Pitch Wars 2017 … The Mentors’ Picks!!

 

It’s been so fun reading your queries and chapters. The mentors have cried and laughed and shared how much they love your words. After weeks of reading and obsessing over all the fabulous entries, our amazing mentors have chosen their mentees!

This year, we had some additions to the normal mentor picks. Secret mentors, including masked mentors, moved through the slush and patiently allowed all of the other mentors to heap their favorite manuscripts upon them. They were the most buried of us all! And after the mentor picks and the wild card picks (where some mentors got to choose two manuscripts!), the secret mentors got to pick a manuscript they loved. And there was an overabundance of quality words to fall for this year.

Please know that mentors are not required to send feedback to those who submitted to them. Our mentors have their own books to write, mentees to mentor, jobs, and family life.  Some will have the time to send feedback and some will not. Don’t pester mentors for feedback in their emails, their sites, or on social media. If you get feedback, it’s a bonus.

 

The scavenger hunt winners . . .

The scavenger hunt was expanded to include one pick for each age category. This was won purely based on a random drawing from about 325 people who solved the puzzle and entered.

Middle Grade

C.B. Catalano and Shauna Holyoak: Gaye Sanders, Author of HURRICANE HARPER

Young Adult 

Laurie Dennison: Adelle Yeung, Author of THE HOUSE WITH TWO FACES

Adult

Marty Mayberry and Léonie C. Kelsall: Elizabeth Chatsworth, Author of THE BRASS QUEEN

 

And stay tuned for a Rejection Party with fun and prizes!

 

And here are the picks …

Middle Grade

MENTOR

MENTEE PICK

MANUSCRIPT TITLE

A.E. ConranColleen BennettCanada or Bust
Alexandra OttSofiya PasternackAnya Kozlova and the Dragon
Allison Ziegler and Juliana BrandtBronwyn DeaverCave of Bells
Amanda/Cindy, Kate Foster, Ashley MartinKirk KraftWhen Your Best Friend Wants to be Your Girlfriend (and other horror stories)
Ashley MartinValerie PepperFirst Chair
C.B. Catalano and Shauna HolyoakPeggy SheridanSummer of Rocks and Hard Places
Caela CarterStacey GoldsteinGolum Science
Cindy Baldwin and Amanda HillRemy LaiRules for Making Cakes
Erin LatimerAudra AtocheThe Peculiar Predicament of Penelope Pendragon
Gabrielle ByrneGreg PattridgeBad Habits
Gail Villanueva and Isabelle AdridNadine JohnsonMe and My Drum
Hannah Karena JonesStephanie WillingWest of the Sea
Heidi StallmanLaura LashleySurf Monks of New Hawai’i
Heidi Stallman (Masked Mentor)Kathleen FoxFight for the Dog
Jenn BrisendineJoe McCourtThe Hunter’s Heir
Jenna Lehne and Tara CreelJennifer L. BrownLisa Pizza’s Pernicious Curse
Jennifer Jones VincentTera PruittEvie Zimmer, Robot Killer
Jennifer Jones Vincent (Secret Mentor)Anika FajardoWhat If a Fish
Jenny LundquistCaroline FloryThe Sound Inside
Jessica BaylissAdrianna CuevasThe Hybrids of New Haven
Joy McCulloughRajani LaRoccaMidsummer Mayhem
Julia NobelStefanie WassReaching for Starlight
Julie Artz and Jessica VitalisReese EschmannIf You Will
K.C. HeldKarah SuttonBig Bad
Kara SealAmanda CoppedgeThe Cabin
Kate FosterKimberly FernandoThe Oracle Witch’s Curse
Kevin SpringerJason FranzSixth Grade Secret Service
Kim LongDiana DeBolt JohnsonPenelope Charming and the Poisoned Glass Slippers
Kristin Hanson Reynolds (Secret Mentor)Melanie PendletonRide The River
Laura Shovan and Tricia ClasenAsari BealeMy Brother, the Olmec
Laurie Dennison (TeenPit Winner)Ellie Firestone (TeenPit)The Dreamon
Mae RespicioLandon SpencerCircus Girl
Mike GrossoSarah PripasThe Unhittable VJC
Miriam Spitzer FranklinJaime FormatoDirt Road Diva
Neal ChaseScott RhoadesThe Loom of Fate
Niki LenzShelly SteigFaux Real
Rebecca PetruckRobin LemkeFrench Braids and Other Entanglements
Shanna RogersDana Edwards/Dan LollisSummer by the Slice
Shari GreenJudith L. RothHome is Where
Shari SchwarzArianne CostnerStud to Spud
Stephanie FarisAnnmarie PowellGhost Hunter
Wade Albert White and Timanda WertzJulie Ditchburn PattonThe Third Key of Therizinia

 

Young Adult

MENTOR(S)

MENTEE PICK

MANUSCRIPT TITLE

Aimee SalterNatalie VanderheydtTHE BROKEN PIECES OF US
Akemi Dawn BowmanJune TanTHE LIFE STEALER
Alicia ClancyJeffrey BishopSHERMER IS BURNING
Amelinda BérubéAmelia Denyven RossMEADOWVIEW
Amy TruebloodKylie SchachteFLORA CALHOUN: GIRL DETECTIVE
Ashley HearnAlexis HendersonYEAR OF BONE
Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily WibberleyDeanna RoyCRASH AND RIDE
Brenda Drake and Heather Cashman for NRaziAmanda DoneganWILLOW HILLS
Brianna ShrumTim TullyTHE GATE OF ORION
Carlie SorosiakErin CotterDEFINITELY JUST FRIENDS
Cat ScullyElizabeth RunnoeTHE RECKONING OF TWIGGS TALLOW
Cat ScullyJade HemmingTHE DRAGONFLY PRINCE
Claribel Ortega and Kat ChoDeborah FalayeBLOOD SCION
CM McCoy (Colleen Oefelein)Margie FustonLOST GIRL MAGIC
Cole GibsenCassandra FrancesHOUSE OF SKIN AND ASH
Dawn IusC.J. SimoneTHE EDGE
Destiny ColeJamie McHenryI KILLED BRENDA MORRIS
Diana Gallagher and Katrina EmmelLana PattinsonENGINEERING KIT SINCLAIR
Emily MartinVictoria SpringTHE FEVER KING
Erin Foster HartleyNeicole CrepeauROBOT GIRL AND TINDER BOY
Heather Ezell and Rachel GriffinSarah WhiteIN WITH THE VIOLETS
Helene Dunbar and Beth HullLuke HuptonTHE HEART THAT FOLLOWED ME HOME
Isabel Ibanez DavisJessie LathamDARK AND BOUNDLESS
Jamie HowardShelby MahurinLA DAME BLANCHE
Jay ColesIpuna Estavillo BlackLIFE ART
Jeanmarie AnayaAmelia CoombsBIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN
Jen Ferguson and Gracie West (TeenPit Winner)True SloanSHE’S A HURRICANE
Jenna LincolnLisen MinettiSTALKING DEATH
Jenny ChouRachel SimonASTRONOMY IN REVERSE
Joanna HathawayMarilyn ChinTHE SCRAPPY RASCALS AND THE GREAT APOCALYPTIC RACE
Judi LaurenDanielle ThurbyCHASING JOHN SMITH
Judi LaurenAlexandria RogersOF SERPANTS AND STARS
K. Kazul Wolf (Secret Mentor)Laura SeabaughCURSEBORNE
Kate Karyus Quinn and Mindy McGinnisKyrie McCauleyIF THESE WINGS COULD FLY
Katherine FleetKacey VanderkarrHIDING HUDSON
Katherine FleetChristine WebbTHE ART OF INSANITY
Kelly Ann Hopkins (TeenPit Winner)Jennifer PriceSHADOWS OF SIN CITY
Kelly Ann HopkinsErin GuntiFLIP ISLAND
Kelly deVosMelissa HedTHE OTHER SIDE OF NORMAL
Kes TresterJesse FraileyPRINCE OF PAWNS
Kip WilsonAishah DawoodTHE DOLL MARKET
Kit FrickKay McRaeHOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Kristin Bartley Lenz and Heather Smith MelocheJulie ChristensenTHE STRAW MAN FALLACY
Kristin Smith and Beth Ellyn SummerMichelle MasonYOUR SECRET’S NOT SAFE WITH ME
Laura PohlRosie BrownDUSK BEFORE DAWN
Leigh MarAlex HallEARNEST INK
Leigh MarAlyssa CarlierTHIS MOTH WILL NOT BURN
Lianne Oelke (replacing Laura Steven)Emily PaxmanSWEET PEE
Lindsey FrydmanKristy FeltenbergerLUCY COUNTING STARS
Lindsey FrydmanElissa HunterVERY CAREFULLY AND NOT ALL AT ONCE
Linsey Miller and Maria MoraElizabeth Chang-GibsonDAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON
Lisa AmowitzErica WatersSCRUB PINE KINGDOM
Lyndsay ElyAnna MercierALL OF US STARS
M.K. England and Jamie PactonRena BarronTHE LAST WITCHDOCTOR
Mara Rutherford and Joan HeEmily HonigsfeldHOTEL MAGNIFIQUE
Marie MeyerChristina WiseEYE OF THE GODS
McKelle George and Heather CashmanKristin L. WaltersBOY IN THE RED DRESS
McKelle George and Heather CashmanSasha SmithHAXAHAVEN
Michella DomeniciMolly KasperekNO MATTER HOW IT STARTS
Molly E. LeeEmily K. ThiedeNO MANS LAND
Monica Bustamante and Kerbie AddisSylvia PamukTHE DEMON KING
Monica M. HoffmanHannah WhittenRED AND THE WOLF
N.K. TraverBethany HenselTHE IMPOSTOR
Naomi HughesSher-May LohBLACK SAGE
Natalka BurianIsaac FitzsimonsTELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T ALREADY KNOW
Natasha NeagleCori VellaSOMETHING WICKED
Nikki RobertiAllison DillonSTRIKE TWICE
Rachel Lynn SolomonMarisa KanterTO BE MISREAD
Rebecca DentonSarah VilainIXORA DRIVE
Rebecca SchaefferEllie LukenOUR SHATTERED MASKS
Rebecca Sky and Stacey TrombleyKimberly SmithA CROWN OF BONES
Rhiannon HartLorraine GoddardTHE MAGICAL CONSTANT OF RICE
Rosalyn Eves (Secret Mentor)Molly CluffSECRET BOOKTUBER OF MEADOW
RuthAnne SnowLindsey Ouimet(NOT QUITE) THE SAME OLD SONG
Samantha JoyceMeghan HardtNOT QUITE GONE
Sarah NicolasAlison BrownBEYOND UNCHARTED SKIES
Sharon M. Johnston and Stacey NashHoda AgharaziA STUDY IN BLUE
Sharon M. Johnston and Stacey NashJason RobbinsBECAUSE YOU TOLD ME SO
Sheena Boekweg (TeenPit Winner)Angela WangALL THOSE WHO WANDER
Sonia Hartl and Annette ChristieAndrea ContosTHROWAWAY GIRLS
Stephanie Scott and Erica M. ChapmanAkure PhenixGREEN LIGHTS
Susan Gray FosterSarah TaylorLET THERE BE LIGHT
Tabitha MartinCliff LewisNEWENGLAND
Tomi Adeyemi and Adalyn Grace (Masked Mentor)Ciannon SmartA WITCH OF BONE AND BRIAR
Tomi Adeyemi and Kit GrantGillian BerrySORROW’S HEIR

Adult

MENTOR(S)

MENTEE PICKS

MANUSCRIPT TITLE

Amy Garabedian [w/a A.B. Sevan] (Secret Mentor)Sabine McMenesNorth Wind
Brighton WalshJessa GwinnBeauty and the Blackmail
Brighton WalshJanet Walden-WestSalt + Stilettos
Caitlin SineadCarrie PulkinenFOR THE LOVE OF GHOSTS
Caitlin SineadGeni PhippsHARVEST MOON
Carrie CallaghanMelody SteinerWINDS OF NOX
Clarissa GoenawanMatt ThomasThe Butterfly Tattoo
Dan Koboldt and Michael MammayRyan McLeodPIRATE
David MealingVernon HedrickTHE FORK REPORT
Derek ChiversCarolyne TopdjianThe Maddening of Holly Robin
Diana A. HicksGia de CadenetLUST
E.B. WheelerEliza LanghansCharm and Charity
Elinor Sattler (Secret Mentor)Samantha J. RobinGRAVE DIRT
Emily ColinKathryn MeganThe Wanderess
Emma WickerJessica GorbetThe Ice Maiden
Hayley StoneT.M. MorganKingdom
Heather Van Fleet & Jessica CallaAllison BarnardMoonsworn
Heather Van Fleet and Jessica CallaLana SloanThe Compartment
J.C. NelsonGina UrsoSubject One
Jami Nord & K.T. HannaJessi GibsonThrough the Inferno
Jenni L. WalshChristine AdlerPortrait of Lise
Jennifer BlackwoodLisa LeoniPlaid Package
Katrina CarrascoRobin St. ClareINTO THE FIRE
Kelly Siskind and J.R. YatesJulia MillerEat Your Heart Out, Tor Mackelroy
Kellye GarrettMia P. ManansalaDeath Comes to ComiKon
Kristen LepionkaDaniel BestMissing Black Woman
Kristen LepionkaRheea MukherjeeMalaise
Laura BrownKeli ViceBEHIND CELLAR DOORS
Laura BrownKerri KeberlyBUSINESS OF LOVE
Laura HeffernanJulie MulliganTHREE MEN AND AN ACTUARY
Laura HeffernanJesse VigilONCOLLISION
Leonie KelsallRobin FritzSOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
Marty MayberryAnne RavenIn the Name of the Mother
Marty Mayberry and Léonie C. KelsallSyed M. MasoodOther People
Mary Ann Marlowe and Kelli NewbyAmy Kathryn JonesHow To Reset a Broken Heart
Mary Ann Marlowe and Kelli NewbyAty S. BehsamCOUP DE GRACE
Melissa MarinoBrooke SaleskyThe Marriage Code
Melissa MarinoHolly Rizzuto PalkerMULTICULTURAL MIDLIFE CRISIS
Melissa WestKerry ReardonTHE SMITH CITY LADIES PAGEANT
MIchelle HauckJason HineNIGHTMARE INK
Michelle Hauck and Carrie CallaghanIan BarnesGODBREAKER
Natasha RaulersonBrandon McNultyBad Parts
Nina LaurinLayne FargoVictim Control
Peter McLeanNicole WillsonBlood Tide
Sandi WardKrista RiccioniON THE VERGE OF BREATHING
Sarah HawthornePiper GraysonAlmost Rocked
Susan Bishop CrispellMegan McGeeTwo-Bucket Heiress
Tracey Enerson WoodEm ShotwellWORN OUT WISHES
Vanessa CarnevaleAnna CollinsThe Reluctant Traveler
Victoria De La O and Layla ReyneAlexandria BellefleurFOUR LETTER WORDS

 

A sincere thank you to every single entrant of Pitch Wars 2017. We appreciate your support, your sense of community, and your words. Please don’t forget to stay tuned for our Pitch Wars 2017 Rejection Party with fun and prizes!

And #PitMad will be happening September 7th from 8am to 8pm Eastern.

Author: Heather Cashman

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather's imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels, so she's going back to college for a Creative Writing degree. Her novels range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction, she dabbles in picture books, and is currently seeking representation. ~Member SCBWI

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  1. Congrats to all the mentees! And thank you to all of the mentors taking time out of your lives to participate. I learned a lot & enjoyed following many of you on Twitter. Hope you follow back @pixy727 Even though I wasn’t chosen, I’ll definitely submit again next year OR maybe I’ll be published by then and become a mentor instead. All appendages crossed. For now, back to writing, editing & revising. Donna Carbone

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  2. Congrats to all the mentees. To the rest of us…just keep writing!

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  3. Congrats! Thank you for hosting this.

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  4. Congratulations to all the winners. You guys had so many pitches to go through. I hope you had a good foldershare. I respect the sense of community the you guys have created here.

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