Over ninety-five percent of the submissions coming in are dark and serious.
Life's not ALL sad stuff. If you have a wicked sense of humor, put it to use!
Give our young readers a chance to laugh!
Young Readers Survey Feedback:
Age 18-21: "Slice-of-life stories with a hint of humour and a lesson as well."
Age 15-17: "Realistic teen/new adult fiction! By this I mostly mean their voices and the way the characters are written--fantasy and SciFi is great, love them, but I wouldn't mind a little profanity once in a while. Let young people talk like young people!!!" --Tyla
Age 14-17: I think I would enjoy reading work more similar to that of Edgar Allen Poe. His work is very tasteful and odd which makes that much more fun to dissect. Maybe a little Psychological Drama/Horror? Coming of age, but perhaps with a fun twist? Think about it :)
Age 27+: "Everything about the universe, nature and everything and everything." --Dilupa Wijegunasekara
Age 11-12: "Well, I like to read fiction stories, both short and long ones. I also like to read mystery, but not that often." --Shrijani Hongal
Age 13-14: "Horror fantasy/poetry" --Tamya Lopez
Age 18-21: I want to read something I absolutely cannot stop reading. Horror is my route, though I like anything that can make me laugh or giggle.
Age 13-14: "I'm into a lot of different types of literature. My favorite is a darker kind, like a murder mystery mixed with some romance, and a hint of betrayal. I also write stories, many about the things I love to read about." --Leah Tompkins
Age 15-17: "I want to read exciting thrilling books with romance and lots of situational irony. I like the books that make you not want to skip over a part and leave you memorized so much you dream about it that night." --Sarah
13-14: "Drama, fantasy, love, sci-fi" --Ava Stewart
Age 15-17: Relatable teen content/works that can be read in one sitting
Age 15-17: spine-chilling poems, short horror stories, soppy romance novels with a demonic twist.
Age 13-14: More books about animal adventures
Age 15-17: Personally, I am a sucker for sad stories. Anything that can make my heart sting and my eyes well up with tears. A story that I would stay up to read, but lay awake for hours after thinking about it.
Age 15-17: "Poetry that has meaning between the lines, works that can whisper and scream at the same time. Words that are heavy and settle at the bottom of my chest when I read it but light enough to hover in my mind for a while." --Nikhita Makam
Age 13-14: Stories about gifted and neurodiverse characters.
Age 18-21: Historical fiction and comedy is always a great combo for me
Age 13-14: I want to read about an event or journey that provides an outlook on human nature and experiences.
Age 13-14: "any romantic, mysterious, or movement-based books/stories mostly." --Sanvi Choudhary
Age 18-21: "Everything!!!" --Sonia Okereke