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MG #5: THE SPACETACULAR ADVENTURES OF ALCORA T51984 (Sci-Fi with Illustrative and Epistolary Elements)
April Clausen
Mentored by:
Ashley Martin
Book Title:
The Spacetacular Adventures of Alcora T51984
2018 Entries
Sci-Fi with Illustrative and Epistolary Elements
Word Count:



All Alcora wants is to design bots.

When her new-found family rips her away from her home planet and a bounty hunter’s sent after them, Alcora must choose.

Abandon her dream…or her family.



Alcora smeared the last bit of grease on her nose, staining her face as grey as sky. Did bots find the slimy cold texture as yucky as she did? She hated to waste precious bot grease for camouflage, but some things were worth the sacrifice.

She tapped the bump in her pocket. Yup, sister-finding-bot was still there. It’d taken months to make. If only she hadn’t busted the first glantum converter she’d found at the junkyard. Note to self: if a part isn’t quite fitting into a bot, don’t hammer it in. 

Now here she was, about to break curfew to find the sister she wasn’t supposed to know about. Curiosity sparked. Did her sister have a cluster of moles on her shoulder like she did? Did they both laugh through their nose? Did her sister spend all her free time building bots? 

Not that Alcora’d be ridiculous enough to risk detention for curiosity. She wasn’t wazoo.

She slid open her bato door, but before Alcora could tiptoe out of her tiny room into the hall of the sleeping block, a light thump struck her shin. Oh, Vollie. The first bot she’d ever made, and her favorite by far. He chirped up at her. Essentially a little cylinder on wheels, he was beyond good at cleaning her many grease drips. She squatted to pat him on the head. He chirped again, slower and deeper.

“I know it’s dangerous, but I have to,” Alcora whispered. “Without her help I’ll never get into the bot program.”

Beeeeeooop boop.

7 responses to “MG #5: THE SPACETACULAR ADVENTURES OF ALCORA T51984 (Sci-Fi with Illustrative and Epistolary Elements)”

  1. Sarah Landis says:

    Hi! Please send the full manuscript to slandis@sll.com. Can’t wait to read the rest!

  2. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi April! This is such a fun concept and I enjoyed Alcora’s passion for building bots! I’d love to read more. Please send a query letter and attach the full manuscript as a Word doc with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line to alexweiss.jdlit@gmail.com.

    If more than one JDLA agent requests this, please feel free to submit to the best fit. Thank you!

  3. Heather Cashman says:

    This is darling, and I love the voice!
    If you think we’d be a good fit, please send the full to heather.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com with Pitch Wars Query, your name, and the title in the subject line.
    Thank you and good luck!
    Heather Cashman
    Storm Literary Agency

  4. Christa Heschke says:

    I’d be interested to read on. This sounds fun! Please send your query, first 50 pages and synopsis to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Wars request in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  5. Shannon Hassan says:

    Sounds fresh & fun –I’d love to read more! Please send a query + 50 pages to shannon@marsallyonliteraryagency.com. Thanks, Shannon

  6. Karly Caserza says:

    Please query me at http://queryme.online/Karly and include “Pitchwars19” before your title. I’ll immediately request a full. Excited to read your work.

  7. Kerstin Wolf says:

    Robots! I love Alcora’s tinkering and her bot Vollie! And Alcora’s advice to not hammer in a part that isn’t quite fitting into a bot…. Love it! I’d be thrilled if you could send me your full manuscript to QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars.