At last, I have a profile on ManuscriptWishList.com. My current wish list is live, though I'll continue to tweet new and specific items as they come to me. #MSWL
-LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and neurodivergent narrators and stories are always welcome!
If your manuscript matches any of these items, I’d love to see your work! Submission guidelines can be found on the @fluxbooks and @JollyFishPress websites. 4/4
-contemporary fantasy in YA or MG
-MG whimsical fantasy a la Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli
-YA or MG high fantasy with a unique magic system / based on mythologies underrepresented In literature / that subverts the tropes of the genre
Meg Gaertner @MEGaertnerHey writers! I won’t be able to participate in #SFFpit for long today, but I’m always on the lookout for engaging SFF in the YA and MG spheres.
Here are some specific wish list items and how to reach me: 1/4
-character-driven YA sci-fi, especially if it explores a theme such as our relationship to technology or what it means to be human
-YA sci-fi blended with any other genre—sci-fi horror, sci-fi fantasy (I’d die for a YA Gideon the Ninth!), sci-fi mystery/thriller, etc.
NASA Exoplanets @NASAExoplanetsThe misconception that there is no sound in space originates because most space is a ~vacuum, providing no way for sound waves to travel. A galaxy cluster has so much gas that we've picked up actual sound. Here it's amplified, and mixed with other data, to hear a black hole! pic.twitter.com/RobcZs7F9e
I want a YA sci-if horror with this sound in it. #mswl
That's it for now!
For YA submissions, send a query letter + first 3 chapters to Flux at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For MG submissions, send a query letter + first 3 chapters to Jolly Fish Press at: email@example.com
Can't wait to read your stories! #mswl
-Immersive YA high fantasy and sci-fi with well-defined rules (be it unique magic systems or technology)
-YA inspired by or reimagining folklore or mythology
-Humorous, voice-y MG, as well as MG that recognizes the harder truths of the world while being ultimately hopeful
-YA stories featuring LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse main characters, as well as feminist, post-colonial, intersectional, and environmentally conscious themes.
Diverse ensemble casts welcome.
I also love my found families and strong friendships.
-Similarly, YA stories with a point. I’m always asking myself, “What is this story trying to say?”
BONUS if that “point” is wrapped up in thrilling plot, sparkling dialogue, an emotional arc, and to-die-for characters.
More specifically, I’m seeking:
-Engaging, escapist YA that also offers social commentary. Bonus for genre-blending. Do you have a sci-fi thriller that interrogates what it means to be human? A horror fantasy that comments on the immigrant experience? Send it my way!
Generally, I’m looking for YA contemporary, thriller, mystery, horror, historical fiction, high fantasy, and sci-fi stories.
In MG, I’m looking for contemporary, action/adventure, mystery, fantasy, and sci-fi stories. #mswl
Across all genres/age groups, I love character-driven stories with deeply satisfying emotional arcs. Make me laugh. Make me cry. Make me want to throw my laptop across the room because I’m so invested in the characters that their exploits/bad decisions drive me wild! #mswl (6/7)
For MG, I’m looking for:
I’m especially interested in stories that tackle difficult topics in compassionate, thoughtful ways. Bonus for a strong voice! #mswl (5/7)
YA stories that combine social commentary w/ a fresh premise + a killer voice are my sweet spot. Does your story have feminist, intersectional, post-colonial, or environmentally conscious themes? Does it challenge readers to look at the world in a new way? Submit! #mswl (3/7)
For YA, I’m pretty wide open in terms of genre:
high fantasy with a unique magic system
historical fiction about underrepresented experiences