Who This Program Is For


Writers with a complete and revised (at least one full pass, no rough drafts here!) YA or Adult manuscript between 50k-120k words or MG manuscript between 25K-60K words*.

*Word counts are guidelines, not hard & fast rules. Deep breaths if you’re over, but do try not to submit anything outrageously long!

Who also have a completed query letter draft to submit with their partial and synopsis

Someone currently unagented who has never been traditionally published, who has not queried an excessive number of agents for the manuscript they are submitting. Excessive = more than half the number of agents you can realistically query for your work.

Someone willing to take feedback and revise their manuscript

How To Apply

Round 7 submissions are now CLOSED.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the submission form (after it becomes available; you will see it below)
  2. Submit your query package to the Author Mentor Match email

Mentee selections will be announced the first week of March! Each will contact their mentee and begin mentoring soon after.

Here’s how to submit your package to us via email, after filling out your submission form. Please also submit:

  • A query (in the body of the email!)
  • The first 50 pages/3 chapters of your novel (whichever is longer), attached
  • A 1-2 page synopsis, attached

We prefer Word Documents (.doc or docx files). No Google Docs (unless they are attachments). The partial (50 pages or 3 chapters) and synopsis can be sent as attachments to your query email, but please ensure your query is in the body of the email. This is very important.

In your subject line, please include your genre + title. (ie: YA Sci-Fi – TITLE). You can include additional information but ensure the core is present. If you don’t follow this format it will annoy us. Don’t annoy us, please. (using this subject line format helps us find/sort your entry in our inboxes)

Sample email subjects:
YA Sci-Fi retelling – BRIGHTLY BURNING (Jane Eyre in space)
YA Contemporary – YOU DON’T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU (ownvoices)

Mentees must submit both their query package (query + partial + synopsis) as well as a submission form to be considered.

Gmail’s auto-response is finicky, but if you don’t receive a confirmation email DO NOT WORRY. Don’t tweet at us, don’t email us, please. We will contact anyone who submits via our form but doesn’t email us, to ensure we have everything. No one will fall through the cracks! We haven’t lost a single application yet.