The #RevPit 2021 Annual Contest Begins April 10th!

In this contest, authors will be eligible to receive developmental edits on their full fiction manuscript from professional editors, ensuring their works are polished and ready for those agent inboxes. Not only will authors be immersed in a supportive community of their peers, they will also have the chance to learn more about how their story fits into the industry and obtain understanding of why different edits matter and how to continue practicing them in the future.

See our Contest Schedule for a breakdown of dates involving the contest.

Note: No projects under 25,000 words (including poetry, chapter books, and picture books) or non-fiction will be accepted.

How It Works

Writers must choose two editors and one alternate. The editors have listed what age categories and genres they’re accepting and will hold #AskEditor twitter chats to help writers decide who might be a good fit. This is your opportunity to ask your top choices anything!

Once the submission window opens, writers will use our submission form to submit query letter and first five double-spaced pages (1250-1500 words) in one document to their top two editors and one alternate. Only one submission per entrant. Check out the How to Submit page to learn about the submission process.

When the submission window closes, editors will read all entries. Watch your chosen editors’ tweets and the #RevPit feed, as all editors will tweet anonymous #10queries feedback as they go. Editors will then select one winner and a runner-up to receive prizes. The winning author-editor pairs will go through an editing process before posting their revised query letters and first five pages to the showcase on the Revise & Resub blog. Runners-up will each receive a separate prize.

What You’ll Need:

  1. #RevPit is only open to COMPLETED fiction manuscripts. It should be polished and beta-reader-tested before submission. Editors may request your complete manuscript as early as the first day of the submission window. Manuscripts should be in Word doc format, double-spaced, with one-inch margins and a standard font (Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman, 11 or 12 pt).
  2. A query letter containing: word count, genre, age category, book description, and author bio. Please include the first five pages of your manuscript in the same document. Query letter should be in Word doc format, single-spaced, with one-inch margins and a standard font (Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman, 11 or 12 pt). Check out our Sample Query. Or if you need a visual example of the formatting for the submission, take a look at our submission sample.
  3. A synopsis no more than two pages (1000 words) long. Do NOT include this in your submission package. However, many editors may request a synopsis from you with your other submission materials. It’s best to already have it prepared. The synopsis should be in Word doc format, single-spaced, with one-inch margins and a standard font (Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman, 11 or 12 pt). Never written a synopsis? Here’s how.
  4. Your top two choices for editors to submit to, plus one alternate. Your submission will only go to your alternate choice if one of your top two have already received the maximum number of submissions allowed per editor when we process your submission.
  5. The answer to these three questions:
    • Why do you write?
    • On a scale of 1-10, how much tough love do you like in your revision feedback? (10 = Bring it on!)
    • Why did you choose these editors as the best match for you and your manuscript?

Want to learn more?:

For 2021 we paired with Tessera Editorial to bring mentees from that program on to #RevPit to shadow our editors and gain experience with evaluating submissions and going through a slush pile. In their own words, "Tessera Editorial was founded on the idea that publishing can and should be an accessible industry to all people. Through myriad diverse voices in the profession, we hope to open the world of books to as many readers as possible." Learn more about them on their website!