Meet the TeenPit Class of 2018!

And now, to introduce our fabulous TeenPit mentees!

Lux is a Georgia local and plans to attend the University of North Georgia while serving in the National Guard. He is a voracious reader and avid tea drinker. Lux loves to surprise his readers with a good twist and make them laugh. Blood and Brine is one of the first novels he ever wrote. When not busy writing, you can find him at the nearest geek convention. Lux enjoys motivating others and is always working to improve.

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Emily A. is a seventeen-year-old high school senior who started out writing terrible fanfiction of The Walking Dead. Now, she has moved on to writing original works, like her YA novel The Rat King and her poem Ickbarr. Emily will soon be attending the University of Arizona for Biology and will continue writing on the side. If she’s not writing, she’s probably spoiling her cat and dog, or playing video games.

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Morgan S. is a high school senior who enjoys crafting stories about time travel and unlikely friendships between unlikely heroes. She wrote her first short story when she was seven, but was inspired to write novels after reading The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. When not reading or writing, she can be found watching Food Network shows, playing with her two dogs, and spending too much money on iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. She is the editor-in-chief of her school’s yearbook staff and a student in the International Baccalaureate program. 

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Bethany S. is a north-easterner, high school senior who grew up in the beauties of South Carolina and was moved to someplace called Tulsa, Oklahoma. In all three places, she spent her childhood writing the fate of her imaginary friends in a stack of notebooks that should’ve been used for school. When she’s not writing, she’s drawing until her fingers fall off, rehearsing in musical theatre, or debating about sci-fi fandoms. The rare moments she’s in reality, she snuggles her cat, swing dances, and makes YouTube videos.

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Camille S. discovered her love of writing with her friends while talking about Percy Jackson fanfiction. Years, later, she still enjoys it and the ability to create her own worlds. It wasn’t until she discovered NaNoWriMo did she think of it as a dream job. Nowadays if she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, playing with her foster kittens, practicing her two instruments, or volunteering at her local book festival.

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Maggee B. wandered down the rabbit hole of writing at a young age, sketching out comics and scribbling on anything close enough to grab. At eight-years-old, she progressed to writing stories that sucked her into different worlds (meaning late night writing sessions and bleary-eyed mornings!). She loves to write fantasy, supernatural, folklore, and fairy tales, and isn’t afraid to put a dark spin on some when the story demands it. As she says herself, “Fantasy, to me, is like spilling out your imagination and just going at it.” As a 9th grade freshman, she also sings, draws, and plays the piano, getting her imagination stirred up and raring to go. She’s a voracious reader with a love for books that straddle the line between reality and the otherworld, and that blur the edges of modern and vintage styles. So it’s easy to see why one of her favorite books is The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black! When it comes to writing, Maggee not only wants to pursue publication, but wants to create characters people empathize with, understand, relate to, and ultimately fall in love with.

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Daniel R. has been writing since he was in second grade, when he wrote comic books about a superhero dog who fought an evil cat. In seventh grade, he was cleaning his yard when inspiration for The Race to Freedom hit. He’s been working on it ever since. In addition to writing, he loves playing baseball and watching the San Francisco Giants. Growing up in a single parent household for majority of his life, his superhero is his mother. Her teachings have given him the tools to be a great father when he has a child. He is a perfectionist, not wanting to leave any stone unturned. A California native, he hopes to become the first person in his family to graduate college, most likely at California State University, Stanislaus.

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Kalie is an obsessive reader, an avid writer, and a hardcore fantasy fan. She’s a Canadian (no she does not say ‘eh’) and spends half of her time in fictional worlds and the other half of her time thinking about those worlds. Writing has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember and she’s been reading for even longer. Some of her favourite books are: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, and Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell, though she’ll run out of room if she lists them all. Although fantasy is her first love, you can also find her buried between the pages of contemporary YA and sci-fi. She’s very excited to be a TeenPit 2018 mentee and looks forward to growing and learning throughout the contest!

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Bailey W. is a teen writer who loves to create dystopian and fantasy worlds, often escaping through sci-fi novels and books describing psychic phenomenon. His inspiration comes from his grandfather’s sayings, his weird and unusual dreams and psychic events and occurrences that he has read about or experienced. He’s a Gothic teen who loves to explore the darker things out in the world.

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Breeny N.. has been a writer ever since she wrote Angelina Ballerina fanfiction at the age of five. Now she writes YA contemporary novels, and she is currently drafting a project about the power of online friendship and fighting for what you believe in. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading, doing homework, or blogging about books.

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Danielle P. is an aspiring author who has finished three manuscripts and is working on three more at the same time. She grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. She has been accepted to her top school, Champlain College, and will be majoring in Creative Writing, Game Design, and Visual/Digital Arts. When she isn’t writing, Danni spends all of her time in school clubs she’s helped form, run, and be a part of. Outside of school, she skis, plays Dungeons and Dragons, talks about horror movies, and watches excessive amounts of Netflix, but her favorite past time is curling up with hot chocolate and a good book.

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Alex M.  is a high school senior who has been writing for as long as she can remember, simply because she loves doing it. She reads voraciously, but also greatly enjoys podcasts, TV shows, and movies. Another great love of her life is music. She has been playing flute for years, and considers being in her school’s band a wonderful part of high school, second only to the great friends she’s made. Alex’s other interests include the sciences, politics, and video games. Overall, she’s just a young writer with a lot of passion and plenty to do with it!

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Vontae J. is eighteen-years-old and from the infamous city of Detroit. For as long as he can remember, the art of storytelling captivated him. He knows that life is nothing without a dream, better yet, a plan, and for him, that plan is to become a best-selling author. He wants that more than he wants his next breath. Vontae writes to show the world that anything is possible and that the power of creation has no limit. He’s here to stare down the darkness that often follows a straying path, a path he’s committed to staying well away from, and to tell a good story. VOLATILE is his second book.

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Niko N. is a senior in Seattle who will be attending college in the fall with the hopes of double-majoring in English and Marine Biology. In her spare time she edits Native youth suicide prevention books for her Aunt’s NPO in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She’s writing this own voices manuscript because she wants to share that life with a mentally ill parent is more than just the disease.

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When she was seven years old, Sidra decided that she wanted to become an author, and she hasn’t looked back since. Currently in high school with one novel finished, she can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future. When she’s not writing, she’s usually reading whatever she can get her hands on, from classics to dystopian sci-fi novels. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s probably playing piano, singing, acting, or doing some mix of the three.

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Tina Y. is a eleventh grade student who enjoys reading more than anything, but considers writing as a close second. As a child, it was hard to find her without a book in her hand and little has changed since then. She found favourite genre to read would be high concept novels as she’s fascinated by what we believe people can capable of doing or becoming in impossible situations, but she can enjoy a good contemporary, historical fiction, or classic novel just as well. As a writer, she creates stories that test the boundaries of humanity, particularly in a moral sense. She does this through fantasy worlds and well-rounded characters. Tina has received in award in seventh grade for her literary achievements, participated in TeenPit 2017, and hopes to grow more in her writing career.

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Henry R. is the author of The Pencil Bandits, and according to his grandmother, a very polite young man. He lives in Massachusetts, a word he learned to spell when he was in fifth grade. He started writing this book when he was 11, but now he’s older than that. 17 to be exact. He’s going to Wesleyan University in the fall, and at the moment he’s working on adapting his novel to a screenplay.

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