Drum roll please …. Pitch Wars Mentor picks announced!

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The mentors have worked tirelessly reading such amazing submissions. Behind the scenes, there’s been laughter, blood, sweat, and tears shared between the mentors. There were so many, SO MANY, wonderful entries, and we couldn’t pick them all. It all came down to which ones spoke the most to the mentors’ hearts.

There are many pathways to acquiring your publishing goals. Pitch Wars is just one of a few. Though I know you’ll be disappointed if you don’t find your name on the following lists, please remember that you are in the game. Just finishing a manuscript requires a love for writing, and putting your work out there is such a brave act. Congratulations for getting into the game. Every heartache, every victory, will get you a step closer to success.


I have had many heartaches and many missteps. I’ve been rejected (a lot). I’ve had to change my course (a few times). But giving up was never an option for me. I picked myself up, learned what I had to, and made several friends along the way. My wish for you is to keep going, never give up, and gather friends who will cry and celebrate with you through the battle. I admire each and every one of you for putting on a brave face and putting your work out there. You are so cared for by all the mentors. There are posts in our Facebook group full of love and caring; my heart swells just reading them. I am truly blessed to be in this community with you. Thank you for entrusting me with your work and for making me smile every day.

Keep going! There’s more contests on the way. Here are a few coming up in the next several months…

September 9  – #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party – more info. here.

Oct. 28 – Nov. 6 – Baker’s Dozen on Authoress Anonymous blog opens. Details here.

And our own mentor, Michelle Hauck, will hold Nightmare on Query Street on her blog in late October. Keep on eye out here.

I want to thank our sponsor donating some prizes for our wonderful mentors!


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And now, here are the mentors’ top picks (keep scrolling for the alternates) …


Amy Reichertwww (dot) perfectmatch (dot) com by Rikita Chokhani (writing as Shaya Roy)
Ben BrooksThe Sad State of Emmaline Black by Erin Latimer
Brenda Drake/Brooks BenjaminWhen We Danced Against the Soil by Donna Munoz
Brianna ShrumAwake and Astray by Margarita Montimore – Adult?
Brighton WalshChasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind
Brooks BenjaminLittle Miss Blogalot by Melyssa Mercado
Catherine ScullyOddity by Sarah Cannon
The Woodsmen by Amanda Hill
Charlie HolmbergField of Storms by L.T. Elliott
Cole GibsenBeat by Laura Diamond
Dan KoboldtBiohunter by Bianca Nogrady
Dannie MorinRenascence by Heather Truett
Diana GallagherKeep Your Eyes on Me by J.A. Ward
Dionne McCullochLeft With Us by Corey Ryan
EM CainesThe Conspirator’s Club by Ellen Hill
Eden PlantzFramed by Susan J. Bickford
Elizabeth BriggsThe Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
Emily MartinStarry Night by RuthAnne Frost
Erica ChapmanDefinitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
Evelyn EhrlichEncircled by Summer Spence
Fiona McLarenBig Boys Don’t Cry by Carleen Karanovic
Gail NallAmelia Foote Rolls On by Marilee Haynes
Jaime LorenCalamity by Mary Ann Nicholson
Jami NordThe Edge of the Universe by Sarena Ulibarri
Jason NelsonThe Killing Moon by Elinor Sattler
Jaye Robin BrownLe Cirque du Literati by Kristin A. Reynolds
Jennifer BlackwoodWalking After Midnight by Esher Hogan
Jessie Devine23 by Linsey Miller
Jessie HumphriesNeedle’s Eye by Mara Rutherford
Joy McCullough-CarranzaPhoebe the Fatabulous by Elizabeth Dimit
Juliana L. BrandtThirteen O’Clock by Stacy Hackney
Julie Sondra DeckerCharlotte Elemental by Megan Paasch
Kara Leigh MillerMotor City Demons by A.B. Sevan
Karma BrownWishes to Nowhere by Susan Crispell
Kate Karyus QuinnThe Memory of Objects by D.A. Mages
Kelly Loy GilbertThe Half-Life of Heartache by Lilly Barels
Kes TresterChimes at Midnight by Lee Daugherty
Kristen StrasselLove, Carly by Rosemary McElhannon
L.S. MurphySummer Lakes by Kelly Kizer Whitt
Lauren SpiellerAeternium by Allison Ziegler
Lindsay Currie/Trisha LeaverHis Kiss by Jen Vincent
Lisa Lewis TyreSee You Then, Joshua Jacobs by P.J. Sheridan
Lori GoldsteinWhere You Found Me – Justine Winans
Maggie HallDoes This Apron Make Me Look Amish? by Fiona Farrell Ivey
Marieke NijkampThe Silent Salt Shaker by Brandi Ziegler
Meredith McCardleThe Watchmaker by Ron Walters
Michelle HauckThe Zookeeper’s Machine by Jayme Allen
Mina VaughnWaking Beauty by Gina Denny
Molly LeeProvidence by Barbara M. Britton
Mónica Bustamante WagnerJane, Body, and Soul by Susan Gray Foster
N.K. TraverCalling the Ghost by Marisa Hopkins
Naomi HughesSkidster by Lindsey Duga
Natasha NeagleBad Girls Live Fast by Alessa Hinlo
Rachel Lynn SolomonThe Truth About Two Shoes by Nikki Roberti Miller
Rae ChangThe Falconer of Venice by Melissa Caruso
Rebecca YarrosFathers, Fender Guitars and other F words by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Renee AhdiehThe Reader by Traci Chee
Ricki SchultzStorm Chaser by Phil Stamper
Ronni Arno BlaisdellFortune it Forward by Nicole Mogavero
S.K. FallsRadio Head by RJ Lacko
Sarah GuilloryThe Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson Rechea
Sarah HenningIOU by Kellye Garrett
Sarah NicolasThe Frost King by Elly Takaki
Shana SilverYes, Admin by Samantha Leach
Sharon JohnstonThe Corpse Circus by Lakin Wooliver
Stacey Lee & Stephanie GarberThe Blind Tiger Testament by Rachel Horwitz
Stacey TrombleySparrow by Victoria Piontek
Stefanie WassRoot Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green
Stephanie ScottThings You Can’t See by Dawn Norman
Thomas TorreAdventures of Rat Boy by Andrea Pelleschi
Trisha LeighEpsilon by Anna Patel
Veronica BartlesSet in Stone by Natalie Williamson
Virginia BoeckerThe Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Whitney FletcherUnder the Red Line by Rebecca Coffindaffer


And the mentors’ alternates …


Amy ReichertA Convenient Engagement by Kimberly Webster
Ben BrooksThe Queen’s Daughter by Sandra Held
Brenda/Brooks mentored by KT HannaOlivia Boogieman by E.S. Wheeler
Brianna ShrumPhantom by Jamie Adams
Brighton WalshLosing Will by Juliet Chatham
Brooks BenjaminDark Sky’s Ashes by AJ Vanderhorst
Catherine ScullyMrs. Grainger’s Midnight Peculiarium by Phil Hickes
The Maven by Carey O’Connor
Charlie HolmbergShattered by Shadows by JD Abbas
Cole GibsenBetween Them by Jeanmarie Anaya
Dan KoboldtA Scarred Mind by Amy Cavenaugh
Dannie MorinTroubled by Sean Lamb
Diana GallagherIn the Cards by Katrina Emmel
Dionne McCullochThe Dead List by Lisa Preziosi
EM CainesThe Maven by Carey O’Connor
Eden PlantzCrossing the Line by Caitlyn Armistead
Elizabeth BriggsTimekeeper by Tara Sim
Emily MartinAnyone’s Ghost by Emily Marquart
Erica ChapmanThe Artistry of Half-Elves by Megan Cronin
Evelyn EhrlichSummer Thunder by K. Kazul Wolf
Fiona McLarenAmong the Red Stars by Colleen Boye
Gail NallTomboys by Laurie Bryant
Jaime LorenThornvaal by Kelli Newby
Jami NordUnrevelations by Rissa Watkins
Jason NelsonDamned if She Do by Janet Walden-West
Jaye Robin BrownWinter on Brimstone Hill by April Rose Carter
Jennifer BlackwoodSearching for Mr. Wrong by Lisa Houghton
Jessie DevineThe Treasure Hunt by Melody Marshall
Jessie HumphriesThe Drama Queen Who Cried Wolf by Jocelyn Rish
Joy McCullough-CarranzaPocket Full of Poppies by Elliah Terry
Juliana L. BrandtDillon and the Alien Situation by Dana Mongillo
Julie Sondra DeckerEverything is Flowing by Natalka Burian
Kara Leigh MillerTwenty Miles In by Kristin Wright
Karma BrownHot Tamale: The Lost Memoirs of Hester Carmella by Erin Foster Hartley
Kate Karyus QuinnHaunted by Tracie Martin
Kelly Loy GilbertDance of the Palms by Robin Lemke
Kes TresterFalse Start by Jennifer Hawkins
Kristen StrasselVestige by Dana Collins
L.S. MurphyYou Were Mine by Larissa Weatherall
Lauren SpiellerThe Memory Thief by Lauren Elizabeth
Lindsay Currie/Trisha LeaverBeautiful Bloody Duckling by Kelly Calabrese
Lisa Lewis TyreNever Found Again by Kristin Thorsness
Lori GoldsteinReverie – Lyra Selene
Maggie HallThe White Lehua by Kelly deVos
Marieke NijkampRequiem for a Thief by Evanthia Bromiley
Meredith McCardleSeabound by Maura Couglin
Michelle HauckWar of the Roses by Shellie Braeuner
Mina VaughnSwim for Shore by Celia Breslin
Molly LeeThe Haunting of Spingett Hall by Emily BrooksbyWheeler
Mónica Bustamante WagnerFading by Prerna Pickett
N.K. TraverAnonymous by Alex Brown
Naomi HughesThe Order of Dastardly Deeds by Chad Lucas
Natasha NeagleCode of Silence by Charlotte Gruber
Rachel Lynn SolomonSparklers by Heather Ezell
Rae ChangThe Dragon’s Pearl by Silvia Park
Rebecca YarrosIron and Stars by Ashley Poston
Renee AhdiehThe Original Heretic by Kirsten Squires
Ricki SchultzCupid Incorporated by Tiana Smith
Ronni Arno BlaisdellBetter Than Ever by Annie Cronin Romano
S.K. FallsThe Possibility by Billie Mande
Sarah GuilloryThe Rather Prolific Adventures of the Captain and the Clockmaker by J.R. Dawson
Sarah HenningThe Lineage by Vanessa Lillie
Sarah NicolasA Frog, a Whistle, and a Vial of Sand by Shannon Cooley
Shana SilverIncarnate by Mitali Mahajani
Sharon JohnstonWho Is Berkley Adams? by Mikayla Jade Rivera
Stacey Lee & Stephanie GarberNothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood
Stacey TrombleyDrew Horrible and the Great Dragon Poo Evasion by Megan Reyes
Stefanie WassRules for Running Away by Rachel Sarah
Stephanie ScottHappens for a Reason by Adrianne Russell
Thomas TorreThe Mystery of the 13th Year by Jennifer L. Hawes
Trisha LeighAlliance by Destiny Vandeput
Veronica BartlesStartripped by Margo Berendsen
Virginia BoeckerDaughter of Light by Sara Thompson
Whitney FletcherCliff With No Edge by Stephanie Herman


Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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  1. Congratulations to all the selected mentees and alternates! I can’t wait for the agent round. Best of luck!!

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  2. Well done to all those who were picked and for those who weren’t, I hope to see your Twitter Pitches on September the 9th!

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  3. Congratulations to the mentees and alternates!!!

    Thank you SO much to Brenda and all the mentors for your extremely hard work. It is much appreciated.

    I’ll be rooting for you!

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  4. Congrats to all the mentees and alternates! Thanks to Brenda and all the amazing mentors for making this such a fun experience!

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  5. Congratulations to the mentees and mentors and alternates! Thank you, Brenda for this awesome opportunity and thanks to the mentors for their time!

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  6. A big thank you to Brenda Drake and all the wonderful people who worked hard behind the scenes to put this contest together. I’m truly amazed by the all mentors and their willingness to help. You guys are beyond awesome.

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  7. Brenda, I can never thank you enough for all you do for the writing community. I am so excited and just beyond words (not for long, I hope) to be a part of this! Thank you!!!

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  8. A BIG thanks to Brenda, as well as the mentors, for this great effort. Even though my pitch was not chosen, several of the folks I applied to wrote back to me, offering encouragement AND constructive feedback.

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  9. Congratulations to all the mentees and alternates selected! And thanks Brenda for hosting this contest! 🙂

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  10. Congratulations to all who were selected, and a HUGE thank you to Brenda Drake and everyone else who made this possible. It’s such a great learning experience. Looking forward to the next one!

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