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PW2020 YA #21: SOMEBODY’S HERO (Speculative – Superheroes #OwnVoices Aro/Ace)
Kris Gentry
Mentored by:
Tash McAdam
Book Title:
2020 Entries
Speculative - Superheroes (#ownvoices Aro/Ace)
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Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Parental death, hospital, serious injury, superhero typical violence


After defusing a hostage situation, 18-year-old Burger Bell cashier Phoebe is offered a chance to join a superhero support team, the Sidekicks. Childhood dream fulfillment, plus health insurance to cover her little sister’s life-threatening surgery? Hell yeah. Her trial mission is gathering intel on Shadow, the city’s most notorious supervillain. But instead of an evil mastermind, Phoebe finds a dorky highschool dropout who invites her on a heist that could save her sister’s life.

This is Phoebe’s chance to be a hero—if she doesn’t become the villain first.




Phoebe was a hostage again. Beautiful day for it, too. The golden afternoon sun glinted off skyscrapers and suspension cables, and a light, fish-scented breeze floated through the half-open window of her car. Bumper-to-bumper traffic crammed onto every square inch of the bridge.

Fantastic place to take hostages, if that was your thing.

The semi-trailer parked in front of Phoebe kept her from seeing what was going on, but she’d played the role of endangered bystander often enough. She knew the gist. And anyway, there were more important things to worry about right now than an impending superhero battle. For example, her Sidekick application.

Phoebe turned her key in the ignition, and her engine sputtered to a halt. She kicked her feet onto the sun-cracked dash, humming along to the bubblegum pop song that chirped out of the radio. The supervillain of the week hadn’t revealed themself yet and no demands had been made. That gave her a good five minutes before Fortis showed up to save the day. She wasn’t going to waste any more time, and she certainly wasn’t going to waste anymore gas.

She propped her phone on top of the steering wheel and squinted at the screen.

6 responses to “PW2020 YA #21: SOMEBODY’S HERO (Speculative – Superheroes #OwnVoices Aro/Ace)”

  1. Maggie Kane says:

    Hi Kris,

    I would love to see the full of SOMEBODY’S HERO! Please send it as a Word Document 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!


  2. Hi, Kris. The way I laughed aloud at that second line. I adore characters who just may choose to be a villain, and, clearly, Phoebe’s going to be an entertaining one. I would love to read more. If you’re interested, please submit a query at QueryManager.com/SavannahBrooks and be sure to mention that this was a Pitch Wars request. I look forward to seeing more!

  3. Michelle Hauck says:

    This sounds fun. I’d love to see the full. You can use my online form to submit QueryManager.com/2011/PW2021, and if another Storm agent requests, send to the best fit first. Thanks,

    Michelle Hauck

  4. Laura Bradford says:

    Awesome hook here! Please email me the full manuscript + synopsis at laura@bradfordlit.com. Please put Pitch Wars in the subject line and paste the pitch into your email. Thank you!

    Laura Bradford

    *If more than one agent from the Bradford Literary Agency has requested this, go ahead and send it to those agents and just let us know

  5. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Kris,

    I’m intrigued here! If you’re interested, can you send your query and first 50 pages to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com, with PitchWars in the subject line? Thank you!

    All best,

  6. Mollie Glick says:

    Hi Kris, this sounds great! Please send your full manuscript, query and synopsis via email to mollie.glickasst@caa.com with “Pitch Wars Requested Submission” in the subject line. Please let me know if you are submitting to more than one agent at CAA.