Born in South Korea and adopted to a Jewish family in Texas, Kianna actively seeks out stories with their #ownvoices. Bi-romantic, she is an advocate for queer stories. With a passion for learning about the world and telling diverse narratives, Kianna is a recent graduate from UCLA's MFA Screenwriting program and Boston University's School of Global Studies. When she's not reading manuscripts or working with authors, Kianna can be found writing, learning languages, or running.
What she's looking for?
Kianna wants prose that reads like poetry. Create characters that are super flawed and awful
or a precious cinnamon roll that must be protected -- but make me care. Make me fall in
love with them and then break my heart. Introduce me to unforgettable worlds.
Super intersectional? I'm your girl. Fantasy inspired by non-western cultures? Yes!
Fantasy starring a character with a disability? For sure. YA historical with a queer
BIPOC lead? Send it my way. I want to champion underrepresented writers who write
their #ownvoices. Right now I am actively looking for YA, but will consider well written
MG and NA that follow the same guidelines listed below.
YA Contemporary: I’d love to see protagonists, family and friends, and circumstances
that we haven’t seen before. Give me an enticing plot that betrays expectation and
characters that subvert stereotypes. Settings that are super specific to your neck of the
woods or abroad are welcomed!
YA Crime and Thrillers: I love twists and turns I don’t see coming (that will be hard-
but try me!). Give me young women that are in control of their own destinies - and law
breaking is how they’re going to do it. Confident characters that have the swagger of
your average villain -- who aren’t the average villain.
YA Fantasy: Let’s see some non-European based fantasy! I am better versed in East
Asian culture and mythology, but will work with anyone. Make me fall in love with the
world and the people in it. Although spectacular, submitted fantasies should have
well-developed characters and a strong plot. Think Avatar the Last Airbender,
Fullmetal Alchemist, or She-Ra. Keep me engaged, keep me on my toes. Keep me
YA Historical: Queer and marginalized people have existed throughout the ages - but
you wouldn’t believe it looking at many bookshelves today! Make the setting POP and
transport me to another time period, another world. Not looking for white savior stories!
Give me characters that are in charge of their own futures.
YA Science Fiction: I’d love to see some great science fiction that is science POSITIVE.
No more technology is evil stories! There is enough of that! Fiction that re-learns how to
navigate and prioritize technology or stories that show that science is not without bias is
great. Looking for work that is character driven and with heart!
Submit to Kianna: queryme.online/kiannashore
Follow her on Twitter: @kiannashore