To celebrate its third anniversary, Swoon Reads, Macmillan’s crowd-sourced young adult romance imprint, is expanding its submissions to include all genres within YA fiction. Swoon Reads is still looking for the same irresistible, unforgettable, original YA novels that have never been published before, but now you can submit heroic epics, alien adventures, chilling mysteries, and more. As the imprint says on Twitter, #SwoonReadsisallYA.
Jean Feiwel, Senior VP and Publisher, explained the reasoning behind the decision in a letter published on Swoon Reads’ blog:
Swoon Reads was born out of a love for romance fiction, with an ambition to publish brilliant new voices in the young adult romance genre. Since then, our bookish community has grown into so much more, and we’ve worked with all kinds of readers and writers to publish all kinds of books.
That’s why we felt that the time was right to open submissions to young adult fiction across all genres—not just romance. We’re excited to explore the new worlds you create, and fall in love with new characters, regardless of whether they fall in love with each other. We’ve also given the Swoon Reads brand a revamp to welcome a broader community of readers and writers.
We’re happy to embark on this new chapter with you, and we can’t wait to see what you bring to our bookshelf next.
Happy reading and writing, And thank you!
—Jean Feiwel, Senior VP and Publisher
If you have a manuscript that fits Swoon Reads’ new submission guidelines, send it in by the next submission deadline on October 31.
To match its new mission, Swoon Reads’ website has gotten a makeover. Check out the new look for everything from guest articles from authors to early advice for NaNoWriMo!