Need extra eyes on your query letter before #PitchDis? Our fabulous volunteers have generously offered their time and skills to offer query critiques for six (6) lucky #PitchDis participants! One VERY lucky winner will not only receive a query critique, but a critique of the first twenty-five (25) pages of their manuscript as well. Read about our volunteers below, and then scroll down to enter!

Important: Winners will be notified via email by April 26 and must provide their materials no later than 5pm EDT on April 28. If this poses an issue, or if you'd like an alternate method of entry, please email contactpitchdis@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Mariah Ankenman

Mariah Ankenman writes Sassy and Swoon-Worthy romance from the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. A neurodiverse spoonie, she’s excited to help her fellow writers achieve their dreams of publishing.


To learn more about Mariah, her books, or her slightly out of control TikTok addiction, visit her website at www.mariahankenman.com 

Carly Hayward

Carly Hayward is a disabled developmental editor who helps authors find their voice and bring their book to light. With 10+ years in publishing, she’s worked all over the industry, including at a big 5 publishing house, a small press, and a literary agency. She is a co-founding #RevPit editor and a host on Story Chat Radio, a writing advice podcast. When not reading or working she lounges with her husband being vastly amused by their cats or binge-watching TV.

Carly can be found on Twitter @FromCarly and Instagram @BookLightEditorial. Also, make sure to check out her site www.booklighteditorial.com and her podcast www.storychatradio.com.

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Elanna Heda

Elanna Heda is a freelance editor of all kinds of age categories and genres, but her focus is middle grade, young adult, and new adult fiction. In addition to freelancing, Elanna has worked for organizations such as the University Press of Florida and The Walt Disney Company. Her two philosophies when it comes to editing are: "do no harm" (on both the author end and her end) and "readers come for your plot but stay for your characters."

You can find Elanna on Twitter @ElannaHeda. You can also visit her site www.elannaheda.com and find out more about her editorial services at www.elannaheda.com/services.

Nicole “Nicky Zee” Zamudio-Román

Nicole “Nicky Zee” Zamudio-Román is the Acquisitions Editor at Bound to Brew, an indie publisher located in the state of Colorado. However, Nicky’s worked at other indie publishers in the divisions of marketing, publicity, and design/production. Through a labor of industry love, Nicky established the marketing and publicity division at Bound to Brew and has since gone on to build the foreign rights/subrights division. One of the children’s picture books Nicky helped design won a Florida Author and Publisher Association President's Award. Now, Nicky is in the process of attaining a M.P.S. in Publishing from George Washington University. Nicky's Twitter handle is @booklover_zzz and other links available at @booklover.zzz | Linktree


Nicky self-identifies as having a cognitive disability, currently having a congenital disability, having had another congenital disability, and being neurodivergent.

Nicky has generously donated a query and first 25 pages critique.

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Please note: We ask that you provide trigger warnings should your materials include distressing events including, but not limited to, abuse and graphic violence. #PitchDis and its volunteers reserve the right to refuse materials that may be harmful or offensive.