There are a couple markets seeking submission in some of the genres of YA and Children’s writing. These were all listed in the April edition of Children’s Writer. This is a great newsletter and is now delivered to your email once a month. If you are a subscriber, you can also reference all the back issues in PDF format on their website.
Soho Teen–Seeking Mystery YA
853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. www.sohopress.com/soho-teen
Soho Teen is a new imprint of Soho Press, publishing a dozen mysteries a year. Open to submissions from unagented and agented authors.
Editorial Director Daniel Ehrenhaft writes in the submission guidelines that nearly all YA bestsellers involve a mystery of some kind, and a journey of discovery. He says, “Soho Teen offers an unapologetic take on that thrill, putting mystery at the front and center of all our titles. In our list, you’ll find the paranormal and dystopian. You’ll also find hilarity, heartbreak, tragedy, euphoria, reflection, jealousy, love, loss and gain: the entire spectrum of the teen experience. You’ll meet characters you trust at first glance and others who make your blood boil.” All characters must be 14 to 17, and actively involved in a mystery.
Submit an introductory letter, the first 50 manuscript pages, and a 2- to 3-page synopsis to Rachel Kowal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Responds in 2 months.
Month9Books–Seeking Speculative Fiction for Teens and Tweens
This publisher of “speculative fiction for teens and tweens” publishes middle-grade (8 to 12), YA (13 to 18), and “new adult” (18 to 23). Month9Books expects to add chapter books (6 to 9) on its 2014-15 list. The small press is open to new writers, and established writers.
Subgenres include science fiction, action-adventure fantasy, epic fantasy, high fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, paranormal, superhero, utopian and dystopian, apocalyptic, alternate history, steampunk, cyberpunk, and techno-thrillers.
Month9Books accepts pitches from unagented writers through its Facebook page, and accepts agented submissions directly. Middle-grade books, 30-000 to 60,000 words. YA and New Adult, 60,000 to 90,000 words. Also interested in early readers, and in chapter books, to 15,000 words. If your pitch is accepted, query with your submission, describing your story, and indicating word count and subgenre. Protagonists should be age-appropriate. Teen novels should have some element of romance. No verse novels, no gratuitous sex or violence, and no derogatory material related to culture, race, or religion. Submissions should be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced. See website for more details.
Publishes both print and ebooks, with a variety of royalty rates.
FunStitch Studio–Seeking Craft and Sewing books for Kids
C&T Publishing, 1651 Challenge Dr., Concord CA 94520. www.ctpub.com
For 30 years, C&T Publishing has published books on quiltmaking, sewing, needle arts, and mixed media such as scrapbooking and beading. It is now debuting an imprint for 8- to 14-year-old kids, FunStitch Studio. The first titles have March through June release dates and include We Love to Sew, Forest Fairy Crafts, and Fabric, Paper, Thread.
FunStitch will offer six titles annually, each introducing kids to the skills of handmade crafts, and encouraging them to “stitch your art out.” Books will be bright, inspiring, fun, and instructional for young sewers, quilters, and embroiderers.
C&T Publishing is open to proposals, which should be emailed to email@example.com. The proposal should include a cover letter, a completed book proposal questionnaire (available at www.ctpub.com/client/client_pages/submissions.cfm), a complete table of contents, writing samples, and photographs or sketches of all the proposed projects to be included. No simultaneous submissions. Responds in three months.