Jessica MacLeish

HarperCollins Children's Books

My Manuscript Wish List®

I particularly enjoy books that inspire some kind of emotional reaction, whether it’s laughing, crying, or laughing so hard I eventually start crying. If you can get me to laugh on the subway, you get a gold star.

You can see some of this in my #MSWL tweets, but…I’d like a YA or MG about questioning/leaving the faith (any faith). I love stories about toxic friendships and healthy friendships alike. Publishing authentic and diverse voices is important to me. I’d like to see some more urban-set YA and MG, especially set in NYC. I enjoy stories that get into the psyche of a mean girl, with just a touch of humor and satire, as well as love stories (be it romantic, platonic, or familial love). I’m always impressed when a novel can pull off the “set in one day/night” thing well. I’d also love a YA or MG novel that takes history and twists it up–in a funny way.


Submission Guidelines

I can only accept agented submissions/queries.

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