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PW 2020 Adult Entries

Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021. The Showcase site will undergo scheduled maintenance on February 11 and February 12 from 3 – 4 a.m. ET. Please do not make any requests at that time.

PW2020 Adult #31: BLOOD LIKE WATER (Fantasy)

When an estranged daughter of a crime lord is forced to marry the son of a rival crew to unite the city against their former colonizers, she negotiates a boon for her sacrifice. The chance to attend an academy of shadow magic. But as she learns to defend her city, she finds a threat within as crews deal anything for power. Even if the asking price is blood.

PW2020 Adult #32: THE WING TAKER (Historical Fantasy #OwnVoices)

BLADE RUNNER X MOULIN ROUGE, 1930’s Shanghai.

Twenty-year-old showgirl Jingwen spends her nights under velvet walls and neon stage lights, dancing with charming strangers—a life she embraced to escape a dark family secret. But when a mysterious attacker begins to steal cabaret dancers’ faces around the city, Shanghai’s glittering mirage begins to crack. To solve the mystery, Jingwen must delve into the world of her estranged grandmother, an outcast surgeon who makes cybernetic limbs for the city’s most powerful gang—who will tell any lie to regain Jingwen’s trust.

PW2020 Adult #33: THE AFTERLIFE OF MAL CALDERA (#OwnVoices Speculative Fiction)

Mal ruined her life, and now it’s over. But death is a fresh start at the local haunted mansion where carefree ghosts dance their afterlives away. Feeling too guilty to join them while her sister mourns, Mal finds a medium to help her seek closure, but chasing grief rather than cutting loose might trap her in a fate worse than death. She could risk trying to clean up the mess she left behind—or blow off the past and party. FLEABAG meets BEETLEJUICE.

PW2020 Adult #34: THE FIFTH WHEEL (#OwnVoices AA Rom-Com)

TRAINWRECK x THE WEDDING PARTY. Everything goes wrong for commitment-phobic Eden, the third wheel on a Vegas “girls” trip, until she lands in a pile of vomit -- spitting distance from a man she friend-zoned twenty years ago. Now a fan of swipe-right, Luke is well-equipped to relieve her, ahem, frustrations. But as passions escalate, Eden questions whether a happily-ever-after is in the cards.

PW2020 Adult #35: ME IN YOUR EYES (Thriller/Suspense)

Famed actress Ashe Stone’s identical twin is missing, feared dead. Heartbroken and mobbed by paparazzi, she devolves into a returning addiction, until she spots her sister’s coded message in the newspaper. Ashe unravels its familiar directions, but is she ready for what she’ll find? LITTLE SECRETS meets DARK PLACES.

PW2020 Adult #36: SMORGASBORD OF SPIES (Mystery – Black #OwnVoices)

Division agent Katrina Foster is Black, American, and unceremoniously plopped in Sweden for her first mission – helping uncover who killed the country’s top agent. When she links the murder to a decade-old political assassination, a murderous mastermind, and a shadowy organization set on global disruption, Katrina becomes the killer’s next target. Can she rely on her wits, inner strength, and fabulous disguises to live to spy another day? ALIAS meets STEPHANIE PLUM.

PW2020 Adult #37: BERSERKER QUEEN (#OwnVoices Historical)

Normandie, 929 AD: Sigrid the Haughty threw her first suitor out a window, burned number two alive, and slit number three's throat. William, a Persian bastard, just seized the Norse throne for attempt four. Long live the King.

BERSERKER QUEEN is the true story of a Frankish princess who killed Viking kings. HBO-style costume drama, 'Vikings' meets 'Ertuğrul'. International setting, interracial cast. Iranian #ownvoices. R rated trauma, sex, and violence.  Manuscript requested at the New York Pitch Conference by Amanda Ng of Penguin and Lyssa Keusch of William Morrow/Avon.

PW2020 Adult #38: MATCHME (Romantic Comedy)

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY x BEACH READ

When Kennedy’s boss at MatchMe—an NYC-based dating app—proposes using it to net the promotion-of-a-lifetime, Kennedy reluctantly agrees, believing in the company’s tagline that promises a genuine connection. Unfortunately, her first match is Logan, a cinnamon roll serial dater with money to burn.

Despite their incompatibility, they discover an intoxicating rapport and exactly what they aren’t looking for in a romantic partner. Regardless, the two become friends, wagering a bet where they pick each other’s dates to prove who’s right when it comes to MatchMe’s real purpose. When the pair catch feelings for one another though, everything goes off the rails, and they can’t help but wonder if maybe the app found what they were looking for after all: each other.

PW2020 Adult #39: THE ARCANE MAGE (#LGBT Contemporary Fantasy Romance)

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON x BOYFRIEND MATERIAL

Alex Vance commands enough magic to annihilate London, but he’d rather watch Love, Actually and fight over popcorn with his magical pet than save the world. When his agonisingly sexy ex-boyfriend, Tyler Winterbourne, prince of Magice Primaria, rescues him from a deadly attack of dark creatures, Alex must face the past he ran from, the love he’s afraid of, and the most unlikely adversary of all: his father.

PW2020 Adult #40: WILL DANCE FOR FOOD (Contemporary Romance)

DANCING WITH THE STARS meets PRETTY WOMAN

Tessa, a free-spirited street dancer, dreams of Broadway but dances next to a cardboard donation sign instead. When newbie producer Max recruits her to revive his televised dance competition, she has a chance to rewrite her uncertain future.

There’s just one problem: Tessa can’t read.

When she enlists Max’s help in hiding her secret, their friendship ignites into something more. But relationships between contestants and crew are forbidden, so if they can’t suppress the growing flame between them, Tessa may end up the fleeting punchline to Max’s freshly cancelled TV show.