Editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell has announced plans to take early retirement from Del Rey books in December of this year. Mitchell joined Del Rey in 2002 after a long career which included editorial jobs at Baen, Bantam Spectra, and one of the founders of Warner Aspect. Prior to becoming an editor, Mitchell worked on the staff at Analog. Tricia Pasternak will be promoted to editorial director, Keith Clayton will be promoted to associate publisher, Anne Groell will be promoted to executive director, and Frank Parisi will be named in-house coordinator of Star Wars titles and editorial head of other licensed tie-ins.
The winner of the first Suvudu Writing Contest has been announced as Richard Gropp for his novel Bad Glass. Gropp will receive a complete copy edit of his manuscript from Del Rey Editor in Chief Betsy Mitchell as well as an assortment of Del Rey and Spectra books.
Suvudu is sponsoring a novel writing contest through March 18. Open to any unpublished novel less than 150,000, the winner will receive a full edit from Del Rey Senior Editor Betsy Mitchell and the novel will be considered for publication. Three runners up will receive a selection of Del Rey/Spectra novels.