Annual Contest

The submission process

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: 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: 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: 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.
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.

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.

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

A: If you participated in #RevPit the first year, you might notice that we made the switch from three to two editor choices per participant this year (you’ll still get to choose an alternate). 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 two, rather than three, of the early slots, there’s a better chance that later entries will get to their intended editors.

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 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 April 6th and April 13th. 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 April 6-13. 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 on April 15th. 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.

All Events

Bullying and Harassment

Anti-Bullying and Harassment 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 us at reviseresub@gmail.com, our Twitter page @ReviseResub, or through any of the #RevPit editors. 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.

#OwnVoices

STATEMENT FROM THE REVPIT BOARD, 5 APRIL 2019

With the recent, increasing calls for #ownvoices narratives from #RevPit editors and within the publishing industry in general, we have seen a rise this year in questions from authors wondering if their manuscripts count as ownvoices. Additionally, over the last few days authors have raised concerns about the use of the term as applied to other authors’ work, and the role of the RevPit editors in helping people navigate the #ownvoices waters has also been called into question. These conversations, however uncomfortable for those involved, are important conversations to have, and we welcome the opportunity to become more educated and to help others educate themselves.

After much listening, research, and discussion, the Board has come to agreement on two main points related to these discussions:

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....”

Last but not least, we want you to know that we’re still listening. We invite you to engage with us and other community members in further dialogue about these important issues, and if you have any resources you’d like to share, please do! We also invite conversation about how we can make the community a more inclusive and supportive space. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who has contributed time and energy to the dialogue surrounding these issues.

Sincerely, The RevPit Board