Ellen Cormier

Ellen Cormier

Dial Books for Young Readers

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m on the lookout for literary, character-driven picture books, middle grade, YA and graphic novels. My favorite projects explore universal themes through the lens of hyper-specific experiences and are voiced by flawed, complex characters that stick with you long after the final page.

I love books that make me laugh out loud and can be described as “sharp,” “thoughtful” or “layered” and tend to be drawn to projects that leave readers on a hopeful note.

I’m a total sucker for stories that authentically capture the raw, exquisite growing pains of middle school life; books that explore the complexities of friendships, especially ones that grow, change or fall apart; strong female characters; witty banter; and innovative retellings of any kind.

I’m specifically looking for…

  • Underrepresented and marginalized voices across all genres and age categories
  • Funny, classic-feeling family stories, à la Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks series, featuring a non-white families
  • LGBTQIA+ best friendship or first-ever-crush MG
  • A hauntingly atmospheric southern gothic
  • A friendship story rooted in internet fandom
  • Girl-empowering contemporary that takes place at an all-girl’s boarding school or summer camp
  • Contemplative historical fiction rooted in an unexpected era
  • Something that puts a new spin on the epistolary novel

Submission Guidelines

Agented submissions only, but unagented writers may book consultations (see below).


As a new addition from The Manuscript Academy, #MSWL’s educational sister company, we are now offering ten-minute e-meetings with a select group of our agents and editors to discuss your work, what you can do better–and how to maximize your chances of success in the submissions process. You’ll be able to pick from Skype, Hangouts, or a phone call–and, yes, this works internationally. Please see our FAQ, our step-by-step guide to booking your meeting, a list of participating agents and editors–and consider joining our Facebook group, a free, friendly community of writers cheering each other on through this process.

Please note: Meetings are posted once monthly, and then often sell out. If there are meetings available, you’ll see them bolded on the calendar below after clicking “Set Time Zone.” 

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Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres:
I’d like the next…

A Darker Shade of Magic

Bone Gap

When You Reach Me

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue


The Westing Game

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda 

Roller Girl

My favorites include…

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