Annual Contest

The submission process

Q: If I win, what will I receive?

A: For the Annual Contest, you will receive an editorial letter (or equivalent) and consultation (via whatever means of communication editor and author agree upon). The editor will also help the author prepare a query letter edit and first five pages for the winner showcase.

Any additional edits will be up to the author's and editor's discretion and follow a mutually agreed upon timeline.

Q: How many manuscripts can I submit?

A: Only one submission per entrant.

Q: If I've won another contest, can I enter?

A: Yes! If you've won another contest or one of our mini events, you are eligible to submit to our Annual Contest. However, past Annual Contest Grand Prize winners cannot enter again for two years after they've won, and it cannot be with the same manuscript.

Q: Can winners participate in pitch events during the contest?

A: Winners can still pitch their manuscripts while working with editors. If they receive requests, they'll just need to let the agents know they're revising and will send the manuscripts as soon as they're done.

Q: How many submissions will each editor accept?

A: There is a cap of 100 submissions for all editors. After an editor receives 100, the rest of their submissions will go to the alternates chosen by the authors.

Q: How do submissions need to be formatted?

A: Your query letter and pages will be uploaded in one document to our submission form.

Query letter:

  • Less than 1 page long
  • Use a generic greeting, as the same letter will be seen by both of your chosen editors.
  • See our Sample Query for inspiration!

Pages:

  • Pages 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).
  • Do not include a title page; the pages should begin with your first chapter or prologue.
  • Five double-spaced pages is approximately 1250-1500 words.
  • Make sure your pages end on a complete sentence.

If you need a visual example of formatting for the Annual Contest, take a look at our submission sample.

Q: What needs to go into my query letter?

A: We have a post about this from RevPit editor Kyra Nelson.

Q: What goes into the bio of my query letter?

A: Here’s a great article that goes into detail. If you don’t have any writing credits, just a few short sentences about yourself are preferred.

Q: What if my first pages go over the word count?

A: No more than 1500 words, please.

Q: Is there a word count for answers to the questions on the submission page?

A: Yes! 750 characters per question.

Q: What materials will the Tessera Editorial mentees have access to?

A: Tessera Editorial mentees will have access to their paired editor's submissions and corresponding notes. With approval from the author, mentees will also have access to the first round of revisions with the editor's winner.

Choosing editors

Q: How do you pick which editors to submit to?

A: Editor wish lists will be available soon with their bios on the Editors page, so do your research before the submission window opens. If you’re looking for clarification on what a specific editor is looking for, stop by during their #AskEditor sessions on Twitter or @ them using the #RevPit tag.

We also have an accessible spreadsheet that breaks down which age categories and genres the editors are accepting to help you narrow down your choices. You can access the Editor MSWL spreadsheet here.

Q: Why can authors only pick two top choices for editors?

A: This gives everyone the best shot of being assigned to their first choice of editor.

  • With fewer editor selections, authors can focus on the most compatible options.
  • Editors will reach their entry cap slower, giving more authors a shot at their top picks.
  • With early entrants each taking only two slots, there’s a better chance that later entries will get to their intended editors.
Q: Why do I have to pick an alternate editor?

A: Just in case one of your editor picks caps out, we want to make sure your submission is still being seen by two editors.

Q: Some of the editors are also agents? If I submit to an editor who is an agent, could they end up representing me?

A: No, editors who are also agents are not allowed to request or represent authors through the annual contest. #RevPit has selected our annual contest editors on the basis of their freelance editing background and not their role as an agent. For authors submitting to any agents, #RevPit recommends vetting each agent’s credentials and experience.

Q: I've worked with an editor before, can I submit to them?

A: If you have a pre-existing personal or client/editor relationship with any of our editors, you are not permitted to submit to that editor.

A pre-existing client/editor relationship is defined as an ongoing editorial contract for developmental editing or having worked on a developmental edit/full manuscript critique for the manuscript you're submitting. An personal relationship is defined as family and close friends.

Having previously engaged with an editor on social media, in other events, or on small projects will not disqualify an author from submitting to that editor, nor will it give you preferential treatment. All winners are determined by their submission materials.

Additional materials

Q: If an editor wants to see additional materials, what will they request?

A: Each editor may request something different; it is entirely up to them. Participating authors need to have their query letter, complete manuscript, and a 1-2 page (500-1000 words) single-spaced synopsis ready by the first day of submissions.

Q: What needs to go in a synopsis?

A: This post by former RevPit editor Kaitlyn Johnson explains. Editors may not provide feedback on your synopsis. They mainly need it to see the plot and character development in your ms.

Q: What should the total word count for my novel be?

A: This post explains industry standards for word count. If your word count is too high or too low, it won’t disqualify you, but that is one element the editors may take into consideration.

Q: When and how will editors request additional materials?

A: Editors may request additional materials at any time between the submission window and the winner announcements. Editors will announce on Twitter when they have sent all requests for additional materials. Requests will be sent via the email you specify in the form.

Feedback

Q: What is #10Queries?

A: #10Queries sessions are when editors will tweet anonymous feedback on some of the submissions they’ve received. For more information on #10Queries, check out this post.

Q: When will editors tweet #10Queries?

A: #10Queries sessions will take place on Twitter between the submission window and the winner announcements. Watch your chosen editors’ Twitter feeds and the #RevPit feed for updates on when editors will post their #10Queries feedback.

Q: When will editors send feedback? Will everyone receive feedback? How will they send it?

A: All editors will send feedback to the authors they request additional materials from but are not required to send feedback to authors from whom they do not request additional materials. Any feedback will be sent via email to the email the authors specified in the form. As this contest is very labor-intensive, some editors may take some time to get back to you. Try not to worry!

Q: How and when will winners be notified?

A: Winners will be announced on the Showcase page of our site as well as on Twitter. Editors will then email their authors to begin the editing process!

Q: Can we work with the editors even if we don’t win?

A: Yes, all editors are available for hire, but their availability and pricing vary. Reach out directly.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Q: What if I need accommodations in submitting?

A: We want the submission process to be as accessible as possible. We are happy to make accomodations due to disability, religion, or other special circumstances that create a significant barrier to submitting.

We want RevPit to remain a safe space. No author will be discriminated against due to a need for accommodations. Please email us at reviseresub@gmail.com to discuss your needs.

Q: Do I qualify for accommodations?

A: We want the submission process to be as accessible as possible. We are happy to make accomodations due to disability, religion, or other special circumstances that create a significant barrier to submitting.

Q: What types of accommodations have been made in the past?

A: In order to make the contest as accessible as possible, we are willing to work with any author to find a helpful solution. We want RevPit to remain a safe space. No author will be discriminated against due to a need for accommodations.

Some previous examples include:

  • early entry into the contest due to a chronic illness or religious practices making it difficult to submit at a specific time
  • contest information provided in different file formats for accessibility
  • different forms of communication requested with their editor (if chosen)

Please note that accommodations are not limited to the above. We are willing to work with you to find the best solution for you

Q: I'm concerned about the limited editing timeframe, should I still submit?

A: Yes definitely! We do not want the 8 week timeframe to be a barrier to submitting. Our editors are willing to work with you to create a schedule that works for both of you.

Currently, the Annual Contest 8 week timeframe only applies to: receiving an editorial letter (or equivalent) from the editor and having a consultation (via whatever means of communication editor and author agree upon), as well as the editor helping the author prepare a query letter and first five pages for the winner showcase (this may include notes, ideas, line edits, etc.).

Any additional edits will be up to the author's and editor's discretion and follow a mutually agreed upon timeline.

Q: I'm having trouble going through all the MSWLs, can you help?

A: We also have an accessible spreadsheet that breaks down which age categories and genres the editors are accepting to help you narrow down your choices. You can access the Editor MSWL spreadsheet here.

If you need further aid, please let us know!

Q: I need an accommodation. What do I do now?

A: Please email the board at reviseresub@gmail.com to discuss your needs.

Please include:

  • your name
  • accommodations you may need (if known)
  • current barriers to RevPit for you
  • preferred method of communication
  • anything else you'd like us to know

We want RevPit to remain a safe space. No author will be discriminated against due to a need for accommodations.

Resources for Literary Agents and Acquiring Editors

Q: What is #RevPit?

A: #RevPit is a contest where winning authors receive feedback and a developmental edit on their full fiction manuscript from professional editors, ensuring their works are polished and ready for the next step on their publishing journey. Not only are authors immersed in a supportive community of their peers, they 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.

Q: Who are the editors?

A: RevPit prides itself on our extensive vetting program. Each of our editors have gone through several rounds of evaluation to ensure they meet industry standards. To meet our editors, please visit the editors page.

Q: How do I view the winning manuscripts?

A: All winning manuscripts will take part in our Showcase event, where you can peruse sample pages and author information. Click here to view the Showcase. The Showcase will remain live for three months.

Q: How do I request additional material?

A: In order to officially request additional material, all agents and acquiring editors must use the form located at the bottom of each showcase entry. All requests will then be forwarded to the writers in question.

We at #RevPit know that competition can be fierce, but we ask that each participating agent and acquiring editor adhere to the request process. Our winners are encouraged to share the links to their showcase material on social media. If you ‘like’ an entry on social media, please be sure to request via the form on the official showcase page for that individual author. We can’t ensure that the author in question will interpret your ‘like’ as an official request.

Further Information: If you would like to keep updated on all #RevPit events, please follow @ReviseResub on Twitter and turn on notifications for important information. If you have additional questions, feel free to email the Board at: reviseresub (at) gmail (dot) com

All Events

#RevPit Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

#RevPit Code of Conduct

This code of conduct applies to community members and editors, both online (including but not limited to email, Twitter (including direct messages), #RevPit community Slack groups, and other social media, and in-person (if applicable).

Authors submitting to the Annual Contest retain all rights to their work. Participating editors and mentees (if applicable) agree to maintain confidentiality with respect to all materials submitted and will not share it with others without the author’s consent.

#RevPit is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, national origin, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, and sex-stereotyping), age, disability (including mental and physical health, neurotypical status, body size, genetic information), parental status, marital status, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, or clothing.

We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to the protected classes, calling attention to differences related to protected classes, questioning another author’s #OwnVoices status, belittling or intimidating statements, stalking, sustained disruption of another party’s communications, and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment does not need to be recognized as unwanted or unwelcome by anyone other than the person being harassed.

Be mindful of the words that you choose. Exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Offending behavior may also include micro-aggressions (subtle put-downs) and tone policing (responding negatively to the emotion behind a person’s message while ignoring its content, such as telling someone who is upset to “calm down” instead of responding to their concerns).

Community members asked to stop any offending behavior are expected to comply immediately. It is not the duty of a member of a protected class to explain why the conduct in question is offensive. Take the time to self-educate from the many resources available: We've gathered some DEI resources here.

Community members violating these rules may be removed from community spaces (Slack channels, Twitter Group Chats) and may be ineligible to participate in the Annual Contest or Mini-Events.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the #RevPit board via email at reviseresub@gmail.com, the @ReviseResub Twitter account, or one of the #RevPit board members directly (the list of board members is available at reviseresub.com). You may also report concerns anonymously through our confidential reporting form available here. If you believe your safety is threatened, please contact your local authorities immediately.

Nondiscrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure

Policy

Bullying or harassment of any kind is unacceptable. The ReviseResub editors want #RevPit to continue to be a safe, supportive place for all writers and will do whatever possible to keep harassment out of the #RevPit community. This includes reporting, blocking, and removal from the Annual Contest or any mini-event, any individual or account that has demonstrated harassing behavior. We use Twitter’s standards for harassment and abuse, which you can read here.

If you’re being harassed:

Please contact the #RevPit board via email at reviseresub@gmail.com, the @ReviseResub Twitter account, or one of the #RevPit board members directly (the list of board members is available at reviseresub.com). You may also report concerns anonymously through our confidential reporting form available here. If you believe your safety is threatened, please contact your local authorities immediately.

We want to see all writers succeed and will continue to strive to provide a space where writers can grow together.

Procedure

As RevPit is a contest and community that is constantly growing and evolving, we are committed to our efforts in providing a safe place for writers.

We are all human—editors and community participants alike—and mistakes will be made, but we will take swift action regarding any claims of misconduct, complaints, hate-speech, or anything that has negatively affected a person or the community at large whether that be from an editor, board member, community member, industry professional, or author.

Any issues that are brought to our attention will be addressed by promptly reaching out to all parties involved, communicating with our community, and taking additional, measured steps as needed whether that be refining our guidelines, setting forth an ethics review, updating our processes and procedures, banning or suspending members from participation, and/or beyond.

We are constantly improving our processes in order to create an inclusive, supportive, and dedicated community for all involved.

To file a complaint or voice a concern: please contact the #RevPit board via email at reviseresub@gmail.com, the @ReviseResub Twitter account, or one of the #RevPit board members directly (the list of board members is available at reviseresub.com). You may also report concerns anonymously through our confidential reporting form available here. If you believe your safety is threatened, please contact your local authorities immediately.

#OwnVoices

#OwnVoices Policy

We have seen a rise in questions from authors wondering if their manuscripts count as ownvoices.

After much listening, research, and discussion, the Board has concluded two main points:

First, the RevPit Editors are not qualified to judge what is or is not a marginalized identity, and we do not presume to know the context in which the writers are living and writing. Furthermore, it is not appropriate to question anyone's identity or force them to out themselves, and we don’t want to put anyone in these positions.

Second, we are also very clear that, in order to be #ownvoices, the author must share the same marginalized identity as the MC(s). Being adjacent to a marginalized person is not the same as being marginalized. For example, it is not ownvoices if your family member is mixed race and your MC is mixed race, but you are not mixed race.

So if you’re wondering whether ownvoices is appropriate for your manuscript, consider:

  • Do you and your MC share one or more of the same marginalized identities? If not, then it’s not #ownvoices.
  • What counts as a marginalized identity? Corinne Duyvis’s (the hashtag creator’s) site says that, ultimately, it’s up to the author to determine that for themselves, and the DVPit website has a bunch of useful examples: http://dvpit.com/about
  • Different communities have different controversies and discussions around representation and what counts as ownvoices, and it’s important to familiarize yourself with them so you know what you’re taking on if/when you decide to claim the label. For example, this article by Alaina Leary on Bustle about representations of autistic and disabled people or this article by Danika Ellis on Book Riot about LGBTQ+ ownvoices, especially when it comes to the romance genre. You can also check out the #ownvoices feed on Twitter to see what people are talking about and/or consider asking other marginalized writers from the communities you’re writing about what the most common issues in publishing are for members of that community. You’re bound to get a plethora of perspectives that you can take into consideration when deciding how to frame your work.
  • If you're still not sure if you should be using #ownvoices, consider instead saying something like, "based on my own experiences as....”