I’m acquiring mostly YA at this time, but will consider upper middle-grade projects, too. Peachtree is only accepting submissions from agents and requests at this time.
I’m especially on the lookout for high-concept stories with a standout voice, and stories with strong coming of age themes that speak strongly to teen issues, without those issues defining the plot. I’m looking for stories that skew toward the younger end of the YA market (so no NA or adult crossover, please) and might fight a home in middle school libraries. I’m especially interested in light fantasy, magical realism, genre-bending speculative fiction, character-driven contemporary, and historical novels, with a special affinity for stories that offer a strong sense of place and time. In all submissions, I’m prioritizing inclusive, diverse stories and marginalized voices.
I’m particularly on the lookout for:
- BIPOC voices
- Queer stories, especially intersectionally queer stories
- Body diversity
- Character-driven contemporary with a commercial hook and outstanding voice
- Stories that read like a sweet, slice-of-life anime
- Found family and platonic love (queer friend groups!)
- Historical novels featuring overlooked figures and underrepresented voices in history
- Southern stories, particularly BIPOC and/or queer southern stories
- Magical realism and surrealism
- Genre-bending speculative stories
- Thrillers with a speculative twist
- Atmospheric fantasy with lush world building and gorgeous prose
- Contained settings (boarding schools, small towns, islands), and settings that feel like a character
Examples: Don’t Date Rosa Santos, You Should See Me in a Crown, Weight of Our Sky, With a Fire on High, Hot Dog Girl, Wilder Girls, We Set the Dark on Fire, House of Salt & Sorrows, Wicked Fox, Ghost Wood Song, Sawkill Girls.
Some oddly specific things I’d love to see:
- A cheerleading book (Gay BRING IT ON)!
- Gay BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM!
- A story with a Type 1 Diabetic protagonist!
- Stories like WEATHERING WITH YOU where climate/ weather is the antagonist!