The complete list of 2021 Twitter pitch parties
Get ready to mingle!
Twitter pitch parties are one of my most favorite things about the #writingcommunity. Even if you don’t have your manuscript ready, it’s still a lot of fun to hop on Twitter to read and support the pitches of your fellow writers!
What the heck is a pitch party?
Generally speaking, the pitch parties on Twitter are for writers who have a complete and unagented manuscript. If that’s you, then you post your pitch, or logline, in 280 characters or less in a tweet. Agents and editors review the feed that day and will like your post if they want you to send them your query.
Again, that’s generally speaking. The number of pitch contests grows each year, and each has their own set of rules. So be sure to read all the rules on their website before participating. If you’re a little nervous or a first-timer, check out #MockPit (listed below). It takes place four times a year and gives you the opportunity to practice your pitches while receiving feedback from the #writingcommunity.
What you’ll need
Generally (my favorite word in this post!), you will need the following things ready before you enter a pitch party. However! Some pitch contests vary in their rules, so be sure to read up on all the ones you’re interested in!
|WHAT YOU NEED||AND WHY…|
|completed manuscript||I’d say 99% of the pitch contests require a completed manuscript (but there are a few that don’t).|
|query letter||So you can send it right away, once your work is requested.|
|synopsis||At the ready just in case!|
|3-10 versions of your pitch||Have different versions, as many contests allow you to pitch several times during the event.|
|comp titles||You’ll want to include these in your pitch tweet!|
|hashtags||Know which hashtags your manuscript falls under, so agents and editors can easily find your post.|
Make it your goal to enter at least one contest this year. I promise it won’t hurt. And I also promise you’ll learn a lot, you’ll grow a lot, and you’ll want to enter way more in the future!
Best of luck, writers!
Note: Did I miss any? Please 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 2021 dates yet. I will try to update them as they become available.
JAN 11-14 — #AuthorMentorMatch | writers are matched with a mentor for a manuscript and query review
JAN 15 — #RevPit #10queries | win a brief critique of your query and first 5 pages
JAN 20 — #IWSGpit | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels
FEB 3 — #SFFpit | for science fiction and fantasy
FEB 10-12 — #SweetheartPitchfest | post your pitch on the SavvyAuthors website
FEB 11 — #PBpitch | for all picture books
FEB 19 — #MockPit | practice your pitch on Twitter and get feedback
MAR 1 — #PBparty | pitch your picture book to agents and editors
MAR 4 — #PitMad | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels
MAR 1-5 — #PassOrPages | enter for agent feedback on queries
MAR 25 — #FaithPitch | a pitch party for Christian fiction and non-fiction
APR 10-11 — #RevPit | writers can win a full edit on their completed manuscripts
APR 15 — #LGBTNpit | twitter pitch event for queer, trans, and nonbinary authors
APR 15-16 — #WriteMentor | mentee applications due
TBA — #CampNaNoWriMo | work on your next novel and join a small writing group
MAY 4 — #APIpit | a pitch event for Asian and Pacific Islander writers
MAY 6 — #KISSpitch | for all romance subgenres
MAY 21 — #MockPit | practice your pitch on Twitter and get feedback
TBA — #PitDark | for horror, thrillers, dark fantasy, and other “dark” works (Jason said the tentative date is May!)
JUN 3 — #PitMad | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels
JUN 7-11 — #PassOrPages | enter for agent feedback on queries
JUN 17 — #PBpitch | for all picture books
JUN 22 — #PitDis | a pitch event for disabled writers
TBA — #PitchWars | mentor (editors) submissions
TBA — #SFFpit | for science fiction and fantasy (or possibly in August!)
OCT 4-8 — #PassOrPages | enter for agent feedback on queries
-TBA — #YA4YA | aspiring YA authors can get free mentoring from professionals
TBA — #PitDark | for horror, thrillers, dark fantasy, and other “dark” works
TBA — #DVpit | showcases books with diversity
TBA — #PBpitch | for all picture books
DEC 2 — #PitMad | tweet a pitch for unpublished novels