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!
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:
The Masters Review Short Story Aware for New Writersis 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 fromSobel Weber, Victoria Cappello fromThe Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison fromWriters House, Sarah Fuentes fromFletcher & Company, Heather Schroder fromCompass Talent, and Siohban McBride fromCarnicelli 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.
Author Mentor Match was created by Heather Kaczynski and Alexa Donne. The object is to match new writers with authors further along in the publishing process and gain invaluable mentoring! That’s right, this is an opportunity to get your manuscript critiqued (for free) before submitting to agents!
Authors can select up to four mentors during the submission window which is already opened! Submissions close January 14, 2021. Watch for the mentor BIOS to be posted to learn what age groups and genres they wish to see in their inbox!
Please note there is a two-step process for entering:
Fill out the submission form. (I believe the form will appear during the sub window period.)
Email the proper information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A query (pasted in the body of the email!)
The first 50 pages/3 chapters of your novel (whichever is longer & can be attached)
Be sure to include in the subject line the manuscripts Age Category +Genre + Title. (ie: YA Sci-Fi – Mars Plants are the Bomb) on the email submission. And check out the site in order to know how to select the mentors you wish to submit because it isn’t clear quite yet. (I’m guessing this might be part of the submission form.) As always, good luck!
Minotaur Books (Macmillan) and Mystery Writers of America are sponsoring the First Crime Novel Competition. This contest is open to writer’s age 18 and older, who has never been published or under contract to be published with a novel. The submitted manuscript must involve murder or another serious crime or crimes at the heart of the story. The winner will be offered a standard form author’s agreement and a $10,000 advance against future royalties. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2021. For complete rules, go here.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500. Those quarterly winners then compete for one annual Grand Prize of $5000! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new science fiction and fantasy artists worldwide. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All judging by professional artists only. Three prizes of $500 are awarded each quarter. Quarterly winners compete for $5,000 additional annual prize! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting.
As writer’s, we are always looking for ways to improve our writing. We will accept advise from authors, editors, or anyone in the publishing industry. One book that has gotten great acclaim for teaching writers is Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder. While this is geared toward screenplay writers, it has helped the careers of many novel writers. Which led to it being adapted into Save The Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody.
So, for holiday cheer, I’m giving away both! One for a writer interested in the screeplay version and one to an author interested in the novel version. Constest ends December 21, 2021 at 12:00am.
While they no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts, they do offer unpublished and unagented writers of children’s fiction the chance to submit their work to the annual Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. They’re looking for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love!
First prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (approximately $12,500 US), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent.
To enter, you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children/young adults aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. The full-length , manuscript should be minimum of 30,000 words and do not exceed 80,000 words in length.
The competition closes February 1, 2021. Also, there is an entry fee of £15 (approximately $18.76 US). For complete guidelines and entry form, go here.
A cool twitter pitch party is coming on October 29, 2020 and I’m excited! Author Jason Huebinger is the host of #PitDark. This is one of my favorite contests because it’s strictly for manuscripts with darker elements, which is soooo down my alley. The event is between 8am and 8pm EST. Authors may pitch once an hour per manuscript. Please do not clog the feed by over pitching so agents don’t get frustrated and quit reading.
Hashtags for AGE CATEGORIES
#MG – Middle Grade
#YA – Young adult
#NA – New adult
#A – Adult
Hashtags for GENRES & SUBGENRES
#H – horror
#PH – psychological horror
#GH – gothic horror
#CSH – cosmic horror
#BH – body horror
#CH – comedy horror
#DC – dark comedy
#DR – dark romance
#SFH – science fiction horror
#PNH – paranormal horror
#ZH – zombie horror
#MH – monster horror
#GRH – graphic horror
#MM – murder mystery
#FA – fantasy
#DF – dark fantasy
#T – thriller
#EF – epic or high fantasy
#HF – historical fantasy
#LF – literary fantasy
#AH – alternate history
#PN – paranormal
#PR – paranormal romance
#UF – urban fantasy
#MR – magical realism
#SF – science fiction
#AF – apocalypse fiction
#ML – military science fiction
#PA – post-apocalyptic SF
#CP – cyberpunk
#SFT – sci-fi thriller
#SH – superhero / superhuman
#SO – space opera
#DS – dystopian
#SP – steampunk
#TT – time travel
#WW – weird west
#SPEC – speculative fiction
#NF – non-fiction
For complete rules, go here. (Note: If your curious about previous agent, editor, and film company participation, there is a link on this page.) As always, good luck!