862 applicants. 64 mentors. 4 months of mentoring. 2 weeks of deliberation. 1 agent showcase.

It’s time to announce the 2021 mentor-mentee pairings!

A quick note on selection: almost all of our mentors discussed how agonisingly difficult it was to (a) narrow down all their applications to just a few and (b) to select only 1 (or 2) mentees to work with.

Many were not considered because the mentor believed the work was ready and wouldn’t benefit as much as other manuscripts with 4 months of work. Others were too far the other way.

Sometimes the genre/style and a hundred other reasons to do with taste and subjectivity played a part.

Ultimately, the mentors have chosen someone they believe they can help significantly and whose work they are excited enough about to read over and over.

If your name is not listed we implore you to continue writing and submitting, even to us again next year. So many former mentees applied for 2/3 years in a row before being successful. It’s a long game, and you have to be willing to continue even after multiple rounds of disappointment.

And I know you can do it!

To help take the edge off, we have organised a 1 day pitch party on the 7th May: #WMPitch

All of us, wish all of you, the very best with your writing going forward!

Names are listed in the mentee alphabetical order for ease of browsing for applicants.

If your name is on the list below, Stuart will email you this evening, and your mentor will also be in touch soon to discuss how things will work.

Feel free to share the great news with everyone – there’s no anonymity with this one, so celebrate hard. The small successes don’t come around too often, so do take advantage.

MENTEETITLEMENTORAGE CATEGORYGENRE
Afshaan PurvezBloodwritten Laura SamotinYAFantasy 
Amanda DavenportIn a Wildcat’s EyeLis Jardine MGFantasy
Amani SalahudeenDon’t Meet Your HeroesKL KettleYAContemporary, Romance, Funny
Amelia NasonThe Assassin & The QueenM. DaltoYAFantasy
Amy FeestThe HunderbeasteClare HarlowMGSupernatural Mystery
Andrea PringChildren of the TundraAnna MainwaringYAHistorical, Magical Realism
Anna VosburghLove Makes RoomAnna LazowskiPBMulti
Anne WeedonPirate Whys and two other PB manuscriptsJon CoxPBMulti
Becky WalkerSharks Don’t Wear GlassesAnna LazowskiPBMulti
Catherine PrescottCustard By MidnightNatasha HolmesMGFantasy, Adventure
Catherine WignallMaryRiv BegunYAFantasy, Historical
Chloe WardSota in the City, Hate has no Home, Meet Me at the Bon DanceRachell AbalosPBContemporary
Christina DotsonCleansedLaura WareckYAThriller
Claire LewisThe Helpful Elf and two other picture book manuscriptsFrances TosdevinPBFunny
Clare ThompsonEven StevenLouise GoodingPBMulti
Claudia GonellaThe Mystery Of The Muddled PuddlesGina Gonzales & Lauren EE PersonsMGFantasy
Danielle TatsakronBeautiful Tragediesshayna grissomYAGothic Suspense
Danni AndersonThe Heroes of NoneAmanda BadilloYAFantasy
Dee BensonThe SwitchersHolly RaceYAHigh Concept
El ParkPerceptionJennifer BromhamYAContemporary Sci-Fi
Elva HillsCessationSarah DanielsYASci-Fi
Elisabeth PikeMurmurationMelissa WelliverYASpecualtive
Emily BaileyBirdgirlNatasha HolmesMGContemporary, Multicultural
Emily GraySaint ViciousBrianna BourneYAContemporary
Emma JonesThe Trouble with EsmeraldaEmma Finlayson-PalmerMGContemporary
Emma LusardiThe Mysterious Matter of Lemuel FroggattCarolyn WardMGMagical Realism
Estelle Grace TudorCarrigan Carruthers: Cartographer ExtraodinaireCarolyn WardCBHistorical, Magical Realism
Faith RivensThe Hollow SleepsPiu Das GuptaMGHorror, fantasy
Galadriel J. BrownEVERNIGHTMato J StegerYAHigh Fantasy
Habon JamaDewey, the BeginningPhilip KavvadiasMGContemporary, Funny, mystery
Jane MackenzieHow to Float a Billy GoatMelinda SzymanikPBStem
Jennie GollehonBee’s TreeChristine E WebbYAContemporary
Jenny CaddyDouble Trouble and two other picture books.Liz KashyapPBMulti
Joanna BennBaby on the Beach and two other PB manuscriptsEmma PearlPBFantasy, Environmental 
Joanne RuffellThere’s a Rhino in my Socks and two other PB manuscriptsJon CoxPBMulti
Katherine JenningsEmily and the Cartoon Time-traveling DragonJennifer BromhamMGContemporary Sci-Fi
Katy MadgwickDemeterSarah DanielsYASci-Fi, Romance, Adventure
Kim RothwellStar Gazing and two other PB manuscriptsLiz KashyapPBMulti
Kirsty RorkeCat and Moose and two othersMeredith VighPBFunny
Lara BuckheitA Realm of Ash and ShadowJenna (JM) JinksYAFantasy
Laura CollinsExtra OrdinaryMeagan DallnerMGMystery/Funny
Laura NoakesThe UnfortunatesJonathan EyersMGHistorical
Lily MehallickForbidden GazeNaomi GibsonYAUrban fantasy, Romance
Linh PhamCatalystMarisa NoelleYASci-fi Fantasy
Lui SitPUFFIN AND THE LEGEND OF EASTER ISLANDLindsay GalvinMGContemporary, Fantasy
Lynn WongA Night at the LighthouseClare HarlowMGHorror
Madeline PineThe Truth Across The IceHolly RaceYAFantasy
Maymunah AzadSumayyah and the MissingPhilip KavvadiasMGFantasy, Adventure
Megan SoundFrannie’s Story, Thank You Ted Bear, Nora’s MagicSkylaar AmannPBContemporary
Michelle RichardsonEvie and The Box of NothingRachel FaturotiMGFantasy
Nadine Holland Miss Rooter’s Computer and 2 othersMeredith VighPBFunny 
Naomi ConranSkywildRebecca RouillardMGFantasy, Adventure
Neil GlaserTo Utter A StutterLouisa ReidYAContemporary
Noelle StraderThe Pros and Cons of Dating GreyHeather Powell & Jennifer GriswellYAContemporary
P.J. ParkBeri Bush and the Broken GourdGeorge Jreije/Maeeda KhanMGFantasy
Rachel Rivers PorterNanny Palmer’s Super ScooterTasha HarrisonMGContemporary comedy
Rebecca FryarTeethKari VeenstraMGFantasy 
Rebecca LaxtonEmma’s PeakLori KecklerMGContemporary, Speculative, Mystery
Rebecca OrwinKindred SpiritLiz FlanaganMGContemporary, Ghostly Adventure
Richard B KnightSecond SkinRavena GuronMGSci-Fi, Superhero
Rosie TalbotSixteen SoulsCynthia MurphyYAFantasy/contemporary 
Sarah LayzellCottonopolisEmily KennyMGHistorical
Sarah McDermottCaptain Tuna and the Nostrils of DoomEmma Finlayson-PalmerCBFunny, Fantasy, Adventure
Sarah WynneMurder in VelvetLu HerseyMGThriller
Shawn ProctorThe Ex-CalibersStacie TurnerMGContemporary Fantasy
Soph PriceThe Nesting RoomZareena Nazimudeen/Hannah Kates MGDark Fantasy, Adventure
Sophia LuoEternally MortalC.H. BarronYAHistorical Fantasy
Sophie SiddallLovebirdsAnna BrittonYARomance
Stephanie RondeauA Mermicorn Named MaudeEmma PearlPBMulti
Susan MannThe Secret Gnome Priscilla ManteCBFantasy
Taylor Lauren Wou RossPowr MatchBrianna BourneYASpeculative Romance
Tom LancasterBamboo Surprise and two other picture book manuscriptsBecky WilsonPBFunny 
Truly JohnstonCorrine and the DemoconchJoan HaigMGMagical Realism
Valerie NortonNemethetSamantha CookYAFantasy, Adventure
Vikki BurnsThe HistoriscopeLisette AutonMGAdventure Time Travel

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