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Graduate Students Awarded Literary Agents of Change Fellowships

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Literary Agents of Change, Inc., the non-profit arm of the Association of American Literary Agents, recently announced their 2022 Fellowship awardees, including two Montclair State English MA graduates.

Ana Hilario and Sarah Sturm will be matched with a literary agency and AALA member and will be directly awarded with a grant for their participation.  Over ten weeks, from June through August, these fellows learn the inner workings of the industry and receive direct support from a supervisor to understand the role a literary agent plays in the publishing process and develop the skills that will help them succeed. Literary Agents of Change hosts a slate of programming over the course of the summer to further fellows’ access to networking, mentorship, and educational panels that will cover the publishing industry as a whole.

Congratulations to Ana and Sarah!

Ana Hilario is a recent graduate from Montclair State University where she obtained her M.A. in English. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she is interested in a publishing career that will allow her to give immigrants and people of color a platform to share their voices and unique experiences. Ana is especially interested in working with children’s and young adult literature.


Sarah Sturm has a Bachelors and Masters in English Literature from Montclair State University. Sturm served as a panelist of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Undergraduate Conference in 2018 at the University of South Dakota. She was also the recipient of the Tom Benedekitsson award for poetry in 2020, and the Annual Essay Writing Prize in Arabic in 2021. Currently, Sturm is doing an internship with Curtis Brown through the AALA Agents of Change Fellowship Program. Sturm resides in New Jersey, and spends her free time catching up on reading, bartending, writing poetry, and playing with her cats Figgy and Pumpkin.