20+ Twitter writing contests to try your luck in 2020

20+ Twitter writing contests to try your luck in 2020

Mark your calendars!

When I first learned about the #writingcommunity on Twitter, I discovered two writing contests: PitchWars and RevPit. And when my manuscript missed the deadlines, I was frustrated and annoyed that I’d have to wait a whole year to try again.

But when I dug a little deeper, a whole world of writing contests appeared before my eyes. What could be more magical? (Other than a full request!)

The benefits of entering a writing contest are endless—even if you don’t win (ahem, slow hand raise over here). I made friends with an awesome critique partner (check Katie out!), joined a writers group on Slack, found a whole bunch of amazing editors to follow, and signed up for a workshop with Jeni Chappelle.

If you need an extra nudge, take a look at literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson‘s article on Writer’s Digest: “The Benefits of Participating in Writing Contests.”

It’s still January, and there’s still plenty of time make your writing resolutions. Hit your daily/weekly/monthly target word counts. Make a schedule to revise your pages. Polish up those queries (yuck, I know). And aim to submit to at least one of these contests this year.

I know you can do it!

Note: I didn’t include every contest. But if there’s one that you think I really missed out on here, email me! Let me know!

Double Note: As you can see, I haven’t included all the dates either. That’s because some of these contests don’t have their 2020 dates yet. I will try to update them as they become available.

January

JAN 24 — #RevPit #10queries | win a brief critique of your query and first 5 pages
JAN 30 — #SFFpit | for science fiction and fantasy


February

FEB 13-20 — #AuthorMentorMatch | writers are matched with a mentor for a manuscript and query review
FEB 14 — #KISSpitch | for all romance subgenres
FEB 20 — #PBpitch | for all picture books
FEB 27 — #FaithPitch | a pitch party for Christian fiction and non-fiction


March

MAR 5 — #PitMad | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels
MAR 9-13 — #PassOrPages | agents give feedback on queries


April

APR 18-19 — #RevPit | writers can win a full edit on their completed manuscripts
APR 22 — #DVpit | showcases books with diversity for children’s and teen’s fiction and nonfiction
APR 23 — #DVpit | showcases books with diversity for adult fiction and nonfiction
CANCELED — #Teenpit | see note at the bottom of this post*


May

TBA — #PitDark | for horror, thrillers, dark fantasy, and other “dark” works (Jason said the tentative date is May 21!)
CANCELED — #Write4Life | see note at the bottom of this post**


June

JUN 4 — #PitMad | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels
JUN 8-12 — #PassOrPages | agents give feedback on queries
TBA — #PitchWars | mentor (editors) submissions
JUN 25 — #FaithPitch | a pitch party for Christian fiction and non-fiction


July

TBA — #SFFpit | for science fiction and fantasy


August

I got nothin’.


September

SEP 3 — #PitMad | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels
TBA — #PitchWars | mentee (writers) submission window opens


October

OCT 1-15 — #YA4YA | aspiring YA authors can get free mentoring from professionals
OCT 5-9 — #PassOrPages | agents give feedback on queries
TBA — #PitDark | for horror, thrillers, dark fantasy, and other “dark” works
TBA — #DVpit | showcases books with diversity


November

NOV 1-30 — NaNoWriMo | a challenge to write a novel in a month
TBA — Writer in Motion | five weeks of drafting, revising, feedback, and rewriting
NOV 12 — #FaithPitch | a pitch party for Christian fiction and non-fiction


December

DEC 3 — #PitMad | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels

*#TeenPit Note: I spoke with K. Hopkins regarding #TeenPit. Here’s her statement:

“I am not running Teenpit this year. Interest in the contest has fallen off the last 2 years. I’m looking to reinvent the concept and I have some agents who are interested in helping, but it may not be until the fall. Stay tuned to the #Teenpit hashtag this summer for updates.” ~K. Hopkins, founder of #TeenPit

**#Write4Life Note: I spoke with Mica Kole regarding #Write4Life. Here’s her statement:

“Unfortunately, we have no plans for it this year. I have an upcoming book release that is taking my focus. If we do the event again, it will probably see a restructure.” ~ Mica S. Kole, founder of #Write4Life

Feature photo by Hello I’m Nik 🇬🇧 on Unsplash.



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