Nivia Evans


Editor at Orbit/Redhook. I read things...all the time.

Brooklyn, NY

Orbit Books

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · Sep 24

History-inspired epic fantasy with intricate, detailed worldbuilding. I'm talking Hannibal's march on Rome, the rise of Shaka Zulu, Sultana Shajar al-Durr of Egypt, etc.

Look to history and give me some new epics! #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · Sep 24

I'd love to see high-concept, character-driven, accessible SF. #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · Aug 28

Hi Universe,

It's me. I know I ask for a lot of things, but could you be kind enough to send me a ms about black women who are witches that isn't steeped in black pain but is about a community coming together or a woman falling in love or something full of joy.

K, thnx #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · Jun 26

Seriously, all I want is space opera that gives me the same emotional highs and lows as Farscape. #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · Apr 29

#MSWL: A noble lady knight escorts her bookish prince on a quest to find [insert fantasy object here].

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · Mar 21

Family sagas infused with magic, like @WriterLouisa's A Secret History of Witches or @EdenRoyce's "Every Good-Bye Ain't Gone" #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 29 Nov 2018

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

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 13 Nov 2018

Currently in the mood for lost histories, fallen gods, magic-infused cities, and dark, gothic woods...not necessarily in the same book. #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 18 Oct 2018

I started watching The Rise of Phoenixes last night and I'm in love, which means I now want a intricate political fantasy with siblings vying for dominace, revenge, false smiles, and a love burdened by past decisions. #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 12 Sep 2018

::slides in: One more! Real historical events retold in secondary world fantasy settings: Hannibal's march on Rome, the rise of Shaka Zulu, Spanish Inquisition, Japanese colonialism, etc. #MSWL

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 12 Sep 2018

I think this is my final one of the day, so... black women writing ADULT fantasy and science fiction. I know y'all are out there. #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 12 Sep 2018

#MSWL Potions! Apothecaries, hedge witches, the lady down the road that makes a mean red sauce that will steal your man. Secondary world, contemporary...idc, make it happen.

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 12 Sep 2018

#MSWL American Horror Story: Coven...but good. Gothic boarding schools, empowered women, clash of ideals, exploration of how history and culture shapes magic

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 12 Sep 2018

Unusual fantasy creatures (trolls, orcs, goblins, etc.) as the MC in an adventure fantasy. Let humans sit on the sidelines for a bit. #mswl.

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 6 Aug 2018

Secondary world fantasy in an urban setting. I love books like CITY OF STAIRS and THREE PARTS DEAD. #mswl

Nivia Evans @NiviaEvans · 2 Jul 2018

#MSWL, a space opera with a love story as epic as #Farscape's John and Aeryn's. It's literally one of the best I've ever seen.