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PW2020 Adult #05: WITCHMARK RIDERS (Fantasy – #ownvoices)
Kara Allen
Mentored by:
Kalyn Josephson
Book Title:
2020 Adult Entries
Fantasy (#ownvoices)
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Emotionally abusive past relationship (brief flashbacks), alcohol and drug abuse, panic attack (on page), cults (in a fictional/fantasy context), guns, violence, death and injury to humans, injury to animals.



Witch-prospector Deliverance Jones hates people almost as much as she loves whiskey, except for her girlfriend Marlene. Her lone-wolf routine is shattered when a rival witch asks Deliverance to help steal a magical lodestone from a fanatical preacher hell-bent on using it to kill witches. When the preacher discovers they’re after him, Deliverance must decide if taking back the lodestone is worth risking her life—and her partner.



Deliverance Jones swung her hammer down with the force of a stamping stallion, hit the chisel off center, and sent the blade slicing into her forearm instead of the rocks in front of her. Swearing, she tossed her hammer and chisel on the ground and rubbed her damp hands on her pants, blood trickling down her forearm. Stupid body, betraying her again. Why did hands always sweat like a sinner at the worst possible times?

She poked at the wound with a grimy fingernail. The gash throbbed, dirt and metal flecks dark against the red blood. Ordinarily, she’d heal herself by magic without hesitation—only half the crystals in her bandolier lay dead as a rotten cachetree, her reserves running low after so many days out prospecting. She couldn’t afford to waste the magic, but she also couldn’t risk blood poisoning, not in the middle of nowhere. Population: one very surly witch-prospector, plus a horse too damn smart for his own good.

Grumbling, she drew a little magic from a chunk of purple adelphite, then ran her grimy finger over the wound. Her skin pulsed with light as the magic faded into her arm. The cut healed to a pink welt, though it didn’t disappear completely. She grunted. Good enough for her.


12 responses to “PW2020 Adult #05: WITCHMARK RIDERS (Fantasy – #ownvoices)”

  1. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi Kara,

    This sounds so intriguing, and I’d love to read it. Please submit the full manuscript here: QueryManager.com/evascalzo/PitchWars2020


  2. Mary C. Moore says:

    Would love to read more! Please use this link to send: QueryManager.com/Mary_C_Moore_KCA/PitchWars

  3. Laura Crockett says:

    This sounds intriguing! Could you send me your official query in the body of the email, “Pitch Wars” in the subject line, attach the first 50 pages (Word doc preferred) to laura(at)triadaus(dot)com, please? I look forward to reading more.
    –Laura Crockett, TriadaUS Literary Agency

  4. Maggie Kane says:

    Hello Kara,

    I would love to read more of this! Could you please send the query and full manuscript as a Word Document or PDF to maggie.queries@irenegoodman.com ? If another agent at Irene Goodman requests your manuscript, please submit to just one agent at a time. If they pass, you are welcome to resubmit to another! Thank you!


  5. Tamar Rydzinski says:

    Hi Kara,

    I would love to read your manuscript! Please send the whole thing as an attachment to querytamar@contextlit.com, making sure to write “PitchWars Request” in the subject line.

    Looking forward,

  6. Megan Barnard says:

    This sounds amazing! Please send me your query and full manuscript in an attached word doc using this link: https://querymanager.com/query/Mbarnard/PitchWars. Can’t wait to read!

  7. Kurestin Armada says:

    Hi Kara,

    Congratulations on successfully completing PitchWars!

    I’m obsessed with a sapphic witch heist, especially with this very cool TRUE GRIT/OUTLAWED-type setting. I’m dying to continue reading! If you’d like to share it, please send the query in the body of an email, with the full manuscript and synopsis attached as a Word doc. The subject of the email should be “Pitch Wars Request: YOUR TITLE for Root Literary” sent to submissions@rootliterary.com.

    Although not all of Root Literary is participating in Pitch Wars, please feel free to query whoever feels like the best fit! We’re happy to coordinate internally.

    All the best,

  8. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Kara! You had me at sapphic witch heist. 😀 I adored this excerpt and would love to read more. If you’d like to query me, please include your query letter and upload your full manuscript to the link below. If you decide to query more than one agent at Rees, that’s totally fine, just let us know you did so in the query. Thanks and congrats on Pitch Wars and all your hard work!


  9. Rena Rossner says:

    I would love to read this full manuscript! Please send to rena (at) dhliterary (dot) com


    Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  10. Aimee Ashcraft says:

    Hi there! I’d love to read this one. Could you send the full manuscript in Word format to aimee@browerliterary.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject heading? Thank you!

    Note: if you notice that another agent from my agency (Brower Literary & Management) has also requested your manuscript, could you please let us know so we can coordinate on our end?

  11. Matt Belford says:

    Hi Kara,

    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

  12. Elle Thompson says:

    Hi! I’d be very interested in reading this in full. If you could please submit your work to elle@triadaus.com with the email header “PITCH WARS: [Title]”, the query pitch, and the full MS attached in .doc format, I’d be very appreciative. If another agent from TriadaUS has requested your manuscript, please submit to each of us–we will sort it out on our end. Thank you so much!