Ashley Hearn

Peachtree Publishing

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m acquiring mostly YA at this time, but will consider upper middle-grade projects, too.

I'm especially on the lookout for high-concept stories with a standout voice, and stories with strong coming of age themes that speak strongly to teen issues, without those issues defining the plot. I'm looking for stories that skew toward the younger end of the YA market (so no NA or adult crossover, please) and might fight a home in middle school libraries. I’m especially interested in light fantasy, magical realism, genre-bending speculative fiction, character-driven contemporary, and historical novels, with a special affinity for stories that offer a strong sense of place and time. In all submissions, I'm prioritizing inclusive, diverse stories and marginalized voices.

A few things I'm especially looking for:

  • BIPOC voices
  • Queer stories, especially intersectionally queer stories
  • Body diversity
  • Character-driven contemporary with a commercial hook and outstanding voice
  • Stories that read like a sweet, slice-of-life anime
  • Found family and platonic love (queer friend groups!)
  • Historical novels featuring overlooked figures and underrepresented voices in history
  • Southern stories, particularly BIPOC and/or queer southern stories
  • Magical realism and surrealism
  • Genre-bending speculative stories
  • Thrillers with a speculative twist
  • Atmospheric fantasy with lush world building and gorgeous prose
  • Folklore
  • Contained settings (boarding schools, small towns, islands), and settings that feel like a character

Examples: Don’t Date Rosa Santos, You Should See Me in a Crown, Weight of Our Sky, With a Fire on High, Hot Dog Girl, Wilder Girls, We Set the Dark on Fire, House of Salt & Sorrows, Wicked Fox, Ghost Wood Song, Sawkill Girls.

Submission Guidelines

Peachtree is closed to unsolicited submissions. We are only accepting agented or requested materials at this time.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...

Lush, sweeping, atmospheric fantasy, with a commercial hook and gorgeous prose.


My favorites include...

Recent favorites:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
  • The Devouring Gray by Christine Herman
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  • The November Girl by Lydia Kang
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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