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We are Currently closed for submissions. We are  dealing with a huge backlog. We will reopen in June 2024. Please check back then and consider submitting. For other queries: 


Elizabeth Gilliland Rands

You should consider submitting to me if... You can combine commercial genre plot with polished literary prose and complex characters. And/Or You like to create genre or style hybrids – e.g. noir meets fairytale (Oh, God, send me that book!). Retellings of the classics are a passion of mine, but it needs to be quirky, unique, and not under copyright. I love books that make me laugh, make me feel, make me think, and understand genre conventions but aren’t afraid to strategically break them.

Yes to: Genre hybrids! Mystery (especially if it’s funny), retellings, fairy tales, ghost stories/gothic, female POV westerns, action/adventure, magic realism, mythology. Fantasy/sci fi that’s more literary than commercial (focus on character over plot/world building). Romance IF it’s literary, smart, and funny (think Rosie Walsh’s Ghosted). ONLY historical fiction and crime/thriller/suspense IF they’re hybrids. I’m looking mainly for Adult but could be persuaded to YA if it blows me away.

No to: Horror, dense plot-heavy sci-fi with lots of terminology and almost no female characters, erotica, memoir, short story/essay collections, biography/autobiography, self-help, Middle grade, children’s. Anything set during World War II will be a hard sell for me (unless it’s, say, a retelling of ancient myths set during that time period, ala Julie Berry’s Lovely War).

Books/Authors/Films/Series I Love: Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Agatha Christie, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire, E. Lockhart, Tana French, Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma, Jane the Virgin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Harry Potter series. Old epic stuff like King Arthur legends, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome.      

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