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Lyssa Mia Smith writes stories with magic and kissing for young adult and crossover adult readers. She was selected for Pitch Wars twice (2018, 2020) for speculative stories with romantic twists, and is thrilled to be giving back to the organization that helped turn many of her dreams into reality by serving as a 2021 mentor. She is the winner of the YARWA Rosemary Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (2019). When she’s not writing (or staying up far too late reading), she’s eating all the best bagels in New York with her partner and their two young children.

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