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Pitch Wars 2021

Update on Pitch Wars 2021 – WOW!

(November 23, 2021) – We’re only now coming down off the high that our 2021 Pitch Wars instilled in us… What an absolutely AMAZING night!

We had so much fun hearing pitches from WritersNL Members Jon Aylward, Michael Boyle, Anthony Brenton, Lisa Cheeseman, Travis House, Joe Mitchell, Betty Mullaly-Moulton, Jason Normore, and Jon Rossiter.

This year, we would like to honour the following authors (pictured below) with these Pitch Wars accolades, as voted for by our panel of publishers:

Most Marketable – Jon Rossiter
Most Unique – Travis House
Most Prepared – Jason Normore
Thanks again to our publishers – Claire Wilkshire from Breakwater Books Ltd., Jerry Cranford from Flanker Press Ltd., Gavin Will from Boulder Books, Alison Carr from Memorial University Press, Erin Vance from Engen Books, and Marnie Parsons from Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides.
Shout out as well to our tech crew, host Zach Goudie, WritersNL Events Committee, and WritersNL Staff and Board of Directors – we’re already excited for next year!

Pitch to the Publishers returns at WritersNL’s 2021 Annual General Meeting!

(October 22, 2021) – Enter for the chance to present a two-minute pitch of your project to a panel of publishers at Pitch Wars, our wildly successful pitching panel first held at the WritersNL AGM in 2019, and virtually in 2020 (and now, 2021) via Facebook Live!

The first year of this highly anticipated event culminated in half of the pitchers securing book deals… Could yours be next?

The 2021 panel of Publishers includes Breakwater Books Ltd., Flanker Press Ltd.,  Engen Books, and Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides, Memorial University Press, and Boulder Books.

Pitch Wars is aimed at individuals with complete works who are preparing to query (about to seek out publishers/agents). 

• Fiction works should consist of a completed draft/manuscript. A full synopsis and an estimated word count will help the Publisher know what your game plan is.

• Non-Fiction works should be a complete proposal, with a sample chapter and a complete outline/synopsis. Mention your established sources and what they bring to this book. Be ready to explain why you’re the best person to write this story, and why people will want to read it.

• Poetry works should include a number of pages, notes on the overall theme/mood of the collection, and any additional details regarding what inspired you to write these poems and who would like to read them.

• Children’s/Young Adult books should consist of a completed draft/manuscript, with special attention to the accompanying artwork/illustrations, if available. Sample art should be included (viewable) to the Publishers. (Some publishers may have illustrators – keep an open mind!)

Please note: only ten submissions will be accepted for the 2021 event.
We will be offering three slots for St. John/Avalon Peninsula, three for Central/Burin, and three for Western/Labrador, with all entries having a chance to secure the tenth slot.

How to register for Pitch Wars:

Pitch submissions open to pre-registration for WritersNL members only.

Submit by emailing with your name, email, writing genre and one-sentence description of your pitch with the subject line “WritersNL PITCH WARS.”

Deadline to register: 5 p.m. on November 10, 2021