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Our Mentors

Ernie Chiara
Ernie Chiara is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Adult
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Ernie Chiara
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A former Pitch Wars mentee, Ernie now serves as Pitch Wars Communications Director, as a member of the Pitch Wars Committee, and as a co-mentor in the Adult category alongside his partner in crime, Kristen Lepionka. He enjoys writing characters with complex lives and hardened exteriors, people we’d pass on the streets without a second glance. Ernie is represented by Michelle Richter at Fuse Literary, is Assistant to Agent Tricia Skinner, and is passionate about giving back to the writing community.

Michelle Richter
Fuse Literary

Favorite Books

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Years Mentored
2019, 2020