Pitch Madness Entry – SH-10 – COLD SUMMER

Title: Cold Summer
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Word Count: 96,000

Pitch: To everyone, Kale Jackson is a dropout and a runaway. The truth: Kale is a time traveler who can’t control his own ability, fighting in a war he doesn’t belong.

For me, there are no seasons.

There is only present or past and wherever I happen to be at the time. Nobody but me knows what it feels like when summer turns to winter in an instant. When one minute I’m in my bed and the next I’m staring up at snow covered trees.

Even now I feel it coming, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.

I sit on the back steps, gripping the wood with one hand like it’s possible to anchor myself here. No matter how hard I try, it never works.

To attempt to take my mind off it, I stare across the field behind the house where we used to play baseball in the summers after dinner. Swatting at bugs and shielding our eyes with our gloves from the sun’s glare.

The grass was kept short then, always ready for us to spend the last hours of the day throwing ball and hoping the day wouldn’t end. Mom would watch us from the back porch, a few feet from where I’m sitting now. Cheering us on and never taking sides.

Now the field is overgrown.

Just a memory of the family who used to live here.

I can hear Bryce through the screen door behind me, coming down the stairs fast and hard. The jingle of car keys and his audible sigh—the only evidence he’s seen me.


  1. I’d love to buy a house here!

  2. Okay. Gonna do something a little crazy here.

    I have the feeling this one is going to be very popular, and if there’s one thing an iron knows, it’s to…er…strike.

    (Sorry, Team Fizzy. It’s been a long day.)

    I’m going to place my TRUMP EVERYTHING EVER (official name) card here.

  3. $50! Q + 50pgs.


    Louise Fury
    The Bent Agency

  4. I love seeing how the agents loved this one! Yay! The concept is beyond brilliant, and the intro is totally gripping! Congrats!

  5. I love this first line, so hauntingly beautiful.

  6. I’m so excited this one got so much attention. It was almost on my team and I’m glad the agents loved it as much as I did.

  7. I always spent my half an hour to read this web site’s content everyday along with a cup of coffee.

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