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YA #27: BAD MOON CHILD (#OwnVoices Korean Fantasy)
Maria Dong
Mentored by:
Victoria Lee and Rebecca Kuang
Book Title:
2018 Entries
#OwnVoices Korean Fantasy
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Bari has to slay the dragon that decimated her village—and the goddess trying to possess her.

Petty thief Mago has to outrun the ghosts in the tunnels under the city to halt her father’s execution.

The real challenge?  Not disappointing the ghosts of their dead mothers.



Jae’s tails lashed as she debated crawling under the slanting panel of the dilapidated fence. The pickets were too tightly spaced to see through, but she listened for signs of life. Blowing wind, the calls of crickets. No footsteps.

Good. If a wrinkle-faced house goblin caught her, the bastard’s jokes about foxes and chicken-houses would never end. As infuriating as that would be, it wouldn’t stop her. Jae was a picky eater, and even after the rain, a patina of scents, of plants and soil and food and humans, clung to the flat path stones like an oily sweat. It was the smell of one of those people that had first seized her almost a day’s hard run away—the hot succulent tang of wisdom, the metallic crush of power, and maybe even a few earthy hints of destiny.

She’d had nothing to eat but the bland essences of farmers and bumpkins for the twenty years since the Blight. This was a treat too tantalizing to refuse—especially for the hint of danger it offered. A wise person was more likely to have heard the old stories, to know to bar their windows against her and what to do if they caught her.

Then again, it wasn’t like those idiot humans posed a real threat. Jae was a demon, after all, and she was hungry.

9 responses to “YA #27: BAD MOON CHILD (#OwnVoices Korean Fantasy)”

  1. Amy Elizabeth Bishop says:

    Dear Maria,

    This sounds so amazing (!!) and I would love the opportunity to read further! Could you send along your full manuscript as a Word doc to abishop@dystel.com, with #PitchWars in the subject line?

    Thanks so much!



  2. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there!

    I’d love to take a look at this full manuscript. Can you please send it attached as a word document to: rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com

    Thanks! I can’t wait to read!


    Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  3. Sarah Gerton says:

    Hi Maria,

    I hope this finds you well! I’m an associate agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd.–it’s great to e-meet you.

    I was very intrigued by this first page of BAD MOON CHILD and would love to read more. If you’re interested in submitting to me, would you please send the full manuscript as a word doc to sg@cbltd.com with “PitchWars” in the subject line?

    Thank you, and good luck in the showcase!

    All best,

    Sarah Gerton

  4. Peter Knapp says:

    This sounds wonderful – I would love an opportunity to consider! Can you please send the query letter (in the body of an email) and manuscript (attached as a Word doc) to queries@parkfine.com with “Pitch Wars submission – Pete Knapp” in the subject? Thank you!

    – Pete Knapp / Park & Fine Literary and Media

  5. Danielle Burby says:

    So compelling! I would love to take a look! Please follow this link for submission guidelines: http://queryme.online/1352/PitchWars2019

  6. Ayesha Pande says:

    Dear Maria Dong,

    I’m most intrigued by the description of your novel, BAD MOON CHILD. Could you please send me the full manuscript as an e-mail attachment? I can be reached at queries@pandeliterary.com.

    Thank you very much. I look forward to reading your work.

    Yours truly,

    Ayesha Pande

  7. Kerstin Wolf says:

    Oh how I love demons, dragons, and ghosts! This is a manuscript after my heart! I’d love it if you could send me the full manuscript to QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars.

  8. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Maria,

    I would love to read this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to hjacobson@icmpartners.com.

    My best,

  9. Kari Sutherland says:

    I’m intrigued! Can you please send me the first three chapters as an attachment and use “Requested PitchWars” in the subject line? Thank you! Kari – kari@bradfordlit.com