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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.
PW2021 MG #06: LEGEND OF THE BIGFOOT KID (Contemporary Fantasy)
Karen Nguyen
Mentored by:
Graci Kim and Karah Sutton
Book Title:
Middle Grade
Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count:


THE DRAGON WARRIOR x Việt mythology

All Erica Đinh wants is to blend in. But when the Đinh family curse balloons her feet three sizes and sprouts thick hair all over her body, she has only one option: wear trench coats forever.

She commits to hiding the curse along with its resulting superpowers, but when an ancient Việt fox demon threatens her town, Erica must overcome her insecurities to embrace her ancestors’ heroic legacy.



The curse came without warning.

I went to sleep with the same skinny legs I’ve had all my life and woke up sweaty and itchy all over. I kicked off the blankets and froze. A thick layer of hair swallowed my legs in a furry cocoon.

Flopping and flailing, I tripped over my stack of manga volumes and switched the lights on. Should’ve kept them off. The hair had multiplied, infecting my arms now. Maybe I was still asleep. I didn’t try to pinch myself like they do in movies. Instead, I yanked at my arm hair. Bad move. I shrieked.

Mom burst in, took one wide-eyed glance at me, and sighed. “So, the day has finally come.”

No, this wasn’t puberty. It was much, much worse. The curse put upon us Đinh women.

I collapsed to the floor, my whole body shriveling up. Middle school starts tomorrow. And looking like this, all that time I spent picking out the perfect outfit was for nothing. I had pulled those clothes right off the mall mannequin, hoping to resemble every other twelve-year-old girl. Normal. But now… I shuddered at the thought of everyone’s eyes digging into me. I rushed past Mom and plowed through the closet until I found a turtleneck, some sweatpants, and boots. Ultimate coverage. Who cares if it’ll be eighty degrees?

12 responses to “PW2021 MG #06: LEGEND OF THE BIGFOOT KID (Contemporary Fantasy)”

  1. 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!

  2. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d love to read the full manuscript! Please email it to me at slandis@sll.com. Thanks! -Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

  3. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d love to read the full manuscript! Could you email it to me at slandis@sll.com? Thanks! -Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

  4. Jennifer Herrington says:

    Hi Karen,

    Wow! This sounds fabulous! I would love to see more if you were comfortable sharing. Please submit your query, synopsis, and the full manuscript to: QueryManager.com/JenniferHerrington/PitchWars2022.

    I hope to see your submission!

    Jennifer Herrington
    Associate Agent
    Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

  5. Masha Gunic says:

    This is fantastic…I would love to take a look! Please send me your query and full manuscript to masha@azantianlitagency.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Should anyone else from ALA request to see this, you can just send it to one of us at a time at your choice.

  6. Zabé Ellor says:

    Hello! What a cute idea–I would love to see more! Please send the query (in the body of the email) synopsis (an attachment) and the first fifty pages (an attachment) to zrellor.books @ gmail.com (remove spaces.) Please include “PitchWars Request” in the subject line, and please only query one JDLA agent at a time!

  7. Ah! The poor kid. I want to read more of her story! Please send the first approx 10 pp (c & p into email) to me at greatriverliterary@gmail.com Thanks!
    Mary Cummings

  8. Katelyn Detweiler says:

    Hi Karen,

    This sounds so fun! Could you please send your query and full manuscript to me at katelyn@jillgrinbergliterary.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line? (Please note, if multiple agents from Jill Grinberg Literary Management request your ms, we ask that you only share with one.) Thank you!


  9. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there!

    I’d love to read the first 50 pages of this. Please send them attached as a word document along with your query pasted into the email to: rena@dhliterary.com


    Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  10. Becca Langton says:

    Hi Karen,

    This is such a fun opening, I’d love to read more! 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!

  11. Dear Karen,

    I’ve reviewed your pitch for LEGEND OF THE BIGFOOT KID and am intrigued by your excerpt. Please send your full manuscript in Word or PDF format to me at victoria@hgliterary.com and copy my reader at gabry@hgliterary.com. We look forward to reading your work.

    Thank you,
    Victoria Wells Arms

  12. Roseanne Wells says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love the voice, the humor, and mythology (love a fox demon!). 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!