with an advance of $35,000, plus royalties!