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 January 30, 2019 between 8am-6pm EST. This contest allows 10 pitches total and Dan asks that you 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!
If you are in the need of a critique partner, perhaps #CPMatch is a good place to look. Megan Lally has hosted this event since 2014. And this Saturday, September 29, 2018 begins another round to hunt your perfect wordsmith mate!
How it works:
Create a twitter pitch of the manuscript you need feedback on.
Include the hashtag #CPMatch
Include the age category and genre (example: MG Fantasy)
Abbreviate your critique style(s). (Go here for acronyms)
Tweet pitch only ONCE!
Then read other pitches to find a match!
If you spot someone that you think would be a good fit, then tweet or message them to see if they’d like to swap first chapters. This way there is a trial run to make sure you like each other’s critique style. (Not everyone meshes, and this is okay!) So, happy pitching and I hope you find your wordsmith partner for life!
Per the website, the 2018 San Francisco Writing Workshop 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 at the event (200 total). This workshop is a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in San Francisco, CA on August 25, 2018.
Agents and editors confirmed to be in attendance and/or available to pitch are:
Submissions for the 2018 Nelson Algren Literary Awards (sponsored by the Chicago Tribune) is ending on February 7, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. Entrants must be 18 years of age and submit their original short fiction of up to 8000 words.
One Grand Prize: $3,500.
Four Finalist Prizes: $1,000.
Five Runner-up Prizes: $500.
So, if you want an opportunity to see your words in print and win some cash, go here for the official rules. As always, good luck!
If y’all don’t already know, Brenda Drake is an amazing author that hosts some amazing opportunities for writers via contests. Pitch Madness is one of these awesome events that helps connect writers with literary agents! Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round.
The submission window for 2017 Pitch Madness is February 24, 2017. This is a blog contest, so stay tuned to Brenda’s site for entry information!
Gotham Writers want you to enter your 16-word memoir that reflects on 2016. The winner will receive a free class of choice from Gotham Writers. And writers should always be about honing the craft! Am I right?
Submit a 16-word memoir (true story) that reflects on 2016.
Entry must consist of no more than 16 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
Entries must be submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, February 20, 2017.
Only online entries will be accepted.
Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
Entry must be original and unpublished.
Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
Gotham will post the winning entry at GothamWriters.com