Reasons to Hate Me (YA Contemporary)

*2022 SCBWI Work in Progress Award YA Winner
*2022 Seven Hills Literary Contest First Place YA novel
*2022 Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest YA Runner-Up

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Susan Metallo is a neurodivergent youth librarian and author of the YA novel Reasons to Hate Me, winner of several awards, including the 2022 SCBWI YA Work-in-Progress Award. Her work has been recognized by the Tallahassee Writers’ Association, Book Pipeline, and the Searchlight Writing for Children Awards and published in Ladybug and Cricket magazines and The Seven Hills Review. 

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Susan is living her best nerd life, and when she’s not writing a book (or reading someone else’s) you will likely find her doing a crossword puzzle or singing the soprano line of a Baroque motet. She lives in New Mexico with her husband, her children, and an 85-lb. bulldog who fervently believes she will fit on your lap.

Susan’s work is represented by Susan Hawk, Upstart Crow Literary. 




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“Four Things You Hear” Published in Cricket

The January 2023 edition of Cricket magazine features Susan’s short story “Four Things You Hear”! In the seventh century, a band of Scythian slavers has raided a Slavic settlement on the Dnieper River, kidnapping autistic 12-year-old Zoia’s brother and several other boys. Fearing retribution from…

Seven Hills Literary Contest Winners Announced

Last night I had the privilege of virtually attending the Tallahassee Writers’ Association December meeting where REASONS TO HATE ME was honored with first prize in the Seven Hills Literary Contest YA category. Thank you to the Tallahassee Writers’ Association for this recognition and for…


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