If you happen to check Twitter's trending hashtags on April 19, you'll spot #DVpit on the list. And you'll probably think, what is #DVpit, anyway? Well, stay tuned, folks, because I've got all you need to know about the Twitter pitching event.
For those who aren't familiar with this sort of to-do, a Twitter pitching event allows writers to freely query participating agents and editors. The quarterly #PitMad event may be the most recognizable, but #PitDark, #PBPitch, and Pitch Wars are out there, as well.
Aspiring writers on Twitter are already familiar with pitching events. #DVpit operates in much the same way as others of its kind, but is unique in that it expressly calls for marginalized writers and subjects. From literary agent Beth Phelan:
#DVpit is a Twitter event created to showcase pitches about and especially by marginalized voices. This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.
If you aren't a writer, be sure to let Phelan know that you want to see another event in the future. Diversity in publishing is good for writers and readers alike, after all.
#DVpit runs from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. EST on April 19.