Tag Archives: Stories

#PBPitch is Coming!

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It’s time for another PBPitch (picture book) twitter party using the hashtag #PBPitch! So, if you write or illustrate picture books, this is the event for you. This party will take place June 20 2019 from 8am-8pm EST. But remember, anyone can troll the feed, so be sure and do your research! There will be legitimate agents and editors popping in and out, including those that haven’t confirmed their attendance. (You can visit the PBPitch website for a list of over 100 agents that represent picture books.)

Be sure and only pitch once before 2pm and once after! (Yes, twice is all you get per manuscript!) If you’re an illustrator, you can attach an image to the pitch. For complete rules and proper hashtags, go here. And don’t forget to check out their success stories while you’re there! As always, good luck!

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

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SavvyAuthors Hot Summer Pitchfest

Agents and editors are taking live pitches on the SavvyAuthors blog! What you will need is a three line pitch (unless stated differently on their personal pitch page). Be sure to state the title, genre, word length, and your author name. Then post your pitch below that information. The format should look like this:

Title: This Scary Manor Blows
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
Length: 48,000 words
Author: P.D. Pabst

Agnes plays pretend in an old manor to keep her father’s memory alive and learns she must solve the murder of an eight-year-old ghost—daughter of Franz San Galli, the inventor of the radiator. Her non-believing brother wants her to grow up but she must convince him to acquire his help. After all, it’s not safe to play in secret passages and hidden rooms when a sinister specter threatens her.

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Be sure to read the guidelines thoroughly before pitching. And don’t forget to research each editor/publisher and agent to make sure your manuscript fits their wish list. To pitch editors/publishers, go here. To pitch literary agents, click here. And don’t delay! The Pitchfest runs June 12 – 14, 2019.

As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst

Internship 2020: DYSTEL,GODERICH & BOURRET LLC

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Dystel, Goderich & Bourret is looking for organized, reliable, efficient individuals to be interns and are interested in learning about the publishing industry. Candidates should be committed to devoting 15-20 hours per week in-house (New York). Applicants should be interested in learning the specifics of agenting, open to reading widely, and are detail-oriented, organized, and have critical reading and research skills.

Intern Responsibilities:
• Assist with reading slush, partial, and full manuscripts.
• Request and evaluate manuscripts.
• Write readers reports.
• Assist with contracts, royalty statements, and author correspondence as needed.
• Administrative duties, including but not limited to research, copyediting, filing, scanning, answering phones, data entry.

This will be for one semester from January until mid-May 2020 and is unpaid. Requirements:
• Strong writing and editing skills
• Detail-oriented & organized
• Well-read across different genres
• Basic computer skills
• Availability 2-3 days a week

Interested candidates can e-mail Amy Bishop at abishop@dystel.com with their resume and cover letter. The cover letter should include answers to the following questions:

• Why are you interested in working at a literary agency? Why DG&B in particular?
• What are your favorite genres?
• What gets you excited about a book?
• What are your three favorite authors and what genre would you be interested in learning more about?
• Why do you think you would be a good candidate for our internship program?

As always, good luck!

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

Abrams Books: Permissions Research Internship

Abrams Books is looking for a Permissions Research Intern. The main task of the intern will be clearing 400 image permissions for PICTURED WORLDS, a collection of illustrations from Children’s books around the world. The intern will be working in-house and performing photo research for the featured illustrators in the book. Intern will be responsible for maintaining database of permissions, tracking permission statuses, ensuring high-resolution images are delivered appropriately, and monitoring schedules.

Additional tasks might include admin support for Overlook including logging and managing submissions; sending contracts and advance payments; processing invoices; sending rejection letters for unsolicited submissions; routing materials; and checking proofs, etc.

This is an in-house internship (New York) to be June 3 through mid-August and will pay $15/hour for 3 days a week. The individual hired should be proficient in Word and Excel and have excellent internet research skills, with a demonstrated interest in developing their editorial skills and learning about the publishing process. Though familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style and foreign languages is a plus, it’s not required.

If you are interested, you should apply on their website. As always, good luck!

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

Midwest Writers Workshop 2019

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The Midwest Writers Workshop will be held July 25-27, 2019 at the Alumni Center in Muncie, Indiana. You can find the group on twitter @MidwestWriters or the hashtag #MWW to keep up on news. MWW states the mission is to give all writers the opportunity to improve their craft, to associate with highly credentialed professionals, and to network with other writers.

They have sessions with top quality faculty during their three-day program on everything from fiction to nonfiction, marketing, and ways to get your creative juices flowing. The workshop is packed with sessions on the craft of writing and the business of writing.

Some of participants will be:

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To see all the faculty, go here. There are even opportunities for pitching and manuscript evaluations, along with query critiques. Think about it, three days socializing with writerly people! What’s not to love!

As always, good luck and happy learning!

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

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

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The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. No information about the winner will be released before the official announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.

The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.

Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.

Submissions are May 1 through June 30, 2019. Acceptable formats can be either email or mailed. Ge sure and read the complete guidelines before entering.

As always, good luck!

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

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.

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.

Pass Or Pages Contest

 

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Operation Awesome is hosting a Pass or Pages this month. For this round, the category is  for Adult Historical Fiction. Submissions open between May 13 (6am EST) to  May 17(6pm EST), 2019 This is an opportunity to get feedback from an agent on your query and first 250 words of your manuscript. Peeps, this is priceless! And as a possible bonus, the agent reserves the right to request your FULL.

The participating agents are:

There will be a form for submissions on Operation Awesome when the entry window opens. For complete rules and previous feedback reveals, go here. As always, good luck!

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