Without our talented mentors and judges who generously donate their time, TeenPit would not be possible. This year we were so very fortunate to have Kim Long, Emily Colin, Fiona McClaren, Laurie Dennison, and Lindsey Frydman read and evaluate our teens’ manuscripts. It’s a difficult job with the talent we see!
Emily Colin has been writing as long as she can remember. She recently unearthed a black-and-white composition notebook with her very first illustrated story, penned at age 6 and entitled (unfortunately) “Bloddy Monster: The Brave Monster Who Ate the World.” Today, she is the New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief, selected as a Target Emerging Authors Pick, and The Dream Keeper’s Daughter (Ballantine Books). Emily is also the editor of the young adult anthology Wicked South and the author of the upcoming Seven Sins YA trilogy, both from Goldenjay Books. A former independent bookseller, Emily has served as an editor for both magazines and small presses. She is the community engagement specialist for a performing arts center in southeastern North Carolina and the former associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nationally award-winning nonprofit dedicated to serving youth in need through the arts. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading YA, urban fantasy and anything with a good love story; traveling; being dragged to the park by her dog; listening to podcasts; drinking too much coffee; and hanging out with her son, whose hair changes color as regularly as his moods.
Kim Long loves to write stories with a sense of adventure, a dash of magic, and a hint of science. She wrote her first book at age 10, where she combined the best parts of her favorite Choose Your Own Adventures into a single story. (Cave of Time at Chimney Rock in the Bermuda Triangle.) When not writing, she loves playing board games, watching Star Wars movies, and riding her bike along Illinois’s many trails. Her debut middle grade novel, Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament, will be released on October 1, 2019, by Running Press Kids Kim Long Author of Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament (Running Press Kids, 10/1/19) Website | Twitter | Goodreads Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Raised in the mystical and intriguing wilds of Scotland, Fiona grew up with stories that defied gravity. Then, with her heart corralled by a strapping Greek Cypriot, she now meanders the beaches, hills, and hidden nooks and crannies of the myth-laden island of Cyprus. And just like the Scottish legends have their kelpie water horses…Fiona has her own, though hers treads on land. And as a girl made of Scottish rock and lore, and strengthened by Cypriot myth and legend, she wouldn’t be complete without a trusty dog or two roaming through… Fiona supports Epilepsy Awareness, alongside Osteoarthritis Awareness. She writes fantasy, anything spooky, and loves speculative books! Fiona is represented by Maura Kye-Casella of Don Congdon Associates.
Lindsey writes about heart-stopping romance, rule-breaking heroes, and everyday magic. When she’s not crafting stories, you’ll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, gaming, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it’s the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Her debut, THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS, released March 2017. Her forthcoming novels, PROJECT A.I.D.E.N. and TO WHATEVER END, are set to release this year with Entangled Teen.
Laurie Dennison is a YA writer, an active member of the EFA and SCBWI, and a founding editor and web coordinator at The Editor Garden. Also a former English teacher, Laurie enjoys combining her passion for writing and teaching by offering teen writing workshops and through mentoring programs; she was a YA Pitch Wars Mentor in 2017 and 2018. Laurie lives in Florida with her family, and she loves character-driven stories, alternative music, and traveling. Her work is represented by Danielle Burby at Nelson Literary Agency. Twitter: @lauriedennison Insta: @laurie.a.dennison Web: https://ladennison.com The Editor Garden: https://editorgarden.com