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Our Mentors

Mia P. Manansala
This 2019, Mia P. Manansala is mentoring Adult
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Mia P. Manansala
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Mia P. Manansala is a writer from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.

She is the winner of the 2018 Hugh Holton Award, the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She’s also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2019 mentor.
Mia is quite the joiner, as she is the Secretary of the Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter), and a member of Sisters in Crime, Banyan Asian American Writers Collective, the Chicago Writers Association, and the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days procrastibaking, playing single-player video games, reading cozy mysteries, and dreaming of becoming best buds with Wonder Woman and Kamala Khan.

Janet Reid
​New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

For Pitch Wars 2019, Mia P. Manansala is co-mentoring with Kellye Garrett.

Recent Favorite Books

The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas
The Detective by Day Series by Kellye Garrett
The Roxane Weary Series by Kristen Lepionka
Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day
The Aunty Lee Series by Ovidia Yu

Years Mentored
2018, 2019