Hannah Allaman


My Manuscript Wish List

I edit middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as a select number of graphic novels. I am looking for stories with voices that makes an indelible impression on me, relationships that feel undeniably true, and a setting so vibrant and immersive it feels like a character itself. I want a strong hook to grab me on the first page and gorgeous, lush writing to back it up. I’m particularly drawn to magical realism; contemporary realistic stories driven by friendships or family relationships; young adult mysteries/psychological thrillers with perceptive and believable protagonists; atmospheric, original middle grade fantasy adventures; character-driven, genre-bending sci-fi that's grounded in our world; contemporary fantasy, particularly featuring witches or magic of any kind; contemporary romance and rom-coms; multiple POVs, interesting formats, and unusual narrative structures; and cross-genre stories. I grew up on a small family farm in the Midwest and now spend most of my time binging shows on the Food Network, tap dancing, and starting cross-stitch projects that I’ll inevitably abandon midway through. Catch up with me on Twitter @hallaman13.

Other things I love:

  • Friendship/sibling/generational stories
  • Southern and Midwestern stories
  • Boarding/prep school settings
  • Secret societies
  • Offbeat, wry humor
  • Witches
  • Foodies
  • Fresh spins on rom-com conventions
  • Monsters and explorations of monstrosity
  • Puzzle stories and art mysteries
  • Unexpected retellings
  • Original horror
  • Talented teens in high pressure environments (think Pointe)

Not a good match for:

  • GOT-style epic fantasy
  • Space operas (though I would totally love to find a psychological thriller set in space)
  • Animal POV
  • Verse novels

Submission Guidelines

I am only able to review agented submissions.

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Feminism, Gothic Horror, Literary Middle Grade, Magical Realism, Multiple POV, Psychological Thrillers
I'd like the next...
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Never Let Me Go

My favorites include...

My favorite books/authors include:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han
  • Half Bad, Sally Green
  • The Mothers, Brit Bennett
  • Summerlost, Ally Condie
  • Tana French
  • The Walls Around Us, Nova Ren Suma
  • Picture Us In the Light, Kelly Loy Gilbert
  • Stephen King
  • Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Gail Carson Levine
  • Kara Thomas
  • The Jumbies, Tracey Baptiste
  • The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
  • Far From You, Tess Sharpe

My favorite TV shows/movies include:

  • Jane the Virgin
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Lost
  • You've Got Mail
  • Practical Magic
  • Sharp Objects
  • Save the Last Dance
  • anything on the Food Network

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