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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.
Amanda Miah
Mentored by:
Francesca Flores and Kimberly Vale
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2018 Entries
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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.



I’d snuck onto the fortress roof to escape the Giving for as long as I could. Searching for constellations in the twinkling stars, I got lost in my own private world, like a moon tucked in a pocket of clouds.

If I were a real passeri, I’d soar away to join the stars. But tonight was the worst night to be one of the Scepter’s Passeri. Tonight was the Giving, and a Passeri would be given away to the highest bidder, her wings plucked before she could ever fly the Golden Cage.

The fortress gong struck. Its wail vibrated the stone beneath my feet, a warning of the impending celebration. My chest tightened.

The whole of Isbulta’s court would soon be gathered in the Elephant Room, tipping back flutes of plum wine, a frenzy stirring amongst them in anticipation for tonight’s celebration. I loathed the annual Giving and all the greedy men eager to outbid each other.

Sneaking back into the Golden Cage would prove to be a nightmare with so many servants scurrying around, harried by all the preparations. I should have been more careful, but the roof’s solitude offered a freedom that gave me breath to keep going. And I needed to fill my lungs before I entered back into the throng of thirsty men, trapped girls, and the ever-watching eyes of the golden mother, Mulier Sceptera.

I wouldn’t let them break me.

12 responses to “YA #3: FLY THE GOLDEN CAGE (Fantasy)”

  1. 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

  2. Sarah Landis says:

    Hi! I’d love to read this one! Please email the full manuscript to slandis@sll.com. Thanks!

  3. Penny Moore says:

    Hi, Amanda! I’d love to read more of your MS. Will you please submit the full here: https://querymanager.com/query/LiteraryPenny/PitchWars ? Thanks!

  4. Karyn Fischer says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I found your premise very intriguing and I would love to read more! If you’re interested, would you mind sending me the first 25 pages? You can query me at http://www.QueryMe.online/1325/PitchWars. To find out more about me, feel free to visit http://www.bookstopliterary.com/info.html.

    Thanks and I hope to hear from you!

    Karyn Fischer
    BookStop Literary Agency

  5. Amelia Appel says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I MUST HAVE THIS. Please email me at amelia@triadaus.com with PITCH WARS REQUEST – FLY THE GOLDEN CAGE in the subject line, your query and full synopsis in the email, and then the full manuscript attached.

    Thank you so much – I can’t WAIT to read!

    All best,

  6. Zabé Ellor says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see more! Please send the query, synopsis, and first 30 pages to me via QueryManager (http://queryme.online/ZabeEllor)

    If more than one JDLA agent requests your project, please submit to the one you feel will be the best fit!

  7. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Hi Amanda!

    I really love what you have here. Will you please send me the full manuscript as a word doc attachment to channigan@hsgagency.com ?

    I can’t wait to keep reading.

    Best wishes,

  8. Elana Roth Parker says:

    Hi! I’d love to read more! Please email me at eparker [at] ldlainc [dot] com:

    * Subject line: PitchWars Submission: YOUR BOOK TITLE
    * Your query letter in the body of the email
    * The full manuscript attached as a Word document

    Elana Roth Parker
    Laura Dail Literary Agency

  9. Heather Cashman says:

    Amanda! I’m so proud and happy to see your entry here! I know how long and hard you’ve been working on this, and no matter what, I sincerely wish you all the best in getting an agent for this wonderful novel.
    If you think we’d be a good fit, please send the full to heather.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com with Pitch Wars Query, your name, and the title in the subject line.
    Heather Cashman
    Storm Literary Agency

  10. Laura Bradford says:

    Great imagery here! I am finding your writing sample really transporting (“I got lost in my own private world, like a moon tucked in a pocket of clouds.”) and I’d really like to see more. Please email me the full ms + synopsis at laura@bradfordlit.com and put Pitch Wars in the subject line. Can’t wait to read it!

  11. Christa Heschke says:

    Your writing is lovely and this sounds like it’ll be quite exciting. Plus I found myself intrigued by the astronomy angle! Please send the query, synopsis and first 100 to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Wars request in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  12. Weronika Janczuk says:

    Please send to weronika@d4eo.com:
    + query letter in email body
    + Word .doc with first 50-75 pages
    + subject line, PARTIAL REQUEST – PITCH WARS – TITLE