Virtual “Pitch Me” Sessions with Emanata Editor Sal Sawler


Hey folks! Sal here. I’m the editor at Emanata, Conundrum Press’s YA imprint. We’ve still got a few weeks before our annual submission window closes on June 1st–and I want to take the opportunity to meet a few more of you before that happens!

A couple of weeks ago, I held in-person meetings at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, but I wanted to open the opportunity up to the rest of the country as well.

Next Friday, May 19th, I’ll have 10, 15-minute “Pitch Me” spots available. I’ll be holding these sessions on Zoom. Like I did in Toronto, I’ll be prioritizing marginalized artists. That means I’ll be holding 7 spots for people who identify as Deaf and Disabled, BIPOC, or 2SLGBTQIA+.

If you’d like to secure a spot, please first ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is my graphic novel for a young adult audience?
  2. Does my graphic novel tell a story (can be fiction or non-fiction)?
  3. Are you Canadian or do you live in colonial Canada? If you’re part of a team, is at least 50% of your team Canadian or living in colonial Canada?
  4. Is your voice under-represented in colonial Canada? While Emanata is open to all creators, we do  prioritize submissions from Deaf and Disabled, BIPOC, and 2SLGBTQIA+ creators. Creators from these groups will be prioritized for these meeting spots.

To Request a Spot:

Please email and provide brief yes or no responses to the questions above. Bookings will close at midnight on May 17th.

Other Things To Include in Your Email

  • 30 complete pages of comics
  • A synopsis and artist’s statement
  • A biography that includes any related work and/or education

Please note: We do not assign illustrators to graphic novel scripts—submissions must come from author-illustrators or pre-established author-illustrator teams.

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