I'm especially on the lookout for stories with trope-heavy plots and unbelievable voice that are informed by contemporary teen issues but not wholly centered around them. See: HOME AND AWAY by @candiceamanda and YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN!
HUMOROUS VOICES! A lot of the contemporary I read and acquire has a witty/ funny narrator, and an author with a gift for humor (see: Cece in @SoniaHartl1's HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME). Please, please send me your funny books! #MSWL
Agents! I'm putting a HIGH priority on YA contemporary realism in my inbox right now! My tastes are more picky in realism than they are in spec-fic, so here's a list of what I'm really drawn to in this broad category... #MSWL
As a Southern person, working at a Southern publisher, I'd love to find Southern stories—in everything from contemporary to genre fiction! Particularly BIPOC and/or queer southern stories! #MSWL
Fantasy will always me my 💜. But I'm especially on the lookout for contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal right now. Examples: A BLADE SO BLACK, THE DEVOURING GRAY, and CEMETERY BOYS. #MSWL
Ashley Hearn @AshleyHearnA contemporary YA mystery or romance set at a Renaissance Fair or in a SCA guild. #MSWL
Magical realism in the vain of Anna-Marie McLemore. Or something contemporary with a touch of magic and ton of atmosphere. #MSWL
Ashley Hearn @AshleyHearnWould love to find a YA in the vein of WGN’s Underground—but only if this is your story to tell. No white saviors. No master/slaves. #MSWL
A contemporary YA mystery or romance set at a Renaissance Fair or in a SCA guild. #MSWL
Ashley Hearn @AshleyHearnContemp stories of teens accomplishing amazing things, like competing in the Olympics, Youtube sensations, social justice advocates. #MSWL
Sports stories! Especially female-driven or intersectional sports stories. Think Fox's PITCH for YA. #MSWL
Ashley Hearn @AshleyHearnBut some things I'm specifically on the lookout for...
Contemp stories of teens accomplishing amazing things, like competing in the Olympics, Youtube sensations, social justice advocates. #MSWL