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

This is a little glimpse of the exquisite and deliciously gothic illustrations by @EwaHaremska
for Welcome to Dead Town Raven McKay. Ewa also did the stunning cover!
@EveryWithWords @sfmolteni @PFDAgents #RavenMcKay

And finally...

The amazing Silvia Molteni: inimitable literary agent, Head of Children’s Books at Peters Fraser Dunlop, and The Bookseller’s Rising Star in 2019. Silvia represents a raft of award-winning Middle Grade and YA authors and knows the industry inside out. @sfmolteni


Ecstatic to finally be able to scream about this: My YA thriller PERFECT LITTLE MONSTERS debuts Summer 2024 with @SourcebooksFire!

💋 Scary, beautiful teens
👻 Creepy atmospheric suspense
🤫 Secrets, secrets, & more secrets
😱 A shocking twist

⚡️Calling all Children's & YA writers from under-represented backgrounds⚡️

Pitch your book idea in one tweet with the hashtag #TweetYourPitch to win a one-to-one meeting with top Children's & YA agent Silvia Molteni for #WorldBookDay

🚨ONE WEEK LEFT🚨 to enter the PFD Queer Fiction Prize!
📚Free to enter
📚2 categories: YA & Children's and Adult
📚Submit three chapters and a synopsis
🔗in bio
#QueerWriters #QueerWritingCommunity #LGBTQIWriters #PFDQueerFictionPrize

Great to see @Cathy_Faulkner_ keeping such great company in the Bookseller!

Digging for Victory is a beautiful story, destined to become a classic!

So excited to see @HarryGoldhawk's beautiful Digging for Victory cover in such good company!

Today is the day! @rosswelford's new book - 🐵The Monkey Who Fell From the Future 🐒 - is out now!! Prepare for a madcap, clever, and mind-blowing adventure with lots of heart 💜⭐️

Round 2: Silvia Molteni (she/her), Head of Children's Books at PFD, shares what she's looking for in a writer, and the importance of representation and diversity.

Interview 🔗in bio

There’s just 🚨two weeks🚨 left to enter the PFD Queer Fiction Prize 2023! You only need to have written the first three chapters & a synopsis, and it’s free to enter - follow the link in our bio for more details 🌈📝

HERE IT IS! So excited to share the "chaotic bisexuals vrs murder forest" book with the world!

A stunning, lyrical tale of loss that’s also a gripping ghost story, @eibhliscarcione writes with a poet’s voice & eye. After her parents disappear, #RavenMcKay ends up in a town with the living AND the dead. Welcome to Dead Town, Raven McKay - hope you survive the experience 2/3


Hold on to your hats! @eibhliscarcione's #MG WELCOME TO DEAD TOWN, RAVEN MCKAY is coming Jun 1st with @EveryWithWords. Delighted to share its THRILLING cover by @EwaHaremska 🪶

There's a review copy up for grabs! RT for a chance to #WIN!

#RavenMcKay 1/3

Any aspiring LGBTQIA+ novelists out there, check out this great comp:

The winner (in each category, Adult or YA & Children) of the PFD Queer Fiction Prize will gain Representation by the Peters Fraser + Dunlop agency (@PFDAgents)


The cover is finally here! Ewa’s art is stunning! Excited beyond belief that Raven McKay is on the way! Thanks so much to @Eve_Mc_Donnell for the cover reveal! Huge thanks to
@EveryWithWords @sfmolteni @PFDAgents 🖤👻🖤 #2023Debuts

Congrats, @eibhliscarcione, @EwaHaremska & @EveryWithWords, you have created something magical!

Psst! Fans of #MG, did you know good things come to those who preorder? 🤗

🇮🇪 @HalfwayUpBooks

🇬🇧 @Waterstones

#RavenMcKay 3/3


Digging for Victory out 4 May 2023

Cover: @HarryGoldhawk
Author: @Cathy_Faulkner_

More info:

@bouncemarketing @books_wales #DFVbook

CALLING QUEER WRITERS, QUERYING QUEER WRITERS, QUEER-YING WRITERS: you have until 1st March to enter the PFD Queer Fiction Prize and be in to win representation and support in finishing your novel! tell your friends, followers, enemies, groupchat 📙🖋🪩


Reminder that you have one month left to get your entries into the PFD Queer Fiction Prize 2023! You only need the first THREE chapters and a synopsis. See the link in our bio for more details on how to enter.

#writingprize #queerwriters #lgbtqwriters

"It’s ridiculous, really, isn’t it? That is, for something so utterly impossible – and never, frankly, likely to be possible – time travel remains a mesmerising ‘what if?’"

Read a wonderful piece by @rosswelford, now live on our website!