Algonquin accepting MG and YA queries

Posted on January 18, 2012

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Algonquin Books is developing a new young readers’ program with fiction for middle grade readers and young adults. The program will launch at the end of 2012 with about six titles. Elise Howard, formerly of HarperCollins Children’s Books, is publisher of the new division at Algonquin. Howard said, “Developing a brand-new young adult and middle-grade readers’ list is a rare opportunity. The really thrilling challenge is to do it within a program as esteemed as Algonquin’s, with the goal of building a small, focused, literary list that reflects and honors its origins in every way.”

Algonquin publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt added: “Over the years, a number of Algonquin’s adult titles have attracted young adult readers. If we’re to grow beyond our adult trade list, then publishing books geared explicitly for younger readers seems to be the most logical way to extend our reach.”

Howard will not accept unsolicited manuscripts or electronic submissions. However she will look at queries. No more than 15-20 sample pages, by snail mail only. For more information go to Algonquin Submission Guidelines

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