Magic

Stephanie Stein @stephlystein · Nov 13

Very specific #mswl time: I've been craving a middle grade book about wishes (with any degree of actual magic). Agent friends, if you've got one of these up your sleeve, send it my way!

Jennifer AAHHHH Grimaldi is closed to queries @JA_Grimaldi · Nov 11

Plant magic. That's it that's the tweet. I want the sharpest thorniest hufflepuff imaginable and their extremely beloved plant clippings #MSWL

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · Nov 11

Catching up on subs and i notice i have excellent YA here, but not much MG! #mswl WHEN I REOPEN: I really want to work on more MG! Commercial or literary—give me your big series hooks, magic, light and fun contemporary, hopeful stories touching on tough topics, queer characters!!

Nora Long @NoraLong10 · Oct 25

Hey, exciting news! My #mswl page is officially up and running (and perhaps unnecessarily detailed), so hit me with your best shot, query people :)
manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/nora…

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · Oct 11

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix

#MSWL Some of my favorite adult fantasy and sci fi titles:
THE TETHERED MAGE by Melissa Caruso, PLANETFALL by Emma Newman, PRIEST OF BONES by Peter McLean, THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang, and STORY OF YOUR LIFE/ARRIVAL by Ted Chiang.

#MSWL as you can see by the above list, I love sharp twisty politics, bizarre aliens and worlds, unreliable narrators, vicious political/criminal entities, tightly-woven character narratives that shock me in the end, and frightening, unique manifestations of magic.

Peter Knapp @petejknapp · Oct 10

Also on my #mswl always is YA contemporary, including mysteries, thrillers, and contemporary with a touch of magic or a speculative element. I particularly love grounded stories with magic such as THE RAVEN BOYS.

Peter Knapp @petejknapp · Oct 9

Still high on my #MSWL is (you guessed it!) middle grade. I'd especially love a really sweeping, high-stakes & action-packed fantasy/contemporary fantasy, and/or something with cozy-magic. And I'm always on the hunt for MG contemporary!

Caitlyn Averett @craverett · Oct 4

General #MSWL stuff: magic/spells gone wrong, ghosts, resurrections, possessions, the end of the world scenarios, characters who get themselves into weird/messed up situations that push them to their emotional limits, & friendship stories, especially friendships that ended badly.

Hattie ☀️ @hatteatime · Oct 3

I love novels that feature: therapy, cooking, stage magic, queer women, horoscopes and tarot, good dogs that don't die, holidays that go wrong. #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · Oct 1

I'm pickier with YA lately since it already makes up a large part of my list, but I'm still looking for magical realism, contemporary witches/magic, gothic stories, the influence of modern tech in romcoms, and fantasy or reimaginings that are different and fresh. #MSWL

Kat Enright (they/them) @katenright · Oct 1

Actually, if you've combined the fantasy and romance elements, I am especially here for it. I've been playing a lot of Fire Emblem lately, and I'd love something that feels like that. Give me the war and intrigue and magic and kissing. Bonus if it's like Sylvix. #MSWL

Elizabeth Lee @EleeReads · Sep 24

MIDDLE GRADE:
- #OwnVoices magical realism, reimagined folk tales, and sweeping, character-driven adventures
- Literary, contemporary stories about tween female friendship and the ins and outs of tweendom (if that’s a word)

Kendra Levin @kendralevin · Sep 24

MG (young or mature, w/or w/o illustrations, traditional or graphic novels): adventure plots, fantasy drawing from mythologies outside the Western and/or white canon, classics rebooted, LGBTQIA+ fantasy & magic realism, explorations of subcultures, hidden history. #MSWL

Valerie Noble @NobleValerie · Sep 24

I'd love to find magical realism/ historical fantasy along the lines of Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. #MSWL

Tara Gilbert🏳️‍🌈📖🔮 @Literary_Tara · Sep 24

AND Magical Realism! Or stories that only have a touch of magic. #MSWL

Sarah Homer @SarahHomerReads · Sep 24

I'd sell my soul at the crossroads for a Southern Gothic magic-infused MG/YA novel. #MSWL