I know of 12 parties on twitter (and 2 on blogs) to pitch your novel to literary agents and three author mentoring programs. In this post you’ll find links to each pitch party and mentoring program website, and parties and programs listed by calendar month.

But First… Are You Ready to Query?

Have you edited your MS for every aspect of character, setting and external plot you’ve read up on and developed as you write? Have you received constructive feedback from critical readers, focused on improving the quality of your MS, not just complimenting your writing, nor holding back for fear of hurting your feelings? Did you edit again and possibly get a second/ and third round of critical readers? (Especially if you’re a fellow pantser ๐Ÿ˜‰). Deciding when you’ve finished editing is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make as a writer. For some tips to help you judge if you’re done, see this post. Also, talk to your beta readers, critique partners and or editors, as their much fresher eyes can help you make the call.

Is Your Pitch Ready?

For a thorough outline of pitch ingredients illustrated with tweet pitch examples, see my pitch crafting post. Have you also sought feedback on your pitch from fellow writers? If you’ve never pitched your book before, and you haven’t thoroughly read up on pitch craft AND read successful tweet pitches, chances are you NEED feedback. (Keep an eye on my Twitter feed if you’d like feedback from me, as I usually tweet asking who’d like feedback before #Pitmad, #SFFPit and #PBPitch.) For more preparation advice, get your Pre-Pitch Party Checklist by subscribing to my newsletter.

Which Pitch Party is for Me?

#IWSGpit Most fiction. January 20, 2021 8am-8pm EST. IWSG Website

#SFFPit Fantasy, Sci-fi, Speculative Fiction. February 3, 2021, 8am-6pm EST & July TBC. SFFPit Website

#KissPit Romance. February, 9am-9pm EST, (2021 TBC). KissPit Website

#PBParty Picture Books. March 1 midnight to 1am EST OR 6pm -8pm EST via Google Form. PBParty Website.

#FaithPitch -Christian Fiction- February & November (2021 TBC). FaithPit Website

#Pitmad Most fiction & non-fiction. 2021: March 4, June 3, September 2, & December 2, 8am-8pm EST. Pitmad Website

#DVpit -Marginalised Writers- April & Oct, 8am-8pm EST, (2021 TBC). DVpit Website.

#APIpit -Asian and Pasifika Writers, May 4. APIPit Website.

#WMPitch -Picture Books through to YA- May & Sept, 8am-8pm BST, (2021 TBC). WMPitch Website.

#PitchDis (New) for authors with a disability & neurodivergent authors, June 2021. Hosted by @DespinaKarras.

#LatinxPitch -For Latino Writers of PB-YA Fiction- September 8am-8mp CDT, (2021 TBC). Latinx Pitch Website.

#PBPitch -Picture Books- February 11, 2021, 8am-8pm EST, May, October. PBPitch Website

Savvy Authors Autumn Pitchfest -October. This event is by registration on their Savy Authors Site.

#PitDarkย Dark Fiction. May & Oct, 8am-8pm EST, (2021 TBC).ย PitDark Website.

More Pitch Party Details

For current dates, participation rules, which hashtags to use etc, visit the website of the party you’re pitching in. Please note -literary agents and Indie Publishers will search party-specific hashtags to view pitches, so if for example you pitch a fantasy novel in #SFFPit on #F, your pitch will not appear on industry professional feeds and they will not see your pitch. (For #SFFpit they’ll be searching #FA for fantasy.) Not every party has its own hashtags or participation or retweeting rules, so check party websites ahead of time to be safe instead of sorry.

There are also parties for critiquing tweet pitches which run before some big pitch parties, such as #Mockpit (hosted by @KyraMNelson) and #Pracpit. #WMPitch has its own pitch feedback party #PeerPitch, while #DVPit’s feedback party is #PreDVPit.

Pitch Parties By Calendar Month

January  #IWSGpit

February #SFFPit, #KissPit#PBPitch (#AuthorMentorMatch -mentoring)

March #Pitmad & #PBParty

April #DVpit & #Revpit (Revision & Editor Mentoring) 

May #APIPit, #PitDark#WMPitch

June #PitchDIS, #Pitmad & #PBPitch

July  #SFFPit  

Sept  #LatinxPitch, #Pitmad & #WMPitch (#Pitchwars mentoring submission window opens)

October #DVpit 26th & 27th & #PitDark & #PBPitch 29th. Savvy Authors Autumn Pitchfest 28-30th.

November #FaithPitch 

Dec #Pitmad

*All dates on this post are based on 2021 dates as of Dec 10, but many events will run during the same month in 2021, which gives you some indication if the pitch party site isn’t updated yet*

Related Reading

To prepare for your pitch party, see Tweet Pitch Crafting & Twitter Party Participation.

For a list of resource links spanning Query Letters & Synopsis to Finding and Communicating with Literary Agents, seeย this post.

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Writer Mentoring Events

There are three mentoring programs which involve matching writers with mentors, who will provide manuscript editing notes and help writers hone manuscript for submission, #Pitchwars mentors also help with query package edits. For #AuthorMentorMatch and #Pitchwars the mentors are authors, for #Revpit they are editors.

#AuthorMentorMatch, is run by @AuthorMentorMatch in February.

#Revpit is Revision & Editor Mentoring for MG, YA & Adult Fiction, which begins with pitching on Twitter in April. For more details, visit the Revpit Website.

#Pitchwars mentors profiles can be viewed and the submission window for writers to submit via email opens in September. For more details visit the Pitchwars Website.

Critique. #PassorPages by @OpAwesome6 is for query critiquing. For details on which genres and audience ages you can receive feedback on and when visit their website.

2 Replies to “Twitter Pitch Parties + Mentoring Programs”

  1. What a helpful article! Thanks for taking the time to write this for those of us new to on-line pitching. I just participated in Twitter’s PB Pitch on October 29th. While I’m glad I did, I’m disappointed that I had no retweets by fellow aspiring scribes (although I’m discovering MANY people who posted had no idea that was how we help each other get more visibility.) I did, however, collectively have my pitch viewed over 70x between 8 AM and 8 PM – not bad for my first time out!

    Again, thank you for sharing this valuable resource. I look forward to jumping in the fray again next year!

    1. You’re welcome Stephanie. I’ll also be pitching in the next #PBPitch (I’ve mostly queried YA Fantasy, but have taken up writing picture books too this year). And good luck in the query trenches!

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