Speculative Fiction

Katelyn Uplinger @KatelynUplinger · Oct 9

Still on the hunt for a #YA or adult historical, whether it's straight #historical, #fantasy, or has other speculative elements. Love a good romance subplot. Been craving Ice Age and early human stories as far as ancient history goes as well. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Sep 29

And a reminder: I prefer speculative fiction to high fantasy & donโ€™t usually like portal fantasy. Send me speculative fiction set in this world or almost this world. #POC #YA #mswl

Katelyn Uplinger @KatelynUplinger · Sep 25

#MSWL also I want an ice age/Paleolithic story, whether straight historical or with fantasy or other speculative elements in adult and YA, preferably with at least a dash of romance. QueryMe.Online/QueryKatelyn

Jaime Collins @JaimeLoren · Sep 12

Jessica Sinsheimer @jsinsheim

Good morning! It's #MSWL day!

Agents + editors will be tweeting what they wish they had in their inboxes.

Writers can take note of which agents may be a good fit, and then submit work traditionally.

Need any help? @kkhendin and I are standing by!

I've been pretty vocal in the past week about what I'm looking for, but I'll say it again with the #MSWL tag!

- Thrillers! ๐Ÿ˜ณ (Adult & YA)
- Horror! ๐Ÿ˜ฐ (Adult & YA)
- Contemporary YA ๐Ÿ˜Ž
- Speculative ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ (YA & adult)
- Fantasy โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ›ก๐Ÿ‰(MG/YA/adult)
- Hilarious MG ๐Ÿ˜‚

Allie Levick @AllieLevick · Sep 12

Oh, itโ€™s #MSWLday is it?! Bring on the weird, the strange, the speculative, the twisty for ALL ages, and particularly from those who have been historically underrepresented or misrepresented in books. #MSWL

Emilia Rhodes @emiliarhodes · Sep 12

Also, weird books that can't easily be categorized! A.S. King and Emily X.R. Pan's Astonishing Color of After are favorites. Speculative books that break rules and push boundaries. #MSWL

Hillary Jacobson @hillaryjacobson · Sep 12

Oooh #MSWL day! Some random things Iโ€™d love to see: a modern day VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, a utopian YA, GHOSTED w/ millennial age characters or in YA, psychological suspense that borrows from the news/2018 & a speculative thriller.

dongwon @dongwon · Sep 12

Smart, savvy, adult thrillers with a literary voice and crossover appeal. Some speculative aspect is fine. Think Tana French or Lauren Beukes. No cops. No sexual violence. Women, PoC, other marginalized folk would be ideal. #MSWL

dongwon @dongwon · Sep 12

YA fantasy that feels grounded in a contemporary setting and focuses on the lives of teens in highly relatable ways but with magical or speculative components. But not ones that feel urban fantasy. It's a narrow window, I know. #MSWL

Chelsey Emmelhainz @CKEmmelhainz · Sep 12

#MSWL cont
+ magical realism (set in known world), spec fic
+ horror, supernatural elements
+ witches (a la The Craft)
+ serial killers
+ cults
+ black magic (set in the known world)
+ twins/siblings
+ legends, myths, folklore-inspired
+ female protags
2/2

Hannah Fergesen @HannahFergesen · Sep 12

Upmarket speculative fiction for adults will always be on my #MSWL. Anything that can be comped to things like Station Eleven, Night Circus, Golem and the Jinni, etc. Spec fic with gorgeous writing and human themes front and center.

Melissa Danaczko @mad2034 · Sep 12

#MSWL historical fiction from all around the world (I love my western-front WWII but there's more to life than that!); campus novels, especially about first-gen students; high-concept/speculative lit fiction like Age of Miracles or Station 11; family dramas always and forever

Chloe Moffett @TheBookMechanic · Sep 12

#MSWL Beautifully written speculative or high concept fiction with a point to make, a la THE POWER or EXIT WEST

Marisa DiNovis @dinovisms · Sep 5

Nerding out about YA wishlists with @melaninreader tonight has proven that I want an atmospheric girl-driven spec fic novel about witches more. than. ever. #mswl

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · Aug 29

Replying to @McgeheeJess

I am looking for upmarket or literary speculative fiction like STATION ELEVEN, but I'm not right for straight fantasy or SFF. #MSWL So yes, I might be right for this, but I would only know if I read the query.

BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit · Aug 10

@wensday95 wants #Historicalfiction with a slight #speculative or #horror bent like Alma Katsu's THE HUNGER or Sarah Perry's THE ESSEX SERPENT
BONUS: she also wants contemp mystery/thriller where setting is integral like Jane Harper's books or Attica Locke's BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD.

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jul 26

For YA, same kind of deal. Strong voice. Strong concept/plot. Escapism, fantasy, sci-fi, speculative, magical realismโ€”all awesome. Not crazy about depressing, issue-heavy books. No horror/thriller for me. #mswl #ya