Contemporary

T.S. Ferguson @TeeEss · Jul 19

If somebody wanted to write an Utena-style pseudo-contemporary diverse fantasy with sword-fighting, butch and femme queer girls, and colorful, floral imagery, and then have their agent sub it to me, I wouldn't be upset. I'm just sayin'. #MSWL

Kiki Nguyen @kianangu · Jul 18

I want a contemporary romance like Samira and Frankie’s relationship in #LoveIsland You get me that and I’ll sign you ASAP #mswl

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Jul 16

Gimme a contemporary women's novel about two best friends and the podcast that drove them apart. #mswl

P.S. Literary Agency @PSLiterary · Jul 15

"I would LOVE to read a YA contemporary novel about a teen birder. Anyone out there writing one? Query me." @ericsmithrocks #MSWL ericsmithrocks.com/mswl/

Saritza☕️Hernandez @epubagent · Jul 13

I’d also love to see an #OwnVoices Latinx contemporary romance set in the barrio. Even better if it’s #LGBTQIA as well. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 9

Here are more #MSWL items! I'd love to see some contemporary, literary YA that’s unabashedly romantic – make me swoon!

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Jul 6

I'm also looking for upmarket YA Fantasy. I'm a sucker for thoughtful and elegant prose, and deep (not wide) worldbuilding that feels effortless despite it's intricacies. Contemp fantasy, second world fantasy, whatever--it's all great, as long as it sweeps me away. #mswl

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Jul 6

In YA, I'm craving a high concept contemporary--that means you can pitch in easily b/c it has a HOOK. I love weird jobs, enemies to lovers, unique living situations, and high stakes. #mswl

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Jul 6

I'd also love to see more MG Contemporary that showcases friendships, in particular m/f in which a crush isn't part of the plot. #mswl

P.S. Literary Agency @PSLiterary · Jul 4

"A diverse, contemporary YA novel about strong guy friendships. Think Poe and Finn. <3" @ericsmithrocks #MSWL ericsmithrocks.com/mswl/

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jun 29

I also see a ton of US/British. I want new locations, new historic events for some reason neglected in history class. Not interested in US Civil War or Old West. Give me India, Philippines, China, Japan, N/S Korea, Saudi Arabia (FYI, I want contemporary for this, too). #MSWL

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Jun 28

So to clarify since people misunderstood what Disney's the thirteenth year is: I want a contemporary MG about a young kid going through puberty and become a mermaid. #MSWL

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Jun 28

Whitley Abell | is supposed to be on HIATUS @whitleyabell

@MandyHubbard Me too! Contemp protags on the Ace spectrum are def high on my MSWL (so Grey-Ace and Demisexual too)

Ace rep in contemporary* YA is still at the top of the #MSWL. When it comes to demi-/grey-/ace/aro, pretty much all I see in my inbox is still SF/F.

*also realistic genres (historical, mystery, etc) and magical realism

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Jun 28

If I missed your #SFFpit pitch, send query & 1st 5 pages in body of email: querylynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com. Adult: fantasy, thriller, contemporary romance, rom-com, mystery & sci-fi. YA: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, contemporary, thriller, historical & mystery. #MSWL