Do you have a completed speculative fiction manuscript?

Would you like to pitch your novel to Harper Voyager’s

Conflux 9 is providing the opportunity for 10 debut and previously published authors with the opportunity to pitch their novels to Deonie Fiford? in April 2013 as part of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention to be held in Canberra from 25 April to 28 April 2013. This is a professional development opportunity to have your novel manuscript in front of an editor.

What do you have to do?

Ensure your MS is as good as it can be. Send the first 30 pages of your MS in standard format RTF or DOC file and a maximum two page synopsis (that is, summary of characters, plot and your intentions/inspiration, in that order) to during the submission period and using the subject line HarperVoyager Pitch.

It may pay for you to check out some of Harper Voyager’s publications beforehand to ensure your work is what they might be looking for.

If you are already member of Conflux 9 you don’t have to do anything more than wait.

If you aren’t a member of Conflux 9, then join up. The minimum requirement is for entering is a $30 supporting membership.

To attend the pitching workshop during Conflux 9 you need to be attending Conflux on the day of the workshop and a full attending membership is preferred. Those who win a place and cannot attend Conflux 9 will have to give up their place to those the next in line.

What is the process?

The manuscripts will be assessed by two readers and a final list of up to ten decided. The authors of these manuscripts will be invited to a preparatory workshop and then to the pitching session.

A two-hour workshop on how to pitch novels will be presented by author, Rowena Cory Daniels. This will be followed by a one-on-one pitching session with editor Deonie Fiford for 5 minutes.

When will this take place?

Submissions will be open from 1 January to 31 January 2013. The entries will be read during February 2013. The announcement of the shortlisted authors will be made during March. The top ten synopses will be sent Deonie in early April.

And then what?

Deonie Fiford may invite authors to send manuscripts for consideration. However, there is no guarantee she will do so. Conflux 9 and Deonie Fifiord do not provide any guarantees that authors who are selected to pitch novels will be invited to submit a full manuscript. All decisions are final and discussion will not be entered into.