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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.
Nessa Uy
Mentored by:
George Jreije and LQ Nguyen
Book Title:
Middle Grade
Word Count:



When 12 y/o Cambodian witch Aspen’s ancestors go missing, her family becomes plagued with bad luck. She must journey across the country in search of the spirit realm to save her ancestors and lift the curse before it’s too late.



I didn’t mean to burn Gabi’s hair. It just sort of happened. A harmless-ish mistake. 

I headed out of band class with my drumsticks in hand. People brushed past me in the Monday rush, a shoulder sending me into one of the stone cold lockers. 

That was when I heard the murmurs. They came from all around, and although I couldn’t make sense of what anyone was saying, I could gather that it had something to do with me. Sensing my classmates’ eyes burning into the back of my head, my heartbeat began racing. I swallowed in a deep breath and tried to calm myself. People said things all the time. Then again, my intuition said something was wrong, and it never lied. 

“What?” I snapped, twisting to a group of students close behind. 

Several of them sprinted away or avoided my glare. Then, to my left, I heard something that made my blood boil. 

“Aspen is going to go off,” whispered a boy to his friend. 

I locked my gaze onto him, watching the boy lean back against the locker. A drip of sweat glistened upon his tan skin as he clenched his teeth. 

“What’s going on?” I demanded.

“Um…RJ,” he stuttered. 

I didn’t need to hear the rest. I was already running through the hallways. Teachers yelled at me to slow down, but my best friend was in danger and that was a no-go in my book. 

My red checkered Vans pounded on the concrete floor in tune with my beating heart. 

12 responses to “PW2021 MG #03: ASPEN SAO AND THE SERIOUS CASE OF BAD LUCK (Fantasy)”

  1. Kurestin Armada says:

    Hello, and congrats on completing Pitch Wars! I absolutely love the voice here already. Please do send the full manuscript + a synopsis attached as word docs to my attention at submissions (at) rootliterary (dot) com, with Pitch Wars in the subject line. If any of my colleagues also request, feel free to pick one of us or just mention us all and we’ll sort it on our end. Cheers, Kurestin Armada @ Root Literary

  2. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d be happy to dive into this. Please feel free to send the manuscript to me at jmccarthy@dystel.com. If other DGB agents ask for this, choose whoever you’d like to send to and let us know about the other requests, and we’ll work it out in house!

  3. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars, Nessa! I’d love to see this again. Please send your query + full manuscript + synopsis to Lauren@triadaus.com, and put “PW Request” in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! ~Lauren Spieller

  4. Jennifer March Soloway says:

    Missing ancestors, a family cursed with bad luck …I’m hooked! If you think I could be a good fit for you, please query me and submit the full manuscript: QueryManager.com/JenniferMarchSoloway/PitchWars2022

    I love a good story and look forward to reading yours!

  5. Allison Remcheck says:

    Dear Nessa,

    This sounds great! I’m an agent at Stimola Literary Studio, and I would love a chance to read the manuscript. Please feel free to send it to me at:


    Please put PITCHWARS in the subject line, and include a query, as well as your full manuscript.

    I’m looking forward to it!

    Best wishes,


  6. I’m eager to read more! Please send the first approx 10 pp (c & p into email) and send to greatriverliterary@gmail.com
    Mary Cummings

  7. Peter Knapp says:

    This sounds great! I would love to read. Can you please send the full manuscript attached as a Word document to queries@parkfine.com with “Pete Knapp – Pitch Wars – MG” in the subject of your email? Please include the query letter at the start of your Word document, and if available please also send a short synopsis (but no worries if not readily available). Thanks! I look forward to reading. All best, Pete

  8. Hannah Andrade says:

    Hi Nessa! I absolutely LOVE the sound of this! Please please PLEASE send this my way! Can you please send the first 100 pages of this to me on my QueryManager (https://QueryManager.com/hannahandrade)? And don’t forget to put PitchWars in the subject line along with your project, because I definitely don’t want to miss this. I can’t wait to read it!

  9. Becca Langton says:

    Hi Nessa,
    I loved your opening and the pith sounds great! Please do query me through my email, becca@darleyanderson.com and include #Pitch Wars in the subject line. Darley Anderson is a well established global agency and I am so pleased to be building a US focussed list in a team that includes a Film and TV agent and a well experienced international rights team.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  10. Karly Dizon says:

    Absolutely love the concept of your work. Can you please send me your first 15 pages to this below link:


  11. Kelly Peterson says:

    Hi Nessa!

    I adore your voice, and love the fact that you’re really starting out with a BANG of an action scene! I’d love to read your full manuscript, if you wouldn’t mind sending it to me. This link will lead you to my Query Manager, where you can upload your query, synopsis, and full manuscript: QueryManager.com/KellyPeterson/PitchWars

    Wishing you the best of luck, and hoping to see your manuscript! =)

    Warm Regards,
    Kelly Peterson
    Rees Literary Agency

  12. Roseanne Wells says:

    Hi Nessa,

    I love this idea, and you can feel the urgency in this opening scene. I’d love to take a look. Please submit the full manuscript and a synopsis to querymanager.com/roseannewells/pitchrequest, and I’m excited to keep reading!