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July 2019 Agent Pitch Event
Friday, July 12, 2019, 12:00 AM to Saturday, July 20, 2019, 11:59 PM EST
Category: Events

July 2019 Agent Pitch Event

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Event Date: July 12th - 20th (see timeline for posting pitched below)

List of Participating Agents

Members can pitch one unpublished (and never self-published), completed, polished women’s fiction manuscript, and within one week, agents reply to the posts they would like to pursue. This is a free, members-only event, but to give the agents a chance to focus on each pitch, the event is capped at a limited number of registrants.

Confirmed registrants should be prepared to submit the following according to the schedule below:

  • Manuscript Title

  • The applicable subgenres of women’s fiction for this manuscript (I.E., historical women’s fiction, women’s fiction with romantic elements, Southern women’s fiction)

  • A 50-word pitch, which must include the protagonist’s emotional journey

  • The first 500 words of the novel

Schedule of activities leading up to the review of pitches by the agents:

June 26-29 - participants post their pitches in the online forum; all pitches must be posted by midnight EST on June 29, 2019.

June 30 - July 3 - volunteer committee members review pitches to ensure they meet program guidelines and that the protagonist’s emotional journey is clear in the pitch; those members whose pitches don’t adhere to program guidelines will be contacted and will have twenty-four hours to make the corrections needed

July 12-20 -  Agents review pitches in the forum and request additional materials for those manuscripts that are of interest to them

This event is capped at 100 participants.  In order to ensure that as many of our members as possible can pitch their manuscripts to agents in 2019, slots for this event will be assigned in the following order:   

  1. Members who actively participated in the June, 2019, Prepare Your Pitch Event, but did not participate in the February, 2019, Agent Pitch Event.  

  2. Members who did not participate in the Agent Pitch Event in February and did not participate in the June, 2019, Prepare Your Pitch Event

  3. Members who participated in the February, 2019, Agent Pitch Event and who have a different completed and polished women’s fiction manuscript to pitch.

For each of the groups above, if we have more registrants than availability, a lottery approach will be used.  Click here to read more about why we chose to move to a lottery approach and details on how it will work.

Special Notes:

Please this link for examples of pitches in previous WFWA pitch events that received multiple agent requests.

Because many of the agents participate in each WFWA Agent Pitch Event, no manuscript that has been pitched in a WFWA Agent Pitch Event before can be included in this event.

WFWA's definition is Women's Fiction books can have romantic, historical or other elements, but at their core they must be layered stories in which the plot is driven by the main character’s emotional journey.

All pitches must visibly (within the pitch) be women's fiction per the definition above.

Protagonists must be nineteen-years-old or older, as agents generally consider manuscripts with younger protagonists to be Young Adult.  If you believe you should be granted an exception to this rule for your eighteen-and-under protagonist, go ahead and register for this event, but also email [email protected] for instructions on how to apply for an exception. You are encouraged to start this exception-seeking process prior to the June 10 registration date, if possible.

Completed, polished manuscripts must fall between 75,000 and 110,000 words.

Any pitches submitted that are over word count will be disqualified.

As more information becomes available, we will publish a list of participating agents.

Questions? Please email [email protected] 

* Dates and information subject to change.