One of our major goals is to give creators the opportunity to get their work seen by editors and agents.
So we are very, very excited to announce 2023 Pitch-a-Palooza, a series of graphic novel pitch events starting in early September and culminating in the second annual KCU Pitchfest competition! Pitchfest winners will be announced on November 4th.
This year, we’re partnering with KidLit GN to provide you with a range of ways to participate. Some of the pitching events are free to participants, and others are paid workshops and competitions.
The kickoff event in our lineup is KidLit GN + KCU Pitchfest Info Session on September 6th. This FREE event will be an opportunity to learn all about the upcoming pitching events, learn how to submit your pitch, and ask your questions! You can register for this FREE event here.
The next event is a Pitching Workshop on September 9th. I will be joined by creators Ken Lamug, Annette Hashitate, David Rickert, and Urania Smith for this half day workshop focused on all the ins and outs of pitching a graphic novel, and what you need to focus on when pitching your work.
This event will include case studies of successful graphic novel pitches as well as live critiques. You’ll have the opportunity to submit your work in advance, and we’ll select a few submissions for live review.
Our goal with this event is to teach you everything you need to know to put together an effective pitch, and answer all your questions! We want you to be fully prepared when it’s time to submit your pitch to agents and editors.
Next up is the annual KidLit GN Pitch Event which will take place in early October. This is a FREE pitch showcase hosted annually on KidlitGN’s website. KidLit GN is widely known and respected in the industry – agents and editors are waiting to review your work on their site!
The submission window opens on October 1st and closes on October 3rd. The website gallery is open for editors and agents to review and request from Oct. 4th through Oct 6.
Browse through KidLitGN’s website to read success stories, tips, and helpful information all about graphic novel pitching.
On October 10th we will open KCU Pitchfest for submissions!!! KCU Pitchfest is a juried competition with an entrance fee. Your work will be reviewed and voted on by a panel of outstanding graphic novel agents and editors.
We are extremely excited to announce the confirmed judges on this year’s jury. They include:
- Andrea Cascardi, Transatlantic Agency
- Anjali Singh, Pande Literary
- Britt Siess, Britt Siess Creative Management
- Bunmi Ishola, Waterbrook Multnomah Kids
- Chris Duffy, Union Square and Co.
- Christie Megill, CAT Agency
- Fiona Kenshole, Transatlantic Agency
- Jenniea Carter, New Leaf Literary and Media
- Kathleen Ortiz, KO Media Management
- Kristie Choi, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
- Maria Vicente, PS Literary
- Megan Peace, Scholastic Graphix
- Rachel Diebel, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
- Serah-Marie McMahon, Annick Press [Canada]
- Shana Corey, Penguin Random House
- Sophie Splatt, Allen and Unwin [Australia]
We will announce additional judges as they are confirmed.
On November 4th we will host our Pitchfest: Industry Panel and Gallery Launch. This event will include a “State of the Industry Panel,” at which a panel of editors and agents will discuss the latest trends in Kids and YA graphic novel publishing; what’s working and what’s not; and predictions for the future. We expect a lively discussion – and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the panelists.
The crowning moment at this event will be the unveiling of the online 2023 Pitchfest Gallery! We’ll announce the top winners, and the agents and editors on the panel will discuss why their pitches are particularly effective.
This is a ticketed event soon to be purchasable from the KCU website.
We got tremendous feedback from industry pros on the talent showcased in last year’s Pitchfest Gallery, and anticipate that this year’s showcase will get even more attention!
To sign up for an email notification click here.
If you have any questions about the events listed above, please leave a comment below. And don’t forget to RSVP for our Info Session on September 6th! We’d love to see you there!