Holiday Cheer Away Giveaway from SHP
Want to win giftcards, SWAG, free books and all kinds of other cool stuff from Spencer Hill Press?
This Saturday we open to unagented submissions—which means that all your well-polished novels have a chance to be read and find a home with SHP.
Spencer Hill Press is an independent publishing house specializing in sci-fi, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance for young adult readers. Our books have that “I couldn’t put it down!” quality. If your book is young adult and features anything that’s abnormal —a dystopian world, special abilities, ghosts, goblins, space— we will consider it .
While we are considering all manuscripts, this is a short list of projects some of our editors would *love* to see. So, if you’ve got something you feel fits what we’re looking for, you can direct your project to a specific editor, either in the query or the subject.
- A book with unique magic - complex from Game of Thrones to fun and unique like Once Upon a Time.
- Something with ambiguous characters who walk the line between good & evil.
- Story with a badass villainess; complex like Morgan/Morgana in Starz’ Camelot or BBC’s Merlin
- A love story where the couple is already together
- A Hook-like character from Once Upon a Time. (Not necessarily a pirate, but guyliner and magic and ambiguity.)
- A fairytale with a twist (like a steampunk fairytale or a unique take on something we already know)
- A well-built Sci-Fi world (like Across the Universe)
- A novel where the main love interest is the villain
- Something with ninjas!
- A story with a hot Cajun boy
- A book told from a male point of view (single point of view for the entire novel)
- Where the main character or the perspective used is something out of the usual (i.e. consider The Book Thief and how Death tells the story
- Multicultural that’s more than just a token race/issue book—would die for a complex heroine with Cherokee background, in particular.
- An Upstairs/Downstairs style story (A YA or NA style Downton Abbey)
- Stories with magical elements set in the 1870s-1970s with vivid time period details and settings.
- An I Dream of Jennie type story (magic + fun/comedy)
- Fairy tale retellings, especially incorporating multiple stories/lands like Once Upon a Time and The 10th Kingdom
- Super hero(ine) stories—think X-Men: First Class meets The Avengers with great characters on both sides of the fight
- Gender-swapped well-known stories/legends or stories told from the POV of unlikely side characters/antagonists.
- NA/YA magical realism
- MSs with LGBTQ teens as the protagonists. Any genre of YA is fine, but the stories would preferably be post-coming out stories.
- Stories that take place in a new setting — take me to China or India or Greece, something unique
- Sweeping historicals with a killer speculative twist or set in a new region of history (no Tudors/Regencies, please!)
- Second-world fantasy that grapples with complex morality instead of straightforward battle between good and evil
- An exciting new take on hauntings
- YAs with criminal/mafia/hacker elements—this can work in almost any genre (think White Cat, Boardwalk Empire, Lies of Locke Lamora, Sneakers, Kill Bill)
- Fantasy that’s inspired by non-Western settings
- Midgrade contemporary fantasy: particularly faery tale, folk tale, or faery related
- Any age level: superhero stories! Like, comics in novel form
- Midgrade horror, like Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark, or dark, creepy fantasy with monsters
- Anything that’s bordering on (or definitely set in) the horror realms, really, any age category
- Stories with important equine characters (yes, this is weirdly specific, but good horses, unicorns, kelpie, pegasi, etc. will always have my attention. ESPECIALLY unicorns.
We’re excited to start seeing your manuscripts. We open to submissions on December 1, and you can check our website for more and up-to-date information!
Let us know if you any questions—but please do not query us or pitch in the comments!!
We’ve got some amazing events in New England that I hope you’ll attend.
Jennifer L. Armentrout signing books at BEA 2012 in NYC.
Amarok Blog Tour