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

Blog

PW #205: Middle Grade Contemporary #ownvoices: THE UNHITTABLE VJC

Wednesday, 1 November 2017  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Mike Grosso

Mentee Name: Sarah Kapit

Title: THE UNHITTABLE VJC

Category: Middle Grade

Genre: Contemporary

Word Count: 39,000 words

Pitch:

Vivy throws a mean knuckleball and longs to play for real, but Mom fears an autistic girl can’t handle the pressure. During her trial season, Vivy must conquer the strike zone—and convince Mom she belongs on the mound. Through it all, she writes letters to her hero: Major league pitcher VJ Capello. To her surprise, he writes back. PITCH meets DEAR MR. HENSHAW.

Excerpt:

February 18

Dear Vincent James Capello,

I’m Vivian Jane Cohen—VJC, just like you. That’s a sign of a connection between us, isn’t it? I think so. But I don’t go by VJ. Most people call me Vivy. Well, when they’re not calling me weird, crazy or stupid.

Never mind. The important thing is this: I want to be a knuckleball pitcher when I grow up, just like you. When I tell people—my mother and Sandra the counselor who leads social skills group—they say that’s impossible because there’s never been a girl in the major leagues. Still, someone has to be the first, right? And I’d like it to be me. I don’t know if that’s really possible, but my brother Nate says I throw a wicked knuckleball. Except…I’ve never used it in a real game. I don’t play for a team.

Actually, it’s thanks to you I can throw the knuckleball. We met three years ago, when I was a little eight-year old. You played for the Tornadoes in the minor leagues. My family and I went to the game for a social thingy with the Autism Foundation.

I didn’t like the game—loud and boring, which means not for me. The seat felt so sticky against my skin. I bounced up and down even though Mom told me to sit still, Vivy!

Then we went into the clubhouse to meet the players.

Filed: PW Entries

8 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

Blog Archives

Blog Categories