Introducing our Judges

We’re hoping to get plenty of submissions when the 16th arrives, so for this I lined up a list of judges to help me sort the entries that will make it into the final round of the contest and be featured for agents to see.

Please rememer that the best way to support this contest and the people helping is to buy their books and/or book a manuscript  edit with them. They’re all great people, and I’m highly supportive of their work. You can find out more about them below.



Debbie Oliveira is a Brazilian-American film editor, writer, and bookseller. She’s spent most of her life traveling the world, reading, writing, and drinking coffee. You can find her geeking about shows, arguing about representation, and tweeting at three in the morning @debbiekolive.



unnamedNicole Tone has her BA in Literature and Creative Writing and is continuing her time at
Southern New Hampshire University by pursuing her MA in English and Creative Writing. Other than being a professional student, Nicole is a novelist, coff
ee snob, traveler, book reviewer, and freelance editor. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, follow her on Instagram, or check out her website at Her debut novel, Without Benefits, came out in June 2016.


87e1e440449b2ad22f2547c765e6c8e8Lara Willard is a pixelsmith and wordherder, a freelance editor and writer, and the writing instructor at She’s edited for literary agents, Marvel Comics editors, poets, authors, and comic creators. While scribbling in margins and gutters, she sometimes tweets editing tips @LaraEdits. Lara lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, sons, and dog-show dropout Havanese. Connect with her on Twitter, on Instagram (@veritylane) or at her virtual home,


9c529178-275c-4896-877f-01f3d436f4a5Ava Jae is a YA writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing and freelance editor, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, was released March 2016 from Sky Pony Press, and the sequels INTO THE BLACK and THE RISING GOLD will be published Fall 2017 and 2018, respectively. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blogTwitterFacebook, tumblrGoodreadsInstagram, or YouTube channel.

A round of applause for these great and awesome ladies who volunteered to help me on this project! I owe them a lot, and I really hope we’ll be selecting the best entries for Pitch América.

The agent list comes on Tuesday, so keep an eye out for it!


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