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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 #27: NEEDLE AND THREAD (Historical Fantasy)
Kay S. Beckett
Mentored by:
Laura Weymouth
Book Title:
Young Adult
Historical Fantasy
Word Count:


Seventeen-year-old Liddy never thought her skill with a needle would help her become a resistance spy, but she didn’t think her rambunctious cousin would hang for breaking their country’s harsh anti-magic laws, either. Determined to make her cousin’s death count, Liddy joins a school for seamstresses trained in needlecraft and espionage. But when a mission’s success hinges on endangering friends she’s made while undercover, Liddy must decide if saving magic is worth compromising her principles—even if upholding them means risking her life by acting against her own spy network.



Visiting Clarkson’s Fabrics was more soothing than an empty chapel before mass or the smell of fresh pies from the oven. Didn’t matter how upset I was, my problems would melt like butter in summer whenever I ran the tips of my fingers over the bolts of fabric. No Luddington shop could compare with those back in Levlin, but Clarkson’s came closest, putting me at ease the minute I stepped inside.

I passed the silks—hard to sew with and not practical for every day—and headed to the muslins, cottons, and wool Levlin imports. Simple, plain-colored cloth was cheapest, but I still searched the multicolored prints for new arrivals. Like the bright-red Tree of Life motif my hand couldn’t stop stroking. There had to be some fabric in my stash that might match—

“Mismatched, Liddy, that’s what you are. Mismatched with your wrong and right sides sewed together. Someday you’ll have to pick a side; can’t stay buried in your sewing basket forever.”

My hand dropped. Nell’s chiding hadn’t bothered me last night, so why was it now?

15 responses to “PW2021 YA #27: NEEDLE AND THREAD (Historical Fantasy)”

  1. Masha Gunic says:

    I would love to see this! Please send me your query 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. Amanda Rutter says:

    I would love you to submit your Pitch Wars entry to me, using my Query Manager form: QueryManager.com/Amanda_Rutter/PitchWars Please send through the query letter and the full manuscript. If more than one Azantian agent requests materials, please pick the one you feel would fit you best.

  3. Kurestin Armada says:

    Hello, and congrats on completing Pitch Wars! I absolutely love the concept 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

  4. 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

  5. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Kay! Magic and espionage? Yes, please. I would love to read this! If you’re interested in submitting to me, I’d love for you to send me your query and the full manuscript to tara@emliterary.com. Just mention Pitch Wars in the subject. Thanks so much! Tara Gonzalez (Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency)

  6. Natascha Morris says:

    HOLY SHIT, it’s my #MSWL!!! Okay, I am full requesting this because “lady” arts as spy craft? HERE FOR IT. Please upload the full here: QueryManager.com/natascha/PitchWars and if another Tobias Literary Agency agent requests, please pick me, but know you can pick whoever you like. (But please pick me!!)


  7. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Dear Kay,

    I would love to read NEEDLE AND THREAD. Please send the full manuscript as a Word attachment to: carrie@hgliterary.com

    I am looking forward to reading it.

    Best wishes,
    Carrie Hannigan
    HG Literary

  8. Bridget Smith says:

    This sounds delightful, and I’d love to take a look! Please send me your query and first 50 pages at QueryManager.com/BridgetSmith/PitchWars2022. Can’t wait to read!

  9. Cate Hart says:

    I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript. It sounds fascinating. Please send along using QueryManager.com/CateHart/REQ

  10. Jennifer Weis says:

    Hello! I would love to see the full of this. Please send it to jenniferweis@rossyoon.com. Thank you!

  11. 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.

  12. Laura Bradford says:

    This hook is amazing! I adore a historical vibe and this sounds spytastic! Please, please send it my way, I’d love to see more! Please send me the full manuscript and synopsis (as attachments) at laura@bradfordlit.com. Please put Pitch Wars in your subject line.

    Can’t wait!
    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***

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Christa Heschke says:

    Hi Kay!

    What an incredible premise! I’d love to see this–please send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript via Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/christa_heschke/PitchWars2122

    Thank you!
    -Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis