Have an idea for a book? A manuscript you're trying to publish? This is your chance to put it to the test! Sign up at the door to give a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of experienced editors and agents for real-time Shark Tank-style feedback. Winners receive a free month at Paragraph NY, a communal workspace for writers with locations in Union Square and Brooklyn. Select finalists receive free weeks. Get your idea ready to pitch to our panel of literary veterans including author Allison Amend (Enchanted Islands, Stations West), editor Brenda Copeland, and agent Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates).
Allison Amend is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She is the author of the award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love and the novels A Nearly Perfect Copy and Stations West, which was a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her most recent book, Enchanted Islands, was on the longlist for the International Dublin Award. Allison teaches creative writing at Lehman College, CUNY in the Bronx and the Oklahoma City University Red Earth MFA program.
Brenda Copeland is an editor with more than twenty years’ experience at the big five publishers and over ten years’ experience as an adjunct professor in the graduate publishing program at NYU. Now an independent editor, she works closely with authors through all stages of the writing and publication process, helping them reach their creative potential.
Joelle Delbourgo is a publishing industry veteran. She is the founder and President of Joelle Delbourgo Associates, a boutique literary agency representing a broad range of adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her authors include New York Times bestselling author Ben H. Winters, winner of both the Edgar Award and the Philip K. Dick Award; journalists Debbie Cenziper and Dale Russakoff; educator and parenting contributor to the Today Show, Dr. Michele Borba; historian Philip Freeman and American Public Media host and business journalist Chris Farrell; and novelists Elaine Neil Orr and Marilyn Simon Rothstein, among many others. Prior to becoming an agent, she was an editorial executive at HarperCollins and Ballantine Books, where she worked with Barbara Tuchman, Robert Massie, Carl Sagan, James P. McPherson, Delia Ephron, Jim Davis and Margaret George. She began her career at Bantam Books where she launched the Choose Your Own Adventure series for kids. Joelle holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a B.A. in History and English Literature from Williams College. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, she is fluent in French and interested in world cultures.