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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.
PW2020 Adult #14: HOME ONE (Science Fiction)
Jessica Kozlowski
Mentored by:
Gladys Qin
Book Title:
2020 Adult Entries
Science Fiction
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Drowning, Attempted Murder


Earth is dying. So are we. With ecosystems collapsing at all levels, world leaders and researchers alike offer a radical solution—leave the planet behind. 

Dr. Lorsikka Vale knows not everyone can live among the stars, though. And nothing will stop her from rectifying the climate crisis, even if failure means losing more than her first home.



Hartem Dieb hates control. In his experience, trying to keep a hold on anything in this world is a pointless effort. Attachments only make a person vulnerable to inevitable change. Now, the entire world is on the precipice of it. He shouldn’t care, but the prospect of losing his home, again, reverberates through his mind with increasing intensity. 

Where is that damn access pass?

He rummages through a drawer of the penthouse’s office as if it’s his laundry basket. Glass-encased sculptures from centuries past reflect light from his wrist comm, illuminating his way and reminding him time is running out. 

Walking back to the center of the room, he listens for activity on the other side of the penthouse. Distant voices mean he still has time, but not long. Readjusting his strategy, he plants one foot firmly on the marble floor, pivoting around to brainstorm in motion. 

Ancient vase—not practical, behind a painting—too risky for the artwork, Nexus pin collection… 

In front of the wooden chest, he bends over in search of any lock function, but it’s too old for a digital code or fingerprint recognition technology. Through the glass top, an extensive collection of pins sits on velvety cushions, collected over decades of research and achievement. Certain pins are practical—port pins showing travel allowances, one signifying a former research position. Others are honorary pins from the leaders of various habitable regions.

“Where is it?” he whispers.

4 responses to “PW2020 Adult #14: HOME ONE (Science Fiction)”

  1. Michelle Hauck says:

    I do love environmental themes. I would love to see the full sent at this link: QueryManager.com/2011/PW2021 If another agent from Storm requests, please choose the agent who fits best. Thanks, Michelle Hauck

  2. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there! I’m intrigued! I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages. Please send them along attached as a word document to rena (at) dhliterary (dot) com


    Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  3. Renae Moore says:

    Please send your query, synopsis, and first two chapters of your book using the following link: QueryManager.com/renae/PitchWars

  4. Matt Belford says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I’d love to take a look at more of this! I’ve really enjoyed what you’ve created so far and would love to look at the first 50 pages. I’ve set up a special link for the Showcase, so I can stay on top of these: QueryManager.com/MWBelford/PitchWarsShowcase. Please fill out the form and upload your first 50 pages as an attachment so I can take a look.

    If you receive requests from two or more agents at the Tobias Agency, please send your materials to all requestors. We will coordinate internally and discuss the projects that we’re interested in!

    Matt Belford