Putting out an #MSWL call for marginalized creators and all of the beautiful intersections therein 🧡
I'd love to see more projects in book club fiction, thrillers, mysteries, suspense, romance, SFF, and horror for middle-grade, YA, & adult readers! Genre blends too!
Fiction Editor Accepting Unagented MIDDLE GRADE Queries Until October 15th. Submit here: querymanager.com/jrheller
Standalone Novels: Contemporary, SF & F, Magical Realism. No thank you to everything else. No resubmits.
Due to volume, a personalized response is unlikely.
i’m *dying* for fantasy (both YA and adult!) right now and still don’t have a novel-in-verse on my list, so PLEASE send my way if you have one!!
i’m so excited to dive back in and see your beautiful work! ♥️✨
for graphic novels, i’m looking for contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror in a wide variety; both ends of the spectrum are wanted! sweet contemporaries, cozy fantasy—but also dark, twisty SFF and horror that delves into navigating trauma
overall, i will be accepting:
On my #MSWL Any/all of the following:
1. Quirky/dark humor
2. Paranormal crime syndicate
3. Unusual fairy tale retellings with magic
ALWAYS high heat, HEA/HFN, Fast paced, romance in sci-fi or fantasy sub genre. Prefer under 75K words.
- speculative fiction
(I prefer grounded, literary sci-fi + fantasy. no secondary worlds, but rather our world steeped in liminal magic and/or technology. anything creepy, toothy, gritty, strange, something that sends a shiver down your spine.)
✨Diverse, inclusive adult literary
✨Literary fiction with speculative elements
✨Upmarket/literary fantasy in the vein of Alix Harrow, V.E. Schwab, or Carlos Ruiz Zafón that explores folklores or mythologies.
Bonus points for stories rooted in multi-generational secrets
✨Latine/x voices in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
✨Marginalized and underrepresented voices in contemporary YA
✨Adult literary fiction steeped in post colonial cultural identity with a touch of the inexplicable
✨BIPOC Mystery with speculative or fantasy elements.
✨Anything that comps Claire North.
✨Fabulist urban spec fic like China Miéville.
✨Africanfuturist SFF that comps Nnedi Okorafor.
✨Fantasy-mystery genre mashups like MAGIC FOR LOVERS or RIVERS OF LONDON #MSWL
✨Period alt-London fantasy that comps Peaky Blinders, Harlots, Carnival Row, PRIEST OF BONES by Peter McLean, or The Nevers.
✨Fantasy with cultural roots like MOON WITCH, SPIDER KING by Marlon James. #MSWL
✨#MSWL for trans voices in that comp @ryka_aoki's The Light from Uncommon Stars. I'm blown away not just by the voice, but by the originality of the story, the heart, the narrative scope. It's breathtaking. We need more trans joy in SFF. Send them my way.
✨Contemporary fantasy steeped in a music scene set during the Motown era or the golden age of Rap with a touch of magic. #BVM
✨LGBTQIA+ voices in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
✨Spirited Away and everything Studio Ghibli are evergreen #MSWL comps for me.