Pitch the Publisher and the Blue Pencil Café Return to Word on the Street

Do you have a great book idea?

Do you have a great book idea? APMA’s Pitch the Publisher and Blue Pencil Café events are returning to Word on the Street Halifax 2019! WOTS Halifax will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the Halifax Central Library

Pitch the Publisher offers budding authors 5 minutes with a panel of Atlantic Canadian publishers. They’ll get a chance to pitch their book idea and hear feedback from publishers. This event always draws a big crowd at the festival and is fondly referred to as a “literary Dragon’s Den” (but with friendly dragons!).

Formac Publishing 2015

Did you know Hand Drawn Halifax by Emma FitzGerald was originally pitched at Pitch the Publisher? Here’s what FitzGerald has to say if you are considering submitting: “Pitch the Publisher made my first book, Hand Drawn Halifax, possible. It forced me to focus my ideas, gave me a venue to speak to real live book publishers, and ultimately ended in a book contract, and the beginning of many more books. I highly recommend giving it a go!”

Photo provided by Jane Doucet

Jane Doucet also has a success story. The novel she pitched at last year’s Pitch the Publisher, a “riotous romp” about a married couple in their late 50s who open an upscale sex shop in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia will be published with Vagrant Press – Nimbus Publishing’s fiction imprint. “Being chosen for Pitch the Publisher gave me confidence that I might actually have a novel worthy of publication. Preparing my pitch helped me hone its message, and presenting it in front of a panel and the general public was excellent practice given that I’m nervous speaking in public. The advice I got from the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association was to have fun—and I did! Even better, I landed a book contract.”

This year’s Pitch the Publisher event will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Plaza Tent in front of the Halifax Central Library on Saturday, September 14th. Submissions are open until August 30, 2019. There are limited spots, so be sure to submit on time! Those selected will be notified by September 9th.

How to submit

Photo by Joseph Muise

If you have a completed, unpublished manuscript you’d like to submit to pitch, please send the following 3 items to Chantelle at admin@atlanticpublishers.ca:



  1. Your name, contact information, and a short (<100 word) bio
  2. Basic information about your manuscript: genre, word count, and title
  3. A 100 word blurb about your book idea

*If you pitched a book in 2018, you may pitch again this year, but not the same book.

Need more information? Give us a call at 902-420-0711


Blue Pencil Café


We’ll also be hosting the Blue Pencil Café at Word on the Street Halifax 2019, where aspiring authors will be able to receive targeted feedback from a professional editor. Each registrant will have 15 minutes to discuss their work with the editor and we’ll make every effort to match the author with an editor who works in that genre.

This year’s Blue Pencil Cafe will take place from 1-3 pm in the Halifax Central Library.

How to submit

Your editor will read your submission to become familiar with it before you meet. Send your submission to Chantelle at admin@atlanticpublishers.ca. Please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your contact info (email, daytime phone, city of residence).
  • Genre of the book you’re working on
  • A 3-page (double-spaced, 12 point type) excerpt from the work you would like critiqued
  • A short biography outlining your writing experience (no more than 250 words)

The deadline to submit is August 30, 2019. There are limited spots, so make sure to submit on time! Those selected will be contacted by September 9th with the time and details for their 15 minute session.

Helpful documents

The Publishing Process – This is where we demystify the publishing process by walking you through the transformation from unpublished manuscript to published book

Pitcher’s Guide to Pitch the Publisher – This guide will help you prepare your pitch and know what to expect at Pitch the Publisher

Written By

Chantelle Rideout is the Manager of Programming and Member Services for the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association.

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