ROUND 8 MENTORS

You can apply to up to four mentors when submissions open January 11. Below you’ll find an overview of each mentor’s preferred genres, but will find additional interests and wishes in their profiles.

Just click their picture for more info. Have a question for a mentor? Ask directly on Twitter!

Please note: Neither #ownvoices nor LGBTQIA, listed below, are “genres” but rather are aspects of a work that mentors are interested in. We include them to aid writers whose works include these aspects to better find mentors looking for them.

MIDDLE GRADE

KAT ABBOTT
@katsawriter
Agent: Hilary Harwell (KT Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror, Humor

MARY AVERLING
@maryaverling
Agent: Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

TRACY BADUA
@tracybwrites
Agent: Natalie Lakosil (Bradford Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

CAT BAKEWELL & TRISHA KELLY
@catbakewell/@bytrishakelly
Agents: Catherine – Jordan Hamessley (New Leaf Literary); Trisha – Claire Draper and Zoë Plant (The Bent Agency)

Catherine – WE ARE THE SONG, Spring 2022, Holiday House
Trisha – PRUE LATHAM AND THE WOLVES OF HALLOWSTOWN, Fall 2021, Arena/Germany

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

JENNIFER CAMICCIA
@jencamiccia
Agent: Stacey Glick (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)

THE MEMORY KEEPER
Aladdin/Simon&Schuster

GENRES
Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices
Mentor Nia Davenport

N.E. (NIA) DAVENPORT
@nia_davenport
Agent: Caitie Flum (Liza Dawson Associates)

THE PRAETORIAN TRIALS
(Fall 2022) Harper Voyager

GENRES
Fantasy, #ownvoices, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

KARINA EVANS
@karinalianee
Agent: Jessica Mileo (InkWell Mangement)

GROW UP, TAHLIA WILKINS!
Winter 2022, Little, Brown Young Readers

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror
MEGAN E FREEMAN & NICOLE M HEWITT
@meganefreeman /@nicolemhewitt
Agent: Deborah Warren (East West Literary)

Megan – ALONE (January 12, 2021) Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Nicole – ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Novels in verse

JESSI COLE JACKSON
@Ms_ColeJackson
Agent: Danielle Burby (Nelson Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

GEORGE JREIJE
@ByGeorgeJreije
Agent: Jennifer Azantian

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

SARAH KAPIT
@SarahKapit
Agent: Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown)

GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN! (February 25 2020) Dial Books for Young Readers; THE MANY MYSTERIES OF THE FINKEL FAMILY (March 23, 2021), Dial Books for Young Readers

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

MAEEDA KHAN (M.T. Khan)
@maeedakhan
Agent: Melanie Castillo (Root Literary)

NURA AND THE IMMORTAL PALACE
(Summer, 2022) LBYR

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

NAZ KUTUB
@nazkutub
Agent: Natalie Lakosil (Bradford Literary)

THE LOOPHOLE
(Spring 2022) Bloomsbury

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

BRIGHTON ROSE
@itsbrightonrose
Agent: Uwe Stender (TriadaUS)

REVISING

GENRES
Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

A.J. SASS
@matokah
Agent: Jordan Hamessley (New Leaf Literary)

ANA ON THE EDGE (October 20, 2020) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; ELLEN OUTSIDE THE LINES (Spring 2022) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; THIS IS OUR RAINBOW: 16 STORIES OF HER, HIM, THEM, AND US (Fall 2021) Knopf Books for Young Readers (contributor)

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

LORELEI SAVARYN
@loreleisavaryn
Agent: Chloe Seager (Madeleine Milburn)

THE CIRCUS OF STOLEN DREAMS (Sept 1, 2020) PRH/Philomel; THE EDGE OF IN BETWEEN (Fall 2021) PRH/Philomel

GENRES
Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, Horror
MELISSA SEYMOUR
@MelissaJSeymour
Agent: Jen Rofe (Andrea Brown)

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
(Aug. 24, 2020) American Girl (non-fiction)

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
SHANA TARGOSZ
@shanatargosz
Agent: Andrea Morrison (Writers House)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novels

STACIE TURNER
@StacieTurner
Agent: Quressa Robinson (Nelson Literary)

REVISING

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

CRISTIN WILLIAMS
@Cristin_Writes
Agent: Kristina Pérez (Zeno Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

YOUNG ADULT*

*Select mentors accepting adult are also accepting YA entries; see Adult section for additional mentors seeing YA

CASIE BAZAY
@CasieBazay
Agent: Janna Bonikowski (The Knight Agency)

DEBUT
NOT OUR SUMMER
5/11/2021
Running Press Books/Hachette

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Sci-Fi, Historical,

TASHIE BHUIYAN
@tashiebhuiyan
Agent: JL Stermer (New Leaf)

COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU (Inkyard) May 4, 2021

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

TORI BOVALINO
@toribov
Agents: Amelia Appel and Uwe Stender (TriadaUS)

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
August 10, 2021, Page Street Kids

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

BRITNEY BROUWER
@_britneyshae_
Agent: Lydia Silver (Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

ALEX BROWN
@gravity_fail09
Agent: Hannah Fergesen (KT Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror
JO FARROW & SERENA KAYLOR
@jojojoyourboat/@seeserenawrite
Agents: Jo – Claire Friedman (Inkwell); Serena – Jim McCarthy (DGB)

Jo – REVISING
Serena – ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

ISAAC FITZSIMONS
@isaacfitzy
Agent: Jordan Hamessley (New Leaf Literary)

THE PASSING PLAYBOOK
(June 1, 2020) Dial/PRH

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

JASON JUNE
@heyjasonjune
Agent: Brent Taylor (Triada US)

JAY’S GAY AGENDA
(June 1, 2021) HarperTeen

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

LAUREN KAY
@laurenikay
Agent: Sabrina Taitz (WME)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

KATIE KINGMAN
@RachelFeinberg_
Agent: Rachel Brooks (BookEnds Literary)

DOWN WITH THIS SHIP
(June 8, 2021)

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, #ownvoices

JESSICA LEWIS
@JLew100
Agent: Holly Root

BAD WITCH BURNING 
(Summer 2021) Delacorte

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

Mentor_Leira K Lewis
LEIRA LEWIS
@leiraklewis
Agent: Kristy Hunter (The Knight Agency)

IN REVISIONS

GENRES
Romance, Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

M.K. LOBB
@mk_lobb
Agent: Claire Friedman (InkWell Management)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

BETHANY MANGLE
@bethanymangle
Agent: Jennifer Wills (The Seymour Agency)

PREPPED
(February 23, 2021) Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Mentor Sunya Mara

SUNYA MARA
@sunyamara
Agent: Tracey Adams

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

CAROLYN TARA O’NEIL
@CarolynTara
Agent: Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger Literary Agency)

DAUGHTERS OF A DEAD EMPIRE 
(September 2021) Roaring Brook Press

GENRES
Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, #ownvoices

Mentor Axie Oh

AXIE OH
@axieoh
Agent: Patricia Nelson

XOXO
(July 2021) Harper Teen

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Liz Parker

ANNEMARIE PETTINATO
@annemariepett
Agent: Suzie Townsend

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Liz Parker

AKSHAYA RAMAN
@akshraman
Agent: Hillary Jacobson (ICM Partners)

THE IVORY KEY
(Jan 4, 2022) HMH

GENRES
Fantasy, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

MARY E ROACH
@maryeroach_
Agent: Abbie Donoghue (New Leaf Literary)

IN REVISION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror, Novels in verse (especially historical)

LISELLE SAMBURY
@lisellesambury
Agent: Kristy Hunter (The Knight Agency)

BLOOD LIKE MAGIC
(June 15, 2021) Margaret K. McElderry/S&S

GENRES
Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

Liz Parker

MELISSA SEE
@melissasee
Agent: Emily Forney (BookEnds Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

NIC STONE
@getnicced
Agent: Mollie Glick (CAA)

BOOKS 7-10
Releasing 2021

GENRES
Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, MG Fantasy (just not YA Fantasy)

MEREDITH TATE
@mltate24
Agent: Sarah Landis (Sterling Lord Literistic)

SHIPPED
(May 18, 2021) Putnam

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror
Liz Parker
ROSIEE THOR
@rosieethor
Agent: Saba Sulaiman (Talcott Notch)

TARNISHED ARE THE STARS (2019) Scholastic
FIRE BECOMES HER (2022) Scholastic

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Liz Parker

ADRIENNE TOOLEY
@adriennetooley
Agent: Jim McCarthy

SWEET & BITTER MAGIC
(March 9, 2021) S&S/Margaret K. McElderry Books

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

TAYLOR TRACY
@tayberryjelly
Agent: Jordan Hamessley (New Leaf Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

 

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

EMILY VICTORIA
@avictoriantale
Agent: Rebecca Strauss

THIS GOLDEN FLAME
(February 2, 2021) Inkyard Press

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Liz Parker

JENNA VORIS
@jenna_voris
Agent: Claire Friedman

REVISING

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Liz Parker

JENNIE WEXLER
@jenwex
Agent: Alex Rice (CAA)

WHERE IT ALL LANDS
(July 6th, 2021) Wednesday Books

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance

JUSTINE PUCELLA WINANS
@JustinePWinans
Agent: Jordan Hamessley

REVISING

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

KIMBERLY WISNEWSKI
@kimothywish
Agent: Alyssa Jennette, Stonesong

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Liz Parker

LEANNE YONG
@_defenestrator
Agent: Andrea Cascardi

REVISING

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices

ADULT*

*Select mentors accepting adult are also accepting YA entries, noted below.

Liz Parker

CHELSEA ABDULLAH
@tajiinaa
Agent: Jennifer Azantian

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA
Liz Parker
BROOKE ABRAMS
@blynnwrites
Agent: Joanna MacKenzie (Nelson Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Liz Parker

BRITTNEY ARENA
@reverieandink
Agent: Jennifer Azantian

REVISING

GENRES
Fantasy, #ownvoices, Space fantasy and light sci fi

KATIE BOHN
@kebscribbles
Agent: Jessica Watterson (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Horror

JOLIE CHRISTINE
@JolieChristine
Agent: Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

REVISING

GENRES
Fantasy, Historical, #ownvoices, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

Liz Parker

ELLE CRUZ
@ElleCruz
Agent: Naomi Davis (BookEnds)

HOW TO SURVIVE A MODERN-DAY FAIRY TALE
(Nov. 30, 2021), Entangled Amara

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA
Liz Parker
JEN DELUCA
@jaydee_ell
Agent: Taylor Haggerty (Root Literary)

WELL MET 2019 (Berkley)
WELL PLAYED 2020 (Berkley)

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

KAT ENRIGHT
@KatEnright
Agent: Jennifer Azantian

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Magical Realism/Fabulism, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Liz Parker
REBECCA ENZOR
@RebeccaEnzor
Agent: Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)

SPEAK THE OCEAN
(7/9/2019) Reuts Publishing,

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
Liz Parker
REN HUTCHINGS
@voidcricket
Agent: Bridget Smith (JABberwocky Literary)

REVISING

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Science Fantasy
Liz Parker
BRITTANY KELLEY
@WhattheKell6
Agent: Jessica Watterson (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA
ELIZABETH KILCOYNE
@eakilcoyne
Agent: Erin Clyburn (JD Lit)

WAKE THE BONES
(Summer 2022) Wednesday Books

GENRES
YA & Adult: Fantasy, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Horror

CYLA PANIN
@cylapanin
Agent: Chloe Seager (Madeleine Milburn Literary)

STALKING SHADOWS
(Fall 2021) Amulet

GENRES
YA & Adult:  Fantasy, Historical, #ownvoices

Liz Parker

LIA RYERSON
@liaryerson
Agent: Chelsea Hensley (KT Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

MARINA SCOTT
@NinkaSLC
Agent: Melissa Danaczko (SK Literary)

REVISING

GENRES
Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, LGBTQIA, Horror
JASMINE SKYE
@jasmineinskye
Agent: Mary C Moore (Kimberly Cameron & Associates)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
YA & Adult: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA
ROCHELE SMIT
@rochelesmit
Agent: Christina Miller (Nancy Yost Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

ELLA STAINTON
@astarte73
Agent: Jennifer Grimaldi (Chalburg Sussman)

BEST LAID PLAIDS (8/20); THERE’S A KILT, THERE’S A WAY (3/21); CLASH OF THE TARTANS (winter/21)
Carina Press

GENRES
Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA
Liz Parker

JESSE Q. SUTANTO
@thewritinghippo
Agent: Katelyn Detweiler (Jill Grinberg Literary)

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES (April 27th, 2021), Berkley
THE OBSESSION
(Feb 2nd, 2021) Sourcebooks
THEO TAN AND THE FOX SPIRIT
(Spring 2022), Feiwel and Friends

GENRES
YA & Adult Contemporary, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices

Liz Parker
EMILY WIBBERLEY & AUSTIN SIEGEMUND-BROKA
@Wibbs_Ink & @ASiegemundBroka
Agent: Katie Shea Boutillier (Donald Maass)

THE ROUGHEST DRAFT (January, 2022) Berkley
ALWAYS NEVER YOURS
(2018)
IF I’M BEING HONEST
(2019)
TIME OF OUR LIVES
(2020)
WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE
(April 20, 2021)
WITH AND WITHOUT YOU
(2022)
Viking Children’s

GENRES
YA & Adult: Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA
YVETTE YUN
@yy_writing
Agent: Jessica Watterson (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

REVISING

GENRES
Contemporary, Historical, #ownvoices, Literary, Experimental, Novel in Verse, Memoir
Liz Parker
SOPHIE WILLIAMSON
@WilliamsonWords
Agent: Marlene Stringer (The Stringer Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
MELISSA WORK
@MelissaRWork
Agent: Paul Stevens (Donald Maass)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA