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PW2020 YA #41: STARS ARE FIRE (Contemporary)
Kate MacPherson
Mentored by:
Sarah Dass
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2020 Entries
Young Adult Contemporary
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For fans of Robin Talley and Becky Abertalli.

When seventeen-year-old soccer star, Riley MacKenzie, is injured for the summer, she discovers a whole new world at theatre camp. Worried her adventures in Shakespeare and show tunes will tank her reputation, Riley hides it from her teammates. As her lies unravel, Riley must learn the meaning of to thine own self be true or risk losing new friendships and a chance at romance with the camp's leading actress, Claire, along the way.



Four weeks ago, Dr. Ortega had placed two different X-Rays against a light for Mom and me to look at. They were a little blurry, but clearly, they were my hand. I didn’t know what I was looking for, and even though Mom nodded, I knew she couldn’t tell either.

When I glanced up, I caught my reflection in the glass. My tangled light brown hair hung loosely from my once tight ponytail. My cheeks were pink and blotchy, my brown eyes still bright red from when I’d been crying. Because Mom and Coach Rueben rushed me here in the middle of the game, I still wore my muddy uniform, my sports bra digging into my side. It would’ve been nice if they could’ve at least let me get changed. It was bad enough being dragged off the field in front of all the boys like a broken doll.

“Alright, Riley, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.” Dr. Ortega picked up my chart and scanned it quickly before continuing, “Good news, your thumb isn’t broken.”

I let out the biggest breath. “Thank God,” I mumbled, rubbing my swollen thumb.

“Bad news,” she said frowning. “You do have a moderate ligament tear, it’s going to heal with proper care, but you won’t be able to play soccer.”

4 responses to “PW2020 YA #41: STARS ARE FIRE (Contemporary)”

  1. Josh Getzler says:

    Hi Kate,

    I really enjoyed your pitch and sample, and I’m excited to read more. Could you send the full MS of Stars are Fire to my email address, with PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks, and I’m looking forward to reading.

    All the best,

    Josh Getzler
    Hannigan Getzler Literary

  2. Tamar Rydzinski says:

    Hi Kate,

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

    Looking forward,

  3. Michaela Whatnall says:

    As someone who was caught between the worlds of sports and theatre in high school, this sounds right up my alley! I would love to read more. Please send your query and the first 50 pages as a Word doc attachment to mwhatnall@dystel.com. I’m looking forward to reading!

    Please note that if more than one agent from Dystel, Goderich & Bourret has requested your work, we ask that you choose which of us you’d like to submit to first, and let that agent know who else from our agency made a request. Thanks very much!

  4. Christa Heschke says:

    I love the soccer and theater combination! 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