Sunday, August 14, 2011

Contests, Conferences & Pitches, Oh My!

Autumn is shaping up to be a very busy season, and I have just completed a marathon evening of conference and contest registrations.  Are you an aspiring writer as well?  If so, I encourage you to check out some (or all) of these fantastic events.  Perhaps I'll see you there!

This is it. My first "Big Girl" writer's conference, and I'm so nervous/excited I just don't know what to do with myself! Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial novel-length fiction. To that end, the organization strives to provide an environment of support and encouragement among members, stimulate interest in and appreciation for the art of writing, act as a dissemination point for information concerning commercial fiction writing, and bring together authors, editors, agents, and other related professionals for the mutual benefit of all

RMFW hosts the Colorado Gold Writers Conference each September and sponsors an annual contest for unpublished authors. It also sponsors critique groups, publishes a newsletter, hosts monthly meetings on the craft and business of writing, and periodically publishes an anthology of short fiction showcasing the talents of its members.  This year's conference, "Lifting Off," will take place September 9-11 in Denver, and I just completed my official registration.  I also signed up for an agent pitch session--something I've never done before--and now I need to crazily figure out exactly what that is!

She Writes is a community, virtual workplace and emerging marketplace for women who write, with over 15,000 active members from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Leveraging social media tools and harnessing women’s collaborative power, She Writes is fast becoming the destination for all women who write.

She Writes' “We Love New Novelists!” contest is a writing contest open to emerging authors and members of She Writes with the first 2,000 words of a novel (complete or in-progress) ready to show agents and editors.

Through the “We Love New Novelists!” contest, She Writes is using networks, connections and platforms to provide five first-time women authors immediate and exciting access to major literary agents and editors, as well as the opportunity to share their work with the She Writes community at large.

The winners will be selected on the basis of the merit of their entries, which will consist of a cover letter and a 2,000-word excerpt (preferably the first 2,000 words) from a novel, completed or in-progress.

Through the first-ever “We Love New Novelists!” contest, She Writes has leveraged its relationships with publishing industry – specifically with passionate, talented agents and editors they respect and admire – to give five unpublished, un-agented first-time novelists the chance to skip the slush pile and sail straight to the top.

Want to learn more?  Visit the contest information page here: We Love New Novelists! Contest Guidelines.

Last, but certainly not least, WriteOnCon is a free Online Children’s Writers Conference (rated MC-18, for Main Characters under 18 only) created by writers, for writers. The Conference is designed to give attendees many of the features of a live writer’s conference, but in an online environment. Thanks to technologies like blogging, vlogging, livestreaming, and chats, WriteOnCon connects writers with both industry professionals and fellow peers from the convenience of their own homes. Critique forums allow writers to receive feedback and exposure for their work, and the entire program is designed to be both informative and entertaining.

The conference is scheduled for weekdays, so that attendees won’t have to set aside an entire weekend to be glued to their computers. To accommodate day jobs, the schedule features more static elements during working hours, and most live events are saved for the evenings. Transcripts/replays for live sessions are also available for those unable to attend, and all of the conference content is archived on the website.  Check out more information here: Gearing Up for WriteOnCon 2011 Registration.

Have you heard of any other interesting conferences or contests lately??


Anita Grace Howard said...

Great list of contests, Lisa! And I'm soooo excited for you about your conference and agent pitch! You will ROCK it. You'll love meeting other writers and will soak up some amazing writing wisdom, too. Make sure you post about the experience! Here's an article BY an awesome agent (Rachelle Gardner) on mastering the agent pitch session: Hope it helps!

cherie said...

Wow! Lots of useful info here. I've only recently heard about writeoncon, which sounds awesome since it's free and you don't have to be physically present. The other two sound fab too, and someday when I'm ready, I'll definitely look into participating in a writer's conference.

Btw, I have a blog award for you, so stop by and claim it. :)

Lori M. Lee said...

Great list! I'm sure you'll have tons of fun at the conference and come back with many words of wisdom for us :D And I'm totally looking forward to WriteOnCon as well.

Jessie Humphries said...

Just found you from Cherie's blog...
You are one seriously awesome, rad chick! All these pictures of you with animals are amazing. Great post too. I'll be at WriteOnCon...see ya there.

LisaAnn said...

@Anita: Thank you soooo much for always being so supportive and positive! Your link is EXACTLY what I was looking for... Thank you; I will check it out ASAP!

@cherie: Woooohooooooo!! Thanks, I can't wait to stop by!

@Lori: It's on! See you there! :)

@Jessie: Great to meet you! I'm excited to check out your page!

magpiewrites said...

Have a great time at the conference - I'm jealous - sounds like an awesome line up. Who are you going to pitch? I see Weronkia Janczuk is attending. I've heard she's awesome. Make sure you take lots of notes and report back!

And thanks for the info on the shewrites contest - sound so cool.

LisaAnn said...

@Magpie: No worries, and I will DEFINITELY report back. I'm not sure who I'm pitching yet; we had to turn in our top three choices and won't actually find out until the first day of the conference. Which means I have to obsessively research THREE agents instead of one! :P

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