Mekisha Telfer

Mekisha Telfer

Roaring Brook Press

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m looking to build a list of contemporary and speculative teen and middle-grade fiction. I’m particularly interested in: John Hughesian coming-of-age stories; awkward first relationships; magical, adventurous, and hi-jinky middle-grade; timely “5 minutes into the future” sci-fi;  dark magical realism;  anything supernatural;  psychological thrillers; YA fantasy (with rich non-eurocentric/pseudo-European worldbuilding); #ownvoices works from Transgender authors (MG + YA); and issue-driven, heart-wrenching middle-grade novels. I’d also love to see more graphic novels and non-fiction (narrative and pop culture based).  I am especially interested in seeing projects featuring and written by underrepresented and marginalized voices.

I gravitate toward upmarket fiction (well-crafted stories that appeal to a wide audience and straddle the line between commercial and literary fiction), and I’m looking for emotionally compelling and voice-driven, authentic stories.

I am not a good match for spies, epistolary novels, or love triangles (this last one is definitely not a hard and fast rule, but still).

Other random things I <3:

  • Sex positivity + Sex Education (in novels and non-fiction)
  • Strong but nuanced sibling relationships
  • LBGTQ+ coming of age stories (not necessarily about coming out)
  • Folktale/Fairytale retellings from underrepresented cultures and communities
  • Heartbreaking YA with a happy ending
  • Mysteries, Monsters, and Natural Disasters <3
  • Contemporary stories featuring POC characters that are not centered around race or racial violence
  • Black Boy Joy and Black Girl Magic, please!!
  • Nonfiction from a POC/queer perspective
  • Funny and irreverent historical fiction
  • Witches <3 <3 <3
  • True love, Soulmates, and Soulmarks
  • Quirky plots (MG + YA) that explore heavier topics like grief, adoption/foster care, sexuality, disability, abuse, poverty, prejudice, etc.

Submission Guidelines

I am only accepting agented submissions/queries at this time.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Action-Adventure, Contemporary YA, Feminism, LGBTQ+, Narrative Nonfiction, Speculative Fiction
I’d like the next…

My favorites include…

Frank Ocean, Short Term Twelve, Dope, An Unkindness of Ghosts, Stranger Things,  Octavia Butler, Arrival, History Channel, Guillermo del Toro, Get Out, Lady Bird (the Greta Gerwig film), Kiki’s Delivery Service, Roxane Gay, Game of Thrones, Teen Witch (the 80s movie), Tangerine (the Sean Baker film), GoT, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Margaret Cho, Atlanta (the place and the TV show), Moonlight (the Barry Jenkins film), Riverdale, All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Carefree Black Girls, Big Hero 6 + Meet the Robinsons, Lumberjanes, Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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