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#DVpit – a contest for diverse novels

Attention diverse authors and diverse novels! There’s a contest coming up that’s specifically for you! Beth Phelan, agent at The Bent Agency, is hosting #DVpit, a twitter pitch contest for stories written with diverse characters.

I love diverse novels. I love diverse writers. I love when both occur in the same novel. We need more novels of this nature and this contest, with a great agent listing, is sure to help get more own voice novels in front of readers.

The details:

When: April 19, 2016
Time: 8am EST – 8pm EST

How to participate:

A twitter pitch party includes pitching a story in 140 characters, less to include the hashtag: #DVpit. You also want to include a category and genre, ideally with the hashtag to make it easier for agents to find you. Not sure what I mean? Here’s a listing of some examples:

Age Categories:

#PB = Picture Book
#CB = Chapter Book
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult

Genres/Sub-genres:

#AD = Adventure
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#E = Erotica
​#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#LGBT
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#SF = SciFi
#S = Suspense
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

Pitching a story in so few characters can be a challenge, but also a good skill to have. Here are two formulas that may help: In a (SETTING) a (PROTAGONIST) has a (PROBLEM) (caused by an ANTAGONIST) and (faces CONFLICT) as they try to (achieve a GOAL). Or When (character) discovers (catalyst/conflict), he must (goal) or else (stakes).

You can pitch once per hour, per manuscript. Please stick to these rules, the more people who do, the easier it is for all pitches to be seen by the agents and editors. If an agent or editor likes your pitch, they’ll “like” your tweet, so please reserve “likes” for agents and editors only. And be sure to follow guidelines (usually tweeted by the agent/editor) if you do get a like!

And that’s about it! Check out Beth’s website: http://www.bethphelan.com/dvpit for more details, including a listing of participating agents and editors, along with some awesome resources, including ways to fine tune that troublesome pitch. And good luck! I can’t wait to see your books out on the shelves!

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