Stephanie Fretwell-Hill

Stephanie Fretwell-Hill

Red Fox Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

I am actively looking for literary middle grade and YA, as well as new illustration clients.

In middle grade, I’d love to find some magical realism, a little bit of darkness, and/or a connection to folk stories or fairy tales. For example, I loved WEST OF THE MOON by Margi Preus, DOLL BONES by Holly Black, THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier, and ORPHAN ISLAND by Laurel Snyder. I would be very excited to find a great literary mystery or puzzle book, like GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford.

In YA, I like contemporary settings with authentic, hilarious voices and strong emotional impact. I need to wish I could go back to high school and hang out with the main characters. For example, I loved ME, EARL, AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews and ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. I am interested in complex storytelling, unreliable narrators, and mysterious twists as in WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockheart. I would also consider a historical setting if the voice and story meet the criteria above.

I’d love to find more illustrator and author-illustrator clients. I prefer quirky, contemporary styles and a strong sense of humor, emotion, and character.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Stephanie is currently only accepting unsolicited submissions that match her manuscript wish list. Please email your cover letter and first three chapters or cover letter and link to your portfolio to querystephanie(at)redfoxliterary(dot)com, with subject line #MSWL.


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.

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Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Author-Illustrators, Contemporary YA, Illustrators, Literary Middle Grade
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