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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022. Please note that our Agent Showcase ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, February 14, 2022. Agents will not be able to leave comments requesting material after that time.

PW2021 Adult #29: WHEN YOU KISS A STRANGER (Contemporary Romance)

HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING meets THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST. Allie, a young widow, knows most love stories end with a kiss. But when she kisses a stranger to save him from a blind date, she discovers a kiss can be just the beginning. Trevor is sweet, smart, and sexy, and has her feeling things she hasn’t felt in years. He’d be perfect if he wasn’t her new boss. But Trevor has a secret. He’s hiding his recent cancer diagnosis, because he knows love-shy Allie won’t risk falling for someone she could lose at a young age—again.

PW2021 Adult #30: THE CONQUESSOR (Fantasy – #OwnVoices)

SQUID GAME meets THE WITCHER in a South East Asian-inspired setting.

Debt-ridden and unemployed, a sentimental book thief and an ex-brawler with a heart of gold enroll in the conquessing arena to pay off their bills. But the monsters they battle are far from the worse things they encounter—and the arena’s manipulative match-master just might top the list.

PW2021 Adult #31: HOW TO SAVE BLACK BOYS (Horror – Black #OwnVoices)


Calla thinks it’s impossible to keep a black child safe. She’s right. Still, she does her best to raise her youngest brother, Jamie, with the fickle support of her middle brother. She’s finally getting used to parent-teacher conferences and teenage theatrics when Jamie’s Black Lives Matter activism starts with an explosion and ends with a very dead cop. 

Her brothers think they can trust Calla to save them again when she takes them on the run to a remote cabin. They’re wrong. Calla is fed up with their secrets and her sacrifice.

It’s just so hard keeping black boys alive.

PW2021 Adult #32: SUNSHINE AND SPICE (Contemporary RomCom #DiverseVoices – South Asian)

Incense and Sensibility x The Marriage Game

When struggling brand consultant Naomi lands a career-saving job she’s culturally unequipped to handle, she makes a deal with Dev, the grumpy, anti-marriage son of her traditional, Bengali client: she’ll help him thwart his mother’s matchmaking efforts if he helps her meet the matriarch’s exacting standards. But the line between reality and rumour blurs as Naomi is pulled deeper into lies that could end her career and break her heart.

PW2021 Adult #33: DIAL C FOR CARNOTAURUS (Mystery/Science Fiction, #OwnVoices Neurodiversity)


Neurodivergent Kassie Hummingbird has a mask for almost everything. So when her boss asks her to time-travel from 2215 to a Mesozoic settlement to fix its crops — and earn enough money to buy her dream home — she agrees. There's just one teensy-weensy problem: she has no idea how to fix prehistoric crops because she might have fibbed about her qualifications. Paleobotanist? Phlebotomist? Same difference. But when someone destroys the time portal and murders the only man who can fix it, Kassie needs more than a mask. Stranded in the past with man-eating dinosaurs and rapidly-depleting food stores, Kassie must find the culprit before the future she’s fought for goes extinct.

PW2021 Adult #34: SUNDOWNING (Psychological Horror)

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST in a locked memory care home

When ninety-year-old Caterina Aosta suspects a sinister force is harming her fellow residents, she plots to expose its evil and redeem herself for a long-buried secret before she becomes the next victim.



As the brown-skinned adoptive daughter of the Governor, Poppy Sutherland has always been an outcast, rejected by high society and alienated from the people her father colonized. When she discovers her fiancé intends to frame her to further his career, Poppy allies herself with the city’s most notorious gang leader, who promises her a place as heir to their colonized nation–in exchange for his captured brother.

PW2021 Adult #36: WATCH ME (Psychological Thriller)

YOU meets MY FAVORITE MURDER. YouTuber Darby reenacts famous murders with Tinder matches for her popular dating channel. When it gets demonetized amid scandal, she's forced to return to her hometown to reenact the unsolved murder of her high school boyfriend for clicks. But she wakes up to a new body in her backyard and a serial killer convinced he could be her perfect match. As the body count rises, Darby launches her own investigation to catch the killer — and ensure her dark secrets stay buried.

PW2021 Adult #37: BLOOD ON THE ICE (Speculative Thriller)

For nine years Nina has lived in Antarctica, caring for a freshly thawed, thirty-foot sabertooth cat, the only creature she’s ever truly loved. But when a billionaire big-game hunter arrives—just days after Nina’s estranged sister dies, thrusting a child into Nina’s care—Nina finds herself trapped in mortal combat: fighting for her cat, her niece, and her life, and battling not just her enemy, but her own past. Godzilla vs. Kong meets the interiority of Severance.

PW2021 Adult #38: I’M SURE SHE’S FINE (Psychological Suspense/ Thriller)

Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her meets the TV series Dirty John

“They’re after me.” That's the last thing Hailey’s mother says to her before she disappears. Hailey isn’t concerned though—her paranoid mom always does shit like this, and everything’s fine.

But when she finds a bloody mess in the basement two days later, she worries it’s more than just another “mom-cried-wolf” scenario. To find her mom, Hailey must unravel the truth—deciding who and what to believe—before they both end up imprisoned or dead. 

PW2021 Adult #39: CATCH US IF YOU CAN (Contemporary Romance)


Violet Abrams lacks two things: life experience and grad school tuition. When a charming French conman offers her a deal – pose as his fiancée and he’ll not only split his profits but spice up her resumé, too – Violet figures she can bend the rules, just this once. Swindling their way through Provence, she falls for more than the rosé. But as the police close in, Violet must choose: risk her future or break her own heart.

PW2021 Adult #40: CHAOS & ILLUSION (Science Fantasy; #OwnVoices; Black MC)

Tanith’s a vengeful, presumed-dead heir. Ronin’s next for the Sovereign throne — searching for Tanith, convinced she’s alive. When long-lost friends reunite, outlawed Elemental powers awaken. Tanith wants to master her electrical powers to assassinate her parents’ killer. Ronin discovers a power-erasing conspiracy that could shake their clueless society and anger the Sovereigns. Their goals interlocked, they must choose revenge or rebellion. The wrong move could cost lives.


A whodunnit set in a magical city where creatures from myriad mythologies live in harmony—most of the time.

Garden gnome Nibbles Winklebottom has always dreamed of being a homicide detective, but he and his centaur sidekick, Cyrus, are stuck working burglaries. When the sheep of the aristocratic Draconnaire family goes missing, the detectives are tasked with its recovery. Only, this is no ordinary creature—and when theft turns to murder, the pair finally get their chance to catch a killer.


PW2021 Adult #42: A CURE FOR MAGIC (Fantasy: #DiverseVoices)

Everyone knows trauma awakens forbidden, deadly Ardor magic. But when rebels burn down the palace, Princess Marika finds herself brimming with the powers her family sought to destroy. Forced to seek refuge at the last magic university, where her family's enemies roam free, she must choose: controlling the magic, or unleashing it. 

SHADOW AND BONE X Dark academia.

PW2021 Adult #43: THE MARRIAGE MAVEN (Contemporary Afro-Latinx Romance/Rom-com)

Ruby has a lucrative theory: a man will marry the next woman he dates after a bad breakup–and she’s made a lot of money proving her hypothesis. Ruby is hired to charm and then dump Adan, who has avoided dating after two failed engagements. When Adan learns his promotion hinges on being in a committed relationship, he must do everything possible to keep Ruby, the breakup pro, by his side. At the same time, Ruby risks breaking her cardinal rule: don’t fall in love.