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PW2021 YA #41: THE WIRE EATERS (Queer Horror)
Sabrina Lloyd
Mentored by:
TJ Ohler
Book Title:
Young Adult
Queer Horror
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Body Horror, Death, Animal Death



18-year-old Willow has a knack for wire, just like the father that abandoned her. After returning to Scotland to find him, Willow begins to unearth sculptures– wire figures she doesn't remember making. Suspecting they relate to local legend, Willow fears her father has become trapped within an extinct forest. As her sculptures assume monstrous lives of their own, the forest threatens the search for her father, her budding romance, and Willow’s reality itself.



The worst part about losing your memory is losing your boots with it. Second worst part is that the sheep look chummy about it. There’s a line of the beady-eyed bastards on the hillcrest, but they’ll scatter the second I muster the willpower to pull myself from the heather. Cause it’s happened again.

This time it’s over before Jackie finds me– I ought to thank some saint of small blessings for that. Grass seeds cling heroically to my socks, and fog blankets the moor where I lie, prelude to the sickly sunrise that’ll do bugger-all to dissuade the damp. Something’s writhing within my jacket pocket– phone call. At five am, I’ve got only one suspect.

I thumb aside mud to expose the flashing screen, and answer. “What?”

“What kind of way,” comes a sandy drawl, “is that to answer the phone?”

I sigh, slouching into the heather. It’s her, I mouth at the sheep; maybe threatening them with Dr Murphy will scatter them.

“Usually I’m polite, Murph. But since it’s you, why bother?”

Across the line, Murphy scoffs. I picture the old grouch in her chair, stirring her finger through the cold coffee she brews at night but forgets to drink til morning.

“There’s a stink,” the doctor bemoans. “A stink in the air, Willow. Like,” she pauses, rasps, “something’s rotting.”

16 responses to “PW2021 YA #41: THE WIRE EATERS (Queer Horror)”

  1. Sarah N. Fisk says:

    Yes! I was just about to request the full of this in November when mentees were announced and I told TJ I would be first in line for the showcase! I cannot wait to read more of this beautiful book. 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.

  2. Amy Elizabeth Bishop says:

    Dear Sabrina,

    I love Willow’s voice from the jump here and I’d love to read further! If you’re willing, please send your query in the body of the e-mail and your full manuscript as a Microsoft Word attachment to abishop@dystel.com. Please put Pitch Wars in the subject line.

    If you receive a request from more than one DGB agent, please feel free to approach the person you feel might be the best fit and notify them of other requests in agency. We’ll work it out on our end. 🙂

    Thanks so much and hope to hear from you!


  3. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Sabrina! Congratulations on finishing Pitch Wars, yay! I’d absolutely love for you to send THE WIRE EATERS back my way. Everything about this appeals to me. If you’re interested in submitting to me, please send 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)

  4. Beth Phelan says:

    This premise is so compelling! Would love to read more.

    Please submit your query letter and the full manuscript at this link: QueryManager.com/querybeth/PitchWars. I’d appreciate it if you pasted your query letter as the first page of your manuscript (like a sort of cover sheet), so when I send it to my kindle, I’ll have both!

    If another agent at GZLA requests your work as well, feel free to submit to both of us, but let us know that the other has it too.

  5. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Oooo this calls to me. Love the queer rep AND mystery sculptures. I would love to see the full manuscript. If you find us a match, please send query, synopsis, and pages to QueryManager.com/KaitlynJohnson/Contests

    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Belcastro Literary Agency

  6. Kristin Nelson says:

    Creepy Scottish forests and even creepier wire sculptures…I’d love to read more! Please copy/paste your pitch or query letter to the first page of your manuscript before using this link to submit: QueryManager.com/1350/PW2022

    If you have any trouble with the link, please email query@nelsonagency.com and we will assist you.

  7. Jennifer March Soloway says:

    A lost father in Scotland, strange wire sculptures that seem to take on a life of their own…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!

  8. Bridget Smith says:

    This sounds great, 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. Amelia Appel says:

    Hi Sabrina!

    I’m officially re-requesting! Please use the following link to submit to me via Query Manager: QueryManager.com/AmeliaLAppel/PitchWars.

    Thank you so much and I can’t wait to dive back in!

    All best wishes,
    Amelia Appel
    Associate Agent, TriadaUS Literary Agency

  10. Dorian Maffei says:

    Hi Sabrina! As you know, I love the opening of this–I’d be thrilled to read the full! If you feel we’d be a good match, please send the manuscript and fill out my submission form with the following link–> QueryManager.com/dorianmaffei/Request

  11. Allison Hellegers says:

    I love the sound of this and adore the Scottish backdrop. You can send me a query, full synopsis and 50 pages. Thanks! Good luck! Alli (at) stimolaliterarystudio (dot) com.

  12. 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

  13. Lee OBrien says:

    Hi Sabrina,

    I would love to read this! Could you send the query and full MS to lee.queries@irenegoodman.com, with Pitch Wars in the subject line?

    If more than one IGLA agent requests your work, please only send to one of us at a time—if they pass, you’re welcome to reach out to another!


  14. Alexandra Levick says:

    Hi Sabrina,

    I love the humor and voice in this sample! I’m incredibly fascinated by the prospect of these sculptures — unsettling artwork seems to be a recurring theme in projects I love! If you think we’re a good match, please send a query letter and the first 50 pages to me at alevick(@)writershouse(.)com. (Not the submissions email, please!)

    For more information about me, please see: alexandralevick.com
    For more information about Writers House: writershouse.com

    Wishing you the very best of luck on your agent search!


    Alexandra Levick | She/Her | Literary Agent & Media Rights Manager | Writers House

  15. Chelsea Hensley says:

    Hi Sabrina! This sounds great, I’d love to read more! If you’re interested, you can send the full manuscript, your query, and a complete synopsis to my Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/Chelseahensley/PitchWars2021

  16. Christa Heschke says:

    Hi Sabrina!

    What a unique premise! I’m a huge horror fan and would love to read 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