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Oregon Literary Fellowship FY 2020

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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.

As always, good luck!

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

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.

Bath Children’s Novel Award

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The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an international writing competition for unpublished and independently published novelists.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!

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.

Fall Internship: Defiore and Company

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 resumes@defliterary.com to Parik Kostan’s’s attention. Be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject lin

As always, good luck!

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

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Pitching Contest on Twitter

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:

Like all pitch events, be sure to research the agents or editors that favorite your pitch before submitting your materials. For complete details, go here. And 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.

2021 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Minotaur Books (Macmillan) and Mystery Writers of America are sponsoring the First Crime Novel Competition. This contest is open to writer’s age 18 and older, who has never been published or under contract to be published with a novel. The submitted manuscript must involve murder or another serious crime or crimes at the heart of the story. The winner will be offered a standard form author’s agreement and a $10,000 advance against future royalties. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2021. For complete rules, go here.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

Remote Internship: Writers House

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Writers House is searching for a remote intern for spring 2021 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.

Length of intership with beFebruary 8 – June 4, 2021. Application is due by January 25, 2021. 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.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contest

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest entries end at 5pm on December 31, 2020. So, hurry and get your submissions in.

Writers

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500. Those quarterly winners then compete for one annual Grand Prize of $5000! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting.

Illustrators

L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new science fiction and fantasy artists worldwide. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All judging by professional artists only. Three prizes of $500 are awarded each quarter. Quarterly winners compete for $5,000 additional annual prize! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting.

As always, good luck!

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