Per the Florida Writing Workshop website, this online writing event (July 8-9, 2022) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of the conference, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Writers can join from anywhere. However, there are still a limit of 200 seats for attendance, so hurry!
Here are a few of this year’s faculty that will be in attendance:
Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers, small presses, and literary magazines. Monetary prizes for the fellowships range around $3500 and $10,000 with several being given out in various categories.
This fellowship is sponsored by Literary Arts with a deadline of September 17, 2021. And though being a resident of Oregon is one requirement, be sure to read the entire guidelines and categories before entering.
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Must be new and unpublished material.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:
Update your submission via Submittable, using a note by the deadline.
In the note, include the twitter pitch, your twitter handle, and they name of the editor that requested the proposal.
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!
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.
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!
In just a few days, #PBPitch will begin for picture book authors and illustrators. The event will be on Thursday, October 29th, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. For those wanting to participate, here are the rules:
*Pitch your PBs on twitter using #PBPitch. *Pitch manuscripts only ONCE in the morning and ONCE in the Evening. (Once before 2pm and once after.) *If you are an author/illustrator, you can attach an image to your PB manuscript pitch. *Include Subgenre # if it applies. #F=Funny #CD = Character Driven #NF = Nonfiction #C= Concept #L= Lyrical #I= Interactive #FT=Fairy Tale/Folk Tale
Only agents and editors should favorite a pitch. If they do, be sure to do your research before submitting (as anyone can troll the feed). For complete details, go here. And as always, good luck!
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, #DVpitis 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
October26 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.
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 openAugust 27, 2020 and closeAugust 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!