Katie Hoffman

DAW Books

My Manuscript Wish List

Katie Hoffman, editor, joined DAW Books in 2012. Prior to joining DAW, she worked at Soho Press, University Book Store in Seattle, and Amazon. She has worked on books from K. Eason, Suzanne Palmer, Sarah Kuhn, and others. She likes stories with inclusive worldbuilding, compelling examinations of ideas, and a lot of heart. You can find her on Twitter at @kehoffman_ and Instagram at @ke_hoffman.

What I’m looking for:
I am actively seeking new works of science fiction and fantasy written by and/or featuring people of color, Native people, disabled people, neurodiverse people, LGBTQIA+ people, and those from other underrepresented or marginalized communities. I am eager to cultivate a list that is inclusive and representative of a wide array of voices.

Some of my favorite subgenres and tropes include:

  • smart, character-driven stories with heart, whether expansive epic fantasy
  • thoughtful science fiction, especially if they tackle sociopolitical issues or radically challenge inherited systems
  • found or chosen families that make me ache with joy or fierce hope
  • stories interrogating bodies, identity, and transhumanism
  • fun, quirky adventures that are simultaneously subversive
  • sci-fi and fantasy that highlights how system mechanics affect people and provide compelling commentary
  • atypical heroes, whether in body, age, social standing, or other, less foreseen ways
  • high-concept narratives exploring esoteric questions or experimenting with genre forms
  • internal or introspective protagonists and, sometimes relatedly, quiet stories that recognize not all plots need explosions and world-ending threats

In particular, I’d love to see works of indigenous futurism, tales involving queerness, especially across the asexual spectrum, and speculative stories that incorporate Deaf community and culture.

My favorite recent reads include: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Fun facts about me:
  • I co-own two cats, Eärendil the Mariner (aka Ren) and Sokka
  • I'm currently the DM or player in three D&D games
  • I'm a fandom lurker, lover of fic, fan art, and character playlists

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to khoffman@astrapublishinghouse.com

If you are an literary agent, please reach out to me via my email address. I'm excited to discuss sff manuscripts with you!

If you would like DAW to consider your unagented manuscript, please see our submission guidelines at submit.dawbooks.com. I cannot consider novellas, short story collections, or YA.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Favorite sub-genres: Epic Fantasy, Magical Realism, Soft Fantasy, Space Opera, afrofuturism, hopepunk, inclusive sf/f
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Other recent favorites:

Books: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, The Goblin Emperor by Katharine Addison, and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

TV/Movies: Our Flag Means Death, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, Song of the Sea

Other media: The Adventure Zone, Critical Role, Strong Songs, Destiny 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Kingdom Two Crowns

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