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PitDark Pitch Contest Hosted by Jason Huebinger

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This cool twitter pitch party will be May 23, 2019 and is hosted by author Jason Huebinger, the creator 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!

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

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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 June 3 – August 30 in New York with an application due date of May 24, 2019. 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.

Internship: Foundry Literary + Media

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There are two internships available to apply for at Foundry Literary + Media for the summer of 2019. These are exciting opportunities, but candidates must be working towards a bachelor’s degree or post-graduate degree. Recent college graduates may also apply for the position. However, no experience in publishing is required. A two day commitment is preferred, but one day applicants will also be considered.

Editorial Internship

This is for people with a love of reading who are interested in entering the publishing world, either as a future editor or literary agent. Intern will spend time reading through submissions (both solicited and unsolicited material); evaluating the material and drafting reader’s reports; compiling editorial comments; and making recommendations to the agents.

Intern may also work on various special projects that will increase an understanding of how the publishing industry works. Additional projects may include updating editor lists, assisting in making submissions and conducting independent research online or in the media to identify new book ideas and potential authors.

Location for internship is in New York. Send a cover letter and resume BY MAY 20th to Klara Scholtz at yrgasst@foundrymedia.com. Please make the subject line “Editorial Internship, Summer 2019”

Contracts Internship

This internship gives a unique view at the behind-the-scenes workings of the publishing industry, while providing excellent experience in the backend duties of an agency. The Intern will spend time familiarizing things with the foreign rights and contracts departments, and keeping records up-to-date and organized. Also, the opportunity will be given to read and evaluate submissions if interested. This internship is ideal for anyone with an interest in business or contract law and how they intersect with the creative industry.

The intern will spend time working on various special projects that will greatly increase the understanding of how the publishing industry works. Projects may include updating royalty statement records, assisting in contracts tracking, drafting posts for Foundry’s social media platforms, and managing the distribution of foreign editions.

Location for internship is New York. Send a cover letter and resume BY May 20th to Klara Scholtz at yrgasst@foundrymedia.com. Please make the subject line “Contracts Internship, Summer 2019”

As always, good luck!

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

SavvyAuthors & Sourcebooks #OwnVoices Diverse Romance Pitchfest

 

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SavvyAuthors is sponsoring a pitchfest with Sourcebooks editor, Deb Werksman starting May 8, 2019 (9am EST) and ending May 10, 2019 (11:59pm EST).

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You do not have to be a member to participate. Just post your three-line pitch (less than 250 words) directly on the blog when the pitch event opens. You need a valid email to join the fun. The editor is looking for Authors of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Own Voices/Diverse romance. To read the complete rules, go here. As always, good luck!

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

Angry Robots Open Submissions

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Do you write adult science fiction or fantasy? Then, you’ll be excited to learn that Angry Robots is taking open submissions! The window is May 1, 2019 thru May 31, 2019. So, finalize edits on your manuscript for their editors to read! This publishing company pays a professional advance and will allow you to obtain an agent to help finalizing a contract if they are interested in your work. (If you have an agent, submit through regular channels via your agent.)

For all the information and guidelines, go here! And if you don’t write, perhaps you’ll find a good book to read.

As always, good luck!

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

Forever Yours Submissions (Hachette Books Romance Imprint)

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Forever Yours is a romance imprint of Hachette Books that not only accepts agented manuscripts, they also accept unagented submissions. (Yep, you heard that right!) The imprint is looking for adult contemporary, diverse reads, romantic suspense, cowboys, historicals, and paranormal romance styles. (Please note that they do not want YA, fantasy, mystery, general fiction, or nonfiction.) And further great news, they also accept novellas!

Be sure to read the complete guidelines for submissions before sending your manuscript. And as always, good luck!

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

DVPit Created by Lit Agent Beth Phelan

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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:

  • April 23th will be for Children’s & Teen Fiction/Nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, graphic novel, middle grade, young adult)
  • April 24th will be for Adult Fiction/Nonfiction (all genres, commercial and literary)
  • April 25 will be for Artists + Illustrators

    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.As always, good luck!

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

Secret Agent Contest via Authoress

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 finally got her first book deal! (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, April 1st, 2019
  • 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:

  • Middle Grade–especially adventure stories and historical fiction
  • YA contemporary romance
  • YA magical realism
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Literary Fiction
  • General Fiction

For complete guidelines and entry form, go here. As always, good luck!

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

Chicago Writing Workshop 2019

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Per the Chicago Writing Workshop website, this writing event (June 29, 2019) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.

Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

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

25th Anniversary: Virginia Festival of the Book

 

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The annual festival will be held March 20-24, 2019. Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. For a current listing, go here.

As always, have fun and learn lots!

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