By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books
UPDATE AUGUST 16, 2018: The submissions window for this open call is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted manuscripts. Responses have been sent to all submissions dated April 23, 2018 or earlier. Approximately 130 manuscripts were submitted between that date and the end of the open call; responses to those will be sent by the end of August 2018. Thank you for your patience!
One of my favorite things about children is their sense of wonder. My own kids regularly ask me questions about things I take for granted (“Why does it get dark at night?”) and prompt me to think about familiar things in new ways (“My cheese looks like Minnesota!”) Read More
By Product Planning Director Jenny Krueger
When you think of school libraries, what are the first words that come to mind? Books? Reading? Research? How about coding?
School librarians are educating a generation of students to be tech-savvy digital citizens. My son, for example, knows what an algorithm is. He knows how to use a Raspberry Pi, and he takes a coding class two days per week. He is seven years old. It’s a brave new world, and school librarians are building it. Read More
August 4 through September 1, 2017, unagented authors are invited to submit middle grade and young adult fantasy manuscripts to Executive Editor Alix Reid.
By Amy Fitzgerald, Editor
“Everyone has that struggle subject in school,” says Darby Creek editor Mandi Janikowski.
“For me, it was math. I didn’t get it, didn’t care about it, didn’t want to learn more about it. So while reading has never been a problem for me, I can imagine how struggling and reluctant readers must feel when it’s time to pick out a book in school. That’s what makes working with the Darby Creek imprint one of my favorite things about my job.”
I feel the same way. The main goal of Darby Creek is to create books that appeal to struggling and reluctant readers, giving them an enjoyable reading experience that encourages them to pick up another book.
What’s most frightening: The play of unfamiliar shadows in a once-familiar place? The sight of a distorted face, remorseless, teeth bared? The unreliability of the human mind itself?
Different scares resonate with different people, of course. But if you were prepared to answer, ‘Honestly, none of these are more frightening than the threat in my YA manuscript,’ then please read further.
Carolrhoda Lab is looking for carefully crafted works of prose horror for young adult readers. An ideal submission might resemble a YA echo of Brian Evenson’s grim surrealism, an Angela Carter-esque exploration of the scary side of a classic tale, a story with the terrifying topicality of Get Out, or a work in the tradition of Suspiria’s sublime creepiness.
Please send all submissions to carolrhodasubmissions [at] lernerbooks [dot] com. Pitches from the general public welcome. Complete manuscripts only. Although horror thrives on the unknown, please include complete contact information and a one-page synopsis of your novel.
I cannot guarantee a reply to every submission. This open call begins today, March 22, and will last until the end of April.
Greg Hunter – Carolrhoda Lab