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San Francisco Virtual Writing Workshop

Per the website, the San Francisco Writing Workshop is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of two days, pitch a literary agent (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that this is a virtual workshop, so anyone can attend from anywhere. This workshop is a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in San Francisco, CA on October 8-9, 2021

For those partcipating, this sounds like a great day of learning and marketing yourself. 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  • Must be new and unpublished material.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.

AUTHOR MENTOR MATCH

Author Mentor Match

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:

  1. Fill out the submission form. (I believe the form will appear during the sub window period.)
  2. Email the proper information to authormentormatch@gmail.com:
  • A query (pasted in the body of the email!)
  • The first 50 pages/3 chapters of your novel (whichever is longer & can be attached)
  • A synopsis

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!

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

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.

Philadelphia Writing Workshop

Chicago Writing Workshop

Per the Philadelphia Writing Workshop website, this online writing event (November 14-15, 2020) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Although online, please note that there are limited spots available (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.

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

Boston Online Writing Workshop

Chicago Writing Workshop

Per the Boston Writing Workshop website, this writing event (October 3, 2020) 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 (200) at the event, even with it online.

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

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. Have fun and learn lots!

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

Avengers Of Colour Mentorship

Avengers Of Colour

Avengers of Colour is a mentorship program created by faridah àbíké-íyímídé for unagented writers of color who are ready to query but need help with their query package. Winners will receive professional help from experienced (agented and traditionally published) authors of color. Feedback will be given on editing the authors first 25 pages of their manuscript, query letter, synopsis and pitches.

Manuscripts must be finished though the query package doesn’t have to be perfect. The mentors will help with that, as long as writers are near ready to query. Current mentors are:

Submissions open August 27, 2020 and close August 31, 2020. The link to the application will go live on the Avengers Twitter at Midnight EST / 5am GMT. Be sure and read the complete guidelines! As always, good luck!
P. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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.

Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop

PitchWars Logo

Pitch Wars is offering a critique workshop for your query and first page. That’s right, both will get critiqued this year! They have mentors lined up, and ready to give you feedback. So, if you are entering Pitch Wars, or just need extra eyes on your material, you can enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

Available age categories are:

  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult
  • Adult

Deadline for entry is August 16, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on August 17, 2020 at 10am EST. 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.