Submission Guidelines:

As of April 1, 2018 I am accepting unsolicited submissions. Please send an email to dongwon@morhaimliterary.com with your query. Your query should include:

  • Title, word count, and genre
  • A brief pitch
  • Your bio
  • Ten sample pages pasted directly into the body of the email

 

What I am looking for:

I am particularly interested in voices that have not been part of the mainstream conversation. If you are writing from a marginalized perspective, I would like to hear from you. It isn’t required, of course, but if you are a writer of color, indigenous, disabled, queer, or trans I invite you to self-identify in your query.

 

  • Non fiction, personal narratives that address culture and/or race in complex, nuanced ways. Works in the vein of Rebecca Solnit, Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Alexander Chee’s nonfiction, or Lawrence Weschler’s Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder.
  • Food writing that looks outside the usual structure of a cookbook to connect readers to the history, science, and culture of food. Dan Barber’s The Third Plate, Kate Christensen’s Blue Plate Special, and Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter.
  • Science writing that considers context, personal and cultural, and presents a relatable, engaging perspective on its subject. Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes, James Gleick’s work, or Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl.

 

  • Adult thrillers that focus on voice and character like Tana French’s In the Woods or Lauren Beukes’s Broken Monsters. Ideally with some speculative (or adjacent) element or a focus on technology or very near-future elements like William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition or Eliot Peper’s Bandwidth.
  • Horror that focuses on the experiences of marginalized people. Alyssa Wong’s work, Victor Lavalle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, or, looking outside of books, Get Out, Raw, and so on.

 

  • Young adult science fiction that takes the science and worldbuilding seriously without sacrificing character. M.T. Anderson’s Feed, Emily Suvada’s This Mortal Coil.
  • Contemporary YA that centers the experience of marginalized youth. #ownvoices preferred. Intersectional representation is very important to me. Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift, Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly, Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After. Also looking for thrillers, speculative, and horror in this vein.
  • Select Graphic Novels and Middle Grade, along similar themes and genres as outlined above.