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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2020

PW2019 Adult #14: THE LIGHT OF ETERNAL SPRING (#OwnVoices Magic Realism)

When NYC photographer Amy Wu learns her mother has died, grief blurs her sight and her photos. She travels to her childhood home in Manchuria and seeks her mother through memories, stories, and photos. The artistic ambition that tore Amy from her family may be the only thing that can reconcile them and allow Amy to see clearly. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune meets My Name is Lucy Barton.

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PW2019 Adult #15: GODFORSAKEN (Historical Fantasy)

The gods have forsaken Queen Kaikeyi, so she turns instead to magic, using the secret threads of the Binding Plane to empower the women of her kingdom. But the gods always punish defiance, and in their wrath they force Kaikeyi to choose between her principles and her beloved son, Rama. CIRCE meets the RAMAYANA. #OWNVOICES #LGBTQ+

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PW2019 Adult #16: LOVE AND LIKES (Women’s Fiction Romantic Comedy)

SEX AND THE CITY IN THE INSTAGRAM AGE Social media influencer Evie Stanton lives her whole (staged and edited) life for the world to see 24/7. But when she meets Oliver James—a super sexy celeb who likes to keep his private life private—she has to decide what’s more important to the REAL Evie: likes online or love IRL.

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PW2019 Adult #17: BITTERSWEET AND STRANGE (Adult Fantasy)

Occult zoologist Nigel’s whirlwind romance with witch Celeste is cut short when, during their investigation of the ritualistic killings of mystical creatures, Celeste is taken by a beast.  Armed only with the knowledge that Celeste has been cursed, Nigel must piece together clues of the ritual that left him heartbroken or risk losing his new daughter to the magic as well.

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PW2019 Adult #18: THE SLEEPLESS (Speculative Sci-Fi Mystery – Queer Filipino #OwnVoices)

A mysterious outbreak robs certain people of their ability to sleep, creating a new class that is feared and ostracized—but also able to capitalize on the extra hours to earn more money. Jamie Vega, a reporter by day and hobby collector by night, discovers a new obsession when his boss commits suicide. He wants to know why. And in the process he uncovers a startling truth about what it means to be Sleepless.

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PW2019 Adult #19: BURN IT DOWN (Historical Thriller)

A feminist COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO based on a true story… France, 1343. The king killed her husband. The duke betrayed her. Neither knew they were creating their worst nightmare. Now 43-year-old Jeanne de Clisson—France’s most notorious female pirate—will stop at nothing to destroy them both.

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PW2019 Adult #20: TWO HOUSES (Romantic Comedy #OwnVoices)

Priya would do anything for her family's Indian art auction house -- even attend a posh house party with rival auctioneer (and childhood enemy) Gavin. Competing with the annoyingly perfect man is one thing, but kissing him complicates matters, especially since she needs that sale to get her father’s respect, and the promotion she deserves.

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PW2019 Adult #21: THE LAOS AND THEIR VOLCANO HOUSE (Contemporary Family Drama #OwnVoices)

Celeste Ng meets THIS IS US in Hawaii. The Lao family’s problems mirror their home’s design: an exploding volcano. Mom and Dad’s marriage is falling apart, and their teenage kids are struggling with adult issues on their own. When a health scare and a neighbor’s disappearance threaten to destroy what’s left of their bond, all their doors – and secrets – will be blown wide open.

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PW2019 Adult #22: THE HONEST LIE (Romantic Suspense #OwnVoices LGBT)

Nobody knows that NYC publicist-in-training Levi is far more interesting than the celebrities he promotes. Not yet anyway. Not until his Hollywood star mother dramatically reveals his existence as the secret love child she had with a duke 24-years-ago. Overnight, the ordinary life Levi has carefully crafted is blown apart by preying paparazzi and a dangerous stalker. Levi only wants to escape his past and forge a new future with Noah, the hot TV producer. But in Levi's dysfunctional family, fame is thicker than blood, and his parents will go to any length to make sure that some secrets stay hidden forever.

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PW2019 Adult #23: THE BROKEN HALF (Mystery / Thriller)

Family bonds are hard to break. That’s what unemployed corporate attorney Eva Torres learns as she attempts to reconnect with her estranged, money-laundering father and her defiant sister— who is wanted for the murder of a patron where she tends bar. Determined to clear her sister’s name, Eva meets Mike Walsh, a conflicted local restaurateur and her sister’s boss— who owes her mob-adjacent father a small fortune. As the two inch closer, lives are lost and Eva’s best intentions fall apart in this gritty, street-level thriller that’s RAY DONOVAN meets literary mystery UNDER THE HARROW.

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PW2019 Adult #24: WORSHIP OF THE GODS (Fantasy #OwnVoices Native & #LGBTQ+)

TRAIL OF LIGHTNING meets THE WICKED + THE DIVINE Bound to the goddess Artemis by fate but devoted to her by choice, Alex must risk all she knows to protect them both from Artemis’s hell-raising aunt and deceitful father. While Artemis battles gods of pantheons the world over to maintain order, Alex’s future is thrown into jeopardy as she begins to manifest powers of her own, tied to her Cherokee heritage. Their love—if Artemis is willing to accept it—might be the key to saving the world, or the thing that causes it to burn.

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PW2019 Adult #25: MAGICAL HAZMAT (Contemporary Fantasy)

Ghostbusters meets CSI. Who needs Slayers when you can combat the supernatural with STEM? Nadege “Dodge” Michaels dreams of revolutionizing the magical hazmat business with science. When her unsanctioned field work lands her in the crosshairs of a ruthless supernatural drug dealer, Dodge must use her forensic-style approach to bring the perp to justice, before she becomes his next victim.

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PW2019 Adult #26: COMPANY WE KEEP (Thriller)

Tess's apartment complex is bugged with hidden cameras. She’d know; she installed them to spy on her ex. When her casual stalking catches a deer-masked intruder abducting her neighbor—who then turns up partially-preserved and completely dead—she must venture into the tunnels beneath Seattle, hunting a killer hell-bent on hunting her.

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PW2019 Adult #27: NIGHTCRAWLING (Contemporary #OwnVoices #POC #LGBTQ)

SALVAGE THE BONES meets AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, based on the 2015 Oakland Police Department rape scandal. Seventeen-year-old Kiara's world explodes when her name surfaces in a police officer's suicide note, exposing her as a key witness in a police rape case. Kiara must decide if she is willing to testify in the grand jury case that could leave her family vulnerable to police retaliation and endanger everyone she loves.

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PW2019 Adult #28: THE FRIENDS (Upmarket Historical Fiction)

GENTLEMAN JACK meets FINGERSMITH. Livvy is expected to do her duty and marry well to save the family fortune. Pansy is expected to stay in her place and live the meager life of a servant. When Livvy gets engaged and Pansy gets caught dressing as a man, they must decide: are they willing to risk everything for their love?

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