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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021. The Showcase site will undergo scheduled maintenance on February 11 and February 12 from 3 – 4 a.m. ET. Please do not make any requests at that time.

PW2020 Adult #19: BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED (Romantic Comedy – Steamy)

THE UNHONEYMOONERS meets Netflix’s HOLIDATE

Strangling her brother’s BFF would ruin Christmas, but playing the villain to Nic’s Hollywood superhero comes easily to graphic artist Jessie, after he insulted her art years before. When a pair of mistletoe panties and a snarky comment become an enemies-with-benefits arrangement, Jessie catches feelings. With her family stuck in between, she must choose—play the bad guy and get left out in the cold, or let Nic break her heart.

PW2020 Adult #20: GALATEA’S PARADOX (Science Fiction – Space Opera)

SIX WAKES x ORPHAN BLACK  Rather than face the specter of his divorce, a detective takes an impossible case: find a stolen reality-breaking stardrive. Deep in unregulated space, he’ll need the help of a flamboyant privateer and the ghost haunting her ship to solve the mystery— before a technofascist uses the drive to wage galactic war.

PW2020 Adult #21: BREAD AND SALT (#OwnVoices Contemporary Fantasy)

Amid growing anti-magic sentiments, outcast witch Rivka must tap into a family curse as she races to unmake a masterless golem. Unraveling the mystery of its origin puts her in the sights of a power-hungry politician, who leads her down a trap-laden path where failure means the destruction of both Rivka and the Jewish Quarter.

PW2020 Adult #22: JACKAL (Upmarket Thriller – #OwnVoices)

Liz, a jaded Black millennial, reluctantly returns to the Rust Belt for a friend’s wedding. When a twelve-year-old disappears, Liz is the only one who sees a pattern. They’re all Black girls. But as she gets closer to uncovering the truth, she risks being devoured by the beast lurking in her town’s dark past. LOVECRAFT COUNTRY meets THE LOVELY BONES.

PW2020 Adult #23: BOBBY VS THE DUKE (Historical Fiction/Alternate History)

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME x THE WEST WING

Trying to leave England and his past behind him, James Darling takes an assignment reporting on the election between Bobby Kennedy and America’s favorite cowboy, John Wayne.

Partnering with American reporter Hal, James follows the candidates around the US, soon becoming embroiled in the cutthroat world of presidential campaigning. But when James develops feelings for his male partner, the potential scandal could jeopardize his and Hal’s careers and ruin their lives. But what's an election campaign without a bit of scandal?

PW2020 Adult #24: CITRUS (Speculative Thriller)

Ten years ago, Miranda created an artificial intelligence algorithm called C.I.T.R.U.S. Then, she walked away—from her career, her fiancé, and her family.

But when her sister disappears, Miranda is lured to Apex Island, an augmented-reality theme park now powered by the algorithm. As she unravels the park’s many secrets, Miranda begins to suspect that C.I.T.R.U.S. is more advanced—and her sister is in more danger—than she ever imagined.

PW2020 Adult #25: GLITTER IN THE DARK (Crime/Noir)

QUEENPIN meets MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES in this feminist noir set in Roaring Twenties New York.

Aspiring reporter Ginny Dugan’s always looking for a good time and a great story. She finds both when a wild night out ends in her witnessing the kidnapping of a torch singer at Harlem’s hottest speakeasy. Ginny teams with a brooding private eye to crack the case— but the dirt they dig up under her glittery world might be the death of them.

PW2020 Adult #26: ÆDEN’S WAKE (Space Opera)

Space merc Caspien Vargas wakes up screaming in the morgue after her squad dies in an explosion - apparently poking that ancient relic they dug up rendered her unkillable. Her nomadic people send her to the all-powerful Empire of the Architect with a proposition: the relic in exchange for protection. Traumatized, grieving, and burdened by her responsibility to her people, she must survive political machinations, an irradiated paradise, and falling in love with the woman at the centre of it all.

PW2020 Adult #27: DOWNHEAD (Historical Fiction – Literary LGBTQ #OwnVoices)

CARTER SICKLES x POSE x MIDNIGHT COWBOY. Hustler Cupid works the queer-smearing streets of 1969 New York for one reason: to keep his chosen family of homeless trans kids alive. When trans boy Bucky arrives in dire need of safety and help, Cupid sees himself in the child and offers protection. But as violent cops and predators close in, Cupid must decide how far he’ll go to save Bucky, and if he’s willing to kill for him.

PW2020 Adult #28: CHARM CAMPAIGN (Contemporary Romance #OwnVoices Neurodiversity)

THE KISS QUOTIENT X PARKS & RECREATION.

Accidental politician Bell Scott is set to become the first autistic mayor of Borden, Ontario when a surprise challenger ruins her plans. Unlike Bell, football hero Aron Winters is a natural charmer – adept at hiding parts of himself he doesn’t want the world to see. Soon everyone’s falling for him…including her. As heat rises on and off the campaign trail, corruption threatens the race and rivals must unite—risking their hearts to save their city. 

PW2020 Adult #29: THE SPINNEY (Horror, #OwnVoices Queer MC)

Sixteen years ago, Brigit and her older sister played a game in the woods. One came home. The other didn’t. Now Brigit pays the bills as a fake medium “investigating the paranormal,” but when two teenagers vanish into those same woods, she must face her buried past to save them—except unlike Brigit’s powers, what lurks in the forest is very real. Paul Tremblay meets Magic for Liars.

PW2020 Adult #30: SUGARHIGH (Contemporary – Dark)

EUPHORIA meets VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. Gutter-punk, Xannie addict Gia spirals after her musician boyfriend abandons her for rock stardom in Los Angeles. But when a video of his fatal overdose goes viral, details from the media’s tragic accident narrative don’t add up. Gia’s suspicions drive her to LA to seek vengeance on the clique of internet-famous party piranhas who are now exploiting his death. But once Gia arrives, a terrifying question emerges: Is this in-crowd planning the same fate for her?

PW2020 Adult #31: BLOOD LIKE WATER (Fantasy)

When an estranged daughter of a crime lord is forced to marry the son of a rival crew to unite the city against their former colonizers, she negotiates a boon for her sacrifice. The chance to attend an academy of shadow magic. But as she learns to defend her city, she finds a threat within as crews deal anything for power. Even if the asking price is blood.

PW2020 Adult #32: THE WING TAKER (Historical Fantasy #OwnVoices)

BLADE RUNNER X MOULIN ROUGE, 1930’s Shanghai.

Twenty-year-old showgirl Jingwen spends her nights under velvet walls and neon stage lights, dancing with charming strangers—a life she embraced to escape a dark family secret. But when a mysterious attacker begins to steal cabaret dancers’ faces around the city, Shanghai’s glittering mirage begins to crack. To solve the mystery, Jingwen must delve into the world of her estranged grandmother, an outcast surgeon who makes cybernetic limbs for the city’s most powerful gang—who will tell any lie to regain Jingwen’s trust.

PW2020 Adult #33: THE AFTERLIFE OF MAL CALDERA (#OwnVoices Speculative Fiction)

Mal ruined her life, and now it’s over. But death is a fresh start at the local haunted mansion where carefree ghosts dance their afterlives away. Feeling too guilty to join them while her sister mourns, Mal finds a medium to help her seek closure, but chasing grief rather than cutting loose might trap her in a fate worse than death. She could risk trying to clean up the mess she left behind—or blow off the past and party. FLEABAG meets BEETLEJUICE.

PW2020 Adult #34: THE FIFTH WHEEL (#OwnVoices AA Rom-Com)

TRAINWRECK x THE WEDDING PARTY. Everything goes wrong for commitment-phobic Eden, the third wheel on a Vegas “girls” trip, until she lands in a pile of vomit -- spitting distance from a man she friend-zoned twenty years ago. Now a fan of swipe-right, Luke is well-equipped to relieve her, ahem, frustrations. But as passions escalate, Eden questions whether a happily-ever-after is in the cards.

PW2020 Adult #35: ME IN YOUR EYES (Thriller/Suspense)

Famed actress Ashe Stone’s identical twin is missing, feared dead. Heartbroken and mobbed by paparazzi, she devolves into a returning addiction, until she spots her sister’s coded message in the newspaper. Ashe unravels its familiar directions, but is she ready for what she’ll find? LITTLE SECRETS meets DARK PLACES.

PW2020 Adult #36: SMORGASBORD OF SPIES (Mystery – Black #OwnVoices)

Division agent Katrina Foster is Black, American, and unceremoniously plopped in Sweden for her first mission – helping uncover who killed the country’s top agent. When she links the murder to a decade-old political assassination, a murderous mastermind, and a shadowy organization set on global disruption, Katrina becomes the killer’s next target. Can she rely on her wits, inner strength, and fabulous disguises to live to spy another day? ALIAS meets STEPHANIE PLUM.