Here’s a list of YA publishers that have launched recently (within about the last 5 years).
Akashic/Black Sheep Books wants stories with engaging, realistic, and diverse characters that young adults (and adults, the critical second audience for YA stories) can relate to.
Amazon/Skyscape seeks engaging stories for teens and adult crossover readers from diverse genres including contemporary, fantasy, and romance.
Capstone/Switch looks for a wide variety of genres and formats including graphic novels, westerns, romance, illustrated memoir, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction and nonfiction, including how-to.
Carolrhoda Lab wants distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens.
ChiTeen seeks dark, well-written genre fiction that includes science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and horror; stories that don’t necessarily have a happy ending.
F&W/Merit Press looks for a Millennial version of classic YA novels: deeply emotional stories about ordinary kids caught in extraordinary circumstances, coming of age in a complex contemporary world.
Harlequin Teen wants commercial YA fiction of all genres.
Month9Books seeks speculative fiction where nothing is as it seems.
Poisoned Pen Press/Poisoned Pencil looks for edgy mysteries and complex stories that capture “the vibrant teen cocktail of superior wisdom, immediate need, and sometimes hidden honesty.”
Soho Teen looks for mysteries and thrillers.
Sourcebooks Fire wants innovative storytelling in all genres in authentic teen voices.
Triangle Square Editions/Seven Stories Press looks for works that combine social justice and good storytelling. Tagline: “Telling personal stories of courage and commitment.”
Zondervan/Blink likes storytelling that inspires, enriches, and uplifts.