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Mentor Spotlights with Young Adult Mentors (Part 1) & Book Giveaway!

Tuesday, 22 September 2020  |  Posted by Rochelle Karina

From September 21-26, we’re posting mini-interviews with most of the 2020 Pitch Wars mentors. We thought it would be fun to have them answer one question. A question that would give you an idea of their likes and personalities. And possibly point out a mentor you may have missed on your exhaustive search for which mentors you’ll submit to when our submission window opens. Don’t know what Pitch Wars is START HERE


We’re giving away 2020 mentors’ and committee members’ books! Go to the bottom of this post for details and to enter for a chance to win.

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Mark your calendars!

Join us for our official  chats on Twitter and our live mentor video chats happening on Sarah Nicolas’ Youtube channel. Go to this blog post for dates and follow @PitchWars on Twitter for all the details.

This is the question we asked our mentors to answer: Invite three authors (living or dead) to dinner – who and why?


And here are their answers …

“We’d invite Holly Black, so we can pick her brain about how she writes a romance arc that is so *chef’s kiss* and captivating. When the knives come out for enemies-to-lovers… that’s what we like to see. We’d then invite Mary Shelley, to spice up the living-dead ratio on the table a little, and because she was a teenage girl when she invented a whole genre! The power! An inspiration to young writers everywhere. Finally, we’d invite Tahereh Mafi, who has the most beautiful writing on the planet, just to absorb some of her talent by sitting close to her.”

Tashie Bhuiyan

Tashie Bhuiyan

Mentor Page

Website | Twitter


and co-mentor

Chloe Gong

Mentor Page

Website | Twitter






“We’d love to invite Agatha Christie (for the lessons in mystery), Flannery O’Connor (for the strange), and Courtney Summers because we want to know first hand #whatwouldcourtneysummersdo.”

Dante Medema

Mentor Page







and co-mentor

Liz Lawson

Mentor Page







“My first choice is Khaled Hosseini, author of THE KITE RUNNER. I had the opportunity to have dinner with him and turned it down because of other obligations. I have regretted it immensely ever since. I’d also invite Jean Craighead George, author of MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, who responded when I wrote to her as a child to tell her that I wanted to be a writer. She made me feel like a million bucks and is solely to blame for me trying to make pancakes out of acorns. My last guest would be F. Scott Fitzgerald, just to show him that he wasn’t a failure after all.”

Bethany Mangle

Mentor Page







“Toni Morrison, so I could thank her in person for her work and the courage she inspired in me to write my truth. Ian McEwan, so that I could scream at him and gush about the Atonement plot twist. And Elizabeth Acevedo, so that I could try to absorb just a smidgen of her talent and get her hair care routine because the curls stay poppin.”

Lane Clarke

Mentor Page





Enter for a chance to win one of our mentors’ or committee members’ books. We’ll choose ten winners to receive one book each. All you have to do is search our mentors’ and committee members’ books, pick one you’d like to receive should you win, and enter it in the rafflcopter at the bottom of this post. The book must be one from our 2020 mentors or committee members.

You can find our mentor pages here: https://pitchwars.org/mentor-status/active/ And you can find our committee members here: https://pitchwars.org/about/meet-the-pitch-wars-committee/

It’s open internationally, but only for books available on the Book Depository. Make sure to go to their site and verify the book is listed for sale before choosing your book in the Rafflecopter.


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