For months leading up to this announcement, tons of work has gone on behind the scenes to bring you Pitch Wars 2021. We are an organization run solely by volunteers, and we couldn’t put this mentorship program on with out our amazing board and committee members. Everyone involved gives so much of their time to help other writers. We are truly blessed to have each of them.
Pitch Wars has had many successes with mentees making agent matches, snagging publishing deals, and receiving awards. We also couldn’t do this without the generosity of our mentors who dedicate their time and knowledge to our community.
We were amazed at all the talented people who applied to mentor this year. It’s always so difficult to choose our list of mentors each year because of it. Thank you to those of you who did apply. If you weren’t selected, please know that in no way does it mean you weren’t worthy. There are many variables that go into selecting mentors. Category popularity, genres needed, and how many different ones an applicant will consider come into play during the decision process. We want to thank the members of our selection committee for their hard work in putting together our mentor list for 2021. We greatly appreciate your hard work!
First, let me introduce you to Ayana Gray, our Managing Director this year. Ayana has been part of the Pitch Wars family for three years as a mentor and a committee member.
Ayana is a young adult fantasy author with a passion for stories steeped in #blackgirlmagic in all its forms. An Atlanta native now living in the Sunshine State, when she’s not reading or writing, you can probably find her portrait sketching, watching a documentary about something dark, or traveling the world with her husband! She is currently represented by Pete Knapp of Park & Fine Literary and Media.
A message from Ayana:
The time has come for a new season of Pitch Wars to kick off! Firstly, I want to thank everyone who applied to be a mentor this year. As always, we received so many fantastic applicants this year and the hardest part is always narrowing it down! If you weren’t invited to mentor this year, we absolutely welcome all of you to apply again next year. To Class of 2021’s new and returning mentors: congratulations and welcome (or welcome back)! Pitch Wars is a 100% volunteer-run program, and it simply couldn’t happen without you. Thank you for offering your time and expertise to this year’s mentees. We appreciate you! Things are just getting started, but I’m so excited for another incredible year!
Don’t know what Pitch Wars is? Peruse our site and learn more about our mentoring program. You could start HERE.
AND COME BACK WEDNESDAY 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 Wednesday.
Mentor wishlists will go live on September 11. Please review the wishlists to help you decide which four mentors you will submit an application to when the entry window opens on September 26.
I’m sure you all are excited to meet the 2021 Pitch Wars mentors, so without further delay, here they are!
|Alicia Thompson||Amy Lea|
|Brooke Abrams||Falon Ballard|
|Charish Reid||Denise Williams|
|Cole Nagamatsu||Sequoia Nagamatsu|
|Courtney Kae||Jenny L. Howe|
|Farah Heron||Namrata Patel|
|Grace K. Shim||Jesse Q. Sutanto|
|Heather Van Fleet||Jessica Calella AKA Jessica Calla|
|Keena Roberts||Molly Steen|
|Laura Elizabeth/Laura Adams||Mary Ann Marlowe|
|LL Montez||Nanci Schwartz|
|Lyn Liao Butler|
|Marith Zoli||Yvette Yun|
|Mia P. Manansala|
|Nikki Payne||Regina Black|
|Rosalie M. Lin||Sari Coritz|
|Rosie Danan||Ruby Barrett|
|Sarah Mughal||Vaishnavi Patel|
Young Adult Mentors
|Aaron Cole||Tamara Cole|
|Alex Brown||Skyla Arndt|
|Amelia Diane Coombs|
|Angelica Monai||Natalie Crown|
|Anna Sortino||Annika J. Cosgrove|
|Aty S. Behsam||Maedeh B. Saaina|
|Carrie S. Allen||Sabrina Lotfi|
|Charity Alyse||Cimone Watson|
|Dante Medema||Liz Lawson|
|Em X. Liu||Grace D. Li|
|Emily Grey||Rosiee Thor|
|Emily Thiede||Lauren Blackwood|
|Hannah V. Sawyerr||Olivia Liu|
|Heather M. Herrman|
|Hoda Agharazi||Lyssa Mia Smith|
|Jamie Howard||Meredith Tate|
|Jenny Perinovic||Kyrie McCauley|
|Justine Pucella Winans|
|Kat Dunn||Sarah Underwood|
|Mary E. Roach|
|Meg Long||Rochelle Hassan|
|Molly X. Chang||Zoulfa Katouh|
|Susan Bishop Crispell|
Middle Grade Mentors
|A.J. Sass||Nicole Melleby|
|Adrianna Cuevas||Sarah Kapit|
|Cindy Baldwin||Amanda Rawson Hill|
|Darlene P. Campos|
|George Jreije||LQ Nguyen|
|Graci Kim||Karah Sutton|
|Jennifer L. Brown||Kim Long|
|Sandra Proudman||Shannon A. Thompson|