Harlequin TEEN is the home of thrilling and thought-provoking fiction for young adult readers. With a selection of exhilarating and edgy stories from established authors and emerging talent, Harlequin TEEN captures the growing young adult audience with a variety of genres—including contemporary fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, historical, romance and horror.
Our passionate and talented publishing team provides individualized attention to our authors and their work. We pride ourselves on our approach to nurturing careers of talented authors and giving their books the greatest reach possible.
Currently publishing one to three books each month, we are looking to grow our list over the next 12 months and plan to make an even bigger impact in this exciting market.
Harlequin TEEN accepts only agented submissions.
Over 1 million units sold in North America for Iron Fey series.
Never Sometime Always
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2015 Recipient.
Instant New York Times bestseller, debuted at #4 on the Young Adult eBook List.
The Problem with Forever
"“Engaging characters and real-life drama.…The situations are gritty but presented in an accessible manner… An easy sell to teens.” —School Library Journal, April 2016"
Something in Between
"“Provocative, eyeopening and poignant, Something in Between is a timely read in a troubled era.”—BookPage October 2016 issue"
Daughters Unto Devils
"“Deeply disturbing, truly riveting and highly recommended.”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author"
Our Own Private Universe
Robin’s critical reception has always been stellar, with a 2015 ALA Rainbow List spot for What We Left Behind and Carnegie Medal long-list spot for Lies We Tell Ourselves.
Sequel to New York Times bestseller Firstlifey
Rebels Like Us
Selected for Just Jared Jr. Book Club’s Most Anticipated YA Books of 2017
Dead Little Mean Girl
The author received starred reviews in Kirkus and PW for The Awesome.
The Black Witch
"“I absolutely loved The Black Witch and will have a very hard time waiting for the second book! Maximum suspense, unusual magic—a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce"
Natashya Wilson, Editorial Director
Natashya joined the Harlequin TEEN team in 2008 and her author list includes New York Times bestsellers and rising stars such as Julie Kagawa, Gena Showalter, Melissa de la Cruz and Abigail Johnson. Previously, Natashya worked on a variety of Harlequin lines and was also an associate editor for McGraw-Hill and the Rosen Publishing Group, where she edited children’s nonfiction books. She has a strong affinity for commercial, addictive, high-concept fiction and riveting stories that help the reader see different perspectives and think about ideas that resonate after the book has been read.
I’m looking for: Fiction on the more mature, sophisticated and complex end of the YA spectrum in any genre or genre blend that will appeal primarily to teen girls but also, in many instances, to boys and adult readers of YA.
I’d love to find the next: …novel that hits me in the heart the way the Dear Evan Hansen musical does.
T.S. Ferguson, Editor
TS acquires and edits fiction for the young adult market and has the privilege of working with authors such as Robin Talley and Adi Alsaid. Prior to Harlequin, T.S. worked for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where he worked with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Jennifer Brown, Cris Beam, Sherman Alexie, Sara Zarr and Julie Anne Peters. He’s extremely passionate about teen fiction and is always thinking about teen readers first and foremost when acquiring and editing.
I’m looking for: Emotional, character-driven stories across all genres, and a written voice that feels special while still commercially appealing. I’m interested in diverse representation and Own Voices, commercially accessible literary fiction, fantasy retellings and magical realism.
I’d love to find the next: Great epistolary novel à la The Color Purple but for teens
Lauren Smulski, Assistant Editor
Lauren has worked as an assistant editor for both Harlequin TEEN and MIRA Books. Her author list includes New York Times bestselling adult author Michelle Sagara and #1 New York Times bestselling YA author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. She also has the privilege of working with rising stars Laurie Forest (The Black Witch), Summer Heacock (The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky), Amanda Foody (Daughter of the Burning City), Gregory Scott Katsoulis (All Rights Reserved), and Kaitlyn Sage Patterson (The Diminished). Before coming to Harlequin, Lauren interned at Dorchester Publishing and graduated from Pace University with a master’s degree in Publishing.
I’m looking for: YA Fantasy with well-developed world building and science fiction. On the contemporary side, I’d like to find classical retellings in a modern setting, as well as stories about addiction and/or alcoholism, especially those told from the point of view of a sober family member, significant other or friend of an addict.
I’d love to find the next: Clever, contemporary Shakespeare or Austen retelling for teens.
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