Jacqui Lipton has been an avid reader since elementary school, back in the days when “YA” wasn’t even a thing. Her tastes were always broad and eclectic. She loved (and still does) everything from a good murder mystery to space opera to contemporary romance and everything in between.
Her background is also eclectic. At university (yes, in Australia and England they call it “university”), she studied law, psychology, drama, languages, and information technology. She practiced as a banking and finance attorney in Australia, and has worked as a law professor in Australia, the U.K. and the United States where her teaching and writing has focused on laws relating to the publishing industry, digital technology law, copyright, trademark, privacy, and defamation.
She holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and regularly teaches classes on writing and on legal aspects of publishing around the country for organizations like The Writing Barn, Savvy Authors, and a variety of adult education courses, M.A. and M.F.A. programs, and libraries.
Jacqui is currently seeking submissions for middle grade and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.
While she’ll consider all genres within kidlit, she has a particular interest in science fiction, a good contemporary romance, retellings of classic stories, and mysteries of all kinds. She’ll consider fantasy and urban fantasy, although (sorry to say) dragons and high fantasy aren’t really her thing so if you’re the next George R.R. Martin, you might be better off submitting to someone else!
Some of her favorite authors (in no particular order) are Jennifer Armentrout, Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Rainbow Rowell, Maggie Stiefvater, Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta, Alex London, Rick Yancey, Neal Shusterman, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Nova Ren Suma, Cynthia Leitich Smith, William Alexander, Brodi Ashton, Lynne Matson, Rebecca Stead, Tahereh Mafi, Francesca Zappia, Julie Buxbaum, Octavia Butler, Sharon Cameron, Shaun David Hutchinson, Adam Silvera, Megan Miranda, Gayle Forman, Brenna Yovanoff …. Seriously, the list goes on forever …. Just send your best work. Really.
Please follow Jacqui’s submission guidelines.