About

The Short Story:


Mia P. Manansala is a 2017 Pitch Wars Mentee, the winner of the 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and also the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship.

Of Filipino descent herself, she is currently working on a mystery series starring a Filipino-American sleuth who solves crimes in geeky pop-culture-related settings (Think queer Asian adult Veronica Mars).

 A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days playing video games, reading cozy mysteries, and dreaming of becoming best buds with Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel. She is also a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Chicago Writers Association. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Represented by Janet Reid of New Leaf Literary


The Long Story:


I'm an unpublished writer who has spent a lifetime creating stories (in my head), but didn't take myself seriously as a writer until 2015 when I took my very first creative writing class. That one-day workshop on mystery writing changed my life.

I'd never thought about being a mystery writer, but looking all the way back at my childhood reading/TV preferences (Encyclopedia Brown from my school library; Murder, She Wrote with my grandmother; Matlock with my grandfather; Mary Higgins Clark with my mother) the path was obvious.

Since then, I've been working feverishly on my first novel, Death Comes to ComiKon, which has won the 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and also the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. It also earned me a mentorship through Pitch Wars.


Born and raised in Chicago, the only time I've spent away from this glorious city were the three and a half years spent teaching English in a small town in South Korea. As someone who loves food, travel, and learning about new cultures, I count those years as some of the best in my life.

Showing that life often comes full-circle, I was originally an Education major at Northeastern Illinois University, but switched to English because I wanted to do something besides teach. The South Korea gig was supposed to be a chance to travel the world and find my true calling, and it seems I've found it. I am now back in Chicago teaching ESL to adults at a private language institute and writing in my spare time.

Since I've returned, I've joined the Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter), Sisters in Crime (Chicagoland), and the Chicago Writers' Association. Chicago is a great city to be a writer, and I'm proud to join its ranks.

Represented by Janet Reid of New Leaf Literary

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