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About pdpabst

My passion is writing novels and screenplays. I will not apologize for my demented mind. Former handle: Iwrite2

Bath Children’s Novel Award

The Bath Children's Novel Award Logo

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an international writing competition for unpublished and independently published novelists. This years judge is literary agent Stephanie Thwaites of Curtis Brown literary agency. The winner will receive £3,000 (approximately $2168 USD). And the most promising longlisted novel will recieve the Edit Your Novel the Professional Way from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

Some of the past participants and winners have gone on to getting agents and/or publishing deals. Inaugural winner Lucy Van Smit was swiftly signed by literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney. Jane Brittan attracted a Carnegie Medal nomination for her indie-published debut. Shortlistee Sophie Cameron signed a book deal with Macmillan Children’s after accepting representation with literary agent Hellie Ogden for her YA novel Out of the Blue. Struan Murray signed a six figure deal with Penguin Random House for his novel Orphans of the Tide.

Entry for the award ends November 30, 2021 (and remember, this is UK time zone)! For complete guidelines and entry fee information, go here. As always, good luck!

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

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships. Deadline Approaching

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships (FY 2022) is a competitive award based on quality as demonstrated by creativity and skill in an art form. Applications are accepted in eighteen artistic disciplines in the fields of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music, and visual arts. Applicants can be emerging or established artists. (I think these are one year.) The Masters Fellowship is available in select disciplines on a three-year rotating basis to artists who meet specific criteria.

Judges are anonymous. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation assists with the administration of the program. Awards are $3,000 for Emerging; $6,000 for Established; and $10,000 for Masters. Deadline to submit is August 1, 2021. Artists MUST have been a resident of Delaware one year prior to submission, and has to remain a resident of Delaware during the entire fellowship. For complete categories and guidelines, go here.

As always, good luck!

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

Carina Press (Harlequin) Pitch Event

Carina Press, an imprint of Harlequin, is hosting a Twitter pitch event on July 14, 2021 starting at 9am EST. They didn’t list an end time, so to be safe, I would post by end of their work day time 5pm EST. The press focuses on romances and the editors participating all have their own wish lists.

RULES TO PARTICIPATE

  • Use the hastag #carinapitch
  • Your manuscript must be romance. All subgenres of romance are accepted with the exception of inspirational.
  • Must be new and unpublished material.
  • Your project can be one that has previously been passed by Carina Press.
  • Pitch each manuscript no more than two times!
  • You can pitch more than one manuscript (again though, only two times for each one!)
  • Use a genre hastag (examples below)
  • Submit your manuscript to only one editor if multiple are interested (choose one)
  • Do NOT direct your tweet to a specific editor!

THINGS TO KNOW IF YOU GET A LIKE

  • #CarinaPitch is only accepting proposals, consisting of a query letter (including your twitter pitch), a synopsis (approximately 1600 words), and the first 7,500 words.
  • All authors who receive a request and submit by the deadline of August 11, 2021 will get personal feedback no later than September 15, 2021.
  • If you submit your requested material after the deadline, you will still be considered for publication, but will no longer receive personal feedback.
  • The requesting editor will contact you via DM with their private submission link. (Note: You may need to follow the editor for them to contact you.)

But what if you have already submitted your manuscript but no one has looked at it yet? You can still participate in the pitch contest. If you get a like then:

  1. Update your submission via Submittable, using a note by the deadline.
  2. In the note, include the twitter pitch, your twitter handle, and they name of the editor that requested the proposal.

PARTICIPATING EDITORS

Kerri Buckley @BuckleyKerri 

Stephanie Doig @StephanieDoig 

Ronan Sadler @ronanedits

Mackenzie Walton @MackenzieWalton 

John Jacobson @DreamingReviews 

Deb Nemeth @DebNemeth 

Alissa Davis @AlissaDenay 

Kate Marope @TheRibbonMarker 

You can find the editors wishlists here, or sometimes on their twitter account.

GENRE HASHTAGS

#CR = Contemporary Romance 

#DIS = Disability 

#DV = Diversity 

#ER = Erotic Romance 

#F = Fantasy 

#HR = Historical Romance 

#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural 

#LGBTQ = Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer 

#M = Mystery 

#OWN = OwnVoices 

#POC = People of Color 

#PR = Paranormal Romance 

#ROMCOM = Romantic Comedy 

#RS = Romantic Suspense 

#SF = SciFi 

#TT = Time Travel 

#UF = Urban Fantasy 

As always, good luck!

P.D.Pabst

Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Fall Internship: Defiore and Company

Defiore and Company is looking for an intern wanting to learn about all aspects of the publishing industry. Working with agents as they liaison between authors and publishers can give interns a wealth of knowledge to progress in the publishing industry.

Candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience analyzing and assessing written materials is preferred, but not necessary. Interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to resumes@defliterary.com to Parik Kostan’s’s attention. Be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject lin

As always, good luck!

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

Happy 4th of July!

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It’s another year of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 245 years ago on July 4, 1776. Typically, it’s a time of celebration with our families and friends, watching fireworks, and eating lots of food.  And with more people vaccinated, many will be able to have these mingling celebrations. While the pandemic might seem like it is winding down, it simply isn’t over. So be safe while having fun. And no matter how you celebrate, 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

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 person 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, 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. Be safe.
P.D. Pabst

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers 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! And for keeping strong during this crazy pandemic, way to go!

If you had some emotional moments where you found it hard to keep it together, this is okay too! You deserve to have your moments, even if it’s huddled in a corner sobbing like a mad woman. Take those moments and then recharge. You can do it!

But this is YOUR day! It’s okay to sit, sleep, read a book, let the dishes sit, not pick up any clothes, let someone else fix supper, or have another do the laundry. Rest, because you deserve it! And it’s okay if you want to seize life and do something spontaneous or out of character. Take a hike, explore a cave, climb a wall, bungee jump, repel, or ride a bike along the beach. Take the kids or don’t take the kids. Seize your day because you are MOM and you are APPRECIATED!

Love to you all!
P.D. Pabst

#SFFpit Twitter Pitch Contest

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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 February 3, 2021 between 8am-6pm EST. This contest allows 10 pitches total (one per hour), so 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.

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Pitching Contest on Twitter

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is hosting a twitter pitching contest on January 20, 2021 from 8am-8pm EST. This is for completed and polished manuscripts only! Be sure to pitch only once per hour and include the hashtag #IWSGPit. (As with all pitching events, do NOT fave a pitch unless you are a literary agent or publishing editor.)

There has been some chatter about this being a newer pitching event and caution due to no participating agents listed. However, I can assure you that legitimate agents and editors participated in their previous pitch event. Some of them were:

Like all pitch events, be sure to research the agents or editors that favorite your pitch before submitting your materials. For complete details, go here. And as always, good luck!

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

The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers

The Masters Review Short Story Aware for New Writers is an annual contest that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers. This years judge is Helen Oyeyemi. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management.

They say they don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. They’re simply looking for the best. Also, they don’t define, nor are they interested in, stories identified by their genre. However, they consider themselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction and are looking for stories that dazzle, take chances, are bold — and do so by focusing on more than plot.

You can check out the complete guidelines for submissions and previous winners here. Please note the deadline to enter is January 31, 2021.

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