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PW 2018 Young Adult Entries

Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2020

YA #1: LOVE ME OR HATE ME (Contemporary #OwnVoices)

Emma and Sophia have been arch-nemeses since kindergarten, and a student film festival is only adding fuel to their rivalry. Fed up with their bickering, the girls’ friends hatch a plan to end the feud. By telling each of them the other is in love with her. As the girls’ tentative friendship leads to a kiss, they must survive the film competition, a sabotage scandal, and the truth about how their relationship started. MUCH ADO meets LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT

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YA #2: OF MAJESTY AND MAYHEM (Alternative History Fantasy with Feminist Themes)

THE FALSE PRINCE meets DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING In the northern countries, female sailors are executed. It’s an inconvenience Lane has learned to deal with. She’d rather disguise herself as a boy than forfeit adventure at sea. But her disguise gets complicated when the king’s too-charming son recruits her on a dangerous mission to save the very kingdom that would see her dead. When pirates capture the prince and his nation’s fate falls into her hands, Lane realizes her heart may have committed the ultimate betrayal. Now she must decide where her loyalty lies—with the ocean she loves or a boy she can never have.

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YA #3: FLY THE GOLDEN CAGE (Fantasy)

THE HANDMAIDEN’S TALE meets HELEN OF TROY. As the Scepter’s favored paramour, Esma uses her beauty to beguile foreign dignitaries while secretly dreaming of studying astronomy at the empire’s renowned academy. When she flees into the desert to evade marriage to a power-hungry prince, she ignites a deadly war that will devastate the empire--unless she can invoke the dark celestial magic that rules the land.

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YA #4: NO SIGN OF A STRUGGLE (Thriller, Bisexual #OwnVoices)

Callie’s gone, and the police are hunting Louisiana’s I-10 Killer. But Mallory knows they’re wrong about what happened to her best friend. When she takes Callie’s place at drum corps camp, the last place her friend was seen, a fresh trail of secrets makes Mallory’s search twistier—and more dangerous—than she ever imagined. Perfect for fans of Far from You and Last Seen Leaving.

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YA #5: AND BREAK THE PRETTY KINGS (#OwnVoices Korean-Inspired Fantasy)

THE YOUNG ELITES x Feudal Korea. Mirae possesses the ability to Switch places with her future self—for she is fated to destroy an enemy feared by even the gods. But when that enemy kidnaps her brother, she must decide if embracing her fate is worth placing her family in the blast radius of her violent destiny.

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YA #6: SING ME FORGOTTEN (Fantasy Retelling)

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA meets THE YOUNG ELITES. All Isda’s life, she’s hidden from a world that hates her for her deformed face and memory-bending magic. Until a boy’s singing awakens something in her. Something dark. And powerful. And hungry.

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YA #7: MONSTER RIOT! (Paranormal)

UNDEAD GIRL GANG meets FRANKENSTEIN In a secluded town full of monsters and family expectations, Olive, a plus-sized reanimated corpse, must bring back her dead father to gain body autonomy. But when she tricks her witch BFF and the new ghost girl into a forbidden road-trip to find answers, she learns if she wants free will, she’ll have to stand on her own mismatched two feet.

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YA #8: BLUE SUN RISING (Chinese-inspired Sci-Fi / Fantasy)

For Ren, a refugee scavenger in a polluted land, survival comes first. But when her best friend falls deathly ill, saving Lu’s life will mean infiltrating a competition hosted by the secretive, Qi-gifted Cultivators, kidnapping an enemy heir, and unraveling the mystery of what really destroyed her home province years ago. WANT meets LEGEND OF KORRA with Wuxia elements.

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YA #9: EARTHSONG (Fantasy)

Rhia, an apprentice herbalist, is immune to the deadly plague draining her kingdom of magic. When her mentor, the disinherited prince, harnesses her abilities to murder the king and queen and disappear, he leaves Rhia trapped in the castle to atone for a crime she didn’t commit. After years in exile, the prince plots his return. But Rhia won’t be scapegoated again. To earn her freedom, she must discover the source of his power and stop his ascent to the throne--before magic disappears forever.

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YA #10: NO VIOLET EYES (Contemporary Thriller)

For Eli James, home is Boston, bruises and pushing drugs for the Minotaur - the notorious cartel kingpin who owns half the city. As Eli’s powerful and abusive father flees the country, and the bruises begin to fade, he’s left with nothing but memories of his mãe, friends more interested in adrenaline than they are in survival, and a foster parent who cares without condition. But when the product Eli sells hospitalizes his best friend, he realizes that his future depends on one choice: face the Minotaur and his father’s legacy, or lose the queer found family that is just beginning to feel like home.

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