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We are thrilled to announce that World English rights to Cale Plett’s YA novel THE SAW MOUTH, a queer horror set in an atmospheric small town, in a not-quite-dystopian world one shade off from our own, following Cedar as they arrive in Sawblade Lake a near stranger, with something sinister following them—a long, bent shadow that can open doors with its very presence, but it can’t have the one thing it wants unless Cedar lets it, have been acquired by Alison Romig at Delacorte Press in pre-empt, scheduled for publication the summer of 2026. Amy Tompkins handled the deal for World English rights.

Cale Plett (they/them) is a nonbinary, genderfluid writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their short fiction and poetry have been published in journals across Canada, with more forthcoming. Cale’s YA novels span everything from high school rock bands to monsters. They emphasize diverse queer representation in settings where LGBTQ+ characters can exist safely within their identities, leaving space for all sorts of heartbreak, euphoria, and disaster. Cale has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Winnipeg and recently attended the Emerging Writers Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The Saw Mouth will follow their debut YA novel Wavelength, which is forthcoming with Groundwood Books in 2025.

Congratulations Cale!