What is a Pitch Session?

A pitch session is a rare and invaluable opportunity to sit down with a publisher one-on-one to pitch them your book (novels, novellas, short story and poetry collections, etc.). If you really impress the publisher, he/she might ask to see more of your manuscript and if they enjoy that they might make an offer to purchase and publish it! The three participating publishers are Burning Effigy Press, ChiZine Publications and ECW Press.


How long do I get?

Each pitch will be scheduled for ten minutes maximum. Pitch sessions will be scheduled between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, the day of the DarkLit Fest.


What do I bring?

Please make sure to print out and complete a copy of the following Pitch Session Sheet to be given to the publisher(s) you pitch to. You may also bring a printed copy of your manuscript to give to the publisher(s), should they ask to have it. Please note any materials you give to a publisher might not be returned.


Can I pitch more than one manuscript?

The publisher might ask you about other projects you have in the works, but you may only pitch one manuscript per publisher. You may pitch the same manuscript to multiple publishers.


Can I pitch to more than one publisher?

Yes, if there are vacant pitch session slots. When you register, please indicate which publisher(s) you would like to meet with. If you would like to meet with two or three, please rank them in order of preference. People will be scheduled to pitch to their top choice on a first come, first served basis, so register as early as possible. Registration begins on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 10 a.m. If there are any available pitch session slots as of Monday, November 22, everyone who previously requested additional pitches will be randomly drawn to determine who will have the opportunity to pitch to multiple publishers -- these fortunate people will be notified by telephone or email of this development.


Do I get to choose which publisher I pitch to?

We will do everything possible to ensure that each interested individual has the opportunity to pitch to their top choice. However, as pitch sessions fill up, this might not be possible. Please register as early as possible beginning Monday, November 1, 2010.


What makes a good pitch?

Ÿ         First and foremost, this is a dark literature festival and the publishers are looking for dark works. This includes (but is not limited to) horror, mystery/crime and dark fantasy, and could entail fiction of varying lengths (novels, novellas, short fiction collections), poetry collections and even non-fiction. But what will be a good fit for one publisher won’t necessarily be a good fit for the others. Each publisher is different and looking for different types of manuscripts. The best way to know what each publisher is interested in is by reading some of their previously published works and by reading their Submission Guidelines on their individual websites.

Ÿ         Be prepared. Have the Pitch Session Sheet filled out ahead of time and be ready to answer questions about your manuscript. It is also advisable that the project you’re pitching be near completion, if not already completed -- if the publisher wants to read it you want to have it ready to send them shortly after the pitch!

Ÿ         Dress appropriately and be courteous. The publishers are giving up their free time to hear your pitches so be polite and thank them for meeting with you.

Ÿ         Try to summarize your entire project in one or two catchy sentences. This will grab the publisher’s attention and make them interested to hear more.

Ÿ         Remain calm, don’t forget to breathe and above all else, have fun!

Who are the publishers?
How do I register?
To register for a pitch session please call (905-579-6111) or visit any branch of the Oshawa Public Libraries. Space is limited.
Registration for pitch sessions will begin November 1, 2010 at 10:00am.
Pitch Session Sheet

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DarkLit Fest Pitch Session Sheet



First name:




Telephone number:


Email address:


Personal website (if applicable):




Manuscript title:


Word count (estimated if not yet completed):




One or two sentence summary:




Brief description (250 words or less - use back if necessary):



Pitch Session Sheet.doc