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Our Mentors

Lyssa Mia Smith
This 2021, Lyssa Mia Smith is mentoring Young Adult
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Lyssa Mia Smith
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Lyssa Mia Smith writes speculative fiction with romantic twists. A two-time Pitch Wars mentee, she is thrilled to be giving back to the organization that helped turn many of her dreams into reality. Her 2018 manuscript won YARWA’s Rosemary Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (2019) and her 2020 manuscript, REVELLE! REVELLE!, connected her with her agent, Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS. When she’s not writing (or staying up far too late reading), she’s eating all the best bagels in New York with her partner and two young children.

Lauren Spieller

For Pitch Wars 2021, Lyssa Mia Smith is co-mentoring with Hoda Agharazi.

Favorite Books

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Years Mentored