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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.
Isabella Galbraith
Mentored by:
Emery Lee
Book Title:
Young Adult
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Alcohol, Cannabis Use


PROJECT RUNWAY meets WHAT IF IT’S US in this queer, friends-to-lovers rom-com. When wannabe designer Milton’s idol returns to host a fashion show competition, he’ll do anything to win. But with ambition leading him toward reckless decisions, he’ll have to decide which matters most: winning or his heart.



There are two fundamental truths of existence—adults will always lecture teenagers on how youth is wasted on the young, and anyone who visits their grocery store wearing fleece pajama pants has seriously given up on life.

“Remind me again why I agreed to come here?” Elijah stares up at the old brick building. Not a Corner Store is as original as its ‘clever’ name. It’s situated in a parking lot, filled with rusty shelves of overpriced goods and an elderly cashier snoozing at the register.

Pretty unremarkable.

Except for the backroom, where prophecies are told for a flat rate of twenty dollars.

“I’ve been coming to The Three Witches for years. They’re the best,” I say, leading Elijah towards a purple curtain separating the two stores. A tiny bell hangs beside the curtain. I ring it forcefully.

I’ll die if I have to spend the rest of my days in Lewiston, surrounded by adults groaning on about waking up with a receding hairline, stuck in an office cubicle thinking back on the ‘good old days’. As if I’m not painfully aware of my youth and the short time I have to achieve my dreams. That’s why I have a plan to escape this town where people have no problem buying all their clothes from the same store that sells cat food.

I’ve studied the greats—Gianni Versace, Halston, Christian Dior. They all decided early on they would be something someday, and I intend to follow in their suede leather footsteps.

5 responses to “PW2021 YA #33: IT’S IN HIS CARDS (LGBTQ RomCom)”

  1. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to read more. 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

  2. Carlisle Webber says:

    I’d like to see this manuscript! Please submit it along with a query letter here: QueryManager.com/Carlisle/PitchWars2022.

    If more than one agent from Fuse Literary requests your work, please choose one of us to submit to.

    Good luck, and I look forward to reading your work.

  3. Kaitlyn Sanchez says:

    I’d be delighted to consider this. Please see submission guidelines here: https://www.contextlit.com/submissions under Kaitlyn Sanchez, and please put PITCH WARS REQUEST and your genre and title in the subject line of the email. Thanks for sharing your work!

  4. Paige Wheeler says:

    Thanks for sharing your work at Pitch Wars. I’d love to read more! Please send the first 100 pages and synopsis to me at paige@cmalit.com. Please use “Requested Material from Pitch Wars” in your subject heading. Thanks so much.

  5. Roseanne Wells says:

    Hi Isabella,

    I’m definitely intrigued! And I love queer rom coms. 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!