Have questions about submitting to Pitch Wars or just want to know what it is? Start here!

Blog

PW #255: YA Contemporary with Magical Realism: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOAN

Monday, 2 November 2015  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Pitchwars Badge (Square YA)

Manuscript Status:  1 Month

Mentor Name:  Kate Karyus Quinn and Mindy McGinnis
Mentee Name: Kamerhe Lane
Title: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOAN
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary with Magical Realism
Word Count: 80,000

Pitch:

When Joan commits suicide, she’s saved by Jesus. A Jesus who wears T-shirts and takes His own name in vain. He tells Joan to record a gospel of new truths. But in Joan’s fundamentalist family, truth is hard to tell. Like the truth about the girl she loves. Or about an attack on a transgender student. Or—worst of all—what Pastor Wells does in the name of God. Telling could destroy Joan, but nobody says no to Jesus.

Excerpt: 

Jesus told me to write this down. He said that’s sort of the whole point.

I don’t know how this works. I never really thought about Matthew or Mark actually writing something down with pen and paper or chisel and stone or whatever. But I guess they must have.

I kept a diary once for three weeks. He said this may take longer. When I asked what exactly this is, He just looked at me, kinda sly-like.

Who knew Jesus could be sly?

But then who knew Jesus at all? Like, personally.

I was on the bathroom floor when I first saw Him. I remember thinking the little birds in the patterned wallpaper never looked so predatory. From this vantage point, cheek sticky and pasted to the linoleum, the fat one appeared to be stalking the smaller one, biding time until it could pounce.

Then He was there. On the floor beside the toilet. Looking right at me. From the second I saw Him, I knew who He was. Still groggy from the drugs and the blood loss, I blinked to be sure—you know, in case something was in my eye, like a messiah-shaped piece of lint.

His gaze sparkled, delving deep. I felt naked. Not like that. More like an infant being held.

He said, “You’re going to die.”

 

Filed: Pitch Wars

14 Comments
Leave a reply

Disclaimer:

We’d love your comments but ask that you please keep it polite. Although your views are definitely your own, we do not condone harassment or bullying and don’t want to see it here. We reserve the right to delete any comments for any reason, including being abusive, profane or off topic.

IMPORTANT!
We're thrilled at the different ways those in our Pitch Wars community are giving back—and we encourage them to do so. However, please keep in mind that Pitch Wars is not affiliated with any of these various contests, promotions, etc., including those of our mentors and mentees. Promoting any such opportunities via our social media channels doesn't imply endorsement or affiliation. We encourage you to do your research before participating.

Pitch Wars takes a stand. ANTI-BULLYING. Click here to review our policy


Check out our 2018 list of Participating Agents

Pitch Wars 2018

Blog Archives

Blog Categories

  • May 15, 2018 (approx): Mentor Application Window Opens
  • May 30, 2018: Mentor Application Window Closes
  • June 7, 2018: #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party (8AM – 8PM EDT)
  • July 15, 2018: Mentors Announced
  • August 14 – 27, 2018: Pitch Wars Mentor Blog Hop
  • August 27, 2018 (midnight EDT): Mentee Submission Window Opens 
  • August 29, 2018 (10PM EDT): Mentee Submission Window Closes 
  • September 6, 2018:: #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party (8AM – 8PM EDT)
  • October 12, 2018: Pitch Wars Mentees Announced
  • February 6 – 11, 2019: Agent Showcase
    • February 6: Adult entries are live on the Pitch Wars site
    • February 7: MG entries are live on the Pitch Wars site
    • February 8: YA entries are live on the Pitch Wars site
  • December 6, 2018: #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party (8AM – 8PM EDT)

Save

Save

Save