#DVpit is a Twitter event created to showcase pitches about and especially by marginalized voices. This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness (including mental illness); people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.

The participating agents and editors are looking for a variety of work, including all categories of fiction for adults, teens, and children, as well as nonfiction—as long as they qualify per the paragraph above. We are looking for work that is completed and unpublished.

Your pitch must fit Twitter’s 140-character max, and must also include the hashtag #DVpit. If you can fit more text, I strongly encourage you to include category and/or genre hashtags as well. Please pitch no more than once per hour, per manuscript. You may pitch more than one project during this event, as long as they are completed and unpublished.

The event will run on April 19, 2016, from 8:00AM EST until 8:00PM EST, so please only tweet your pitches during that block of time.

We hope that this event will give agents/editors and marginalized writers a space to find one another, form wonderful partnerships, and ultimately, lead to more diverse stories on the shelves.

This event is hosted by Beth Phelan, a literary agent with the Bent Agency. For complete rules and more information about #DVpit, including resources, and a list of just some of the agents/editors committed to this event, please visit www.bethphelan.com/dvpit.


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