S136. Pitch Wars Live

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Join five mentors from the acclaimed Pitch Wars online contest, which has garnered over 200 successful agent matches and launched bestselling authors. The mentors will share what makes submissions truly stand out when queries are piling into our inbox with every passing minute. Find out what catches our eye and what makes us roll our eyes. Bring a query letter or elevator pitch for the chance to receive feedback from the mentors.


Sarah Nicolas is the author of Dragons Are People, Too and Keeping Her Secret, and writes romance as Aria Kane. An event planner at a large library system, coordinator of the Orlando Book Festival, and a Book Riot contributor, she has worked as a publicity director and an editorial assistant.

Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow. She edits the chapbook series for Black Lawrence Press, edits for private clients, and mentors emerging writers through Pitch Wars. Kit holds an MFA from Syracuse University, and her debut young adult novel is See All the Stars.

Alexandra Peñaloza Alessandri is a Colombian American poet, children’s author, and Pitch Wars mentor. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Rio Grande Review, and YARN. She teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at Broward College.

E.M. Caines writes young adult novels as Ella Martin and has been a member of the Pitch Wars community since 2014. She is a self-described “prep school survivor” from Southern California now residing in Central Florida.

Diana Gallagher teaches writing at Suffolk County Community College. She is the author of Lessons In Falling, a young adult novel. Her work has appeared in The Southampton Review, International Gymnast, and on a cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. She's also a mentor for PitchWars, a blog contest.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside