A #mswl update since I’m still open to queries! Looking for martial arts fantasies with strong female leads that celebrate EA/culture. Non-western SFF inspired by mythologies. Dark fantasies with complex lore & unhinged characters. Colonizer bashing dark academia & historical fic
~ @Indrauta_The Tangut kingdom of Xixia employed Tibetan Buddhists skilled in war magic in their court. When the kingdom was laid to siege by Chinggis Khan, one such cleric summoned Mahakala on the battlefield, forcing the Mongols to retreat. pic.twitter.com/sgYbc6vsg1
Tibetan fantasy please #mswl
Sanaa Ali-Virani @Sanaa_AV#MSWL, PLEASE! Someone write the ten-headed nuisance poetry jinn into an epic fantasy. Please and thank you 🙏 twitter.com/aaolomi/status…
Double on this #MSWL 🙏🏽 Poetry jinn fantasy please
I can't look at #MoodPitch today 😞 but I'm going to list a couple random #mswl wants I've been thinking abt lately:
🍩 contemp sff in the vein of LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS: gorgeous, moving, queer, making magic out of the ordinary
🌜 a ferocious, heart pounding love story
Ali A Olomi @aaolomiAccording to ibn al Mujawir there is a great ten-headed jinn chained underneath its city.
This multi-headed being was a nuisances to passerby humans who he would challenge to poetry contests.
#MSWL, PLEASE! Someone write the ten-headed nuisance poetry jinn into an epic fantasy. Please and thank you 🙏
In YA, I'd love to see:
🌞Thrillers with isolated settings
🌞Horror with gothic and atmospheric vibes
🌞Historical that centers on POC stories
🌞Subversive and dark fantasy
In Middle Grade, I'd love to see:
⚽️Fantasy inspired by myths, folklore, or legends
⚽️Historical that centers POC stories
⚽️Contemporary with an environmental bent
⚽️Horror with ghosts, creepy crawlies, and witches
⚽️Growing up in non-traditional settings
On the fantasy side, I still tend toward contemporary fantasy -- especially because of the potential for goofy MG shenanigans -- however I'm more open to higher fantasy in MG.
Some of my faves: AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS; GHOST SQUAD.
I tend toward upper MG, and love fantasy and contemporary narratives, but voice is the most important element for me in this age category. I want funny/quirky/snarky MG voices, something really strong that hooks you in immediately.
While I love a good contemporary fantasy (whether lighter/funnier or darker/creepier) I am not usually the right person for YA high fantasy. You can still query me with your high fantasy stories, but it's likely it won't be for me as my interests are so limited here.
I am pretty picky with my YA spec fic interests, and it's sort of an "I'll know it when I see it" situation. That being said, I tend toward contemporary fantasy, horror, and/or relatively grounded narratives that feature some kind of speculative twist (i.e.: CEMETERY BOYS).
Here it is! The #MSWL thread!
The broadest strokes are that I'm looking for Adult romance; YA romcoms, contemporary, and the odd spec fic; and MG contemporary and fantasy. Specifics below.