EWF: The Pitch Super Session. Panel 2: Digital, Print, Book Publications

I  gnawed on a muesli bar as the panel 1  swapped over. Super Pitch, living up to its name. The new host was the very suave Bhakthi Puvanenthiran. Before I go on to say what specific publications said, I just want to make it clear that these editors are generally nice people unless you be a ninny poo. Then their glasses steam up in an angry rage and they want to snap their laptops in half when people do these things:

1. Don’t read the submission guidelines AT ALL. They are very easy to access on the publication’s website.

2. People submit work/ideas which are not suitable for their publication AT ALL. Make sure you read their publication, know their publication. Know who the editors are and address them by the correct name and gender.

3. Writers sending abusive emails when they get a rejection. Get a thick skin, yeah? An elephant coat is not a bad idea.

So these things were repeated over and over again. It seems like common sense, be nice, follow the instructions or else the editors will not publish you. And that’s the end goal yeah? Getting your stuff out there.

Killings, online editor Estelle Tang: Killings is the blog-child of the quarterly Kill Your Darlings. They accept blog posts (600-800 word) for daily publication on reviews (art, music, books, film), commentary, travel and memoir. It has a very literate audience looking for fresh stuff. All work is voluntary. Make sure you pitch your article a few months before it needs to be posted. In the body of the email include who you are, what your interests are, why you’re the person to review that/whats your interesting angle? Contact estelle@killyourdarlingsjournal.com

Hardie Grant Egmont, Commisioning Editor Marisa Pintado: Hardie Grant is a publisher of children, middle-age and young adult fiction. They accept manuscripts for the slush pile. How to create the best pitch and manuscript Marisa suggests you:

-Make sure you understand kids and the children book market. Make sure you’re reading what they read, observing kids and what they’re reading. YA and children’s fiction is very trend-driven.

-Watch your word count, examine your level of maturity and content. What age group is your story suitable for?

-You have to be cool. Format your manuscript nicely, be polite over email.

-Pitch for your story. The story should speak for itself. The shorter the better, include genre, age group,  general jist of story.

Contact: HGEsubmissions@hardiegrant.com.au

Voiceworks, editor Kat Muscat: Voiceworks is a quarterly journal for writers under 25. They accept poetry, short stories, articles, comics, illustrations, drawings and give feedback (I’ve received some awesome feedback, which makes a rejection actually nice!) And they pay for your stuff. Nice hey? They accept pitches for creative non-fiction, no academic pieces please. It’s important to pitch as early as possible in order to get as much feedback and help from the editorial team. Kat suggests writers use their experiences to reveal something readers can relate to.

Pitches/submissions close June 24 for #90: Copy and Paste. Submit to editor@expressmedia.org.au

Death of a Scenester,  editor Ali Edmunds: Cool name for a biannual journal aiming to push boundaries in creative writing. Their launch parties are a pretty big deal, they recently had a Jane Austen Jelly wrestling competition. They have themes (Issue 5 was food) but they are only loose.

Contact deathofascenester@gmail.com to find out how to contribute to the next issue.

Crikey, editor Jason Whittaker: Independent online publication focusing on the important stuff like politics, media, business, the arts, international affairs. It is the product of journalism and has a daily news cycle. Writers must be up with it, and very quick at writing. Some points/rants Jason made:

-Identify yourself in your pitch. What are your credentials. Where are you coming from?

-Why and why now?

-Limit pitch to 400 words.

-Don’t pitch to more than one editor.

contact: boss@crikey.com.au

The Weekly Review, editor Francesca Carter: Free weekly magazine delivered to 220,000 plus homes in Melbourne. Covers food, wine, travel, entertainment, art, culture, fashion, motoring, design, outdoors, architecture and Melbourne lifestyles. Francesca said to never pitch on a Thursday, best pitching day is a Monday and always do it by email. Sell your idea in two lines and avoid stories with a time-line, as they need to be 2 months in advance. If you can supply pictures also that would be tops.

Contact: editoral@theweeklyreview.com.au

Island, editoral director Dale Campisi: literary quarterly mag based in Tassie. They accept essays, poetry, fiction, reviews and art from new and old writers. They accept pitches via twitter and by email. If you do send a piece of work to them, be aware that you may be joining 750 other works. They will probably take two works from the slush pile.

Meanjin, editor Sally Heath:  Meanjin is published four times a year, the journal consists of creative essays, fiction, biography, memoir, poetry, interview and humour. They also accept blog posts, which has to be topical. Submissions need to marked ‘pitching session’ in title.

Contact: meanjin@unimelb.edu.au

Text Publishing, editor David Winter: Independent Melbourne book publishing company. They publish a range of fiction and non-fiction. They have a new author released each couple of months. As Text receives 50 manuscripts a week, the key is to stand out. David recommends you take the time to write a good synopsis, try to give the idea of the market which your book suits. Also don’t design your own book cover, or send it poetry or plays. Always give your work a good copy edit. Most importantly be patient.

Penguin, associate editor Cate Blake: Penguin does not need introduction being a big gun in the Aussie publishing world. Cate’s advice to writers is to send in a strong cover letter, include the journals, prizes you’ve won. They are now accepting new work in The Monthly Catch, they will “throw doors open to unsolicited manuscripts” during 1st -7th of every month.

Dotdotdash, editor Kate Ann: Tri Annual creative magazine based in Perth. They accept poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, comics, illustrations, drawings and photos. Unlike other publications Kate said that the importance of dotdotdash was to support good writing rather than big names. All submissions are read blind. They are proud of their experimental form.

contact: dotdotdash.submissions@gmail.com

And there you go, the super super helpful pitching session at The Wheeler Centre. I hope that I have given you lots to think to about. There’s so many places out there!  (please forgive me for any grammar, syntax errors. This is a long post!)


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