Tons of work goes on behind the scenes to bring you Pitch Wars each year, and even though 2020 has been difficult so far, we’re looking forward to the distraction. There’s been a lot of pain this year, but we also have hope for better times. We all aren’t equal until Black lives matter. We at Pitch Wars wholly believe this, and you should as well.
Pitch Wars has had many successes with mentees making agent matches, snagging publishing deals, and receiving awards. We couldn’t do this without the generosity of our mentors who dedicate their time and knowledge to our community.
First, let me introduce you to Sonia Hartl, our Managing Director this year. Sonia has been a part of the Pitch Wars family since 2013. Check out Sonia’s page here to learn more about her.
A message from Sonia:
Huge thank you to everyone who applied to be a mentor this year! We were blown away by the talent and compassion of everyone who applied. If you weren’t invited to mentor this year it’s not a reflection on you at all, and we absolutely welcome all of you to apply next year. We appreciate the time and expertise you were willing to share with a new class of mentees.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with our 2020 mentors! The experience and generosity they are bringing to the table is sure to make this an incredible year.
Many talented industry professionals applied to mentor in Pitch Wars 2020 that it was an extremely difficult task to pick our mentoring team this year. Our selection committee worked hard to choose a team they feel represents our community and offers an acceptable range of genres in each of the categories we accept for the program. After each Pitch Wars event, our committee will evaluate our program and make changes as they feel are needed.
Don’t know what Pitch Wars is? Peruse our site and learn more about our mentoring program. You could start HERE.
To learn more about each mentor, check out their bios on our site. We also have a twitter list of all the mentors here.
Mentor wishlists will go live on September 12. Please review the wishlists to help you decide which four mentors you will submit an application to when the entry window opens on September 27.
AND COME BACK TOMORROW to enter our critique workshop giveaway. Our current and past mentors will be giving away query and first page critique packages for our workshop. I’ll have more details in my post tomorrow.
I’m sure you all are excited to meet the 2020 Pitch Wars mentors, so without further delay, here they are!
|Alex Segura and M. J. Soni|
|Anne Raven and Janet Walden-West|
|Charish Reid and Denise Williams|
|Cole Nagamatsu and Sequoia Nagamatsu|
|Cynthia (Cina) Pelayo|
|Denny S. Bryce and L. Penelope|
|Farah Heron and Roselle Lim|
|Gia de Cadenet|
|Heather Van Fleet and Jessica Calla|
|Kalyn Josephson and Kat Enright|
|Kristen Lepionka and Ernie Chiara|
|Layne Fargo and Halley Sutton|
|Lyn Liao Butler|
|Mary Ann Marlowe|
|Matthew Quinn Martin|
|Mia P. Manansala and Kellye Garrett|
|Mia Sosa and Adriana Herrera|
|Michael Mammay and A.R. Lucas|
|P. J. Vernon and Kelly J. Ford|
|Rachel Howzell Hall|
|Rachel Lynn Solomon|
|Ruby Barrett and Rosie Danan|
|Sonia Hartl and Annette Christie|
Young Adult Mentors
|Amelia Diane Coombs and Sophie Gonzales|
|Aty S. Behsam|
|Auriane Desombre and Susan Lee|
|Ava Reid and Allison Saft|
|Ayana Gray and Maiya Ibrahim|
|Carrie S. Allen and Sabrina Lotfi|
|Dawn Ius and April Snellings|
|Emily K. Thiede|
|Gabriela Martins and Adiba Jaigirdar|
|Grace Li and Rebecca Mix|
|J.Elle and Emily Golden|
|Kat Dunn and Daphne Lao Tonge|
|Kimberly Gabriel and Kara McDowell|
|Kit Frick and Carlyn Greenwald|
|Liz Lawson and Dante Medema|
|Meg Long and Xiran Jay Zhao|
|Sandra Proudman and Shannon A. Thompson|
|Sasha Peyton Smith and Kristin Lambert|
|Sheena Boekweg and Alechia Dow|
|Tashie Bhuiyan and Chloe Gong|
Middle Grade Mentors
|Adrianna Cuevas and Sarah Kapit|
|Darlene P. Campos|
|Erin Entrada Kelly|
|Gail D. Villanueva|
|George Jreije and Long-Quan Nguyen|
|Jessica Vitalis and Julie Artz|
|K.C. Held and Shana Targosz|
|Kim Long and Jennifer L. Brown|
|Lisa Moore Ramee|
|Rajani LaRocca and Remy Lai|
|Reese Eschmann and Christina Li|
Congratulations to everyone!!
This us such a great program you offer. I just thought it was tweeting a pitch to agents. I didn’t know there was more to it.
This is our mentorship program. We also have #PitMad that is held quarterly which is tweeting a pitch for agents and editors. So Pitch Wars and #PitMad are separate events.
Thanks for all of this. Just curious, where can we find the mentors’ wishlists? On their bios I just see the books they’ve written and books they like. Thanks.
They’re going live 9/12 on this blog, so look for the post.