I was offered a press pass to a new kind of sci fi convention, last year, called Nine Worlds Geek Fest. I couldn’t make it, but promised myself
I’d save the date for 2014, so with my press pass confirmed, I’m looking forward to the convention and thought I’d share.
Nine Worlds aims to be the UK’s answer to the likes of Dragon Con and Gen Con – US based sci-fi/fantasy conventions, which provide a platform for writers and creators, with workshops, discussion panels and more than just celebrity signings and merchandise. Up to now, the UK has been decidedly lacking in events for aspiring writers and creators, as well as fans, to network and meet with industry professionals. Geekfest 2014 is filling the gap with a weekend about gaming, films, fandom, geeking, science and cosplay.
The full programme of events is yet to be released, but I know last year had a number of panels with writers, agents and publishers of speculative fiction, including YA and horror, discussing different aspects of writing and publishing in that field. Plus, there are book launch parties, cosplay contests and the usual merchandise markets to spend your pocket money on. And this year they’re calling for aspiring authors to submit a sample manuscript for free feedback from a literary agent.
Free Feedback from Literary Agents – Conville & Walsh
Here’s the blurb from the Nine Worlds website, offering you a chance to submit a portion of your manuscript (finished or almost finished) – genre fiction only…
Literary agents Conville & Walsh will be attending Nine Worlds, and are keen to read your work of genre fiction. They’ll be spending Friday, 8 August doing one-on-one sessions with writers, helping them with their manuscripts!
There are only a limited number of spots available. If you’re interested, please fill out the form below, including uploading a short synopsis and a 1,500 extract of your finished or nearly finished manuscript (the first few chapters). The team from Conville & Walsh will review the submissions, and, if your manuscript is selected, we’ll be in touch with the time and place!
So what are you waiting for? It’s free and you might get discovered. The feedback sessions are on Friday 8 August 2014. Find out more and submit here.
Let me know if you’re attending the show and I’ll see you there – tweet me @ChellaRamanan