This is a list compiled by the editorial staff at Dial Books for Young Readers.
This list, along with others, was distributed at our regional SCBWI conference last spring.
1. The new kid in middle school or high school
2. Choosing between the popular crowd and the social outcast with a heart of gold
3. High fantasy with a prologue and tons of characters with unpronounceable names who go on a quest.
4. Dealing with parents going through a divorce
5. Dealing with the death of a parent or sibling
6. A sulky, angsty, “too cool” teen who must learn to get over him/herself
7. A kid trying to save the cranes, dolphins, redwoods etc.
8. A kid who’s sent to live with a cranky aunt/uncle/grandparent and who discovers the older person is okay after all.
9. War historical fiction, especially set during the WWII and The Revolutionary War
10. A “normal kid” who discovers she/he has some kind of magical power
*This doesn’t mean you can’t submit these topics, only that we see these most often, so make sure yours is really different