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Young Adult (YA) Submissions Guidelines

We’re actively acquiring knockout books for our YA imprint, Sourcebooks Fire.  We are particularly looking for strong writers who are excited about promoting and building their community of readers, and whose books have something fresh to offer the ever-growing Young Adult audience. We are not accepting any unsolicited or unagented manuscripts at this time. Unfortunately, our staff can no longer handle the large volume of manuscripts that we receive on a daily basis. We will continue to consider agented manuscripts.

Our criteria:

  • 60,000-90,000 words
  • Protagonists who are 15-19 and allow for potential adult cross-over appeal
  • Unforgettable characters readers care about and can relate to in some way
  • An authentic voice for the audience
  • Powerful, credible world-building (which applies to non-paranormal/fantasy/dystopian too! )
  • A fresh premise with a marketing hook that can be conveyed in 2-3 sentences
  • An age-appropriate romantic element, even if it’s not the main focus of the story

To submit:

  • The body of the email should be your query, which should contain: the genre of the book, approximate word count, a short (150 words or so) pitch, and any writing credentials (memberships to organizations, awards, quotes from other authors, etc.)
  • Email the full manuscript in an attached WORD document.  Please include your contact info within that document; and if the work is agented, please have agent info as well.
  • Always include a synopsis (that goes all the way to the end of the book) in a separate attachment and complete bio, including a list of any and all previous titles with sales history

Material can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please allow 8-12 weeks for a response.


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