We seem to have entered the era of anthologies in YA. 2018 alone will see YA books about meet cutes, author struggles, queer teens, Asian mythology, resistance, historical daredevils, witches, and mental illness. On top of those, 2019 is shaping up to be just as good.
Of course, seeing so many of our favorite authors in anthologies, we can’t help but think of all the other pair ups and subject matters we’d love to have happen in the future.
One anthology idea that’d be great is a time traveling anthology. So many people love time travel and there are many ways it can be written. An anthology like this could include authors like Heidi Heilig, Karen Akins, Myra McEntire, Katherine Locke, Ryan Graudin, Melissa Hurst, and Cristin Terrill, but could also factor in some of our other speculative fiction authors like Rhoda Belleza, Sangu Mandanna, Anna-Marie McLemore, Dhonielle Clayton, Beth Revis, and E.K. Johnston.
While there are already historical fiction anthologies, one that would be wonderful is an anthology of historical fiction reimagining or retelling the teen years of famous historical women – Sappho, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mirabai, Catherine the Great, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Marie Curie, Billie Holiday, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Noor Inayat Khan, Nellie Bly. There are so many incredible women who could inspire the next generation and they’ll never learn about them in school. Our favorite historical authors like Robin Talley, Destiny Soria, Katherine Longshore, Y.S. Lee, Lindsay Smith, Caroline Tung Richmond, Mackenzi Lee, Stacey Lee, Erin Bowman would be great fits. There are plenty of other YA authors who love studying historical figures, too, like Rachel Hawkins who talks about history regularly.
Let’s hear it for diversity anthologies, too. Trans authors are still scarce in YA, and trans characters are too, so a YA anthology tackling trans and non-binary identities would be perfect. Meredith Russo and Alex Gino are two writers who have covered the subject before and an anthology like this would be a great way to find more trans YA voices.
If there’s going to be an anthology for meet cutes, plus the two well-known anthologies edited by Stephanie Perkins with seasonal themes, it only seems right that other cute romance anthologies get to have their shining moments. Anthologies based on friendships or instalove . . . or both? There could be one based on classics – Austen, Bronte, Shakespeare – or one based on first impressions going poorly. Favorite romance writers like Katie Cotugno, Kasie West, Lauren Morrill, Brandy Colbert, Julie Murphy, Becky Albertalli, and Renee Ahdieh could all be good fits for writing swoony, cute stories, don’t you think?
The options for anthologies are unlimited, so these are just a few possibilities we hope to see on shelves in the next few years. What anthologies are *you* looking forward to? Tweet us @piquebeyond to let us know.