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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 MG #17: MARZIPAN AND MAXIPADS (Contemporary)
Alexis Larkin
Mentored by:
Rebecca Petruck
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2020 Entries
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In this middle grade MOXIE, best friends Helen and Gracie prank their way through 8th grade until a stinky stunt lands them in the VP's office—again. As punishment, they're forced to join the Community Action Club. When an early period catches Helen unprepared, the girls team up with their nemesis to lobby for maxipads in every bathroom, but they can’t conform to her Type-A ways and the school board isn’t listening anyway. Now they must use their disruptive voices (crocheted uteruses, anyone?) to shake up the system before the VP and their parents separate them for good.



I love gym. Where else in life can you drive jocks absolutely bonkers without breaking a sweat? The sweat thing is key. I still had another class after gym, final bell, and the bus ride home to get through. I meant to do it pristinely. We didn’t have it as bad as first period gym—I assume those kids have wronged our vice principal severely over multiple past lives to get that kind of schedule—but still. Gross. And there was a negative chance of me taking a shower at school. Those stalls were built just in case the building is ever used as a horror movie set.

April showers poured down outside so the game du jour was volleyball. Coach Kline must have thought he had finally found a way to get me “involved” when he made me a captain, but I immediately called my team ‘This Side of the Net Doesn’t Sweat.'” Most of the girls, and even a couple of boys, joined me. I kept checking the door for my best friend Gracie, but she was nowhere to be seen. On the other side of the net lined up our arch-nemesis Madison, the jocks, and some triers. Not exactly lions versus zebras.

16 responses to “PW2020 MG #17: MARZIPAN AND MAXIPADS (Contemporary)”

  1. Tara Gilbert says:

    I’d love to see the first three chapters! Please use this link to send in the materials. QueryManager.com/TaraGilbert/PitchEvent

  2. Amy Giuffrida says:

    Your voice in this pitch and sample is AMAZING! I would love to see the full of this. I think Helen and Gracie’s antics are right up my alley. Please send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript as a .doc to me here: QueryManager.com/AmyGiuffrida/PitchWars

    I can’t wait to read!

  3. Andrea Cascardi says:

    Dear Alexis,

    What a great title and pitch! You had me at “crocheted uteruses!” I’d love to read the full and look forward to seeing it in my in-box. andrea@transatlanticagency.com.

    Because several of the Transatlantic agents are participating in PitchWars, we ask that you only submit to one at a time. We are a great, collegial, group but of course I hope it will be me…


    Andrea Cascardi
    Senior Literary Agent
    Transatlantic Agency

  4. Paige Wheeler says:

    Thank you for your participation in Pitch Wars. I found your project intriguing and would very much like to see the first two chapters of the manuscript. Please email me at paige@cmalit.com the following attachments in Microsoft Word format (not PDF):
    1. the first two chapters,
    2. a synopsis of your project,
    3. a short bio including any previous publications.
    To expedite the review process, please use “requested material-pitch wars” as the subject heading of your email.
    As a professional courtesy, please let me know if any other agents are considering your work. Also, if you do get an offer, please contact me so that I may be able to review and respond accordingly.

    I look forward to reading your work!
    Kind regards,
    Paige Wheeler 

  5. Natascha Morris says:

    Hello Alexis,

    I love the voice here and I have been looking for a period book forever! So I can not wait to read the full! Please upload at QueryManager.com/natascha/PitchWars. And if another Tobias Literary Agent requests, please know you can submit to multiple parties for this event, and we will discuss in house if multiple agents are interested.

    Thank you and can’t wait to see this!

    Natascha Morris
    The Tobias Literary Agency

  6. Carlisle Webber says:

    I would like to see this. Please send your query letter and the full manuscript to carlisle @ fuseliterary .com with the subject PitchWars Requested Material: TITLE.

    If you get a request from more than one agent at Fuse, please choose one of us to send your work to; we don’t compete with each other for manuscripts.

    Thank you! I look forward to reading your book.

  7. Kelly Peterson says:

    Yesssss queens. I love this. Please send me your query, synopsis, and full manuscript at http://querymanager.com/kellypeterson/pitchwars. I’m SO EXCITED to read this! Wishing you luck! – Kelly

  8. Laurel Symonds says:

    I’ve been looking for a project on this topic forever! I would love to read more. Please send the first 25 pages to symondsqueries@thebentagency.com and include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. If more than one agent from The Bent Agency requests, you’re invited to send to all of us. Just let us know—thanks!

  9. Haley Casey says:

    Dear Alexis,

    This description of your work immediately had me hooked. I would love to read more!

    Would you please send your full manuscript, a synopsis of the project, and a short bio about what you do and any of your previous publications to Haley@CMALit.com? Each should be a separate attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format. To ensure your email doesn’t get lost in the shuffle, please include “Pitch Wars” in your subject line.

    The two other agents at Creative Media Agency, Paige Wheeler and Shannon Snow, are participating in Pitch Wars with me. Should one of them also request your manuscript, we would appreciate it if you would choose the agent you’d most prefer to work with and only send them the requested materials. Should they pass on the project for any reason, and you find yourself still seeking an agent, then you are of course free to resubmit to another member of CMA.

    Thank you for taking the time to send me more of what you’ve written!

    Haley Casey

  10. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi Alexis! I love this title and pitch! I’d love to request the first 50 pages, which you can submit here: https://querymanager.com/query/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2021

    Looking forward to reading more!

    Alex Weiss
    Azantian Literary Agency

  11. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Alexis! I would love to keep reading MARZIPAN AND MAXIPADS. If you could send me a query with the full manuscript attached to tara@emliterary.com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line, that would be fantastic.

    Tara Gonzalez – Associate Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency

  12. Rebecca Eskildsen says:

    Hi! I would love to see this story in my inbox. If you would like to submit your manuscript to me, please send a query letter and the first 50 pages to reskildsen@writershouse.com. Please include “Pitch Wars” and your title in the subject line, and please only submit to one agent at Writers House at a time. Thank you!

  13. Jordy Albert says:

    I would love to take a look. Please follow my submission guidelines here https://QueryManager.com/1426. Thank you!

  14. Christa Heschke says:

    The MG space needs more books like this! I’d love to read on. Please send the full manuscript, synopsis and query to chquery@mcintoshandotis.com with Pitch Wars request and the title of the manuscript in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  15. Tori Sharp says:

    I’d love to read more of this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to tori.jdlit@gmail.com and include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line.

  16. Kari Sutherland says:

    Hi Alexis,
    The “horror movie set” line made me laugh! This sounds like a really empowering friendship story and I’d love to read more. Please send the full via this form: QueryManager.com/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form/PitchWars. If more than one Bradford Literary agent requests it, you can send to multiple of us, just let us know so we can coordinate. Many thanks! Kari