Ashley Hearn

Ashley Hearn

Page Street Publishing

My Manuscript Wish List

Ashley is seeking only YA at this time. She’s drawn to high concept stories with a unique twist and an unforgettable voice. She’s especially interested in fantasy, gothic horror, paranormal, magical realism, quirky contemporary, romance, and historicals—with a special affinity for atmospheric stories that offer a strong sense of place and time. Anything “Southern” and/or “sporty” is her kryptonite.

Particularly on the lookout for:

  • Southern gothic—salt marshes and sweet tea, porch swings and haunted plantations. Would especially love to find an authentic hoodoo book.
  • Multicultural paranormal. I’m looking for something unique here that doesn’t feel like the angels/ demons/ vampires of 2010. Give me the creature tales of non-western cultures. Particularly looking for #ownvoices here.
  • A sweeping, epic LQBTQ+ fantasy with world building that reimagines gender norms.
  • Magical realism in the vein of Anna-Marie McLemore. Or something contemporary with a touch of magic and ton of atmosphere like Lydia Kang’s upcoming THE NOVEMBER GIRL.
  • A contemporary mystery or romance set at a Renaissance Fair or in an SCA guild.
  • Historical retellings or alt-world fantasy. I’m particularly interested in colonial America and the US Civil War, Greek and Roman History, Persian history, and Biblical retellings. Would love to find a YA Trojan War or Alexander the Great (…or a gender-swapped Alexandra the Great!) story, a kick-ass YA Esther, or something in the vein of WGN’s Underground.
  • Sports stories! I was a sports producer in my life before publishing. Basketball, football, hockey, ice skating, track and field, surfing, rock climbing…bring it all! Would especially love a fencing story or something set in the world of competition cheerleading.
  • Contemporary stories of teens doing amazing things! Competing in the Olympics, finding cures for diseases, becoming bestselling authors, Youtube sensations, and advocates for social justice. I’m always blown away by what passionate people can accomplish at any age.

In all stories she loves:

  • Setting! – novels set in unexpected or underrepresented locales. I love settings that feel like characters themselves, as well as enclosed spaces that seem normal on the outside but are strange on the inside.
  • Romance – Enemies-to-lovers and forbidden romances are my favorite. I love romance that starts out as a rivalry!
  • Diverse perspectives! #ownvoices!
  • Strong sibling relationships

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Make sure to label YA in the subject line. If you are an agent, write AGENTED in the subject line as well.

Please label your submission YA and state the title of your manuscript in the subject line of your email. Include a query (1-2 pages) with the first three chapters of your manuscript in the body of your email.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres:
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My favorites include…

Recent favorites:

  • Half Bad by Sally Green
  • Beware the Wild by Natalie C Parker
  • This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • How We Fall by Kate Brauning
  • Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron
  • The November Girl by Lydia Kang

Favorite movies/ TV shows/ fandoms:

  • Star Wars
  • Game of Thrones
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Harry Potter
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • Everything Hayao Miyazaki

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