In case you missed the new page I created to list literary agencies, I thought I would send out a post. My “go to” used to be Preditors and Editors, but it has been in “dust” mode for a long time. And with Pitch Wars ceasing, I’m not sure how long their site will be running. While there is Manuscript Wishlist, AALA, AAA(UK), and Query Tracker, and possibly others I’m unaware of, they aren’t a complete list, or they miss agencies on some that are on others. So, I decided to make a list from all of them. It is still a work in progress and will be everchanging as agencies open and close.
When I started this, I found it very time consuming. But, at some point, I will go back and improve the listings by adding the age categories and genres each one represents. To search red flags for agencies, I recommend Absolute Write. But for now, enjoy the agency directory I created.
Per the Chicago Writing Workshop website, this writing event (June 10-11, 2022) 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 this is an online event, so anyone can attend from anywhere!
Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:
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:
Harlequin is hosting a Twitter Pitch event on March 30th, 2022 from 9am-5pm EST. They are looking for diverse voices and diverse stories in Romance. Be sure to include the hashtag #RomanceIncludesYou. If they are interested in your story, they will like your pitch. Then, they usually request a synopsis and first three chapters. Please understand you manuscript should be completed and polished because if they like the chapters, they will request the full. For complete details, go here.
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
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 $2168 USD). 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 30, 2021 (and remember, this is UK time zone)! For complete guidelines and entry fee information, go here. As always, good luck!
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.
Defiore and Company is looking for an intern wanting to learn about all aspects of the publishing industry. Working with agents as they liaison between authors and publishers can give interns a wealth of knowledge to progress in the publishing industry.
Candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience analyzing and assessing written materials is preferred, but not necessary. Interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months.
To apply, email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com to Parik Kostan’s’s attention. Be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject lin
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: