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PW2019 YA #17: BAD ANNIE (Horror)
LC Milburn
Mentored by:
Kimberly Gabriel and Dawn Ius
Book Title:
2019 Entries
YA Horror
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RULES FOR VANISHING x WILDER GIRLS When bad girl Annie is sent to Camp Wesley, a remote mountain rehabilitation center for delinquent teens, surviving the Taser-wielding staff is priority one. But the surrounding woods are keeping dark secrets, and when Annie learns the camp’s past may be more troubled than its campers, she’ll have to decide whether it’s safer to stay at Wesley, or face what’s in the trees.



It’s my mom’s fault I’m taking her car for a joyride.

She’s been staying at her boyfriend’s since our latest blowout and just broke our two-day silence with a text: You’re on the thinnest ice of your life.

No I’m sorry. No Are you okay?

I chucked the phone against the wall. Then I stalked to the garage to find something to jimmy her liquor cabinet open with. And that’s when I found it, nestled in a box of nails and duct tape: the fob to her prized Mercedes Roadster.

When I press the unlock button, the car chirps, its blinking lights a beckoning wink.

Come and get me.

Mom’s face flashes before me—the one plastered on billboards and busses, her dazzling white teeth eight feet across. Lori Bennet, the People’s Choice for News in the Northwest. Her giant lips part. Don’t even think about it, Annie. But the billboard ad curls, its glue-gummed paper peeling away like rotting flesh.

I slide into the creamy leather seat. When I press the ignition button, the dashboard lights up into cat’s eyes, the engine growling into a sultry purr.

The garage door rattles open and I back out too fast, jerking down the driveway and scraping onto the street. I weave through our darkened neighborhood, the gearshift humming under my palm. For a single, glorious moment, it’s like I’m the only person alive.

20 responses to “PW2019 YA #17: BAD ANNIE (Horror)”

  1. Marlo Berliner says:

    I need more horror in my inbox! I’d love to read more! Please send the full with Pitchwars YA in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  2. Alexander Slater says:

    “Face what’s in the trees.” Whoa.
    I’d love your permission to get this tattoo.
    Also, please send the full manuscript to ASlater@tridentmediagroup.com! I’ll read it immediately.
    Many thanks,
    Alex Slater
    Trident Media Group

  3. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi LC,

    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

  4. Hi, LC,

    Sounds creepy and totally up my alley! Can you send me the full and a synopsis (2-4 pages)? Please use Times New Roman, size 12, black, double-spaced text, 1” margins all around, and ½” paragraph indents. Paste your pitch in the body of the email and attach the manuscript and synopsis as two separate Word documents (docx). Sent to: lynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com and add “Pitch Wars Request” along with your title in the subject line. Thanks.

    If more than one agent from The Seymour Agency likes your entry, please send requested material to the agent you feel will be the best fit. #OneAgentAtATime

    Looking forward to reading more.



  5. Tara Gilbert says:

    I’m a sucker for creepy trees. Please use the link below to submit the full along with a synopsis and query letter.

    Thank you for considering me! If more than one Corvisiero agent shows interest, please choose one of us to submit to and let them know who else liked the pitch, so that we can share it with each other.


  6. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi LC,

    This sounds fantastic, and 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!

    All best,

  7. Adriann Ranta Zurhellen says:

    Hi LC,

    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: BAD ANNIE.” Thanks so much, and looking forward to diving in further!


  8. Samantha Fabien says:

    Hi LC,

    First of all, congratulations on successfully completing PitchWars. You survived the long nights, daunting cursors and all! You deserve to celebrate.

    I’m pretty sure dark secrets and delinquent teens are two of my favorite things, but add in the fact that its horror!? The possibilities seem endless! Don’t even get me started on the WILDER GIRLS comp. I’d love to read the full manuscript.

    Would you please send me your query in the body of an email, with the full manuscript attached as a Word doc? The subject of the email should be “PITCH WARS REQUEST: BAD ANNIE” and you can reach me at sfabien(at)LDLAinc(dot)com. Thanks and I hope to hear from you! 🙂

    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.

  9. Carlisle Webber says:

    I’d like to see this! Please send 10 pages and a query letter to carlisle @ fuseliterary .com with the subject PItch Wars – TITLE. Thanks!

  10. Sarah Gerton says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    I hope you’re well and having a fantastic 2020–congratulations on finishing PitchWars! I really enjoyed this opening (as well as the sample pages from your query last fall) and would love to read more of BAD ANNIE. If you’d like, please send me the full manuscript as a Word doc to sg@cbltd.com.

    Thank you–looking forward to hearing from you!

    All best,

    Sarah Gerton

    Associate Agent
    Curtis Brown, Ltd.
    Ten Astor Place
    New York, NY 10003

  11. 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!

  12. Alexandra Levick says:

    Hi LC,

    I would love to take a closer look at this! Could you send the query and first 50 pages to me at alevick(at)writershouse.com? Please label your email with ‘PITCH WARS’ if you wouldn’t mind!

    So excited to dive in!

    Alexandra Levick
    Literary Agent, Writers House, LLC.

  13. Penelope Burns says:

    HI LC,

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

    All best,

  14. Melissa Nasson says:

    I’d love to see more of this! Please send the full manuscript 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

  15. Laura Bradford says:

    Such a fun start! I can be quite a wuss about horror but I’m really dying to know more about this remote camp for delinquent teens. Sounds super atmospheric (and hopefully won’t scare me too bad)! 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

  16. Colleen Oefelein says:

    Hi LC!

    I’d love to read the full! Please email me directly at colleen@adventurewrite.com. Paste your query and synopsis directly into the body and attach your full. Thanks and looking forward to reading!

    Colleen Oefelein
    Associate Agent
    The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
    245 Park Avenue
    39th Floor
    New York NY 10167
    Facebook: Colleen Oefelein
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    Celebrating 19 years of making dreams come true!

  17. Christa Heschke says:

    I’ve love to read more! 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

  18. Dorian Maffei says:

    This kind of horror has been on my wishlist for awhile! I would love to read the full manuscript. You can submit via my online submission form:


  19. Rosie Jonker says:

    Hi Lindsey! I’m still so eager to read this! Would you send the full manuscript via attachment to me at rosie@rittlit.com?

  20. Annie seems so complex! Sign me up! Please send this pitch in the body of an email, synopsis and first fifty pages attached as a Word doc, with YA PITCHWARS and your title in the subject, to Jennifer@theseymouragency.com.