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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021.


To escape her con-artist parents, their pet vulture, and a stack of unpaid bills, Clover makes a deal: she'll run one last scam, and her parents will sign her college financial aid form.

Deceiving teen misfits should be easy, but she doesn't expect to fall for one of her suckers. And she definitely doesn't count on his mom being a cop.


PW2020 YA #02: SOMEWHERE SOFT FOR US (#OwnVoices Contemporary)

Nothing means more to Ivy League first-year Meredith Kalumba than family: both her proud Ugandan parents and her online community, The Gourd, a confessions blog she runs for queer teens of color. Meredith isn’t ready to explain her safe space—or her asexuality—to her parents, but running The Gourd is work, and her grades are suffering. When her parents become suspicious about the blog, Meredith scrambles to find a balance before her two communities collide and she loses them both. LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE meets AMERICAN PANDA.

PW2020 YA #03: REVELLE! REVELLE! (Romantic Fantasy)

MOULIN ROUGE! meets magical GATSBY

On a mystical island off the coast of NYC, the Revelle family keeps food on the table by dazzling tourists with hypnotic drinks and acrobatic spectacles. When the booze runs dry, their young star must pull off her most dangerous feat yet: enchant a powerful bootlegger into believing they’re in love before his rival family destroys hers. After she mistakenly charms a dashing pauper—then falls for him—she’ll have to choose which to save: her family or her heart.

PW2020 YA #04: SAFE HEX (Contemporary)


Struggling scholarship student Charlotte is determined to graduate from her elite Catholic school and escape her troubled family life. When she’s assaulted by her privileged and well-connected boyfriend, she finds a new goal--revenge. Armed with a few spells--including a DIY groin hex--Charlotte’s life improves. But when her witchcraft works too well and she faces expulsion for her dark arts extracurriculars, she’ll have to choose: graduation or vengeance.

PW2020 YA #05: MONSTERS BY MIDNIGHT (Paranormal Rom-Com)


When Gabrielle accepts a summer job as a janitor, she never expects her new role to involve wrangling monsters on the Jersey Shore. Now all she has to do is solve a few murders, wipe her own record clean, and—uh—not fall in love with the emo gargoyle she's tasked to kill. Piece of (funnel) cake for a Jersey girl, right?

PW2020 YA #06: AFTERDEATH (Urban/Contemporary Fantasy)


Seventeen-year-old Muslim detective Jannat hears the dead—except the voice that matters most: her kidnapped mother, whose body was never found. To solve her mom’s case, Jannat travels to Barzakh—the after realm—where unbeknownst to her, an ancient evil awaits.

PW2020 YA #07: JEWEL OF THE CEDAR (#OwnVoices Historical Fantasy)

Sumeyya cannot mourn her recently martyred father. Not only did he surrender the magic jewel keeping their homeland veiled, but he also arranged her marriage to a Viking King.

To protect her people, she agrees to the far-away union and to traveling there under the protection of the king’s adopted son. Through the forest of wolves, the veldt of spies, and the Mediterranean’s shores, love blossoms between them.

But hate’s roots are spreading and if Sumeyya heeds her heart, then she must also learn to channel the jewel’s magic—before crusaders find those she’s meant to keep hidden.


PW2020 YA #08: TOGETHER WE ROT (Contemporary fantasy with horror elements)

There is something rotten at the core of Wil Greene’s remote, frigid Michigan town. Trying to solve her mother’s brutal and ritualistic murder leads her to Elwood: her ex best friend and son of the mysterious, cultish Clarke family. The two must team up to uncover Hartsgrove’s grisly secrets before Elwood becomes his family’s next sacrifice. HEREDITARY + THE DEVOURING GRAY

PW2020 YA #09: STITCHWITCH (Contemporary Fantasy)

As future matriarch of her Minnesotan threadwitch clan, Katerina follows every rule. But when she interrupts rival witch Dominic’s illegal wraith summoning, the creature binds to her. So they make a deal: he’ll hide the evidence if she helps find his missing brother. They just have to control the sassy, soul-devouring wraith without anyone discovering what they’ve done. 

SERPENT & DOVE meets Holly Black

PW2020 YA #10: BOTTLE BLONDE (Contemporary Rom-Com/Trans #OwnVoices)

Amelia Harris has a reputation for being dramatic, and she plans to live up to it by coming out as trans by auditioning for the role of Elle in her high school's production of Legally Blonde. Even if it means auditioning in front of her crush, Travis, who's a shoo-in for the role of her love interest.

PW2020 YA #11: SINNER’S ISLE (Fantasy: Latinx #OwnVoices)

Latinx PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN meets THE BELLES. Rosalinda lives on Sinner’s Isle—where the king keeps all witches under the guise of protection from those who’d see them eradicated. But safety comes at a cost: one witch must serve at the cruel king’s side. There’s no doubt he’ll choose Rosalinda and the vicious phantoms she can release from inside her, but she’ll do anything to flee the island and avoid becoming his weapon, including blackmailing the dangerous pirate who washes up on shore.

PW2020 YA #12: SIDEKICK (Superhero Rom-com – #OwnVoices, STEM)

Anika, sixteen-year-old half-Indian engineering genius, has three goals:

  1. Make out with her BFF, Noah.
  2. Send MIT her solar panel designs.
  3. Dissuade Noah, entitled billionaire, from dressing up in spandex and pretending to be a superhero.

Unfortunately, none of those are happening.

Extra unfortunately, Noah’s fake superheroing results in Anika gaining very real superpowers. As Anika embraces her telekinesis, Noah grows jealous, and a scheming villain threatens her—and humanity. To defeat him, Anika must trade up from sidekick to superhero. And ally with Noah’s evil-hot brother.

PW2020 YA #13: YOU BET YOUR HEART (#OwnVoices Black Rom-Com – Contemporary)

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR meets TO ALL THE BOYS in this YA #ownvoices Black enemies to lovers rom-com, where two brilliant ex-best friends tied for valedictorian agree to a series of bets to determine who will take the title.

PW2020 YA #14: PEOPLE LIKE US (Contemporary #OwnVoices)

WHAT I CARRY meets EUPHORIA. Fleeing her toxic ex, 17-year-old Amélie Cœur wants to rebuild her life in NYC. New foster family. New love. New beginning. But a secret sister and a shocking death force her to face her demons before they destroy her future.

PW2020 YA #15: STARRSTRUCK (Contemporary, #OwnVoices)

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT meets YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN. When Steph and her dance partner Xavier are misconstrued as a couple during their StarrStruck audition, they find themselves in a fake-dating scheme to bolster their chance at winning. But closeted Xavier already has a boyfriend, and Steph soon falls for her high school rival: Mónica, StarrStruck soprano and fan favorite in the competition. As the finale approaches and the secret relationship flourishes, Steph must choose between her budding feelings and her chance at fame and fortune – or she risks losing both.