There are a number of rules that must be followed to participate in #CanLitPit. These rules are in place to ensure that the event runs smoothly and so that no writer has an unfair advantage.
#CanLitPit Rule #1 – Participants must be Canadian citizens. There are no exceptions to this rule. Prior to favouriting a manuscript, participating publishers and literary agents will be able to review the writer’s Twitter profile to confirm their location. Publishers and agents have the right to rescind interest given to pitches from outside of Canada.
#CanLitPit Rule #2 – Participants may not post more than six (6) pitches per completed, polished manuscript. This means that, roughly, writers should be sending one pitch every two (2) hours to maximize their odds of having one of their pitches favourited. This rule also makes it much easier for publishes and agents to review the #CanLitPit stream on the day of the event.
#CanLitPit Rule #3 – Participants are required to use age (i.e. #MG = Middle Grade) and genre (#M = Mystery) hashtags as part of their pitch. These hashtags allow publishers to easily search for specific pitches that align with their publishing needs. The hashtag #CanLitPit must be included as this is how agents and publishers will search for your pitch.
#CanLitPit Rule # 4 – Participants must stick to “traditional” Twitter pitch party guidelines. While Twitter is eliminating the 240-word character limit for tweets, in the spirit and tradition of established pitch parties, we ask that you follow the traditional guidelines. This includes refraining from using images, links, and hashtags other than #CanLitPit and your manuscript’s age and genre hashtags.
#CanLitPit Rule # 5 – Participants may only post pitches for completed and polished manuscripts.
#CanLitPit Rule # 6 – If a participant has a pitch favourited by a Canadian publisher or literary agent, it is their responsibility to follow their submission requirements. DigiWriting Book Marketing Agency and participating publishers and agents are not responsible for facilitating the submission process.