2017 Summer Conference Manuscript Submissions

Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Registered Conferees

Beginning June 1, registered full-time conferees will be able to send mini-proposals and magazine articles to: 
Oregon Christian Writers
P.O. Box 5878
Bend, OR 97708

The manuscript coordinator will send your manuscript(s) on to the editor(s) and/or agent(s) you indicate. Please do not send anything directly to an agent or editor.

The information below is intended to help you prepare for the process of submitting your manuscript.

Please carefully follow these guidelines for submitting your mini-proposals and articles. (Again, do not send these directly to an editor or agent.) Some editors/agents have requested a cap on the number of mini-proposals and articles they are willing to preview, so submit early. The Manuscript Submission Program is for full-time registered conferees only.

All manuscripts must be postmarked by July 14 to be included in the manuscript review program.

You may submit up to three (3) mini-proposals for a book (the same book or three different books) for editors or agents to look at before the conference begins. In addition, you may submit up to three (3) magazine articles for review. If an editor or agent sees potential in your work, he or she will either request that you send a full proposal/manuscript after the conference and/or will request to meet with you for a 15-minute appointment during the conference. Manuscripts will be available to pick up by 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Hospitality Desk.

** Enclose a check with your submission(s) for $5 per mini-proposal or article to cover postage and handling. You can submit as many as three book proposals AND three magazine articles—a total of six submissions. Please use one check made out to Oregon Christian Writers (for $5 per submission) to cover all submissions.

Check the list of book editors, agents, and magazine editors who will be previewing manuscripts to find the best match for your work.  At the end of each editor and agent bio, you’ll find a list of “what we’re looking for” and in some cases, “what we’re not looking for.” Editors and agents have asked us to remind you to submit only what they have indicated they are looking for. Do not send a romance novel to an agent who is looking for Bible study materials. You must do your homework.

 

YOUR MINI-PROPOSAL FOR A BOOK

Use centered letterhead (which includes your contact information) for your letter and quality paper and printing for your letter, proposal, and manuscript pages. Please include:

  • one-page(single-spaced) cover letter that includes:
  • your email address
  • personally addresses the editor or agent you have chosen
  • briefly describes the work: what genre/category it fits, word count, how it compares to what is already in the marketplace, if the work is finished, and your credentials for writing it
  • one-page, single-spaced synopsis (a summary of your story that includes major story points and the ending) and up to the first 10 pages of your work (double-spaced). End at a logical place.

 

Each proposal should be computer-generated with your name, the title of the work, and the page number at the top of each page. Each proposal:

  • should not be stapled or bound in any way
  • should not exceed 12 pages total
  • should be submitted separately, each in its own 9″ x 12″ manila envelope

 

Please write agent’s/editor’s name and house/agency on the front of each envelope, such as: Nick Harrison, WordServe Literary. All the submission envelopes may be mailed together in one larger envelope along with the check to cover the “$5/submission” fee.

 

MAGAZINE ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

Once again, we are expanding the opportunity for magazine article submissions. In addition to the three mini-proposals for books, you may also submit up to three (3) articles for review (no single submission to exceed 10 pages) to whichever periodical editor(s) you choose. You may bring extra articles/pitches and sign up for on-the-spot meetings with magazine editors in the Writing Center. See the Magazine Editors’ link to meet these great representatives.

Use centered letterhead (which includes your contact information) for your letter and quality paper and printing for your letter and manuscript pages.

 

Your article submission must include a one-page (single-spaced) cover letter that:

  • includes your email address
  • personally addresses the editor or agent you have chosen
  • briefly describes the work: what genre/category it fits, word count, and your credentials for writing it

 

Include up to the first 10 pages of your work (double-spaced). End at a logical place.

Each article submission should:

  • be computer-generated with your name, the title of the work, and the page number at the top of each page
  • should not be stapled or bound in any way
  • should not exceed 11 pages total
  • should be submitted separately, each in its own 9″ x 12″ manila envelope

Please write editor’s name and publication on the front of each envelope, such as: Susan King, The Upper Room. All the submission envelopes may be mailed together in one larger envelope.

 

Format all manuscripts in the standard manner:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font (preferably)
  • one-inch margins all around
  • one-half-inch indentations on all new paragraphs (set default)
  • fully double-spaced manuscript pages (the cover letter and one-page proposal should be single-spaced)
  • with the widow and orphans control turned off
  • spell-checked
  • proofed for accuracy, typos, and grammar and punctuation errors
  • Take a look . . . and another look to make sure it’s the best it can be!

 

You will receive an email confirmation that your submission and payment have been received. It will not be necessary for you to respond to the confirmation email. Your cover letter should provide us with everything necessary to process your manuscript(s).

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AT THE CONFERENCE

Check the response sheet the editor or agent will attach to your manuscript envelope for comments and/or the request to sign up for an appointment in the Writing Center.

  • Remember, submitting your work to editors or agents gives them the opportunity to decide if your work is appropriate for them. Do not expect extensive critique or feedback. If you feel you need or want more feedback, meet with a pro writer.
  • Those reading your mini-proposals and articles may write on them, so bring additional copies with you to the conference. There will be opportunities to share your work with other conferees and professional writers.

 

PROFESSIONAL WRITERS

Pro Writers will be available in the Writing Center to offer on-the-spot advice and suggestions. Take advantage of these seasoned, expert authors. Check clipboards in the Writing Center and sign up for a 15-minute appointment. Practice your pitch before the meeting.

 

Happy writing!