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Win a Chance to Pitch Your Project to One of New Zealand’s Leading Publishers or Agents

Pitching to publishers, agents, journals and magazines is an art. In this NZSA National Writers Forum first, you have the chance to pitch and win a one-on-one session with a publisher or agent during the Forum.

Leading publishers, editors and agents from New Zealand will assess the best pitches made to them, with the best pitch to each participating publisher, editor or agent (as judged by that publisher, editor or agent) winning a one-on-one meeting with them. The publisher, editor or agent you pitched to will then provide constructive feedback on your pitch. The meeting will be held during the weekend of the National Writers Forum.

This is a competition suitable for writers who are looking to extend their submission skills and be in to win an in-depth conversation on where to next. Open to all relevant genre and all writing projects. Please see the list of publishers and agents who are assessing submissions to make sure you’ve chosen the best fit for your work and that the publisher or agent accepts the genre you are writing in.

Please note publication is not guaranteed.

Participating parties

Allen & Unwin: Melanie Laville-Moore
Auckland University Press:
Sam Elworthy
CloudInk: Helen McNeill
Escalator Press: Mary-Jane Duffy
High Spot Literary: Vicki Marsdon
Huia: Pania Tahau-Hodges
Little Island Press: Tony Murrow
OneTree House: Christine Dale
Penguin RandomHouse: Harriet Allan
Scholastic: Lynette Evans
Upstart Press: Kevin Chapman
Victoria University Press: Fergus Barrowman

Remember, publishers and agents have certain books they are interested in and sometimes certain criteria for their authors to meet. Make sure you research the publisher you wish to pitch to before submitting.

The Winning Pitch: Your One on One Session

The best pitch to each participating publisher, editor or agent (as judged by that publisher, editor or agent) will win a one-on-one meeting with them. The publisher, editor or agent you pitched to will provide constructive feedback on your pitch.

The meeting will be held during the weekend of the National Writers Forum or via Skype or in person, if the publishers are not able to attend the event.

Publication is not guaranteed.

Eligibility and How to Apply

  • You must have purchased a ticket to attend the National Writers Forum to be eligible to apply (either the Full Conference or Day Pass)
  • You must pay the application fee of $25NZD at the time you submit your application
  • Identify who you are submitting to from the list of participating publishers, editors and agents ($25 per submission)
  • To apply, fill out the online application form. You will need to attach:
    • A synopsis of the work – no more than 1 page in length
    • A brief bio, and justification as to why the publisher chosen is a good fit for your work – no more than 1 page in length
    • A sample of the work – no more than 2 paragraphs in length
  • Applications must be submitted by Monday 27 August, 11pm. Applicants will be notified by Monday 17 September on whether you have won a one-on-one session with the publisher or editor you pitched to.

What You Need to Know Before You Enter

  • You can only submit to the participating publishers, editors and agents as published on the NWF website
  • You may pitch as many times as you like, but please make each submission a separate entry with separate emails. You will be required to pay a registration fee for each pitch.
  • To pitch to a publisher you need to have progressed your work to a more complete stage but require the objective view of an experienced publisher to provide constructive critiquing of a specific piece of work and have a completed manuscript that has gone beyond the first draft stage.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence.
  • Publication as a result of this competition is not guaranteed.
  • You may not contact the participating publishers, editors or agents directly in relation to this competition, all communications are to come to the National Writers Forum.
  • The decision of the selected winners is final.
  • Publishers, editors and agents may consider all entries for publication so you are not eligible if you are committed to another publisher.



The NZSA brings you this unique national conference for all New Zealand writers. Join prestigious local and international speakers who will share their knowledge, ideas and experience and meet others from New Zealand’s writing community.


21-23 September 2018
Owen G Glenn Building
University of Auckland
12 Grafton Road, Auckland


Phone: 09 379 4801
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