Pitch Sessions

REGISTRATION CLOSED! Many thanks to the publishers and good luck to those who registered.

Publishers and Guidelines

Final. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/aL9vHkCzikD17d8E3

Anaiah Surge: (Surge Imprint is looking for Contemporary, Fantasy, Dystopian and Historical Fiction only) Anaiah Press’s mission is to share the message of God’s love by publishing quality, Christian fiction and nonfiction books that inspire, entertain, and educate readers of all ages. Check Guidelines at https://www.anaiahpress.com/submissions. FICTION

Ave Maria: A major Catholic book publisher and still under the ownership of the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Ave Maria Press is home to Sorin Books, Forest of Peace, and Christian Classics. It perpetuates Fr. Sorin's vision to honor Mary and provides an important outlet for good Catholic writing. Ave Maria is also recognized as a leader in publishing Catholic high school religion textbooks, ministry resources, and books on prayer and spirituality. https://www.avemariapress.com/manuscript-submissions/ NONFICTION, SOME FICTION

Liberty Island: We will be publishing some new submission guidelines soon. For this conference, attendees should know a few things about what we're looking for. First, to get a feel for the kinds of titles we publish, see our catalog - https://libertyislandmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LI-June-Catalog-2018.pdf.  While we will consider literary submissions we are primarily interested in genre series -- science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, detective, etc. We have more of a paperback/pulp fiction mentality rather than high-brow, literary ambitions. We are also a "counterculture conservative" publisher, here's what that means: https://libertyislandmag.com/our-mission/. FICTION

Marian Press: We publish only the best titles on Divine Mercy and Mary, including the spiritual classic Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, and Marian-authored books by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Visit http://shopmercy.org. NONFICTION

Our Sunday Visitor: OSV is a multi-channel not-for-profit Catholic organization that serves the Church through publishing and parish resources. 

  • OSV Newsweekly serves Catholics at all stages of life as they walk the road of faith. Through thoughtful analysis, faith-filled commentary and inspiring stories, we provide clear answers to the questions people are asking. OSV Newsweekly speaks the truth in a way that seeks unity in our increasingly polarized world. A trusted publication for more than a century, OSV Newsweekly is an indispensable source of information and formation for Catholics who love their faith.   
  • The Priest magazine is focused on aiding priests in their day-to-day parish ministry. 
  • Deacon Digest is a bimonthly magazine that serves permanent deacons as they serve the Church.  
  • OSV Books publishes books in a variety of categories, including prayer, Scripture, saints, worship, parish and more. 
    Guidelines at https://osv.submittable.com/submit 

Pauline Books & Media: Pauline is part of the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul, who are called to live and communicate Christ, bring the Gospel into the world of communications media. PBM brings Jesus to real people, struggling to live real faith today. Familiarity with our catalog is helpful for knowing the kinds of books we publish.

  • For adults: We are interested in books in the categories of spirituality, adult faith formation, evangelization, theology of the body, family life, lives of saints (see our Saints by Our Side and Ex Libris series), and Mary. We do not publish fiction for adults.
  • For children and teens: We are interested in fiction (early reader, middle grade, and YA) and non-fiction books. All books should have a positive world-view, Catholic moral values, and respect for all people, with relevance for kids’ lives today.
NOTE: Pauline will hear pitches for both adult and children/YA starting at 7 pm Tuesday.  Pauline does NOT take books that are already illustrated.

Superversive Press: Superversive Press is a small publisher aiming to make fiction Superversive again. Superversive fiction is fiction that uplifts and ennobles the reader. Heroic tales of virtuous people triumphing over evil. Superversive Press is looking for ennobling and uplifting tales of heroism and the triumph of good over evil. We publish across all genres though so far we have tended towards Science Fiction and Fantasy. Many of our authors are Catholics and nearly all of them are Christians of one sort of another. FICTION

Vinspire: Dawn Carrington has been the editor-in-chief of Vinspire Publishing, a publisher of family-friendly books, for fifteen years. A published author of over fifty titles ranging from romantic suspense to historical romance, she has also been a civil litigation paralegal for thirty years.https://www.vinspirepublishing.com/submissions (Although it says submissions open Oct 1 only, they are hearing pitches.) FICTION

Can't attend the conference but want to pitch?

If you are ready to pitch but cannot make the conference, we will allow you to register for a $10 fee. Email cwgonlinecon@catholicwritersguild.com if interested.

You will need to attend the pitch session you register for. This is for people who cannot come to the Sept 14-16 conference itself.

About the Pitch Sessions

Pitch Sessions are evenings September 17-21.
Look Below for Schedule!

As with every CWCO, we are offering you the chance to pitch your ready manuscripts to publishers of both secular and Catholic fiction and non-fiction.

Please read! In order to make the pitch sessions a productive experience for everyone, we ask the following of our writers:

DO NOT register to pitch a book that has been published in the past (including self-published).

  1. Pitch session opportunities are free for registered attendees – but we limit you to one title per publisher. (i.e., you cannot pitch the same book to multiple publishers)
  2. If you cannot attend the conference, we may take people on an alternate list. Contact cwgonlinecon@catholicwritersguild.com if you are interested. There will be a $10 pitch fee. You must still attend the pitch session itself.
  3. All pitched fiction must be complete and submission ready.
  4. All pitched non-fiction should have a book proposal prepared.
  5. You MUST read and FOLLOW publisher guidelines. The #1 reason for being rejected is that you are not pitching the kind of book they are interested in. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
  6. Pitch sessions are held in webinar or chat format, as the publisher prefers. Please have a 150-word pitch ready for pasting. You may also want to write short (100-word or less) answers to common questions like qualifications, character, theme, marketing, etc.

Pitch instructions for the day are here.


Final Schedule: Register at https://goo.gl/forms/aL9vHkCzikD17d8E3

All times are Eastern (New York)

Mon, Sept 17   6-7 PM   Vinspire
Mon, Sept 17  7-8 PM  Liberty Island
Mon, Sept 17  8-9 PM  Surge
Tues, Sept 18  6-7 PM  Marian
Tues, Sept 18 7-9 PM  Pauline (Adults & Child/YA) 
Wed, Sept 19  5-6 PM  Superversive
Wed, Sept 19  6-7 PM  Ave Maria
Wed, Sept 19  7-8 PM  OSV
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