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Conference Pitch Sessions

Pitch your manuscript to agents and editors

Ready to publish? In addition to regular conference sessions and advanced workshops, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Virtual Writers Conference offers ten-minute pitch sessions with agents, editors, and other professionals within the publishing industry.

Each pitch session is $25 and can be added during or after conference registration. As sessions are extremely limited, we recommend registering early. 

This year's agents and editors are Kirby Kim, Sarah Bowlin, Chantelle Aimee Osman, and Stephanie Winter.

To learn more about pitching your manuscript, keep reading to meet our agents and editors or register for the conference today!

Meet our Agents and Editors

A native of Los Angeles, California, Kirby Kim attended Pomona College and got his JD at UC Hastings College of the Law. Kim got his first job in publishing working for Charlotte Sheedy Literary, at that time an affiliate of Sterling Lord Literistic, then moved to Vigliano Associates and WME before joining Janklow & Nesbit Associates.

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Patricia Colleen Murphy

Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her book Bully Love won the 2019 Press 53 Poetry Award. Her book Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press) won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award judged by Stephen Dunn, and the 2017 Milt Kessler Poetry Award.

Photograph of Stephanie Winter

Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and an M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. She is looking for diverse, inclusive voices in fiction and graphic novels for adults and young readers. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes and genders, and works that champion the LGBTQ+ community, mental health, and women in STE(A)M.