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PW2019 MG #03: VICKY NABATANZI AND THE RISE OF THREE (#OwnVoices Contemporary Fantasy)
Florence Migga
Mentored by:
Maria Frazer and Meera Trehan
Book Title:
2019 Entries
#OwnVoices Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count:



Vicky returns to her birth country Uganda, looking forward to eating matooke and spending time with family friends. Instead, she finds a haunted tree, bickering ancestors, and a vague prophecy that implies she and her cousins will confront the god of death. Now they must decipher the prophecy and discover powers they never dreamed they had--and fast. The future of the world depends on it.



I’ve been in Uganda for fifty-five minutes and already a goat has tried to kill me. It’s my first trip back since I was a baby, and I’m so excited to see Uganda and my cousins again. Or at least, I was. After 24 hours traveling, all I want now is a nap. “It’s only 40 kilometers to the house,” my uncle tells us as he starts the car. I look at mom questioningly. “About 25 miles,” she whispers. Uganda was a British colony, so they’re all kilometers and driving on the wrong side of the road. I must have dozed off for a bit, because I wake up as the car lurches forward into a mess of traffic unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We dive into the fray literally inches from another Toyota.

We’ve entered Kampala, the capital city.

Even though we’re in the middle of the road, cars crowd into every available space. No one pays attention to the posted speed limit signs or lane markers. And other rules of the road? Forget about it! It’s a free-for-all. It’s like we’re passengers in some video game and if we get to our destination alive then we’ve passed that level. Finally, the roads clear up as we exit the city proper.

I exhale slowly. “I survived,” I think. “Onto the next level.”

Enter the goat.

45 responses to “PW2019 MG #03: VICKY NABATANZI AND THE RISE OF THREE (#OwnVoices Contemporary Fantasy)”

  1. Patricia Nelson says:

    Hi Florence,

    I would love to take a look at this! Could you please send me your query + the full manuscript as a Word doc attachment to patricia@marsallyonliteraryagency.com? Please make sure to put “PitchWars Request” in the subject line.

    I’m looking forward to reading!

    All best,

  2. Rena Rossner says:

    This is adorable. Also, I love goats. I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript. Please send it attached as a word document to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com


    – Rena Rossner

  3. I love the premise here, and Vicki’s voice in the opening. I’d love to follow her journey (and hopefully bump into more goats!). If you could please send your query, full manuscript and a complete, detailed synopsis to hilaryquery@ktliterary.com with “Pitchwars: Your Title” in the subject field. Can’t wait to dive in!

  4. Peter Knapp says:

    Hi Florence,

    Enter the goat indeed! This sounds wonderful – I’d love to keep reading! Can you please send the full manuscript to queries@parkfine.com attached as a Word document, along with a 1-3 (or so) page synopsis if available (in the same document as the MS or attached as a separate doc is fine)? Please include a query letter in the body of the email and put “PitchWars Submission – Pete Knapp” in the subject of the email. Thanks so much for the opportunity, and I look forward to reading!

    With warm regards,

    Pete Knapp
    Park & Fine Literary and Media

  5. Elana Roth Parker says:

    Hi! I’m dying for some big-book MG—I’d love to read more! Please email me at eparker [at] ldlainc [dot] com:

    * Subject line: PitchWars Submission: YOUR BOOK TITLE
    * Your query letter in the body of the email
    * The full manuscript attached as a Word document

    If more than one LDLA agent requests your book, you are welcome to send to as many or few of us as you like. Just tell us in the query, and we’ll chat amongst ourselves.

    Elana Roth Parker
    Laura Dail Literary Agency

  6. Andrea Morrison says:

    I hope this finds you well! I’d love to read VICKY NABATANZI AND THE RISE OF THREE. If you’re interested, please do send the full manuscript along to me at amorrison@writershouse.com.
    Thank you!

  7. Penny Moore says:

    Hi Florence,

    This sounds so fun! I need to know what’s going to happen with the goat. I’d love to read more! Please follow the directions on my query form and submit your MS here: QueryMe.online/LiteraryPenny/PitchWars2020. Thanks!

    All the Best,
    Penny Moore

  8. Natascha Morris says:

    OMG, I love this! It reminds me of whenever I was a kid and we went to Germany. I was always asking my mom to convert kilometers to miles for me. I can’t wait to see what else you have done here, Florence!

    Please send over the manuscript to QueryMe.online/natascha/PitchWars. Can’t wait to start reading!

    Natascha Morris
    BookEnds Literary

  9. Marlo Berliner says:

    Great beginning and voice! I’d love to read more! Please send the full with Pitchwars Adult in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  10. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi Florence! What a great opening line! I really enjoyed this sample and would love to read more. Please send the full manuscript to me at http://queryme.online/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2019.

    Thanks so much!
    Alexandra Weiss
    The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

  11. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d love to have a look. Kindly send the manuscript along to me at jmccarthy@dystel.com. A Word attachment is most preferable if possible.


  12. Hannah VanVels says:

    This sounds great, and I’d love to take a look at a partial. Please upload the first 50 pages to: QueryMe.online/MarisaCorvisiero/PitchWars

    Hannah VanVels

  13. Beth Phelan says:

    loving this voice and interested in reading more…

    please send the first 50 pages (word doc) to querybeth@galltzacker.com with your query letter in the body of the email and “pitch wars” in the subject line. looking forward to reading!

    <3 beth

  14. Tricia Skinner says:

    I’d like to see the full manuscript. Please use this link to upload your query letter and the Word document. http://QueryMe.online/querytricia/PitchWars2020

  15. John Cusick says:

    Hi, Florence! I love what I’ve read so far. Could you please send your query and first three chapters to john [@] foliolit.com? Looking forward to connecting!

  16. Adriann Ranta Zurhellen says:

    Hi Florence,

    Am loving what I’ve read so far! Please submit the full manuscript and a 1-2 page synopsis to arsubmissions@foundrymedia.com, cc’ing in flmasst@foundrymedia.com, with the subject line “Pitch Wars: Vicky Nabatanzi and the Rise of Three.” Thanks so much, and looking forward to diving in further!


  17. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Florence,

    This sounds like so much fun, I’d love to read more! Could you please send a query and the full manuscript to ebauman@aevitascreative.com, and put “Pitch Wars” in the subject line?

    Looking forward!


  18. Claire Friedman says:

    Hi Florence! This sounds like a ton of fun — I’d love to read! Please do send through your query letter + first 50 pages to claire@inkwellmanagement.com — CF

  19. Jennifer Unter says:

    I’m intrigued and love the setting – would like to see more! Please forward the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to jen.nadol (at) theunteragency (dot) com with PW Request in the subject line. Thanks!

  20. Mary Cummings says:

    I’d be happy to read more. Please send the first approx 25 pp and final approx 25 pp as a Word doc, with a synopsis, to b.amster.kidsbooks@gmail.com. Be sure to mark header “REQUESTED MATERIAL/PWMG” as we delete emails with attachments without this note. Thanks much.
    Mary Cummings
    Agent, Books for Kids and Teens – Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises
    amsterlit.com cummingskidlit.com

  21. Christa Heschke says:

    I’d love to see this. I was intrigued by your opening pages! Please send the full manuscript and query to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com. Please put “Pitch Wars request” and the title in the subject line. Can’t wait to read!
    _Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  22. Shannon Hassan says:

    Hi Florence, I’m intrigued and would love to read more! Please send a query + 50 pages to shannon@marsallyonliteraryagency.com (with PitchWars in the subject) Thanks, Shannon

  23. Ginger Clark says:

    I would love to take a look at this. Can you email me the first fifty pages as either a PDF or DOCX or RTF? Put the words “Pitchwars 2020 request” in your subject line. Thank you so much!

  24. Danielle Burby says:

    This project sounds wonderful! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript. Please submit to me through this Pitch Wars event link: QueryMe.online/1352/PW20192020
    I can’t wait to read it!

    Danielle Burby

  25. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Florence,

    I would absolutely love to read this – will you send me your query and first 20 pages to tara@emliterary.com at your convenience, and mention Pitch Wars in the subject? There’s no timeline on my end, just whenever you feel ready!

    Thanks so much!

    Tara Gonzalez
    Associate Agent
    Erin Murphy Literary Agency

  26. Karly Caserza says:

    Please query me at QueryMe.online/Karly/, place “PitchWars Request” before your title, and I’ll request a full upon receiving it.

    Excited to read. Thank you

  27. Kari Sutherland says:

    Hee! You made me laugh! I’d love to read more of this. Can you please query me here with “Pitch Wars” in the title so I can request the full? https://querymanager.com/query/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form Can’t wait to read about this murderous goat and the rest of Vicky’s journey. 🙂

  28. Jon Cobb says:

    Hi Florence,

    I hope all is well! I was intrigued by your pitch for Vicky Nabatanzi and the Rise of Three and would love to read more. When you’re ready to send, I hope you’ll consider sending me your full manuscript via email. Looking forward to it.

    All best,
    Jon Cobb

  29. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Dear Florence,

    My name is Carrie and I’m a partner and agent over at Hannigan Getzler Literary (HG Literary). 
    I’d love to read more of your manuscript! Can you please send me 100 pages of the manuscript as a word doc to: 


    Best wishes,

  30. Melissa Nasson says:

    I’d love to see more of this! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to melissa@rpcontent.com with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thank you!

    -Melissa Nasson, Rubin Pfeffer Content

  31. Sabrina Taitz says:

    I’m hooked. Need to know what happens with the goat. Please send the full manuscript in PDF format to staitz@wmeagency.com. Thank you! — Sabrina Taitz @ WME

  32. Laura Bradford says:

    The voice is so fun and I love how transporting this feels. I’d love to see more!

    Please email me the full ms + synopsis and make a note in the subject line that this is a Pitch Wars entry. laura at bradfordlit dot com.

    Laura Bradford
    Bradford Literary Agency

  33. Hi Florence,

    VICKY NABATANZI AND THE RISE OF THREE sounds so good! I love all things folklore and action-adventure, and I’ve specifically been looking for more global MG. Even from this small excerpt, I can tell how strong Vicky’s voice is, and talk about a great first line.

    If you think we’d be a good fit (you can find more about me and my tastes here: https://www.jdlit.com/savannah-brooks and here: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/savannah-brooks/), head to http://queryme.online/1346 to submit more info and a 20-page sample. Be sure to put Pitch Wars 2020 in the referral section or as part of the title (ex: VICKY NABATANZI AND THE RISE OF THREE: Pitch Wars 2020).

    I’m looking forward to reading more!


  34. Zabé Ellor says:

    I love how well you’ve structured the tension in this excerpt! Please send the query and synopsis (in the body of an email), and full manuscript (as an attachment) to zrellor . books @ gmail . com. I’m looking forward to diving in

  35. Chelsea Eberly says:

    I love your voice in this excerpt. And I’ve had my eye out for a middle grade CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE so your entry immediately made me sit up with excitement. I hope you will send me the full manuscript to with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line to: submissions (at) greenhouseliterary (dot) com. Thank you!

  36. Laurel Symonds says:

    Hi! I’d love to see this. Please send a query and 25 pages to symondsqueries@thebentagency.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. I’m looking forward to reading more!

  37. Heather Cashman says:

    Dear Florence,

    This is such a great character and I love visiting new places through books!

    If you think we might be a good fit, please query me (with ‘Pitch Wars’ in the referral line) at http://QueryMe.Online/HeatherCashman and I’ll request the full asap so you can upload it.

    All the Best,

  38. Kerstin Wolf says:

    Well, I just have to know how the goat tries to kill Vicky now! Does the goat jump in front of the car? Does the goat have wings that it uses to fly above the car and dive-bomb it? Does the goat screech a mind-melitng screech? I must know! I’d love to read the full manuscript of this. Please submit your full manuscript using this link: QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars

  39. Chloe Seager says:

    Hi Florence – I would love to take a look at this. Please send the first three chapters and synopsis to childrens@madeleinemilburn.com.

    All my best,

  40. Whitney Ross says:

    Florence, I’m intrigued by your pitch! Please do send me the full manuscript and a detailed synopsis. Our submission guidelines can be found here: https://www.irenegoodman.com/submissions

  41. Amber Caraveo says:

    Dear Florence,
    I’m intrigued! Especially about the goat! 🙂 I would love to read the full manuscript. Would you be willing to share it with me? I am a founder and director of the Skylark Literary Agency – http://www.skylark-literary.com – a boutique agency specializing in Children’s and YA fiction. We are based in the UK but sell direct in both the UK and the US, and we have a mix of UK and US authors on our books (including Alyssa Hollingsworth – The Eleventh Trade – and Arianne Costner – My Life as a Potato). I am a former publisher and editor, now agent, so I have a very good idea of exactly what editors are looking for! Please check out our website if you’d like to know more about me and Skylark. If you would be happy for me to consider representation, then please send the full manuscript and a synopsis to me at amber@skylark-literary.com together with a covering email telling me a little about yourself and mentioning that I requested this through Pitch Wars.
    Thank you and best wishes,
    Amber Caraveo

  42. Elizabeth Bewley says:

    Dear Florence,
    I’d be excited to read your full manuscript! Can you please email it to me at your convenience? ebewley@sll.com.
    Elizabeth Bewley
    Sterling Lord Lit

  43. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Florence,

    I would love to see this! Can you send your query and first fifty pages to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com, with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!

    All best,

  44. Tamara Kawar says:

    Hi Florence,

    I’d love to read this! Could you please send the full manuscript to tkawar[at]icmpartners[dot]com and include “PW2019” in your subject line?

    Thank you!


  45. Love the voice, great pitch – obviously, I have to see more! Please send this pitch in the body of an email, synopsis and first fifty pages attached as a Word doc, with MG PITCHWARS and your title in the subject, to Jennifer@theseymouragency.com.