Pitch Wars

Welcome to Part II of our Pitch Wars wishlist! If you haven’t already, please check out Part I on Em’s website for an introduction to Pitch Wars, who we are, and why you should submit to us: emdashliu.com/2021/09/05/pitch-wars-wishlist/

What are we looking for?

We read widely in YA/NA, and are open to most anything in that space: send us your sweeping fantasies, your intricate sci-fi worlds, your contemporary thrillers and romances. We have a particular love for thoughtfully-crafted worlds, lyrical writing, and anything where the stakes may be large but feel deeply personal. We are solely looking for stories by those underrepresented in publishing, and particularly people of color.

Some specific interests (including but not limited to!):
  • Anything that takes a critical look at academia & the pressures it enacts on students
  • Anything that dives into diaspora feelings. Specifically, we would love SFF that tackles immigration in a fantastical world!
  • Mixed media narratives
  • Grounded fantasy, Studio Ghibli style
  • Anything that centers on a villain protagonist—descent into villainy books are juicy & delicious & we want them
  • Retellings that are a fresh new take on old classics, specifically by marginalized authors!

Of course, this is a non-exhaustive list! We can be convinced by almost anything, so if your project doesn’t fit into one of these things, feel free to submit to us anyways! Above all, we’re blown away by voice, atmosphere, and a clear passion from the author!

What are some of our favorite books?

A sampling of our favorite recent reads! If you have anything that comps to a book here, please send it our way!

Adult:
  • IF WE WERE VILLAINS
  • SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN
  • THE SONG OF ACHILLES
  • THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR
  • CHEMISTRY
  • TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM
  • STATION ELEVEN
  • THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL
  • HONEY GIRL
  • YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER
YA:
  • THE FEVER KING
  • REBELWING
  • PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT
  • YOLK
  • FIREBORNE
  • XOXO
  • DESCENDENT OF THE CRANE
  • THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS
  • IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU

What isn’t the best fit?

We don’t gravitate towards horror, paranormal, portal fantasy, military SFF, Westerns, or historical fiction. Although we love kpop (and would love to be friends if you have a kpop book!), it’s a little too close to Em’s current project, so please look elsewhere if that is you. As YA/NA fiction mentors, we aren’t looking for nonfiction/memoirs, MG, or adult (though we are interested in crossover books!). Finally, with the consideration that only 11% of books published in 2018 were written by authors of color, we are specifically looking to work with underrepresented writers; please take a look at any of the other excellent YA mentors if you do not fall in this category!

See all the Pitch Wars mentors here: https://pitchwars.org/pitch-wars-2021-mentor-blog-hop/. Thanks so much for reading!



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