Silvia Molteni Taking Submissions

Silvia Molteni

Head of Children's Books

Silvia Molteni is the head of the children’s and YA books department at PFD. She manages her own list of clients alongside selling foreign rights in our children’s and YA titles worldwide. Silvia also handles all audio rights for the agency. The Bookseller named Silvia 2019’s Rising Star.


What I'm looking for...

I am looking for MG and YA fiction. As far as MG goes, I’d like to find strong and diverse voices, with a preference for contemporary and realistic settings and magical realism. I’d love a laugh-out-loud story, but am always keen to read fiction with endearing characters, mind-blowing adventures and stories with lots of heart. I always enjoy dark and gothic tales and generally veer towards voice and character driven narratives as well as literary fiction and gorgeous writing. Think of Holes by Louis Sachar, The Witches by Roald Dahl, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

On the YA side, I’m looking for fiction across all genres, but again preferably literary, character-driven, incredibly voicy and beautifully written; more specifically these days, I’d love to find a great psychological thriller as well as a clever and atmospheric horror; light fantasy is of interest, while commercial fantasy that involves complicated world building, multiple books and high wordcount is not my cup of tea. Good examples of the kind of YA/crossover books that I love are We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Alice and the Fly by James Rice, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Finally, I’m also on the hunt for original non-fiction books aimed at children and YA – from memoir to manuals, popular science and humorous books.



Silvia Molteni @sfmolteni

Ahead of the PFD Queer Fiction Prize 2023 opening for entries on 1st December, we're absolutely thrilled to announce this year's judges, who'll each be working alongside a PFD agent - @tufayel in the Adult category, and @pilvanmartin in the Children's & YA category!

Huge congrats to @susienottbower and all the other shortlisted authors🥳🎉
🧡#TheDangerousLifeOfOpheliaBottom 🧡

Our friend @susienottbower recently featured on the Friday Reads blog to talk about her fantastic new children's book, The Dangerous Life of Ophelia Bottom 📖

Read all about her inspirations and grab yourself a copy of the book now! 📚

Via @karen_king :

I'm so excited to announce that my middle grade historical adventure in verse, 'Digging for Victory', is now available to pre-order from @FireflyPress!

We're so thrilled to say that after the success of last year's PFD Queer Fiction Prize, in one month's time we'll be re-opening to entries for 2023! Submission guidelines are on the page below, and keep your eyes peeled for further exciting updates… 👀

Did you know the @LucyCavColl #FictionPrize is open to YA and middle grade submissions? Hear what agent @sfmolteni has to say about what makes this type of fiction unputdownable over at

So excited that Ophelia is included in these submissions for the Spark! School Book Awards. Thank you so much! @sarahodedina @PushkinPress @sfmolteni

COVER REVEAL! I’m excited to show everyone the cover of my new book, out next February. Artwork by the wonderful Tom Clohosy Cole. Aside from the monkey, there’s Kylie, a teen genius, the eccentric showman Monsieur Lumiere, a certain Geordie TV duo and loads more!

I can't express how thrilled I am that The Three Impossibles has been nominated for this fantastic award - thank you, @LancashireSLS! @sarahodedina @sfmolteni @PushkinPress

So excited for this news to come out 🦋 Spooky, atmospheric and beautifully written, Welcome to Dead Town found the perfect home at Everything With Words! Congrats @eibhliscarcione 👏 🥳

SO EXCITED to see Shoo! in this list! Thank you so much @MarianneLevy! @francescagam @sarahodedina @PushkinPress @sfmolteni

Calling all Sarah McIntyre fans!

SHOO! is SO much exuberant fun, in stock and We Ship Worldwide:

By @susienottbower & @francescagam, first copies come with this FREE POSTCARD, signed by Susie on the back with a personal, handwritten message! ❤❤❤

Touching on themes of historical racism, the new book from @onjalirauf, shines a light on the stories our history books have yet to contain and the power of friendships that can last through generations. Get your copy now:

It’s time! 🕗
Our #PrimarySchoolBookClub📚 Pick (October) we’ve voted to read over November is...

Illus.: @PippaCurnick

See you to discuss & vote in next #PrimarySchoolBookClub📚 on Tuesday 30th November.

Thanks for voting & happy reading!

📚 My #MonthlyMustReads for October 2021:
⭐️The False Rose
⭐️Ghostcloud @mikebmann
⭐️The Lion Above the Door @OnjaliRauf
⭐️My Skin, Your Skin: Let’s talk about race, racism & empowerment @LauraHAllain @onichum
⭐️You Can! @Stricolo

👀➡️Reviews & poster:

"This was it. Everything I had been dreaming of without allowing myself to think it could one day be real."

They dreamt of finding another world, but found each other. #CityofLostDreamers is out now! By @LisaLueddecke.

Looking for a treat for Halloween? 🧙‍♀️

Why not pick up the new children's book 'Rosemary and the Dead' by Emmerdale actress Samantha Giles! @sammeegiles

We have limited signed copies in store now!

Travelling through secret underground tunnels and around the Egyptian desert, Rosie, Adi + Lois must solve a series of riddles before it's too late.

Read @sammeegiles' Rosemary and the Book of the Dead here:


🎃 Escape to Witch City by @ELatimerWrites, The Dollhouse by @CharisCotter, and Evie and the Truth about Witches by @johnmartz are included in @100scopenotes' "The Spookiest Children’s Books of 2021"

If you missed me being interviewed by the lovely @clbleakley on @lorraine this morning do have a catch up on the ITV hub- such fun to be discussing my new children’s book. Rosemary and The Book of the Dead…..