Pitchwars Badge (Square MG)Manuscript Status: 2 weeks delivery

Mentor Name: Sarah Cannon
Mentee Name: Relly Annett-Baker
Category: MG
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 79,000


Thirteen-year-old orphan Clementine spends vacations in Mexico with her grandmother, who claims to speak to the dead. After a weirder-than-usual séance, Clementine finds herself in a modern Aztec underworld. No one will explain why the one person Clementine needs to find now, her mother, is conspicuously absent. To track her down, Clementine will have to take the fight to Lord Mictlan and his pantheon in the only place and time she can: Mexico City on Dia de los Muertos. Trouble is, that’s two realms over and only five days away.


This time it wasn’t the sacrificial chickens that disturbed Clementine. It was the tone-deaf chanting.

She lay on her stomach in the scratchy, scorched grass of her Abuelita’s yard, trying to read a passage from her Spanish textbook. She shouldn’t be surprised by now. She knew her grandmother was busy with this kind of stuff all through October. A breeze rippled through the garden, catching a sign hung on groaning hinges:

“Señora Marguerite Sanchez, prophetess of Xochiquetzal. Communications with the dead held Thurs, Sun and by appt.”

The chanting was travelling through the open windows from her grandmother’s dining room. Clementine wasn’t sure really why the dead were so keen on chanting, or bumping off poultry for that matter, but it always seemed a big part of the ritual.

Abuelita had said that because of Dia de Los Muertos next week, she had additional séances “by appointment” for those wishing to speak to the dead and make arrangements for the festival.

“Tonight, I have some people coming over for the rituals for Los Muertos.”

Clementine rolled her eyes. “Chicken for dinner again, then?”

Who seriously believes in this talking-to-the-dead stuff?


Author: Nikki Roberti

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  1. I absolutely love this! Please send the first 100 pages as a Word doc attachment to, with the subject line “Pitch Wars Request.” Thank you and I look forward to reading more!

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  2. This sounds wonderful! I would love to take a look at the first 100 pages. Please send them as word doc attachment to Put in the subject line PitchWars Request. I can’t wait to read!

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  3. Hi Relly

    This looks great and I’d love to see more. Could you send me a detailed synopsis (500-700 words would be wonderful) together with the full MS as a Word doc to claire at rhaliterary dot com?

    Good luck!

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  4. Ooh, I love Clementine’s voice and humor. I’m hooked! Please email me your query with “Pitch Wars Request” included in the subject line and the first 50 pages attached as a word doc. Thanks!

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  5. I’d love to take a look at this! I’m at A Word attachment is most preferable if possible.

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  6. I’d love to take a look! Please send the first 50 pages and a one-page synopsis as an attachment to with “Pitch Wars request” in the subject line and the query in the body.

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  7. Ah, this is voicey and hilarious and so unusual, yes please! Could I see the full ms as a PDF, please, sent to with Pitch Wars and the title in the subject line, and the query in the body of the email please?

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    • And by #pitmad, I mean #pitchwars. Obviously. *goes back to reading now*

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  8. This sounds great! Please send the full manuscript, a query and synopsis to chquery[at]mcintoshandotis[dot]com. Please put “Pitch Wars request” in the subject line.


    Christa Heschke
    McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

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  9. This is totally up my alley! I love this premise with the Aztec underworld–how cool! Please send the query and full ms as a .doc or .docx file to LBiagi at jvnla dot com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. I look forward to reading!

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  10. I’d love to see this! Please send query (in the body of the email) with synopsis and full manuscript (attached as Word documents). Please send those to ESubmissions at with #PitchWars in the subject line. Thank you–can’t wait to read more!

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