Thank you to our wonderful, #TeenPit judges!

TeenPit would not have been possible without the generous donation of time and talent from the wonderful writing community. Our judges read every entry, agonized over their decisions, and selected our fabulous TOP FIVE. We are thankful for their commitment to the craft and their dedication to supporting future writers. Thank you all!


Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the Northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.


Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. She is the author of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, and DOWN WITH THE SHINE all published by HarperTeen.


Available April 26th, 2016 from HarperTeen

Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart and a mom to three little girls, along with her crazy Goldendoodle. In her spare time, you will always be able to find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.

Heather graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 with an associate degree. She has been working in the publishing industry for over five years as author, editor, and agent intern. She’s represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary.

Twitter: @HLVanFleet  Instagram @HVFWrites


May Bridges is a misplaced Southerner. She is now living in Oregon where she writes romance and literary fiction. When not writing, May can be found working on a new drawing covered in charcoal, or near baseball and softball fields. She is represented by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary Agency. She has signed a three book deal with St. Martin’s Press for her dark romance trilogy, SAVED BY SIN. The first in the series is set to be released in July 2017.

Catch her on Twitter at @MayBBridges on Facebook at You can see some art and read her blog at


Kate Foster is the editorial director of new boutique publishing house, Lakewater Press, a freelance editor, and award-winning middle grade author. She’s been a Pitch Wars mentor for the past two years as well as mentoring authors in numerous other writing contests. Although originally from the UK, she lives on the Gold Coast in Australia with her three sons, one husband, and one spoodle, and spends way too much time on Twitter.