An interesting thing happened two weeks ago. As you know June 4th was #PitMad day. I couldn’t take part, but I did my fair share of cheering and retweeting. After awhile I searched the Twitter feed for authors pitching their fantasy genre-subgenre novels. And stumbled onto something called #SFFpit.
Of course, I was all ‘what in the what?’ Curious, I clicked the link and what did I discover? Another and more genre focused pitching contest. Geared towards, and you guessed it by the ‘SFF,’ science fiction & fantasy authors.
Now here’s a bit of history about #SFFpit…It was first held on June 11, 2014 and December 9, 2014. So this is their second year. Didn’t have much success with your SSF manuscript last #PitMad session? Well, you now have a second chance.
#SFFpit is exclusively for science fiction and fantasy authors. It follows the same rules as #PitMad. But unlike #PitMad, it takes place twice a year instead of four. June 18th, this upcoming Thursday is the first #SFFpit challenge of the year. The next one takes place again in December 2015.
Your pitch has to introduce your MC, stakes, conflict, or title/book comparisons. As well as the age category. If it’s young adult (YA), new adult (NA), middle grade (MG), etc. And the book’s genre/subgenre.
Not sure what your subgenre is? Then read Connor Goldsmith’s “SF/F Subcatergories” definitions. Don’t know what subcategory hashtag to use? Click the following link and scroll down to find the subgenre tags.
Also read Dan Koboldt’s “9 Ways to Get Ready for #SFFpit.”
I’m not participating in this Twitter pitch. But I will be cheer leading. Hopefully, I will next year and in the meantime I’ve written some practice pitches (needs some tweaking) for my work in progress, an epic fantasy, “Harbingers of El Tinor“:
- Aithne wants to secure her rights as heir. Cassandra only wants to save a dear friend, the world be damned. And Lucinda seeks to destroy the world per His command. Who will prevail? #SFFpit #EF
- 17yo Aithne only wanted to secure her rights as heir &gain recognition as a swordswoman. Who knew she had to face the wrath of a god to do so. #SFFpit #EF
- What does a runaway noblewoman, a seer & an insurgent have in common? Nothing. But the fate of the continent. #SFFpit #EF