Allegra Martschenko

Ladderbird Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

Allegra is looking for beautifully written science fiction and fantasy books in the young adult and adult space. Their top priority is elevating stories and authors traditionally marginalized in publishing and they are always on the hunt for gorgeous prose.

In the SFF space they’re open to anything and everything so long as the language is gorgeous. They appreciate family stories (including found family), stories about intergenerational conflict, meddling gods, and works that pull from several genres. They especially appreciate books that don’t take themselves too seriously, even when dealing with heavy topics.

ADULT
They are looking for SFF stories that draw on the author’s expertise and culture to build vivid worlds. Their tastes lean fantasy, but they’d love SF books that read like fantasy. They appreciate a romance subplot, especially if it’s queer, but there are so many types of love—it doesn’t need to be romantic!

YA and CROSSOVER
Allegra prefers older YA and is open to crossover. Here they are again open to science fiction and fantasy only (though a variety of sub genres are very welcome)—think books with big emotions and writing that’s sharp enough to bite.

Do not query: I don’t have hard nos, but I’m unlikely to take on books about fertility, books set at a magic school/featuring a school/centering around a trial, books with talking animals, dream heavy/dream centric books, books featuring witches, and books featuring Greco-Roman myths

 

 

Submission Guidelines

All queries must be submitted through my Query Manager [querymanager.com/AllegraMartschenko]. It will ask for your query and first 5 pages.

Please do not query more than one agent at Ladderbird at a time. If two agents like your work it could result in bloodshed and we try to keep that to a minimum.


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Fantasy, LGBTQ, New Adult, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres:
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Here are my dream projects!

● A book featuring a main character with chronic pain whose disability realistically affects
the way they navigate space—bonus points if it’s a thoughtful take on an adventure story
● A contemporary fantasy that leans a bit literary and wrestles with feeling lost after
college
● An SFF book with horror as its subgenre, specifically atmospheric horror
● Something that plays with myth/retelling in a more modern context, ideally from non-
Western cultures, perhaps even in space?
● Something set on an island dealing with themes of colonization


My favorites include...

● GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
● THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS by Micaiah Johnson

● STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

● LORE by Alexandra Bracken

● THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

● IRON WIDOW by Xiran J. Zhao

● GEARBREAKERS by Zoe Hana Mikuta

● AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS by Rivers Solomon

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