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Congrats to the Winners!

Congrats to all the winners!

The categories in order are: MG, YA SFF, YA Other, Adult SFF, Adult Other, and Wildcards!

Pay no attention to the order – these were all drawn randomly via Rafflecopter!

Please contact the Mentee via Twitter…failing that, they will contact you via email. Please send them yoru Query + 1st 10 pages. The normal submissions requirements apply: Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font.

We’ll get them back to you by July 15th, if not sooner.

Any questions? Please fill out the Contact form on this site.

 

Cheers,

the 2017 PitchWars Mentee Class

 

 

2017 PW Mentee name Winner name Genre
1 Melanie Pendleton Susan Burdorf MG
2 Dana Edwards Matt Mutshnick MG
3 Nadine Johnson Dani Camarena MG
4 Rajani LaRocca Marine v K MG
5 Rajani LaRocca Maria Linn MG
6 Rajani LaRocca Jennifer Kinzler MG
7 Jennifer Brown Rachal Aronson MG
8 Jennifer Brown Adam Veile MG
9 Colleen Bennett Sherry Taylor MG
10 Colleen Bennett Kathleen Cara MG
11 Diana DeBolt Lucy Caird MG
12 Diana DeBolt Laura Stegman MG
13 Shelly Steig Nur Refai MG
14 Shelly Steig Jen Davenport MG
15 Remy Lai James Gettys MG
16 Remy Lai Christyne Morrell MG
17 Reese Eschmann Amy Laundrie MG
18 Reese Eschmann Jolene Gutierrez MG
19 Bronwyn Clark Amanda Kolke-Hillman MG
20 Bronwyn Clark Ryan James Black MG
21 Arianne Costner Debra Daugherty MG
22 Arianne Costner AJ Vanderhorst MG
23 Karen Chow Lori Keckler MG
24 Karen Chow Reba Kahtun MG
25 Valerie Pepper AJ Sass MG
26 Valerie Pepper McLeod Thompson MG
27 Valerie Pepper Mary Johnson MG
28 Adrianna Cuevas Sandy Perlic MG
29 Gaye Sanders Olga MG
30 Gaye Sanders Jamie evans MG
31 Gaye Sanders Shmuel MG
2017 PW Mentee name Winner name Genre
1 Shelby Mahurin Lainey Kress YA SFF
2 Emily Taylor Rimma Ojougboh YA SFF
3 Emily Taylor Melinda Cook YA SFF
4 Ipuna Black Sahar Rahimi YA SFF
5 Kylie Schachte Sophie Pinkoski YA SFF
6 Kylie Schachte Sandra Proudman YA SFF
7 Erin Gunti Sheila Adamson YA SFF
8 Erin Gunti Tanvi B YA SFF
9 Sasha Smith Kimberly Zook YA SFF
10 Sasha Smith Sophia Moskalenko YA SFF
11
K.C. Karr (Kacey Vanderkarr)
Catherine Zerega YA SFF
12
K.C. Karr (Kacey Vanderkarr)
Emae Church YA SFF
13 Karah Sutton Tigest Negussie YA SFF
14 Karah Sutton Lindsay Anderson YA SFF
15 Kimberly Vale Sana Muttalib YA SFF
16 Kimberly Vale Angela Cowan YA SFF
17 Adelle Yeung Danielle Simonelli YA SFF
18 Adelle Yeung Anthony Nerada YA SFF
19 Anna Mercier Loie Dunn YA SFF
20 Anna Mercier Erin Clyburn YA SFF
21 Jade Hemming Daniel Mishne YA SFF
22 Jade Hemming Nina Snyder YA SFF
23 Sher-May Loh patrick YA SFF
24 Sher-May Loh Caitlin Bartlett YA SFF
25 Allison Dillon Jamie Stewart YA SFF
26 Allison Dillon Samantha Lienhard YA SFF
27 Kimberly Fernando Leo YA SFF
28 Kimberly Fernando Danielle YA SFF
29 Rosie Brown Jackie Peveto YA SFF
30 Rosie Brown Erin Lunsford YA SFF
31 Elizabeth Chang-Gibson Maiga Doocy YA SFF
32 Elizabeth Chang-Gibson LM Jeanette YA SFF
33 Megan Starks Ruth Torres YA SFF
34 Megan Starks Courtney! YA SFF
35 Marilyn Chin Heather D. Graves YA SFF
36 Marilyn Chin Maria A. Guglielmo YA SFF
37 Cori Vella Emilee Martell YA SFF
38 Cori Vella Janeal Downs YA SFF
39 Erica Waters Morgan Watchorn YA SFF
40 Erica Waters Anita Batuure YA SFF
41 Alexandria Rogers Meghan Thew YA SFF
42 Alexandria Rogers Holly Flynn YA SFF
43 Alexandria Rogers Morgan Al-Moor YA SFF
44 Lana Pattinson Shereen Cook YA SFF
45 Lana Pattinson Tina Chan YA SFF
46 Lana Pattinson Amber Reynolds YA SFF
47 Alyssa Carlier Einat Segal YA SFF
48 Alyssa Carlier Raquel Irvine YA SFF
49 Alyssa Carlier Stacy Choi YA SFF
50 Mimi Powell jackiebatston YA SFF
51 Mimi Powell Christina Henson YA SFF
52 Mimi Powell JoAnne Turner YA SFF
53 Christina Wise Rachael Williams YA SFF
54 Christina Wise Janice YA SFF
55 Christina Wise Lauren Fobbs YA SFF
56 Emily Thiede Laura Reeves YA SFF
57 Emily Thiede James Fryar YA SFF
58 Emily Thiede Jordan Alexandria YA SFF
59 Amanda Coppedge Jessica ByWater YA SFF
60 Amanda Coppedge Cecile YA SFF
61 Amanda Coppedge Carmella Komski Dillman YA SFF
62 Neicole Crepeau Saira Umar YA SFF
63 Neicole Crepeau Jessica Olson YA SFF
64 Neicole Crepeau Bonnie Jacoby YA SFF
65 Luke Hupton Maria J. Morillo YA SFF
66 Luke Hupton Louise McSorley YA SFF
67 Luke Hupton Jonathan Cloonan YA SFF
68 Rajani LaRocca Marissa Shields YA SFF
69 Rajani LaRocca Jane YA SFF
70 Adrianna Cuevas Tiffany Elmer YA SFF
71 Adrianna Cuevas Jessica Froberg YA SFF
72 Elissa Hunter Paul Deane YA SFF
73 Elissa Hunter Elizabeth McWhorter YA SFF
74 Elissa Hunter Ross MacDonald YA SFF
75 Audra Atoche Alyssa Villaire YA SFF
76 Audra Atoche Lindsay Puckett YA SFF
77 Audra Atoche Felicia Kleingeld YA SFF
78 Audra Atoche Hannah Lee YA SFF
79 June Tan Monica Borg YA SFF
2017 PW Mentee name Winner name Category
1 Kylie Schachte Sanyukta YA Other
2 Erin Gunti Breanna Shiyou YA Other
3 Sasha Smith Susan Staab YA Other
4 Alexandria Rogers Duchess Dee YA Other
5 Alexandria Rogers Morgan Alexander Vega YA Other
6 Sarah White Clare Golding YA Other
7 Jeff Bishop Theresa Milstein YA Other
8 Michelle Mason Katy Brooke YA Other
9 Michelle Mason Jennifer Cohen YA Other
10 Natalie VanderHeydt RW Hodgson YA Other
11 Natalie VanderHeydt Shannon Balloon YA Other
12 Jamie McHenry Skylaar Amann YA Other
13 Jamie McHenry @RoaDemille YA Other
14 Deanna Roy Gina Berry YA Other
15 Deanna Roy Holly Heaton YA Other
16 Lindsey Ouimet Clara MacCarald YA Other
17 Lindsey Ouimet Rebecca Cline YA Other
18 Aty S. Behsam Bethany Stevenson YA Other
19 Aty S. Behsam Cary Jewkes YA Other
20 Syed Masood Marlene Okner YA Other
21 Syed Masood Courtney Paige Berman YA Other
22 Isaac Fitzsimons Gates Palissery YA Other
23 Isaac Fitzsimons Laurie Kendall Batzel YA Other
24 Julie Christensen Meghan Bray YA Other
25 Julie Christensen Justine Manzano YA Other
26 Kyrie McCauley Sindhu Vijayasarathy YA Other
27 Kyrie McCauley amy duchene YA Other
28 Peggy J. Sheridan Naz Kutub YA Other
29 Peggy J. Sheridan Jenna Grinstead YA Other
30 Amelia Denyven Ross Kate YA Other
31 Amelia Denyven Ross Sarah Showell YA Other
32 Amelia Denyven Ross Bonnie Staring YA Other
33 Andrea Contos Wendy YA Other
34 Andrea Contos Leslie Rush YA Other
35 Andrea Contos Dawn YA Other
36 Christine Webb Sharon Dosdall Belknap YA Other
37 Christine Webb Megan Gaudino YA Other
38 Christine Webb Sahana Thirumazhusai YA Other
39 Hoda Agharazi Sabina Fidahic YA Other
40 Hoda Agharazi C.I Patrick YA Other
41 Hoda Agharazi Ariane Peveto YA Other
2017 PW Mentee name Winner name Winner email
1
K.C. Karr (Kacey Vanderkarr)
Kat Malta Adult SFF
2 Victoria Lee Selina Eckert Adult SFF
3 Brandon McNulty Matthew Reardon Adult SFF
4 Emily Paxman Kendra Silver Adult SFF
5 Emily Paxman Tanya Rowe Adult SFF
6
Erin Sullivan (pen name Ellie Luken)
Sifa Poulton Adult SFF
7
Erin Sullivan (pen name Ellie Luken)
Maria Heater Adult SFF
8 Laura Seabaugh Noor Adult SFF
9 Laura Seabaugh Ally Dahlin Adult SFF
10 Robin St. Clare Elina Larravide Adult SFF
11 Robin St. Clare Jana Sun Adult SFF
12 Lorraine Goddard Victoria Astrop Adult SFF
13 Lorraine Goddard Kelly Barina Adult SFF
14 Ian Barnes Jessica Lewis Adult SFF
15 Ian Barnes Regina Mize Adult SFF
16 Ryan McLeod Victoria Chiu Adult SFF
17 Ryan McLeod Christine Adult SFF
18 Eliza Langhans Tom Houseman Adult SFF
19 Eliza Langhans Adam Brickley Adult SFF
20 Eliza Langhans Kim Lajevardi Adult SFF
21 Margie Fuston Fiona Claire Adult SFF
22 Margie Fuston Evan Adult SFF
23 Margie Fuston Emily Garber Adult SFF
24 Hoda Agharazi Jennifer Ambrose Adult SFF
2017 PW Mentee name Winner name Winner email
1 Melissa Hed KC Kirkley Adult Other
2 Anna Collins Barb Bittel Adult Other
3 Julia MIller Alexandra Panic Adult Other
4 Piper Grayson Cheryl Simmons Adult Other
5 Piper Grayson Catherine Friant Adult Other
6 Piper Grayson CH Lamb Adult Other
7 Piper Grayson Kay Elam Adult Other
8 Lisa Leoni Sarah Sandhu Adult Other
9 Lisa Leoni Avery Keelan Adult Other
10 Lisa Leoni Christy Neff Adult Other
11 Lisa Leoni Sher Adult Other
12 Matt Thomas Kia Dennis Adult Other
13 Matt Thomas Kristen Howe Adult Other
14 Matt Thomas Angela Boeke Adult Other
15 Jes Ireland (Anne Raven pen name) Monica Sellers Adult Other
16 Jes Ireland (Anne Raven pen name) Haley Kral Adult Other
17 Jes Ireland (Anne Raven pen name) Lauren Accardo Adult Other
18 Amy Jones Kristin Adult Other
19 Amy Jones Chris Rutherford Adult Other
20 Amy Jones Wynn Bishop Adult Other
21 Janet Walden-West Melody Haaf Adult Other
22 Janet Walden-West Michelle McCraw Orloff Adult Other
23 Janet Walden-West Kat Adult Other
24 Alexandria Bellefleur Despina Karras Adult Other
25 Alexandria Bellefleur Sara Dobie Bauer Adult Other
26 Alexandria Bellefleur Ida Brady Adult Other
27 Marisa Kanter Corinne Cunningham Adult Other
28 Marisa Kanter Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge Adult Other
29 Gia de Cadenet Donna Curtin Adult Other
30 Gia de Cadenet Yasmin Adult Other
31 Jesse Vigil Stephanie Neal Adult Other
32 Jesse Vigil Madison Sevier Adult Other
33 Em Shotwell Ellen Kozyra Currier Adult Other
34 Em Shotwell Jonas Boehm Adult Other
35 Layne Fargo Chelsea Covington Maass Adult Other
36 Layne Fargo Hubert Owusu Adult Other
37 Jessa Gwinn Tara Martin Adult Other
38 Jessa Gwinn Alex Mena Adult Other
39 Megan McGee Denise Eckert Bled Adult Other
40 Mia P. Manansala Maria Rolan Adult Other
41 Mia P. Manansala Anne Lipton Adult Other
42 Carolyne Topdjian Monissa Whiteley Adult Other
43 Carolyne Topdjian Jaime Lynn Hendricks Adult Other
44 Sarah White Judy Dercksen Adult Other
45 Sarah White Evelyn Goldman Adult Other
2017 PW Mentee name Winner name Winner email
1 Sarah Kapit Rochel Vorst MG Historical Fiction
2 Sarah Kapit Stacie Turner YA near future science fiction
3 Alexis Henderson Austin Brook YA Fantasy
4 Alexis Henderson Annette T. Dodd fantasy
5 Robin Lemke Kim Adult
6 Robin Lemke Andrea Vecchione Historical Fiction
7 Hannah Whitten Nessa YA contemporary fantasy
8 Hannah Whitten Tiffany YA fantasy
9 Landon Spencer Angela Russell MG contemporary magical realism
10 Landon Spencer Julie Reynolds MG Fantasy
11 Amelia Diane Coombs Nicole Groshek YA Contemporary
12 Amelia Diane Coombs Kimberly Witz Dual-time mystery
13 Anna Mercier Lorelei Savaryn YA Fantasy
14 Anna Mercier Amy McGuire Young Adult Urban Fantasy
15 Gail Villanueva Meghan Maugeri contemporary, upper middle grade
16 Anne Raven Aletha Adult Fantasy
17 Anne Raven Jana Contemporary (Inspirational)
18 Anne Raven Katharine Strange Upmarket adult fiction
19 Janet Walden-West Christopher Zerby Adult Science Fiction
20 Janet Walden-West Heather guingona Contemporary fantasy
21 Scott Rhoades Caroline Brantley Magical Realism
22 Tera Pruitt Abigail Welborn #OwnVoices Fantasy
23 Tera Pruitt Corine Mekaouche YA Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy
24 Sarah Vilain Sabrina Kleckner YA Contemp
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The time has come – the rafflecopters are now open!

We have OVER 200 Query + 1st 10 pages critique packages to give away!

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Group 4: Adult SFF

Group 5: Adult Other

GOOD LUCK!! Winners will be chosen AT RANDOM, by RAFFLECOPTER. See the key dates post for dates & times!

Interview with Lacee Little

Our interview today is with Lacee Little, a Middle Grade writer and a member of the Pitch Wars Class of 2016. You can find her on Twitteror her website if you want to learn more! 

What would you say to someone thinking about entering Pitch Wars?

We as writers are notoriously hard on ourselves, which comes in handy when we’re making sure every single word in our 90k manuscript pulls its weight. It’s not so great, however, when we turn that examination on ourselves.

A couple of months ago I seriously considered quitting querying. Not writing (I’m not crazy), but stopping attempting to get published. A few big setbacks had recently disappointed me, and I wasn’t sure if I had what it took to keep going (actually I still don’t, hahahaha). But I reached out to my group of MG co-mentees and told them what I was feeling.

Not only did they all encourage me not to quit, but nearly all of them shared they’d experienced–or were experiencing–the exact same thing. That honestly surprised me. I’d read a lot of their manuscripts and wips and had never once thought any of them should quit. And even if any of them had experienced the same setbacks I had–and a lot of them had, and worse–I would never advise them to quit. Advice I was seriously considering giving to myself. 

So, what I would say to you darling pitch wars hopefuls is to be kind to yourself. We often hold ourselves to higher standards than we hold others, and ‘tell’ ourselves things we would never tell anyone else. If your cp emailed you saying she’d gotten a stinging rejection from an agent, you wouldn’t tell her that her writing must be pathetic and not likely to ever attract anyone. So why do we tell ourselves that?

If you don’t finish your ms in time to submit to PW, be kind to yourself.

If you don’t get any requests, be kind to yourself.

If you don’t get chosen, be kind to yourself.

You can be your worst critic or your strongest supporter; choose wisely. A mentor or a great group of cp’s or co-mentees will be your biggest cheerleaders, and often necessary after a rough day. But at the end of that day, the loudest voice in your head will still be you, so remember to treat yourself with the same kindness you would show others.

What is one gif that represents your Pitch Wars experience?

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Interview with Jennifer Camiccia

Our interview today is with Jennifer Camiccia a member of the Pitch Wars Class of 2016. You can find her on Twitteror her website if you want to learn more! 

 

Hi, all of you Pitch Wars hopefuls! I’m Jennifer Camiccia, a PitchWars 2016 mentee. I can still remember how excited I felt last year. The fabulous, Kristin Wright, was my mentor, and she showed me how to mold my story into something that actually matched my vision for it.

What did you do to prepare for Pitch Wars?

I went over my manuscript several times, doing a search for overly used words like just, really, that, then, and filtering words like I felt, I saw, I heard. We all have language we tend to repeat that stops the flow of the story.

What didn’t you do that you wish you had?

I wish I had immersed myself in the community sooner. I was a little shy at first, and more than a little awkward. Almost everyone is awesome and supportive. They cheer your successes and help you gripe about your rejections. The sooner you dive in, the sooner you establish connections.

How did you choose which mentors to send to?

I went through all the mentor blogs and found the young adult mentors who wanted contemporary and mainly looked at what they listed as their favorite movies or books. I figured if our tastes were similar then one of them might also like my writing.

How/Why did you decide to enter Pitch Wars?

I heard about it on twitter. It sounded awesome! I needed to learn how to revise, and this sounded like the place to make that happen. I knew the beginning of my book was strong, and I suspected the middle and end needed major work (I had no idea how much!).

What was something that surprised you about Pitch Wars?

I’ve never worked on a deadline before – at least not with my writing – and it was a bit more stressful than I anticipated. If you get in, prepare to work hard. Like really, really hard. My brain, butt, and back were all sore – in that order.

What was your favorite part of Pitch Wars?

Learning how to revise. My mentor helped me figure out what worked or didn’t. It helped immeasurable to have someone to run things by. I, also, love the community. Everyone has been so supportive.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Pitch Wars?

To not define your writing by how many request you get or don’t get – or by getting into Pitch Wars or not. You’re going to hear one thing over and over in this business: taste is subjective. Agents and editors might be looking for something specific, but then decide they don’t like how you’ve presented it. Or they do like how you presented it, but don’t like the topic. All you can do is write your story, the one that speaks to your heart and soul, and work hard to make it the best you can be. After that, it’s out of your hands. Then you go to the next idea and do it all over again.

What would you say to someone thinking about entering Pitch Wars?

Your dream is one step outside your comfort zone. Go ahead and take that step.

What is one gif that represents your Pitch Wars experience?

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Interview with Michelle Iannantuono

Our interview today is with Michelle Iannantuono, a member of the Pitch Wars Class of 2016. You can find her on Twitteror her website if you want to learn more! 

What did you do to prepare for Pitch Wars?

I went through all of the mentor wishlists and interviews extensively. Made a spreadsheet with all the people who could possibly like my manuscript (which I had been working on for three years, didn’t really write it with the intent of entering it into PW, but saw the contest and thought I might have a shot). Then narrowed that down to the top 6 based on a lot of factors. 1) Their twitters and interviews, which sometimes revealed other interests they had. 2) The books THEY had written, which told me a bit about their style preferences and interests. And of course 3) their bios and what they specifically said they wanted. Granted Adult SFF is a narrow category of mentors, but there were a few wild cards in there. Michelle Hazen, who ended up becoming my mentor, wasn’t really an Adult SFF mentor as much as she was a romance mentor who was open to SFF elements.

So I was basically a giant stalker 😛

How/Why did you decide to enter Pitch Wars?

I really just stumbled across it in early July of 2016. Added a note in my calendar about the submission date. I was undergoing a present tense to past tense revision at the time, but otherwise, the manuscript had been edited to death already! So I didn’t feel too pressured to finish many edits. I just submitted my materials on the date and waited. To say it like that undermines my excitement though – I stalked the Twitter thread for weeks during the contest!

What was something that surprised you about Pitch Wars?

The community. During revisions, my main “community” was my mentor herself, who was incredibly patient and always willing to lend an ear whenever I DM’d her about “so what if I tried this?” We still chat to this day, and just having someone who is sharp, honest, and who believes in you is something every writer needs.

After PW, I sort of rediscovered the mentee Facebook group and was sucked right in. I’m a bit of a loner and an introvert, but yo, the query trenches are hell when you’re alone. Having people to commiserate with means everything. And getting to celebrate the successes of the ones who climb out of it is a perpetual source of hope and optimism. Almost half of our PW class is now agented. It’s joyful to see those “omg I have an agent!” posts and squee with people. It’s useful to have a group of people who are always game to CP or look over a new draft of your query. And it’s just all around awesome to have found “my people”, especially when some of my other artistic pursuits (like film) are a lot more cutthroat and every-man-for-himself. It’s nice to be able to slip into that PW Facebook group and just be like “thank ya’ll for existing.”

Another thing that surprised me was the variety of revision experience. Michelle gave me reasonably easy revisions that we tackled in two or three passes during the 2 month revision round. I saw other mentees basically have to rewrite their books from scratch though. A lot of people have said that it’s very intense – I would say your mileage may vary. Prepare for it to be exhausting and nuts, but you might luck out.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Pitch Wars?

Don’t self reject! If I could shout that from the rooftops, I would.

What would you say to someone thinking about entering Pitch Wars?

There is nothing to lose and everything to gain, so if you’re on the fence, go for it! However, I’ll give some advice that might heighten your chances.

I think the perfect person for PW is one who has a polished manuscript, yet is still falling short of “good enough to be published.” So, not a perfect manuscript, but something beyond a first or second or even third draft. Something that has been read and critiqued by at least two other people. Something you have applied that critique to. That is what I mean by polished – something you have fixed up, revised, improved to be the best version you can make it on your own.

That does not mean it must have “a solid plot” or “the best characters ever” or anything like that – YOU CAN HAVE WEAKNESSES. Weaknesses are human and encouraged! My weaknesses are voice and characterization, personally. The MS I entered had the best voice and characterization I could manage without help….so, in other words, MS had pretty weak characterization and meh voice. That’s what my mentor helped me with. That’s how PW *could* help me. It’s not for perfect manuscripts. But it’s for people who try really hard, who put in the work, and who know they’re falling short in one area or another and they need that extra boost to raise their craft to a pro level.

What is one gif that represents your Pitch Wars experience?

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