The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Conference, Online & Professional Development

Pitch It!

Put what you’ve learned into practice. Sign up to this event to have the chance to deliver a practice five-minute, online, one-on-one pitch with a literary industry professional. These publishers, editors and literary agents are always on the lookout for new and exciting voices, so give it a go!


This session is part of the National Writers’ Conference, a one-day online gathering of emerging writers on Zoom.

To attend, you can buy a National Writers’ Conference PLUS Pitch It! ticket to enjoy the full day of industry insights PLUS this bonus opportunity to pitch your manuscript to a publisher or editor. Please note that there are very limited slots available.

By booking a Conference PLUS Pitch It! ticket, you agree to EWF assigning you a time slot and a publisher/editor to pitch to. Your 5-minute Pitch It! session will take place one-on-one in a Zoom breakout room on the day of the Conference. You’ll be sent your timeslot and some more information closer to the day.

For better access and engagement with Zoom platform during the National Writers Conference, we recommend setting up and joining with a desktop/Mac/Laptop rather than your phone. 

Saturday 18 June
3-5.15pm AEST

Access this session with a National Writers’ Conference – Pitch It! ticket. Very limit slots available.

Online, via Zoom


Alaina Gougoulis

Alaina Gougoulis is a senior editor at Text Publishing. She has worked on books by Jennifer Down, Gail Jones, Ellena Savage, Davina Bell, Kavita Bedford, among many others.

Brigid Mullane

Brigid Mullane is a commissioning editor at Ultimo Press. She previously worked at Hachette where she was the Managing Editor.

Vanessa Radnidge

Vanessa is the Head of Narrative Non-Fiction and Head of Literary at Hachette and her passion is for connecting great storytellers and great stories with readers.

Aviva Tuffield

Aviva is a publisher at UQP and has worked in Australian publishing for over twenty years. Previously she has worked at Black Inc, Affirm Press and Scribe Publications.

Sam van der Plank

Sam is Publishing Officer at Monash University Publishing, where he – among various other duties – helps coordinate the submissions and acquisitions process.