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.
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.
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!