YA Fantasy: Night Witches


Genre: YA Fantasy

Word Count: 89,000

If your main character could be a Star Wars Character, who would they choose and why?  Valka would choose Poe Dameron, as he’s the pilot she’d want to be and he always keeps his cool.

35 word pitch: 17-year-old Valka joins a magic wielding regiment to prove herself and win a war. But her sexist fellow aviators are hell-bent on seeing her wash out, even though her unit might be their only hope.

First 250 words:

Valka didn’t realize the war had come to them. Not until the factory stopped.

She sat at her post like a good citizen, oblivious to the oncoming storm from the north. The organized cacophony of industry filled her to the brim. Slim, shining  war beetle parts drifted past on the conveyor belt, twitching and trembling with faint traces of magic. As their progress on the belt slowed, the voice of her supervisor emerged from the din. “Girls!”

The hissing, ratcheting and clanging died away for the first time in years. Valka paused with a leg in hand, fingers half buried in its oily bones. In her three years working here, she’d never heard the machines go still. The silence had a sound all its own, the sound of a promise broken.

She turned her wheelchair away from her post and pushed towards her supervisor’s voice. Machines towered around her like trees, blocking the hard light of the factory lamps, frozen in the act of spitting out legs, carapaces, and antenna. Valka rounded the base of an enormous sheet press and found Mrs. Rodoya in the middle of the hall, tall and straight, hands clasped just over her belly. Other factory girls crept out from behind conveyors and riveters, ducking under cranes. They clustered at the edge of the open space.

Mrs. Rodoya took a deep breath. “We need to evacuate. Get your things.”

About the author: PitchSlam

13 comments to “YA Fantasy: Night Witches”

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  1. Pam - September 21, 2016 at 10:49 am Reply

    The Force is strong with this one: Query and full

  2. Bridget Smith - September 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm Reply

    It’s a trap!! Please send the full manuscript, including a one-page synopsis, to query[at]dunhamlit[dot]com, with “Pitch Slam for Bridget Smith” in the subject line and your query in the body of the message.

  3. Hillary Jacobson - September 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm Reply

    It’s a trap! This sounds wonderful!

  4. Stefanie Lieberman - September 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Battle stations.

  5. Leon Husock - September 26, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

    The force is strong with this one!

  6. Laura Zats - September 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Somebody has to save our skins, and I bet it’ll be Valka! Send pages to laura [at] redsofaliterary [dot] com!

  7. Sean McCarthy - September 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm Reply

    These are the pages I’m looking for!

  8. Rena Rossner - September 27, 2016 at 7:02 am Reply

    Anger clouds your mind: Query and first 50 pages attached as a word doc
    To: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com
    – Rena

  9. Melissa Nasson - September 27, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply

    Anger clouds your mind! Please send me the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF at melissa@rpcontent.com. Thanks!

  10. Rebecca Podos - September 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Somebody has to save our skins!

  11. Kurestin Armada - September 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Anger clouds your mind.

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