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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 YA #46: ALL WE HUNGER FOR (Romantic Fantasy)
Anna Mercier
Mentored by:
Sunya Mara
Book Title:
Young Adult
Romantic Fantasy
Word Count:



Considering Elara’s truth-telling tarts and dream-inducing cakes make her the best baker in Anespérer, you’d think she’d have better taste in men. After her last relationship ruined her career, she eagerly accepts an offer from a mysterious—and handsome—patron to enter a competition to become the city’s new head chef. Winning should be a piece of cake. Until Elara learns the last winner—a girl from the slums like herself—was murdered. And she was also enticed by a mysterious—and handsome—patron.



Elara’s career rested on a single pinch of spice.

At a thousand soms a pound, even a few missing granules would be noticed. The jar of blister bark warmed in her palm as she debated the risk. Mama’s recipe said it was crucial for the taste and fire-breathing magie. It wouldn’t be the same if she made alterations, and she needed Gaetan to like it.

One bite. That’s all it would take, and he’d see why he should let her make Mama’s recipes in his mediocre shop. Elara was tired of making the same basic, tasteless bread day in and day out, and people had to be tired of eating it. Elara could show them something more if she could just prove what she was really made of. Wouldn’t anyone love a bread bursting with flavor that melted their breath into dragon fire?

Gaetan would understand. He might even make her head baker.

Her life would finally be back on track.

“Ovens!” someone shouted from the kitchen beyond the cramped pantry. “Where are those baguettes?”

Elara turned the jar, watching the spice shift like burning sands, all ember. No ash.

Just a pinch. That’s all.

She hid the jar in her sleeve and rushed back to her station.

13 responses to “PW2021 YA #46: ALL WE HUNGER FOR (Romantic Fantasy)”

  1. Masha Gunic says:

    I would love to see this! Please send me your query letter and full manuscript to masha@azantianlitagency.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. If any other agents from ALA request this as well, please send to one of us at a time at your choice.

  2. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Anna,
    You have an engaging premise for ALL WE HUNGER FOR, and I’d love to read further. If you’re interested in my considering your work, please do send me the first 50 pages to me at atuttle@dystel.com in a query marked Pitch Wars. If you receive requests from other Dystel agents, please select the one you feel is best suited to your voice and let us know of interest from the other agents. We can sort it out on our end. In the meantime, I wish you success with your writing and with Pitch Wars.
    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  3. Larissa Melo Pienkowski says:

    I absolutely LOVE what I’m reading so far—this is so up my alley! I’d love to see more, so if you’d like, please feel free to send me the first 50 pages at larissa@jillgrinbergliterary.com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line.

  4. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Anna,

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! This project sounds wonderful (you had me at magical baking!) and I’d love to read more! If you could please send your query and the full manuscript using my Query Manager link: QueryManager.com/EricaBauman/PitchWars

    And if more than one ACM agent requests, feel free to send to both—just let me know who else is reading, so I can coordinate on my end.

    Looking forward to reading more!

    All my best,

  5. Ellen Goff says:

    Dear Anna,

    Thank you so much for sharing your pitch here. This sounds SO up my alley, I lovelovelove this concept. I’m obsessed with food (even went to a culinary program for a hot minute). If you’d like to send it to me (which I hope you do!), please send me the full manuscript as a word doc to ellen@hgliterary.com. Don’t worry, I’ll remember this pitch and your name!

    I can’t wait to read this one, Elara sounds like my kind of person. Congrats on doing Pitch Wars, by the way! That alone is a huge accomplishment.


  6. Michaela Whatnall says:

    I’m absolutely here for anything that comps to Bake Off and add magic! I would love the opportunity to consider this project. Please send a query and the first 50 pages as a Word document to me via Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/michaelawhatnall/PitchWars2021 If you have any trouble using the link, you’re welcome to email me instead at mwhatnall@dystel.com.

    If you’ve received a request from more than one Dystel, Goderich & Bourret agent, please only submit to the agent here that you feel would be the best fit, and let that agent know about any other requests you received from our agency. Thank you!

  7. Laura Stone says:

    Hi, I’d like to see more. Please go to http://blueridgeagency.com/LauraStone.html and complete the submission process. This will include a query letter, a full synopsis (all major points and the ending), and the first three chapters. Ensure your chapters are formatted with 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced, with indented paragraphs. Please state in the query letter that I requested the submission through Pitch Wars.

  8. Sarah N. Fisk says:

    You said baking + flirting + murder, which is basically just a summoning spell for me! Please submit the query, synopsis and first three chapters here: https://querymanager.com/query/sarahnfisk/PitchWars

    If multiple agents at Tobias request your materials, please submit to the one you think would be the best fit.

  9. Laura Bradford says:

    I love everything about this! It sounds so good and the writing is lovely! Please send me the full manuscript and synopsis (as attachments) at laura@bradfordlit.com and put Pitch Wars in your subject line.

    I can’t wait to see more!
    Laura Bradford

    ***If you receive a request from more than one agent at Bradford Literary Agency, you are welcome to send to all agents who made the request, but just let us know when you send the material***

  10. Sandy Lu says:

    Hi Anna,

    I’m intrigued! Please send the full manuscript, preceded by your bio and complete synopsis (all in one Word document), to https://querymanager.com/SandyLu/Requested_Materials

    I look forward to reading more!

    Sandy Lu
    Book Wyrm Literary Agency

  11. Karly Dizon says:

    Hi! I absolutely love the concept behind your work. Can you please send me your first 10 pages here:

  12. Rebecca Podos says:

    Baking magic, yes please!! I would love to see the query and full manuscript through the Pitch Wars event link on my QueryManager: QueryManager.com/BeccaPodos/PitchWars

    Best, Becca

  13. Kristin Ostby says:

    Hey Anna! I’d still love to see this! Please query me at https://querymanager.com/query/kristinostby. Thank you so much!