Peter Knapp

Peter Knapp

Park Literary & Media

My Manuscript Wish List

I am always seeking middle grade and young adult stories with big questions at their centers, irresistible concepts, and unforgettable characters. I like high concept stories or stories that employ great narrative devices, such as the tapes in Thirteen Reasons Why, the keepsakes and epistolary format in Why We Broke Up and the diary formats of Dork Diaries. I am always on the lookout for contemporary realistic novels that explore issues of identity, culture and community—conversation starters like The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Wonder, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Ask the Passengers, Faking Normal, etc. I am particularly eager to find more #OwnVoices stories.

Other items on the wish list include: historical middle grade fiction such as Gary Schmidt’s Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; funny contemporary with heart such as David Levithan’s Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares; and stories that play with genre and voice, such as the exceptional works of Nova Ren Suma and A. S. King. Further favorite titles include When You Reach Me, Savvy, Slob, The Secret Tree, The Graveyard Book, We Were Liars, Love Letters to the Dead, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Endangered, I’ll Give You the Sun, Ember in the Ashes and of course childhood favorites such as From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows, My Side of the Mountain, Frindle, Holes, and anything by Roald Dahl (to name just a few). In short, I’m looking for books that wow me—stories that are incredible in both concept and execution, and that surprise me at every turn.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Park Literary & Media submissions guidelines

PLM currently welcomes queries only by email.

  • Send query to
  • Put “Peter Knapp” as well as the category and genre of your submission  in the subject line of the email (i.e.: “Pete Knapp – YA Fantasy”)
  • Put your query letter and the first 10 pages of your book in the body of your email.
  • All materials must be in the body of the email, as we are unable to open attachments.
  • Peter currently responds to all queries within 12 weeks of receiving them. Please only follow up if it has been more than 12 weeks and you haven’t received a reply, or if you have an offer of representation.


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Diversity, Gothic Horror, Historical Fantasy, Magical Realism, Psychological Thrillers, Speculative Fiction, Suspense, upmarket genre fiction
I’d like the next…

YA: The Hate U Give, Imaginary Girls, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Raven Boys, The Sun is Also a Star, Caraval, Ember in the Ashes

MG: Fish In a Tree, Three Times Lucky

My favorites include…

YA: The Raven Boys, Bone Gap, We Were Liars, Imaginary Girls, The Sun Is Also a Star, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Caraval, Ember in the Ashes

MG: The Thing About Jellyfish, The Thing About Luck, Fish In a Tree, Three Times Lucky


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