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Our Mentors

Gia de Cadenet
Gia de Cadenet is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Adult
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Gia de Cadenet
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Gia started creating stories long before she could write. And while she was encouraged to be creative, she was also expected to be practical.

So her academic career had one trajectory: law school.

Once she got there, she crashed and burned.

Following various turns as an English professor, translator and copy editor for UNESCO, she went back to her first love.

After a few years of drafting and awkwardly querying, she was accepted into the 2017 PitchWars class and nothing’s been the same. Her work has won awards. She joined the Transatlantic Literary Agency in 2018 and she signed with Ballantine/Penguin Random House for publication in Fall 2021.

She’s more than grateful for the help she’s received. That’s why she’s excited to pay it forward.

Léonicka Valcius
Transatlantic Literary Agency

Favorite Books

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Why I Write by George Orwell
Wanna Bet by Talia Hibbert
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Years Mentored
2019, 2020