Speculative Fiction

Melanie Fried @Melanie_Fried · 1d

#mswl: historical (1900s), romcom, immigrant stories, diverse voices, high society, light suspense or speculative hook, campus setting, southern, complex female friendships, family dramas, gothic, nostalgia. Upmarket with commercial hook. Agented only.

jennifer grimREAPERaldi @JA_Grimaldi · 6d

DYING (ha) for more YA horror in my inbox, especially speculative/family-centric/this-monster-is-a-metaphor in the vein of THE BABADOOK or HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE #mswl

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Nov 29

I love the idea that magic could be lurking in our world, if only we knew where to look. Have such a story (PB, MG, YA, adult speculative/horror)? Please send it my way! #MSWL

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · Nov 29

I'm hungry for a fantasy that incorporate American folklore: Appalachian, Mississippi Delta, Gullah, etc. Our stories are rich and vibrant and we don't see enough of them in the speculative space. #mswl

Linda (not very spooky) Epstein @LindaEpstein · Oct 26

REMINDER: I'll be closed to queries after midnight EST October 31st. I'm currently open only to #YA by #ownvoices & #POC authors & I'm looking for realistic contemporary; magical realism; SciFi; speculative fiction; romantic; feminist; or Jewish. #mswl #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Oct 25

Adult literary fiction with a hint of speculative OR literary spec fic #mswl

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 (not very spooky) 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

๐ŸŽƒ Ch-hell-sey Emmel-haints ๐Ÿ‘ป @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