Emily Polson


My Manuscript Wish List®

As an assistant editor at Scribner, I am looking to acquire:

  • Character-driven literary and upmarket novels and novellas with memorable protagonists
  • Speculative fiction based in the familiar world, ranging from dystopian to magical realism to surrealism that flirts with the absurd
  • Memoir, essays, and narrative nonfiction with a compelling personal narrative arc
  • Translated fiction with a unique hook
  • Poetry that skillfully engages with the personal as a lens for exploring the wider world
  • Self-help that reframes/demystifies its topic and empowers readers with actionable takeaways

In any type of project, I’m drawn to unconventional/experimental forms, immersive and distinct prose, short books with big impact, humor (punching up and in, never down), genre-blending/straddling works, and stories that “speak into the silence” (Carmen Maria Machado) of the existing canon.

I love themes of coming-of-age, travel, heritage, food, art, mental health, and religious identity, and I’d love to read more diverse/intersectional perspectives on these topics.

Fun facts about me:

I’ve taught writing in a Mississippi state prison and English in a Basque ikastola; I’m originally from Iowa, where my first job was detasseling corn at age 14 and I won many blue ribbons for baking at the state fair; I’m a classically trained ballerina and still take the occasional open class in NYC.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to emily.polson@simonandschuster.com

I am currently accepting agented submissions only.