Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Next-generation debutante

Aloha! It’s that time of year, when the class of 2019 looks into the near future and selects the next wave of debs – class of 2020! The year of perfect vision! Starts this fall! Please check out K.A. Doore’s wonderful post, she diligently described the Debutante Ball functions and the Debs’ tasks. It looks like a lot. But when spread among five people who will be lifelong friends, it isn’t too bad. It’s been a wonderful year so far as the social media maven: I’ve honed my skills on Facebook and Twitter, read a ton of good books, interviewed several amazing authors and worked closely with four wonderful women sharing our experience as debut authors and as writers. I got to write about storytelling and craft, I had an opportunity to express my joys and concerns. I got to share my rollercoaster ride because, oh yeah, I published my debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Mahalo!

We’re looking for female or non-binary fiction or memoir writers who have not yet had a book published, but will have one released between September 2019 and August 2020 by a traditional commercial publisher. All genres of Adult and YA are welcome.

I’m reposting the link to the application form: If this sounds like something you are interested in doing, head to this form and fill it out. If you have any questions, please address them to: We’re accepting applications through June 24, 2019. We will announce the new Deb Class of 2020 around the first week of August, and let those of you chosen know before announcing it on the blog. Contrary to the rumors, there is no boot camp for the new Debs. We plan to hand off our tiaras and our to do lists with kindness (and you can always call us if you need a helping hand). Mahalo!

We have just concluded Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Here’s a quick look at some of the great books and authors  featured this year on The Debutante Ball:

Author: Devi Laskar

Poet, photographer, soccer mom, VONA & TheOpEdProject alum, Columbia MFA, former reporter, debut novelist!