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Pitch Independent is a major literary pitch program planned for Armidale in July-August 2018, organised by the New England Writers' Centre, with the in-kind support of the School of Arts at the University of New England & the Small Press Network.
It has a unique focus on giving regional writers and illustrators, including regional indigenous creators, access to the increasingly important publication opportunities offered to creators by independent book publishers & literary magazines.
The program will include a preparation day, a specialist pitch session for poets, and a general pitch day for writers and illustrators in all genres. Pitch Independent will also feature a public symposium on the significant contribution of independent book publishers & literary magazines to Australian literary culture.
We have 13 publishers and editors attending, from some of Australia’s most prestigious and interesting independent book publishers and literary magazines.
Phase 1 – One Day, Saturday July 28
A preparation day to be held in advance of the pitch sessions in order to support writers and illustrators in maximising the benefits of their participation. This is in keeping with the three previous programs offered by NEWC (2015–17), and will be facilitated by Sophie Masson, John Charles Ryan, Catherine Wright and expert presenters. Held in town.
Phase 2 – Two Days: Friday August 3 and Saturday August 4
A symposium (open to the public free of charge) on the significance of independent publishing to Australian literary culture. Held at the University of New England, this will feature presentations from press and magazine editors as well as roundtables on current topics and concerns within the rapidly changing publishing sector. The symposium will also highlight particular opportunities emerging out of Australian literary culture at this time. Interaction between the audience – Pitch Independent participants and the public, including staff and students at the University and residents of Armidale and the New England region –and the guest publishers and editors will be a core feature of the symposium.
A specialist pitch session for poets, held at UNE. This will make it possible for writers of poetry from New England, the Northwest and other regions of NSW and Queensland (as well as interested participants based in urban areas and other parts of Australia who may travel here) to pitch ideas for work to participating poetry presses and magazines.
Saturday all day
A general pitch day for writers in all genres and illustrators, which will give writers and illustrators across all genres and for all ages the opportunity to present ideas for new work and collaborations to participating presses and magazines. Held in town.
When: Saturday, July 28; August 3 and 4
List of publishers...