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Bath Children’s Novel Award

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an international writing competition for unpublished and independently published novelists.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 LTD of UK. The winner will receive £3000 (approximately $3878.40 US). And the most promising longlisted novel, will receive a free place on the Cornerstones Literary Consultancy online 18 week course Edit Your Novel the Professional Way , valued at £1,800 (approximately $2365 US).

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 29, 2020 (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.

SavvyAuthors Autumn Pitchfest

Agents and editors are taking live pitches on the SavvyAuthors blog! What you will need is a three line pitch (unless stated differently on their personal pitch page). Be sure to state the title, genre, word length, and your author name. Then post your pitch below that information. The format should look like this:

Title: Galli Manor Ghost
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
Length: 48,000 words
Author: P.D. Pabst

Agnes plays pretend in an old manor to keep her father’s memory alive and learns she must solve the murder of an eight-year-old ghost—daughter of Franz San Galli, the inventor of the radiator. Her non-believing brother wants her to grow up but she must convince him to acquire his help. After all, it’s not safe to play in secret passages and hidden rooms when a sinister specter threatens her.

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Be sure to read the guidelines thoroughly before pitching. And don’t forget to research each editor/publisher and agent to make sure your manuscript fits their wish list. To pitch editors/publishers, go here. To pitch literary agents, click here. And don’t delay! The Pitchfest runs October 28-30, 2020.

As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst

#DVpit Starts Tomorrow!

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The search for diversity within books has increased, not just with secondary characters but main characters. The world wants to see a fabulous palette of colors and cultures among the stories they read and the publishing industry is responding! This prompted literary agent Beth Phelan of Galt & Zacker Literary Agency to create DVpit.

According to the site, #DVpit is a twitter event created to showcase pitches about and by marginalized voices. This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.

The next event will spread over two days

  • October 26 will be for Children’s & Teen Fiction/Nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, graphic novel, middle grade, young adult).
  • October 27 will be for Adult Fiction/Nonfiction (all genres, commercial and literary).
  • October 27 Artists and Illustrators are included on this day using #DVart

Each day the event will run from 8am-8pm ET using the hashtag #DVpit. Be sure and pitch your manuscript on the correct day because agents/editors will search the feed on the specific day of the category and genres they represent/acquire. And finally, make sure you follow the guidelines for pitching.

As always, good luck!

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

Remote Intership: Folio Literary Management

Folio Literary Management is offereing several remote internships. The internship is a two part learning experience. First, interns will participate in a twelve-week workshop leds by their agent to give an introduction of publishing through various methods. Second, interns will work closely with one or two Folio agents to develop an understanding of publishing through a variety of tasks.

This is a great opportunity with a very successful agency. For guidelines on what each agent is looking for in an intern and application guidelines, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Blogger and writer of MG/YA ficiton.

Secret Agent Contest

Authoress (aka Jillian Boehme) is hosting a round of Secret Agent on her popular Miss Snark’s First Victim site. If you’ve followed Authoress for several years, then you know that she unveiled herself because she got her first book deal, which is out in the world to read now! (And this was her one condition she had promised herself before unveiling her true identity.) And many of us are so excited for her because she has given back to the community for so-so-so long! (Thank you Jillian!)

Now, for a few basic details of the contest:

  • Submissions open between Noon to 6pm EDT, August 24, 2020
  • This is a lottery. The BOT will draw 50 random names.
  • Only the First 250 words will be submitted.
  • Only completed and polished manuscripts may be entered.
  • Only ONE entry per person!

As always, there is no fee to enter the contest. This month’s contest will include the following genres only:

ADULT

  • High-concept women’s fiction (NO genre fiction-high fantasy, romance, etc.)
YA
  • Fantasy
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Epistolary
MG
  • Fantasy
  • Narative Nonfiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Epistolary

For complete guidelines and entry form, go here. Also, keep an eye on her blog because she’ll post more details a week before submissions, especially the brief time the window for entries will be open. As always, good luck!

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

Remote Internship: Writers House

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Writers House is searching for an intern with an interest in publishing. Office experience is a plus with knowledge and interest in genre fiction; especially, young adult, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and science fiction/ fantasy. The end goal of the internship is to provide its participants an education in the publishing industry from the perspective of a literary agency. According to Writers House, at the end of the program the interns:

•Will have developed sound criteria for evaluating query letters, partial manuscripts, and full manuscripts.
•Will have advanced their ability to generate rejection letters, reader’s reports, editorial letters, and pitch letters.
•Will have gained new administrative skills that pertain specifically to publishing including Literary Expert, comparing contracts, reviewing royalty statements, and managing and maintaining calendars.
•Will have advanced their cover letter and resume writing skills.
•Will have advanced their job interviewing skills.

This internship involves a series of ongoing programs; specifically, weekly intern meetings, weekly tutorials, evening seminars, and one-on-one sessions. Interns will regularly engage in a broad range of editorial, administrative, organizational, and logistical duties as they develop the skills requisite to entry-level positions in publishing.

The internship will be October 5, 2020 – January 29, 2021 and is remote. Application is due by September 18, 2020. Payment will be a monthly stipend. To apply, send cover and resume to:

Michael Mejias
Director, Writers House Intern Program
mmejias@writershouse.com

As always, good luck!

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

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 October 3, 2020.

For those attending, this sounds like a great day of learning and marketing yourself. (Of course, if the pandemic worsens, they may go online like some of the past workshops. Keep an eye on their website,) Good luck!

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

Remote Internship: Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is offering a fall remote internship. It involves tasks that are designed to acquaint an intern with the daily workings of a literary agency, as well as the world of publishing as a whole. The intern would be trained in areas such as use of a software program used by a variety of literary agencies and publishers, the nature of the submission process (both domestically and internationally), along with other various projects; including database entry, social media, and assisting with royalty statements and contracts.

  • Length of intership is September through December (start and end dates are flexible.
  • 20 hours a week required for 3-4 months (at least 2 day per week commitment)
  • No payment, school credit only. (Thus, applicants must be able to recieve school credit.)

If you demonstrate knowledge and passion for books and the publishing industry, have excellent verbal and writing skills, and a critical eye, you might want to apply. Send a cover letter and resume to Ariana Philips at aphilips@jvnla.com, or apply through their website.

As always, good luck!

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

Remote Intership: McIntosh and Otis

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For all you lovers of adult fiction or non-fiction, you’ll be excited to learn that McIntosh & Otis is seeking a remote 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 the goal is to create an environment where students will learn firsthand about an agency’s role in book publishing. They would like an intern to work 12-18 hours per week and to commit to a 3 month term, but they can be extremely flexible with your schedule.

  • Length of the 3 months internship begins late August to early September and ends in December, 2020.
  • Current undergraduates strongly preferred.
  • Modest stipend available.
  • Remote
  • Additional requirements: voracious reader, strong writer, interested in adult fiction and non-fiction, organized, enthusiastic, previous office experience preferred.

Interested candidates should email their resume (as a Word doc or PDF attachment) and cover letter (in the body of the email) to Zoë Bodzas at zbodzas@mcintoshandotis.com. Please write “Fall Intern Application – Adult” in the subject line of the email.

As always, good luck!

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

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 $3846 US). 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 29, 2020 (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.