16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

“What A Character”
October 19 – 22 in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Diana Pho

Acquisition Editor, Tor Books

Diana Pho is also an academic scholar, activist, and performer. Authors Diana has worked with include Alex Bledsoe, P. Djeli Clark, A.J. Hartley, Margaret Killjoy, and Lettie Prell. In 2017 she is excited to introduce debut authors Lara Elena Donnelly, Thoraiya Dyer, Robyn Bennis, and Kari Maaren. Diana is also involved with the best-selling The Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards universe.


Diana is seeking near-future and high-concept science fiction for adult or young adult. Topics of interest include Transhumanism, virtual realities, time travel, the multiverse, climate dystopias (or utopias!), cyberpunk, afrofuturism, space adventure, military sci-fi.

Fantasy for adult or young adult topics of interest: Alternate history, dark fantasy, military fantasy, high fantasy, contemporary fantasy, modern-day “punk” fantasy, fairy-tale subversive retellings. Submission qualities that I’m always interested in: LGBTQA+, non-Western/non-European settings, protagonists from underrepresented backgrounds

What I’m not currently looking for: picture books, middle-grade, romance, romance suspense, horror, epic fantasy, space opera, and steampunk.


So You Want to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy?

A discussion about the current rise of science fiction and fantasy in popular culture, and what tools a writer can consider when delving into the speculative world. Attendees will learn:

  • The differences between science fiction, fantasy, and their subgenres.
  • Tips on how to grow as an SFF writer
  • My editorial perspective in writing genre, and specific writing qualities I look for


  • Life of an Acquisition Editor
  • Gong Show PitchFest


If you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, then Diana wants to talk with you. She can also offer professional advice about the publishing business.


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