Sarah Alpert

Algonquin Young Readers

My Manuscript Wish List

I am actively acquiring both fiction and selective narrative non-fiction prose, comics, and picture books, for YA, middle grade, and early readers.

My taste in fiction is wide-reaching, and the common thread across genres and premises will always be compelling characters whose personal stakes I am deeply invested in, beautifully observant writing. There is nothing that I love more than a high-concept story (fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, fake dating) that feels completely grounded because the characters and author make whatever is happening so completely and utterly real. I love writing that is full of atmosphere and voice, whether dark-and-moody, or lighthearted and fun.

I love:

  • Charming, lighthearted romances  that don't skimp on the angst and tension
  • Dark, atsmophereic, moody stories of all sorts
  • Inventive SFF with imaginative world building and deeply expressed characters
  • The prose equivalent of a Mitski song
  • MG stories with well-drawn, supportive parents
  • Jewish stories not about the holocaust
  • Multifaceted stories that represent and explore marginalized identities in fantastical or realistic settings
  • Robots aching to be human (I can probably only acquire one of these, but if you're repping one, I need it)

I'm not a good fit for:

  • Cancer stories
  • Any terminal illness stories where teens/children die
  • Holocaust fiction

For non-fiction: I love topics like culture and mythology, technology, science, and scientific history--through the eyes of the people involved. I'd love a book on the space age/Apollo mission. While I'm in no way interested in fictional accounts of the Holocaust, I'm open to non-fiction that helps us remember and teach it. A lot of time my favorite non-fiction tells the story I haven't heard or thought of yet, so feel free to surprise me.

Submission Guidelines

AGENTED SUBMISSIONS ONLY. I cannot read non-agented submissions. Thanks!

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Family Saga, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, Illustrated, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture

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

Over the Garden Wall, On a Sunbeam, The Raven Cycle, One Crazy Summer, Wink Poppy Midnight


My favorites include...

YA/YA adjacent prose: The Folk of Air Trilogy, All the Wind in the World/Every word Samantha Mabry has ever written, The Sun Is Also a Star, Furia, Fangirl, The Raven Cycle, Uprooted/Spinning Silver

MG prose: The Phantom Tollbooth, The Crossover, Genesis Begins Again, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Winnie the Pooh

Picture books: Beatrice Likes the Dark, Fluffy McWhiskers, Cuteness Explosion, Hundred Years of Happiness, The Stinky Cheese Man, Madeline

YA & MG Graphic Novels/Manga: Giant Days, On a Sunbeam, Through the Woods, Koko Be Good, Supermutant Magic Academy, Prince of Cats, Friends with Boys, Witch Hat Atelier, American Born Chinese.

Other things for the #vibes: Annihilation (the movie, sorry, the book is good too), Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Pride and Prejudice, Critical Role

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