The Chip Lit Agent Pitch event is back!
Seeking a way around the slush pile? Brave enough to have your manuscript critiqued in front of an audience? Whether you’re ready to throw your hat in the ring, or just want to pick up tips for your own writing, this event is one for aspiring authors everywhere.
Literary agent Carole Blake (pictured right) teams up with author of Wannabe a Writer?’s Jane Wenham-Jones (pictured below) – and me! – for this interactive ‘reality show’ event. Submit the first 1,000 words of your novel in the form listed here by 20th March 2015 (entries over the 1,000 words excluding title will be disqualified) together with a strict 250-word maximum third-person biography (as if someone else is describing you) and strict 250-word maximum synopsis of your novel including the ending.
Submission confirms agreement with, and acceptance of, the terms and conditions listed here (with entry form).
Advice Carole gave to successful entrants in previous years includes…
- not having unrealistic (or too many!) coincidences in your plot where it helps solve a problem (e.g. your character has no money but then wins the lottery); and
- do make sure that your synopsis includes your ending!
We’ll invite five shortlisted writers to pitch their work to Carole. The audience will listen as Carole critiques each piece, before opening it up for audience question and answers. Based on the planned TV show Wannabe a Writer, this promises to be the Dragons’ Den of the literary world. Join in, if you dare.
Chipping Norton Literary Festival is a four-day celebration of books, reading and writing, with a host of author talks, signings, discussions and workshops.
Before you submit, if you’d like some tips on writing take a look at my Writing Tips page.
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