PW #324: Young Adult Contemporary: GRIDIRON GIRL

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor: Molly E. Lee
Mentee: Tamara Girardi
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Word Count: 76,000


Julia Medina knew competing against her boyfriend to be the starting quarterback of their high school football team would be tough, but while Owen’s in her heart, football’s in her blood.

First Page:

The moment was perfect. Soft off Ally’s fingertips, the ball floated toward me. No spin. Still, white panels and impeccable timing. I took my approach, digging my toes into the sand. When I exploded upward and swung my arm at the height of my jump, my palm crashed against the ball, forcing it down. Hard. Right to the sideline, where two shirtless beach boys scrambled to prevent it from hitting the sand. Their efforts were futile.

Point and match.

Ally hugged me, screaming and jumping at the same time. The guys groaned and rolled onto their backs, sand stuck to their torsos like granulated shirts. We’d spent weeks challenging the self-declared volleyball prodigies and the same amount of time losing to them. Classic poetic justice, we defeated them as the sun set on our last beach day. And on our own terms—a well-placed spike by us, not a mistake by them. But as my best friend celebrated with a high-pitched screech in my ear, I couldn’t muster an excitement to rival hers.

“Good game,” the guys conceded, shaking our hands.

“Thanks,” I said automatically. “You too.”

Ally chatted with them about the highs and lows. I tried to join her—pleasantries and all. But I was distracted. Fifty yards away in the surf, Owen Malone stood tall above calm waves, a dark figure against the setting sun and sparkling sea. From this distance, I couldn’t smell the ruggedness of his cologne mixed with salt water and sand, but I’d nuzzled his skin enough in recent weeks to have the scent of his muscled body memorized.

Author: Nikki Roberti

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  1. Hi Tamara,
    What a terrific premise—I’d love to read more! Please send a query, synopsis, and full manuscript (Word documents will suffice) to — and don’t forget to mention #PitchWars in your subject line. Thanks—looking forward to my read!
    Good luck,

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  2. I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript. Please send it as a word attachment to querycaitie (at) lizadawson (dot) com with your query in the email, with the PitchWars request in the subject.

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  3. Competitive AND sexy! Please send the full manuscript (as well as a synopsis if you have one) to with “Pitch Wars: [YOUR TITLE]” as the subject line. Please also include your query in the body of the email. I look forward to reading!

    -Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS

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  4. Would love to see the full!

    Can you please send the full ms, along with the query + 10 pages pasted in the body of the email to, with subject line: PITCH WARS + Title.

    Thank you! 🙂

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  5. I’m interested in seeing more of this! Please send the query + the first 50 pages (as a word document) to rachel(at)lperkinsagency(dot)com with Pitch Wars: TITLE in the subject line. Thanks!

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  6. I loooove girl-centered football stories. Please send the full manuscript attached as a Word doc with your query in the body of the email to queryjennifer[at]lizadawson[dot]com. And I see Caitie also requested–just remind us both when you send, and we’ll sort it out.

    – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, Liza Dawson Associates

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  7. Hi! I’d love to take a closer look at your work. Please send your query letter in the body of an email and attach the first 50 pages as a word or pdf doc. You can reach me at lgarrison (at) thegernertco (dot) com. Thank you!

    ~Logan Garrison Savits
    The Gernert Company

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  8. Female QB? Yes please! I’d love to see the full manuscript as a Word doc or PDF with your query pasted in the body of the email. Please send to, and be sure to put “Pitch Wars” in the subject line.


    Melissa Nasson
    Rubin Pfeffer Content

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  9. I’d love take a look at the full manuscript! Please feel free to send it along as a word document to andrea [at] with “PitchWars Requested Manuscript” in the subject line. Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading.
    Andrea Somberg
    Harvey Klinger Inc.

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  10. I would love to see this! Please include the query and synopsis in the body of the email, attach the manuscript, and send to with Subject line “Pitch Wars Request: TITLE”. Thanks!

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