ROUND 9 MENTORS

You can apply to up to four mentors when submissions open January 12. 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

Mentor Leslie Adame

LESLIE ADAME
@lesliepadame
Agent: Patrice Caldwell (New Leaf)

REVISING

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

Mentor Mary Averling

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

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Jennifer Camiccia

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

THE MEMORY KEEPER (2019) Aladdin/S&S; AMERICAN HORSE TALES (2021) Penguin Workshop

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

Mentor Alyssa Colman

ALYSSA COLMAN
@alyssabcolman
Agent: Sarah Landis (Sterling Lord)

THE GILDED GIRL (2021) Farrar, Straus & Giroux; THE TARNISHED GARDEN (2022) Farrar, Straus & Giroux

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism

Mentor Caroline Huntoon

CAROLINE HUNTOON
@carolinehuntoon
Agent: Jessica Mileo (InkWell Management)

SKATING ON MARS (2023) Feiwel and Friends

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

Mentor Sarah Kapit

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

GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN! (2020) Dial/Penguin Random House; THE MANY MYSTERIES OF THE FINKEL FAMILY (2021) Dial/Penguin Random House

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

Mentor Rie Neal

RIE NEAL
@rienealwriter
Agent: Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail)

ASTRID THE ASTRONAUT (2022) Aladdin/S&S

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

Mentor Emi Pinto

EMI PINTO
@emidpinto
Agent: Emily Forney (BookEnds)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Sandra Proudman

SANDRA PROUDMAN
@sandraproudman
Agent: Hannah Fergesen (KT Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Brighton Rose

BRIGHTON ROSE
@itsbrightonrose
Agent: Uwe Stender (Triada US)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Lorelei Savaryn

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

THE CIRCUS OF STOLEN DREAMS (2020) Philomel; THE EDGE OF IN BETWEEN (2022) PRH/Viking; THE NIGHT TRAIN (2023) PRH/Viking

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

Mentor Esme Symes-Smith

ESME SYMES-SMITH
@esmesymessmith
Agent: Megan Manzano (D4EO)

SIR CALLIE AND THE CHAMPIONS OF HELSTON (2022) Labyrinth Road

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

Mentor Shana Targosz

SHANA TARGOSZ
@shanatargosz
Agent: Andrea Morrison (Writers House)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror
Accepting Graphic Novels

Mentor Cristin Williams

CRISTIN WILLIAMS
@cristin_writes
Agent: Kristina Pérez (Zeno Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

Mentor Alysa Wishingrad

ALYSA WISHINGRAD
@agwishingrad
Agent: Victoria Marini (Irene Goodman Literary)

THE VERDIGRIS PAWN (2021) HarperCollins

GENRES
Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices
Accepting Graphic Novels

Mentor Jenna Yun

JENNA YUN
@jenna_yun
Agent: Emily Forney (BookEnds)

REVISING

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

YOUNG ADULT

Mentor Safa Ahmed

SAFA AHMED
@safaswritings
Agent: Alex Rice (CAA)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentors Alex Brown & Justine Pucella Winans

ALEX BROWN & JUSTINE PUCELLA WINANS
@gravity_fail09 / @JustinePWinans
Agents: Alex – Hannah Fergesen (KT Literary); Justine – Jordan Hamessley (New Leaf)

Alex – THE GATHERING DARK (2022) Page Street
Justine – BIANCA TORRE IS AFRAID OF EVERYTHING (2023) Clarion/Harper

GENRES
Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Horror

Mentor Christine Calella

CHRISTINE CALELLA
@ct_calella
Agent: Laurel Symonds (Bent Agency)

REVISING

GENRES
Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Mentors Aaron Cole & Tamara Cole

AARON COLE & TAMARA COLE
@Aaron_Cole /@TamaraCole
Agent: Natalie Lakosil (Irene Goodman Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Kamilah Cole

KAMILAH COLE
@wordsiren
Agent: Emily Forney (BookEnds)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Kate Dylan

KATE DYLAN
@TheKateDylan
Agent: Andrea Morrison (Writers House)

MINDWALKER (2022) Hodder & Stoughton

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

Mentor Paula Gleeson

PAULA GLEESON
@PaulaGleeson
Agent: Gwen Beal (United Talent Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Ivelisse Housman

IVELISSE HOUSMAN
@ivehousman
Agent: Victoria Marini (Irene Goodman Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Wen-yi Lee

WEN-YI LEE
@wenyilee_
Agent: Isabel Kaufman (Fox Literary)

REVISING

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

Mentor M.K. Lobb

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

SEVEN FACELESS SAINTS (2023) Little, Brown

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

Mentor Jenna Miller

JENNA MILLER
@jmillwrites
Agent: Michaela (Mike) Whatnall (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)

OUT OF CHARACTER (2023) Quill Tree/HarperCollins

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor Shelly Page

SHELLY PAGE
@shelly_p_writes
Agent: Rebecca Podos (Rees Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy, Horror

Mentor Jessica Parra

JESSICA PARRA
@jessicatparra
Agent: Jennifer Azantian (Azantian Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Horror

Mentor Page Powars

PAGE POWARS
@pagepowars
Agent: Natalie Lakosil (Irene Goodman Literary)

THE BORROW A BOYFRIEND CLUB (2023) Delacorte Penguin Random House/Hachette Kids UK; AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES (2024) Delacorte Penguin Random House/Hachette Kids UK

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor Mary E. Roach

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

REVISING

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

Mentor Elle Gonzalez Rose

ELLE GONZALEZ ROSE
@egonzalezrose
Agent: Uwe Stender (TriadaUS)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Zeba Shahnaz

ZEBA SHAHNAZ
@zaybashah
Agent: Claire Friedman (InkWell Management)

MIDNIGHT STRIKES (2023) Delacorte Press

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

Mentor Jasmine Skye

JASMINE SKYE
@jasmineinskye
Agent: Mary C Moore (Kimberly Cameron & Associates)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
Accepting Graphic Novels

Mentor Meredith Tate

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

SHIPPED (2021) Penguin Teen; THE LAST CONFESSION OF AUTUMN CASTERLY (2020) Penguin Teen; THE RED LABYRINTH (2019) Flux; FREEDOM TRIALS (2018) Page Street

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

Mentor Charlene Thomas

CHARLENE THOMAS
@charlene_thomas
Agent: Ann Rose (Prospect Literary)

SETON GIRLS (2022) Dutton/PRH

GENRES
Contemporary, #ownvoices, Light Speculative

Mentor Trang Thanh Tran

TRANG THANH TRAN
@nvtran
Agent: Katelyn Detweiler (Jill Grinberg Literary Management)

SHE IS A HAUNTING (2023) Bloomsbury

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

Mentor Edward Underhill

EDWARD UNDERHILL
@EdwardUnderhill
Agent: Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon)

ALWAYS THE ALMOST (2023) Wednesday Books/Macmillan

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

Mentor Jenna Voris

JENNA VORIS
@jennavoris
Agent: Claire Friedman (InkWell Management)

MADE OF STARS (2023) Viking Childrens/PRH

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

Mentor Alysha Welliver

ALYSHA WELLIVER
@alyshasbooks
Agent: Samantha Fabien (Root Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Mentor Jennie Wexler

JENNIE WEXLER
@jenwex
Agent: Alex Rice (CAA)

WHERE IT ALL LANDS (2021) Wednesday Books

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices

Mentor Kimberly Wisnewski

KIMBERLY WISNEWSKI
@kimothywish
Agent: Alyssa Jennette (Stonesong)

ON SUBMISSION

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

ADULT

Mentor Damyanti Biswas

DAMYANTI BISWAS
@damyantig
Agent: Lucienne Diver (Knight Agency)

YOU BENEATH YOUR SKIN (2019) Simon & Schuster India; THE BLUE BAR (2022) Thomas & Mercer

GENRES
Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices

Mentors Amber Brown & Danielle Brown

AMBER BROWN & DANIELLE BROWN
@ambersharelle / @dani_nicbrown
Agent: Jessica Faust (BookEnds)

THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES (2022) Graydon House

GENRES
Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Literary
Accepting Novels in Verse

Mentor Diane Marie Brown

DIANE MARIE BROWN
@writerdichick
Agent: Cherise Fisher (Wendy Sherman Associates)

BLACK CANDLE WOMEN (2023) Graydon House Books

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor A.Y. Chao

A.Y. CHAO
@ay_chao
Agent: Jamie Cowen (The Ampersand Agency)

Trad – REVISING
Indie – SOUL AFFINITY (2022) Pixiu Books

GENRES
Fantasy, #ownvoices, Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Mentor CJ Connor

CJ CONNOR
@cjconnorwrites
Agent: Jessica Faust (BookEnds)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Nia Davenport

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

THE BLOOD TRIALS (2022) Harper Voyager

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

Mentor De Elizabeth

DE ELIZABETH
@deelizabeth_
Agent: Samantha Fabien (Root Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentors Kat Enright & Brittney Arena

KAT ENRIGHT & BRITTNEY ARENA
@katenright / @reverieandink
Agent: Jen Azantian (Azantian Literary)

Kat – REVISING
Britt – ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, #ownvoices

Mentors Emily Grey & Kat Hillis

EMILY GREY & KAT HILLIS
@emilygreywrites / @kehillis
Agents: Emily – Kiana Nguyen (DMLA); Kat – Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Literary)

Emily – ON SUBMISSION
Kat – REVISING

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

Mentor Taylor Grothe

TAYLOR GROTHE
@TaylorLGrothe
Agent: Elle Thompson (Triada US)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA, Horror, Thriller
Accepting Graphic Novels

Mentor MK Havas

MK HAVAS
@melisszakhavas
Agent: Lee O’Brien (Irene Goodman Literary)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor Amanda Helander

AMANDA HELANDER
@helander_amanda
Agent: Laura Rennert (Andrea Brown)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Ren Hutchings

REN HUTCHINGS
@voidcricket
Agent: Bridget Smith (JABberwocky)

UNDER FORTUNATE STARS (2022) Solaris

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

Mentor Elizabeth Kilcoyne

ELIZABETH KILCOYNE
@eakilcoyne
Agent: Erin Clyburn (JDLit)

WAKE THE BONES (2022) Wednesday Books

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

Mentor AM Kvita

AM KVITA
@amkvita
Agents: Paige Terlip & Laura Rennert (Andrea Brown)

ON SUBMISSION

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

Mentor Meredith Schorr

MEREDITH SCHORR
@meredithschorr
Agent: Melissa Edwards (Stonesong)

AS SEEN ON TV (2022) Forever/Grand Central Publishing

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentors Rochele Smit & Livia Barb

ROCHELE SMIT & LIVIA BARB
@RocheleSmit / @Babsy07
Agents: Rochele – Christina Miller (Nancy Yost Literary); Barb – Barbara Collins Rosenberg (The Rosenberg Group)

Rochele – ON SUBMISSION
Barb – NOW RECORDING (2022) Entangled

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, Historical, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor Jill Tew

JILL TEW
@Jtewwrites
Agent: Jen Azantian (Azantian Literary)

REVISING

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor Taleen Voskuni

TALEEN VOSKUNI
@taleenvoskuni
Agent: Katelyn Detweiler (Jill Grinberg Literary Management)

SORRY, BRO (2023) Berkley/Penguin Books

GENRES
Contemporary, Romance, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor Melissa R. Work

MELISSA R. WORK
@MelissaRWork
Agent: Paul Stevens (DMLA)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA

Mentor Paris Wynters

PARIS WYNTERS
@pariswynters
Agent: Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary)

ISSUED (2020) Tule Publishing; MATCHED (2020) Tule Publishing; ASSIGNED (2021) Tule Publishing; LOVE ON THE WINTER STEPPES (2021) Tule Publishing; CALLED INTO ACTION (2021) Carina Press

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

Mentor Yvette Yun

YVETTE YUN
@yy_writing
Agent: Jessica Watterson (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

ON SUBMISSION

GENRES
Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Magical Realism/Fabulism, #ownvoices, Horror
Accepting Novels in Verse