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YA #9: EARTHSONG (Fantasy)
Rachel Morris
Mentored by:
Laura Brooke Robson
Book Title:
2018 Entries
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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.



The Heiligstadt Leaching Cemetery could not bear the burden of another body. The snaggletoothed rows of headstones had grown so rapidly they pressed against the border of wrought iron gates with silent desperation. The youngest plots were so shallow a light rain would reveal the corpses’ grayed fingertips, shriveled hands clawing the air until the flesh melted from their bones.

The new bodies, they burned.

Rhia knelt in the center of the mass of graves, where thickets of dead man’s breath grew in clusters around the headstones; a handful of its crushed petals could revitalize an enervated body. Whispering a prayer to the goddess and any forgotten gods who might be listening in the Otherworld, she placed a freckled brown hand atop each grave in turn, cold knifing into her palms. She thanked the occupants for allowing her to pass through unharmed. Things had to be seen as they were, even horrible things, if she hoped to fix them. And she knew all too well if she didn’t, she would find herself here, in the end: a nameless girl in a kingdom of ancient dynasties, tossed in a shallow pit with all the others who had their dreams and heart and life drained until nothing but gray dust remained.

She could not fail them.

12 responses to “YA #9: EARTHSONG (Fantasy)”

  1. This sounds intriguing. I’d love to read more. Please send your query and full manuscript as word doc attachments to hilary@ktliterary.com with PitchWars in the subject field. Can’t wait!

  2. Caitlen Rubino-Bradway says:

    I’d really like to see more! Please send the full ms and a synopsis to crubinobradway AT lkgagency DOT com.

  3. Danielle Burby says:

    I would absolutely love to take a look at this project! Please follow this link for my submission guidelines: http://queryme.online/1352/PitchWars2019
    Looking forward to the read!

  4. Carrie Pestritto says:

    I’m very intrigued! I always love YA fantasy, and would like to request the first 100 pages of this!

    Would you please send me an email with your query in the body and the partial as a Word doc attachment? You can reach me at cpestritto(at)ldlainc(dot)com. Subject should be PITCH WARS REQUEST – EARTHSONG.

    Thanks so much and can’t wait to read!!

  5. Elizabeth Bewley says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I’d be happy to read more! Can you please email me the first fifty pages as a Word doc attachment? My email is ebewley@sll.com.
    Elizabeth Bewley
    Sterling Lord Lit

  6. Melissa Nasson says:

    This sounds great! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to melissa@rpcontent.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Thank you!

    Melissa Nasson, Esq.
    Associate Agent
    Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC

  7. Kristin Nelson says:

    Oh I enjoyed this one. I know that Danielle has already requested it and since Laura is her client, I’ll let her take the lead! Kristin

  8. Taylor Martindale Kean says:

    Dear Rachel,
    Thank you for participating in Pitch Wars! I loved this pitch for EARTHSONG, and definitely want to keep reading. Can you send me the full manuscript as a Word doc to fullcirclelit@gmail.com? In the subject line, please include: Attn: Taylor Martindale Kean – Pitch Wars, EARTHSONG. Can’t wait to see more of your work!
    All best,
    Taylor Martindale Kean
    Full Circle Literary

  9. Christa Heschke says:

    I’d love to see more! 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

  10. Heather Flaherty says:

    Hi there – I’m intrigued! Can you send Query + 10 Pages Pasted in the body of the email + Full ms attached to: flahertyqueries@thebentagency.com, with subject line: PITCHWARS + Title. Thank you! 🙂 Heather

  11. Stefanie Lieberman says:

    I’m eager to read more!
    Please send the pitch and the full manuscript in an email addressed to submissions(at)Janklow.com with the following subject line: For Stefanie Lieberman – requested Pitch Wars material.

  12. Annie Hwang says:

    Please send query letter in the body of the email and attach the first fifty pages and a brief 1-2 page synopsis as word docs with the subject line: Pitch Wars: [Title]. You may send to me at: annie@foliolit.com. Thanks so much, I look forward to seeing more!