Tuesday, December 27, 2016

36 Writing Contests in January 2017 - No entry fees

There are three dozen free writing contests in January. They cover the full range of genres, from debut mystery novels to poetry. In addition to the prestige of winning a contest, a few of the monetary prizes this month are substantial.

Be sure to check the submission requirements carefully, as some have age and geographical restrictions.

Many contests are offered annually, so if you miss a contest you may be able to catch it next year. For a full month-by-month listing of contests see: Free Contests.

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Tony Hillerman Prize. Sponsored by St. Martin's Press. Genre: Debut mystery novel set in Southwest. Prize: $10,000 advance against royalties and publication, Deadline: January 2, 2017. Read guidelines HERE.

Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The award is presented annually for a completed manuscript that has not yet been published. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: January 2, 2017.

Nuff Said Publishing's annual Speculative Writing Contest to Promote Diversity (SWCPD). Restrictions: The contest is open to United States residents. Genre: Speculative fiction less than 10,000 words. Prize: $100 and publication in anthology. Deadline: January 3rd, 2017.

Texas Institute of Letters Literary AwardsRestrictions: Entrants must have resided in Texas for at least 2 consecutive years, or have been born in Texas. Genre: Book (published). 11 different categories. Prize: $6,000. Deadline: January 3, 2017.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Restrictions: The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; US students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program; and US citizens attending schools overseas. Genre: Essay on an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1956. Prize: The first-place winner receives $10,000 comprised of a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 from John Hancock. The second-place winner receives $1,000. Up to five finalists receive $500 each. Deadline: January 4, 2017.

Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out Essay Contest. Stop the Hate® is designed to create an appreciation and understanding among people of differing religions, races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. Genre: Essay, 500 words. Restrictions: Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders. Prize: $40,000. Deadline: January 6, 2017 for Grades 6-10, January 20, 2017 for Grades 11-12.

Japan Center-Canon Essay Competition. The aim of the Japan Center Essay Competition is to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States and to help young Americans broaden their international horizons. Genre: Essay. Contestants should write, in English, one or more aspects of Japan including art, culture, tradition, values, philosophy, history, society, politics, business, and technology in relation to their personal views, experiences, and/or future goals.  (Contestants do not need to have any experience in visiting Japan or studying Japanese. Prize: Best Essay Award in the High School Division: 1st Place: $3,000 and a Canon camera, 2nd Place: $1,500 and a Canon camera, 3rd Place: $750 and a Canon camera; Best Essay Award in the College Division: $3,000 and a Canon camera; Uchida Memorial Award: $1,000 and a Canon camera; Merit Award: $200 (each) for up to five awards. Deadline: January 8, 2017.

New York Times "Win a Trip with Nick Kristof" ContestGenre: Essay (700 words max) on why you should win this prize. Prize: A reporting trip in the developing world with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Restriction: Open to US college and graduate school students. Deadline: January 8, 2017.

The Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award introduces emerging writers to the New York City literary community. The prestigious award aims to provide promising writers a network for professional advancement. Since Poets & Writers began the Writers Exchange in 1984, 85 writers from 33 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to participate. Restrictions: Open to Maine residents. Genre: Poetry and Fiction. Prize: A $500 honorarium; A trip to New York City to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers. All related travel/lodgings expenses and a per diem stipend are covered by Poets & Writers. Winners will also give a public reading of their work; and One-month residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. Deadline: January 9, 2017. For guidelines click HERE.

Moving Words Poetry ContestRestrictions: People who live within the DC Metro transit area (the Northern Virginia counties Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun and the cities Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church; the District of Columbia; and the Maryland counties Montgomery and Prince George's) and who are over 18. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $250 honorarium. Deadline: January 12, 2017.

Orwell PrizeGenre: Political writing published between 1st January and 31st January 2016. All entries must have a clear British link. Fiction and non-fiction. Prize: £3,000.00. Deadline: January 12, 2017. (Their website is impossible to figure out, which is ironic.)

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers was established in 2005 to honor the memory of Ellen Meloy. The Fund provides support to writers whose work reflects the spirit and passions embodied in Ellen’s writing and her commitment to a “deep map of place.” Ellen’s own map-in-progress was of the desert country she called home. Genre: Only literary or creative nonfiction proposals will be considered. No fiction or poetry proposals will be reviewed. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: January 15, 2017.

French-American Foundation Translation PrizesGenre: Book - best English translation of French in both fiction and non-fiction. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet AwardRestrictions: Open to poets who have published no more than two books of children's poetry. Genre: Children's poetry (for children and young adults up to grade 12). A book-length single poem may be submitted. The award is for published works only. Poetry in any language may be submitted; non-English poetry must be accompanied by an English translation. Poetry copyrighted from 2016 to 2018 may be submitted. Prize: $500. Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Women Artists DatebookRestrictions: Women. Genre: 4 poems. Peace and Justice. Prize: $70. Deadline: January 15, 2017. See more details HERE.

VCU Cabell First Novelist AwardGenre: First novel published July–December 2016. No self-published books. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: January 14, 2017.

Posen Society of Fellows AwardsGenre: Jewish-themed dissertation. Prize: $40,000 fellowship. Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry AwardGenre: Poem, 3-10 pages long, that demonstrates a "truly inventive spirit." Prize: $500. Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Bethesda Literary Festival Essay and Short Story Contest. The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival held April. Genres: Essays and short stories. Restrictions: Residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible. Prizes: First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine. Second Place: $250. Third Place: $150. Honorable Mention: $75. Deadline: January 20, 2017. For more details click HERE.

James White AwardRestrictions: Non-professional authors from anywhere in the world. Genre: Previously unpublished science fiction stories of 6000 words or less, but the stories must be written in English. Prize: £200 plus publication in Interzone. Deadline: January 20, 2017.

IGGY/Litro Young Writers' PrizeRestrictions: Open to 13–18 year olds. Genre: Short story. The theme is Memory. Prize: £1,000 and publication. Deadline: January 20, 2017. Read submission guidelines HERE.

Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay PrizeRestrictions: Open to authors aged 18-35. Genre: Scholarly or journalistic essay on a topic of your choice. 3,500 words max. Prize: £1,000, e-publication with Bodley Head, a mentoring session with the Financial Times/Bodley Head editorial staff, a subscription to FT.com, and a selection of books from Bodley Head. Deadline: January 29, 2017.

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest. "The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America." Genre: previously unpublished work of short fiction. Prize: $100.00. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

College Undergraduate Poetry and Florence Kahn Memorial AwardRestrictions: Undergraduates working toward a degree in an accredited U.S. college or university. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize. The annual Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize is awarded each spring to honor an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the USA the previous year.  Genre: Published fiction or non-fiction, may include: novels, novellas, short stories, plays, poetry, biographies, essays and correspondence. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

14th Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards. Restrictions: Only undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited United States medical schools are eligible. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $1,000 top prize. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Note: Winners do not retain copyright.

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of short fiction in the English language was initiated by John Gleed in honour of his late wife to promote and celebrate the genre of short fiction, which she loved. Restrictions: Canadian residents only. Prize: A $10,000 prize will be awarded for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. Two finalist will also be awarded $500 each. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Imagine Little Tokyo. Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) seeks fictional short stories in Japanese or English for its second annual “Imagine Little Tokyo” writing contest. The setting of the story should be in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA– either past, present or future. Prize: $600. The winner of the youth division (18 or younger) will receive $400. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Caine Prize for African WritingRestrictions: Open to writers born in Africa, or nationals of an African country, or with a parent who is African by birth or nationality, Genre: Short fiction (published). Prize: £10,000. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a short story contest sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. This contest is open to residents of the United States. All entries must be: fiction, less than 8,000 words, double spaced, written in English. Prize: One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will each receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $500. Total value of all prizes: $10,000. Deadline: Closing date January 31, 2017.

Walter Rumsey Marvin GrantRestrictions: Open to authors under 30 years of age who have not had a book published. Applicant must have been born in Ohio or have lived in Ohio for a minimum of five years. Genre: Short fiction and creative non-fiction. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Words and BrushesGenre: Fiction inspired by artwork. Prize: $300 top prize. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

El Chapo Review Essay Contest 2017. Genre: Creative non-fiction. Prize: $500 top prize. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Outlet Publishing Young Writers' Short Story Competition. Restrictions: Open to ages 16-25, UK residents only.  Genre: Short story. Prize: £150 top prize. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Publishizer. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction book proposals for LGBTQ writers, or for stories with LGBTQ themes and characters. Proposals must be 1,000 words. Prize: $2000 and publication. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

8 Writing Conferences in January 2017

January is cold, dark, and dismal. What better way to warm up your writing fingers than with a cozy conference?

This month features conferences all over the US, from New Jersey to San Francisco. If you have a completed manuscript, there are conferences with pitch sessions, as well as the opportunity to informally chat with agents and editors. There are also workshops, readings, and discussions.

Many conferences are offered annually, so if you miss a conference in your area this year, you can always catch it next year. For a full month-by-month list of conferences go here: Writing Conferences.

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TMW January Jumpstart XVII. Jan 6 - 8, 2017, Oak Ridge, TN. Parallel sessions of workshops on fiction, poetry, nonfiction, writing for young people, editing, storytelling, self publishing, oral history, keeping series books fresh; panel discussions/readings; Saturday banquet. Faculty includes banquet speaker Sonja Livingston; Michael Knight, Jesse Graves, Courtney Stevens, Denton Loving, Beverly Connor, Bob Mayer, Saundra Kelley, Robert Gipe, Judy DiGregorio, Cathy Kodra.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. January 13 - 16, 2017, Galloway, New Jersey. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, one-on-one tutorials, featured readings, and open mics. The faculty includes poets Stephen Dunn, Laura McCullough, Sharon Olds, and James Richardson; fiction writers Joyce McDonald and Carol Plum-Ucci; and creative nonfiction writer Barbara Hurt. Tuition, which includes some meals, ranges from $490 to $690, depending on the workshop; lodging is not included.

Poets and Writers Live. January 14 - 15, 2017, San Francisco, CA. The conference features publishing panels, craft talks, readings, multimedia performances, and a book and magazine fair, as well as small-group sessions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Ticket holders also receive one free drink at a cocktail reception at the conference hotel on Saturday night. Participating writers include poets Jane Hirshfield, Joyce Lee, Ishmael Reed, Barbara Jane Reyes, Kay Ryan, Solmaz Sharif, C. Dale Young, Javier Zamora, and Matthew Zapruder; fiction writers Grant Faulkner, Jonathan Franzen, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Benjamin Percy; and nonfiction writers Sarah Manguso and Susan Orlean. U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will deliver the keynote. Participating publishing professionals include agents Anna Ghosh (Ghosh Literary), Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), and Danielle Svetcov (Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency); and editors Jordan Bass (McSweeney’s), Rusty Morrison (Omnidawn Publishing), Ethan Nosowsky (Graywolf Press), and Steve Wasserman (Heyday Books). The cost of the two-day conference is $175 before December 4 and $250 thereafter.

Key West Literary Seminar. January 16 - 20, 2017, Key West, Florida. The seminar offers readings, lectures, and conversations with poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The 2017 theme is  “Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics.” The writers' workshop offers workshops and craft discussions for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Faculty includes Jennine Capó Crucet, Billy Collins, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Michael Maren, Daniel Menaker, Kate Moses, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Dani Shapiro.

Eckerd College Writers’ Conference. January 14 - 21, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL. Workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings book signings, and receptions. The faculty includes poets Richard Blanco, Denise Duhamel, Major Jackson, and Peter Meinke; fiction writers Lan Samantha Chang, Andre Dubus III, Fabienne Josaphat, Laura Lippman, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Sterling Watson, and David Yoo; and creative nonfiction writers Ann Hood and Helen Wallace.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival. January 16 - 21, 2017, Delray Beach, Florida. The faculty includes poets David Baker, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, Carl Phillips, Martha Rhodes, and Charles Simic.  $895 includes all events, one gala seat; $495/auditor. Accepted participants may schedule a one-on-one conference at additional cost.

Digital Book World Conference + Expo, New York City, Jan. 17– 19, 2017. This is the premier event for digital publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models.

Write on the Red Cedar, Jan 20 - 21, 2017, East Lansing MI. Workshops, speakers, panels, manuscript reviews, networking, and pitch appointments with literary agents. Regular Registration $125 includes Friday night cocktail party and full slate of workshops on Saturday. Full Conference $200. (Prices go up after Dec. 1)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2 New Literary Agents Seeking Writers

Here are two new agents seeking clients. Maximilian Ximenez (L. Perkins Agency)is actively pursuing clients for both fiction and nonfiction works. In fiction, he is acquiring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers, particularly cyberpunk and neo-noir as well as books with a uniquely deconstructive bent. For nonfiction, Maximilian is seeking popular science, true crime, and books pertaining to arts and trends in developing fields and cultures. Hannah Fergesen (KT Literary) is looking for young adult and middle-grade, as well as some select adult fiction.

Note: You can find dozens of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.



Maximilian Ximenez of L. Perkins Agency

About Maximilian: Maximilian Ximenez grew up within the New York publishing industry. Prior to joining the L. Perkins Agency, he worked at Blizzard Entertainment, creators of the popular Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo video game franchises. He is a strong believer in publishing and narrative as a central pillar of franchise and transmedia development.

What he is seeking: Maximilian is actively pursuing clients for both fiction and nonfiction works. In fiction, he is acquiring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers, particularly cyberpunk and neo-noir as well as books with a uniquely deconstructive bent. For nonfiction, Maximilian is seeking popular science, true crime, and books pertaining to arts and trends in developing fields and cultures.

How to submit: For submissions, please send an email to maximilian [at] lperkinsagency.com with your bio, a brief synopsis, and the first five pages of your book or novel in the body.



Hannah Fergesen of KT Literary

About Hannah: Before settling in New York City, Hannah worked and went to school in Denver, where she obtained her degree in Writing for Film and Television. Opportunities in New York presented themselves before she could run off to LA, and she course-corrected her career toward publishing, a dream of hers since childhood. After stints as a remote intern for a well-known agent, a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors, Hannah joined KT Literary in 2016. Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon.

What she is seeking: I’m looking for young adult and middle-grade, as well as some select adult fiction.

In young adult and middle-grade, I’m looking for speculative and contemporary stories, running the gamut from fantasy, mystery, horror, and magical realism to family-oriented dramas, historical fiction, and stories dealing with contemporary issues, such as mental health or addiction. I’m also very interested in finding a good, twisty mystery or suspense. If it’s historical or has a speculative bent, even better. I am into contemporaries with light science fiction elements, as well as pure science fiction with politics and an edge, or a bold reimagining of another time. I’d love to see historical fiction in both young adult and middle-grade.

In adult, I want weird and/or lyrical fantasies and speculative mysteries. I’d also love something with a good twist, like DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL less so, but the idea is the same).

How to submit: Send queries to hannahquery@ktliterary.com. The subject line of your email should include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. Queries should not contain attachments. If we like your query, we’ll ask for the first five chapters and a complete synopsis. For our purposes, the synopsis should include the full plot of the book, including the conclusion.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

29th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Historical Fiction

Chuck Sambuccino, the editor of the Guide to Literary Agents, is running another "Dear Lucky Agent" contest. (There are two this month.) These contests allow writers to submit one page of their manuscript to be judged by an agent. The genre for this contest is historical fiction. There is no entry fee.

Winners of the contest have a more than good chance of getting representation. It's good to enter contests, not just because you may win one, but because they force you to write short summaries and synopses, and to polish your first few pages until they shine. These are usually the only pages an agent will see before making a decision.

The contest deadline is December 31, 2016CLICK HERE for more details.

For hundreds of free contests organized by month see: FREE CONTESTS.
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From the GLA blog:

Welcome to the 29th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. If you’re writing historical fiction, then this 29th contest is for you! The contest is live through end of day, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. The contest is judged by agent Elise Erickson of the Harold Ober Agency.


WHY YOU SHOULD GET EXCITED
After a previous “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, the agent judge, Tamar Rydzinski (The Laura Dail Literary Agency), signed one of the three contest winners. After Tamar signed the writer, she went on to sell two of that writer’s books! How cool! These contests can’t be missed if you have an eligible submission.
HOW TO SUBMIT
E-mail entries to dearluckyagent29@gmail.com. Please paste all text. The only time to include attachments are when you have to attach images to show your social-media sharing (more info that below).
MEET YOUR (AWESOME) AGENT JUDGE!
screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-38-04-amElise Erickson of Harold Ober Associates graduated from St. Olaf College and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute in 2014, and spent several months interning at Penguin’s New American Library imprint, Folio Literary Management, and Susanna Lea Associates before taking on her current position at Harold Ober Associates. She grew up in both Florida and Minnesota, but is quickly learning to love city life in NYC. Elise is passionate about the role and responsibility of the literary agent, especially being an advocate for authors. In addition to working with books, she currently assists in selling Harold Ober’s TV, film, and subsidiary rights, and is actively building a client list of her own.
WHAT TO SUBMIT (AND OUR SOCIAL MEDIA REQUIREMENTS)
The first 150-300 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed historical fiction. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also note your city of residence (i.e. — the city & state you live in, not your full address). Submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry. Self-published memoirs are not eligible.
Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any any social-media. Please provide a social-media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your official e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step! In short, simply spread the word twice through any means and give us a way to verify you did; a TinyURL for this link/contest for you to easily use is http://tinyurl.com/zodcsgo
An easy way to notify me of your sharing is to include my Twitter handle @chucksambuchino at the end of your mention(s) if using Twitter. If we’re friends on FB, tag me in the mention. If you are going to just use Twitter as your 2 entries, please wait one day between mentions to spread out the notices, instead of simply tweeting twice back to back. Thanks. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point. And if you use Twitter, put my handle @chucksambuchino at the middle or the end, not at the very beginning of the tweet, or else the tweet will be invisible to others.)
Here is a sample TWEET you can use (feel free to tweak): New FREE contest for writers of Historical Fiction http://tinyurl.com/zodcsgo Judged by agent @EliseShaull, via @chucksambuchino

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2 New Literary Agents Seeking Clients NOW

Here are two new agents seeking clients. Serene Hakim (Ayesha Pande Literary) is actively seeking young adult (all genres but in particular: science fiction and fantasy with a unique hook, realistic YA with diverse characters), upmarket women's fiction, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency) represents a wide range of genres from MG and YA, to adult contemporary + literary fiction, mystery, psychological thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, horror, and select nonfiction projects.

Note: For a list of dozens of new and established agents actively seeking clients see: Agents Seeking Clients

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.



Serene Hakim of Ayesha Pande Literary

Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary, Serene Hakim worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston. She has also interned at David Godine Publisher and Chase Literary Agency. Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas.

What she is seeking: Serene is actively seeking young adult (all genres but in particular: science fiction and fantasy with a unique hook, realistic YA with diverse characters), upmarket women's fiction, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. Stories dealing with the Middle East and the variety of immigrant experiences out there will definitely catch her eye. Intriguing female characters are also a huge plus. For nonfiction, she is seeking humorous and fascinating memoirs, and is particularly interested in LGBTQ and feminist issues.

How to Submit: To submit a query, please use the query form on the Ayesha Pande Literary website: www.pandeliterary.com/queries.



Elizabeth Copps of Maria Carvainis Agency

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO QUERIES

About Elizabeth: I migrated from Florida to start my career with Maria Carvainis Agency as an intern in 2010. In 2011 I signed on with the agency as a full-time assistant, and two years later I was promoted to Associate Agent. For me, the very best books are timeless, thought provoking, and discussion spurring. I want to see characters who burst off the page and elicit some sort of emotional response in their readers. There are only so many settings and themes to expound on, but every single person is different which means there are limitless combinations of character traits a writer can play with. That’s pretty amazing. The King said it best regarding what it means to create a complex character: “Bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do―to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”

What she is Seeking: I represent a wide range of genres from MG and YA, to adult contemporary + literary fiction, mystery, psychological thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, horror, and select nonfiction projects. I’m an equal fan of hilarious stories as well as dark, gritty and sinister reads.

How to Submit: Please send a query letter, a synopsis of the work, first 5-10 pages, and note of any writing credentials. Please email queries to mca@mariacarvainisagency.com. All attachments must be either Word documents or PDF files.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

28th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Memoir

Chuck Sambuccino, the editor of the Guide to Literary Agents, is running another "Dear Lucky Agent" contest. (There are two this month.) These contests allow writers to submit one page of their manuscript to be judged by an agent. The genre for this contest is memoir. There is no entry fee.

Winners of the contest have a more than good chance of getting representation. It's good to enter contests, not just because you may win one, but because they force you to write short summaries and synopses, and to polish your first few pages until they shine. These are usually the only pages an agent will see before making a decision.

The contest deadline is December 31, 2016. CLICK HERE for more details.

For hundreds of free contests organized by month see: FREE CONTESTS.

For a huge list of agents looking for memoirs see: Mega-List of Agents Looking for Memoirs (and other Nonfiction)
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From the GLA Website:

Welcome to the 28th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. If you’re writing a memoir, then this 28th contest is for you! The contest is live through end of day, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. The contest is judged by agent Jennifer Wills of the The Seymour Agency.


WHY YOU SHOULD GET EXCITED
After a previous “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, the agent judge, Tamar Rydzinski (The Laura Dail Literary Agency), signed one of the three contest winners. After Tamar signed the writer, she went on to sell two of that writer’s books! How cool! These contests can’t be missed if you have an eligible submission.
HOW TO SUBMIT
E-mail entries to dearluckyagent28@gmail.com. Please paste all text. The only time to include attachments are when you have to attach images to show your social-media sharing (more info that below).
MEET YOUR (AWESOME) AGENT JUDGE!
screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-15-52-amJennifer Wills has five years of experience in some of the publishing industry’s leading literary agencies. She worked with publishers around the world as an assistant in Trident Media Group’s huge foreign rights department, and with domestic publishers as an assistant at Writers House (where, incidentally, she began her career as an intern). She joined The Seymour Agency in April 2016, where she has quickly moved up the ranks to associate agent. Jennifer has always loved helping fledgling authors become New York Times bestsellers and she’s ready to be a relentless champion for her own clients’ work.
Jennifer is interested in a wide range of subjects and genres, and is actively looking to find some excellent memoir clients.
WHAT TO SUBMIT (AND OUR SOCIAL MEDIA REQUIREMENTS)
The first 150-300 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed memoir. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also note your city of residence (i.e. — the city & state you live in, not your full address). Submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry. Self-published memoirs are not eligible.
Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any any social-media. Please provide a social-media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your official e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step! In short, simply spread the word twice through any means and give us a way to verify you did; a TinyURL for this link/contest for you to easily use is http://tinyurl.com/j4d3kqz
An easy way to notify me of your sharing is to include my Twitter handle @chucksambuchino at the end of your mention(s) if using Twitter. If we’re friends on FB, tag me in the mention. If you are going to just use Twitter as your 2 entries, please wait one day between mentions to spread out the notices, instead of simply tweeting twice back to back. Thanks. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point. And if you use Twitter, put my handle @chucksambuchino at the middle or the end, not at the very beginning of the tweet, or else the tweet will be invisible to others.)
Here is a sample TWEET you can use (feel free to tweak): New FREE contest for writers of Memoir http://tinyurl.com/j4d3kqz Judged by agent @WillsWork4Books, via @chucksambuchino

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mega-List of Agents Looking for Memoirs (and other Nonfiction)

Memoirs are enjoying a resurgence in the publishing world. While biographies and personal histories have previously been reserved for well-known figures - political leaders, writers, artists - increasingly, this genre is opening up to ordinary people who simply have a story that might appeal to a wide readership.

Here is a list of 231 agents looking for memoirs. These agents are, in most cases, also interested in representing other non-fiction. Read their submission requirements carefully. In the case of memoirs, agents frequently want a writing sample, just as they would for fiction. But, to be on the safe side, have an outline of your memoir prepared before you begin querying.

For other non-fiction, a proposal is required. The proposal is a detailed chapter-by-chapter breakdown of your book which must be submitted even if your book is complete. Make sure your bio reflects your expertise in your book's subject.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.

For a complete list of agents looking for writers in all genres see: Agents Seeking Clients.


Agency Agent Contact and Guidelines How to Submit
LKG Agency Lauren Galit

nonfiction@lkgagency.com

http://lkgagency.com/submission-guidelines/
Query letter, two sample chapters in body of email.  Also accepts queries through author.me
The Bent Agency Jenny Bent

Sarah Manning
queries@thebentagency.com

http://thebentagency.com/submission.php
Query and first ten pages of your book in the body of your email
The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency Ethan Ellenberg agent@ethanellenberg.com

http://ethanellenberg.com/submission-guidelines/
Send a brief query letter,
sample chapters, in the body of
an email. No attachments
Writers House Daniel Lazar

Susan Ginsburg
dlazar@writershouse.com


sginsburg@writershouse.com

http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/
members/DanielLazar/
Query letter by email. Please include the first 5 pages of your manuscript
with your query letter. NO attachments 
DeFiore and Company Laurie Abkemeier

Brian DeFiore
lma (at) defioreandco.com

Querybrian@defioreandco.com

submissions@defliterary.com

http://www.defliterary.com/submissions/how-to-submit/
Query with brief summary of your novel or the scope
of your non-fiction project; short description why you’re writing the project; any specific credentials you
have for writing the book in question
The Karpfinger Agency Kate Garrick kate@karpfinger.com

http://karpfinger.com/submissions/
Query only. Please include a brief description of your book in the body of the email, along 
with a short bio
Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises Betsy Amster b.amster.assistant@gmail.com

http://amsterlit.com/site/submission-guidelines/
Query. For narrative nonfiction, please embed the first
three pages of your manuscript in the body of your e-mail
Faye Bender Literary Agency Faye Bender submissions@thebookgroup.com

http://www.thebookgroup.com/submissions-guidelines/
Send a query letter and ten sample pages, with the
first and last name
of the agent you are querying in the subject line
Foundry Literary + Media Peter H. McGuigan

Peter Steinberg

Yfat Reiss Gendell

Brandi Bowles

Hannah Brown Gordon

Kirsten Neuhaus

Jess Regel

Roger Freet
pmsubmissions@foundrymedia.com

pssubmissions@foundrymedia.com

yrgsubmissions@foundrymedia.com

bbsubmissions@foundrymedia.com

hbgsubmissions@foundrymedia.com

knsubmissions@foundrymedia.com

jrsubmissions@foundrymedia.com

rfsubmissions@foundrymedia.com

http://foundrymedia.com/submissions/
Send query letter, sample chapters, author bio in body
of email
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates Heide Lange

Daniel Mandel

Rachael Dillon Fried
querydm@sjga.com

See individual agents for contact and submission information

http://greenburger.com/submissions/
Query letter
The Park Literary Group Theresa Park queries@parkliterary.com

http://www.parkliterary.com/get-in-touch/
Query letter, proposal, and sample chapters in body of email. Specify the
first and last name
of the agent to whom you are submitting in
the subject line of the email 
Elyse Cheney Literary Associates Elyse Cheney

Adam Eaglin

Alexander Jacobs
submissions [at] cheneyliterary [dot] com

http://www.cheneyliterary.com/#scrollto-contact
Please send a query letter briefly describing your project and professional background, along with up to three chapters of sample material. We ask
that you not query more than one
agent
Trident Scott Miller

John Silbersack 
smiller@tridentmediagroup.com

silbersack.assistant@tridentmediagroup.com

http://www.tridentmediagroup.com/contact-us
Query and online form. Wait 30 days before submitting
to another agent at Trident
Harvey Klinger, Inc. Sara Crowe

David Dunton

Andrea Somberg
sara@harveyklinger.com

david@harveyklinger.com

andrea@harveyklinger.com
http://www.harveyklinger.com/submissions.php
Query, short synopsis of your work, an author
bio, and the first
five pages of your manuscript (pasted into the body of
your email, no attachments please)
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management Miriam Goderich

Stacey Kendall Glick

Jim McCarthy
miriam@dystel.com

sglick@dystel.com

jmccarthy@dystel.com

http://www.dystel.com/submission-requirements/
Query. Synopses,  sample
chapters (say, one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) should either
be included below the
cover letter or attached as a separate document.
Vicky Bijur Literary Agency Vicky Bijur assistant@vickybijuragency.com

queries [at] vickybijuragency.com
Query letter
John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.  Warren Frazier

William Reiss 
frazier@jhalit.com

reiss@jhalit.com

http://www.jhalit.com/#Submissions
A brief letter about your book (genre, summary and/or synopsis, word count, etc.)
A bit about
you/your writing background
Include your book proposal as a single Word attachment. 
The Friedrich Agency Molly Friedrich,

Lucy Carson

Kent Wolf 
mfriedrich@friedrichagency.com

lcarson@friedrichagency.com

kwolf@friedrichagency.com

http://www.friedrichagency.com/submissions.htm
Query letter
The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency  Lucy Childs

Mitch Hoffman

Lisa Erbach Vance 
querychilds@aaronpriest.com

queryhoffman@aaronpriest.com

queryvance@aaronpriest.com
http://aaronpriest.com/submissions.html
Query letter with 1 chapter pasted into email - no attachments
Wm Clark Associates William Clark  Online form

http://www.wmclark.com/query-form.html
Online form
Don Congdon Associates, Inc.  Michael Congdon

Katie Grimm

Maura Kye-Casella

Susan Ramer
dca@doncongdon.com

http://doncongdon.com/submissions.shtml
Query and first chapter
Folio Literary Management Jeff Kleinman

Erin Harris

Frank Weimann
jeff@foliolit.com

eharris@foliolitmanagement.com

sonali@foliolitmanagement.com

Query and first 10 pages pasted in
body of email
Dunham
Literary
Jennie Dunham query at dunhamlit dot com

http://www.dunhamlit.com/?how-to-submit,4
Query letter
Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc Gail Hochman 

Bill Contardi

Emily Forland

Emma Patterson

Jody Kahn
ghochman@bromasite.com (prefers snail mail query)

bill@billcontardi.com

eforland@bromasite.com

epatterson@bromasite.com

jkahn@bromasite.com
Query letter
Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency Russell Galen

Anna Ghosh
russellgalen@sgglit.com

annaghosh@sgglit.com

http://www.sgglit.com/submissions.htm
Query letter
Irene Goodman Literary Agency  Kim Perel kim.queries@irenegoodman.com Email a query letter and the first ten pages, along with a synopsis (3-5 paragraphs) and
bio, in the body of an email to the
agent of your choice
Denise Shannon Literary Agency Denise Shannon  submissions@deniseshannonagency.com

http://deniseshannonagency.com/submission-guidelines/
Query. "We request that you inform us
if you are
submitting material simultaneously to other agencies."
Carol Mann Agency  Carol Mann

Gareth Esersky

Myrsini Stephanides
submissions@carolmannagency.com

http://www.carolmannagency.com
/#!submissions/c23a6
Query letter including a brief bio, a synopsis and the first 25 pages in the body of your
email - no attachments
David Black Literary Agency  David Black

Gary Morris

Susan Raihofer

Sarah Smith
dblack@dblackagency.com

gmorris@dblackagency.com

sraihofer@dblackagency.com

ssmith@dblackagency.com
Query letter
Loretta Barrett Books, Inc.  Nick Mullendore  LBBQuery [at] Gmail [dot] com

http://www.lorettabarrettbooks.com/Content/
Submission_Guidelines.asp
Query, brief overview, your contact information, any relevant background information on yourself or your project, and a paragraph of description
of your project in body of email
BJ Robbins Literary Agency BJ Robbins  robbinsliterary@gmail.com

http://www.publishersmarketplace.com
/members/bjrobbins/
Query letter
Victoria Sanders & Associates  Victoria Sanders  queriesvsa@hotmail.com

http://www.victoriasanders.com/submission-guidelines
Query plus
three chapters (25 pages) in body of email
Susan Schulman Literary Agency  Susan F. Schulman queries@schulmanagency.com Query letter at least one
chapter - no attachments
Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.  Wendy Sherman submissions@wsherman.com

http://www.wsherman.com/submission-guidelines/
Query and bio
Irene Skolnick Agency  Irene Skolnick submissions@skolnickagency.com

http://skolnickagency.com/submissions.html
Query and 10 pages in body of email
Frances Goldin Literary Agency   Sam Stoloff

Matt McGowan  
Queries through Submittable Query and sample
Robin Straus Agency, Inc.  Robin Straus  info@robinstrausagency.com

http://www.robinstrausagency.com/submissions
Query letter with contact information, an autobiographical summary, a
brief synopsis
or description
of your book
project, submission history, and information on competition.
If you wish,
you may also include the opening chapter of your manuscript.
Emma Sweeney Agency Emma Sweeney  queries@emmasweeneyagency.com

http://www.emmasweeneyagency.com/Contact-us
Please begin your query
with a succinct (and hopefully catchy) description of your plot or proposal. Include a brief cover letter telling us how you heard about ESA, your previous
writing credits, and a few lines about yourself. Paste the first ten (10) pages
of your proposal or novel into the text of your e-mail.
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency  Alice Tasman  Submit through online form

http://www.jvnla.com/submissions.php
Online form
The Tessler Literary Agency Michelle Tessler  Online form

http://www.tessleragency.com/submissions.html
Online form
Curtis Brown, Ltd Mitchell Waters

Noah Ballard

Kerry D’Agostino

Katherine Fausset

Laura Blake Peterson
mswaters@cbltd.com

nb@cbltd.com

kd@cbltd.com

kf@cbltd.com
See individual agents for submission requirements
McIntosh & Otis, Inc.  Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein  EWRquery@mcintoshandotis.com

http://mcintoshandotis.com/submissions/
Query letter, author bio, and three sample chapters (no more than 30 pages) of the manuscript
The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency Scott Waxman 

Rachel Vogel

Cassie Hanjian
scottsubmit@waxmanagency.com

rachelsubmit@waxmanleavell.com

cassiesubmit@waxmanleavell.com
Query letter
Emilie Stewart Literary Agency Emilie Stewart  info@emiliestewartagency.com

http://emiliestewartagency.com/Submissions.html
Query and one or two sample chapters
Prospect Agency Emily Sylvan Kim  Online form

http://www.prospectagency.com/boathouse.html
Query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis via online form
JABberwocky Eddie Schneider


queryeddie [at] awfulagent.com

http://awfulagent.com/submissions-2
Query and first 5 pages. A brief one to three-page synopsis can be included at the bottom
Veritas Literary Agency  Katherine Boyle  katherine@veritasliterary.com

http://www.veritasliterary.com/submissions.shtml
Query letter
Liza Dawson Associates Liza Dawson 

Caitie Flum

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock
queryliza@lizadawsonassociates.com

querycaitie@LizaDawsonAssociates.com

queryjennifer@lizadawsonassociates.com

http://www.lizadawsonassociates.com
/submissions.html
Query letter
Sterling Lord Literistic Philippa Brophy

Neeti Madan

Alison MacKeen

Mary Krienke

John Maas

Jenny Stephens
Snail mail only

http://www.sll.com/submissions.aspx
Query letter, first three chapters of the manuscript, a brief bio or resume, and a stamped self-addressed envelope
The Stuart Agency Andrew Stuart Online form

http://www.stuartagency.com/submissions.html
Online form
Talcott Notch Literary Services Gina Panettieri  gpanettieri@talcottnotch.net

http://talcottnotch.net/index.php/queries
Query and 10 pages
Janklow & Nesbit Associates Allison Hunter submissions@janklow.com

http://www.janklowandnesbit.com/submissions
Query letter
Hornfischer Literary Management Jim Hornfischer    queries { A T } hornfischerlit { D O T } com

http://www.hornfischerlit.com/Hornfischer_Literary
_Management_LP/Submissions.html
Query letter
Wales Literary Agency Elizabeth Wales  waleslit@waleslit.com

http://waleslit.com/submissions/
Query letter
Laura Langlie Agency Laura Langlie  laura@lauralanglie.com

Note: This agent gives very rapid responses
Query letter
Hill Nadell Literary Agency Bonnie Nadell

Dara Hyde
queries.hillnadell@gmail.com

http://www.hillnadell.com/contact/submissions/
Query and 5-10 pages in body of email
Fredrica S. Friedman & Co. Fredrica S. Friedman submissions@fredricafriedman.com

http://www.fredricafriedman.com/submissions.html
Query letter
Fifi Oscard Agency, Inc. Peter Sawyer

Carmen La Via
Online form

http://www.fifioscard.com/sub_guide.htm
Online form
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC  Shannon Hassan Shannon@MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com

http://www.marsallyonliteraryagency.com
/submissions/submission-info/
Query letter
Chris Calhoun Agency LLC Chris Calhoun danielle@chriscalhounagency.com

http://chriscalhounagency.com/Submission.html
Query letter, a synopsis of the work, the first three chapters of the
manuscript, a brief bio or resume
Susan Rabiner Literary Agency Sydelle Kramer

Holly Bemiss
sydellek@rabiner.net

hollyb@rabiner.net
Query letter
Julia Lord Literary Management Julia Lord query@julialordliterarymgt.com

http://julialordliterary.com/submission
_guidelines.html
Query, synopsis, first 5 pages in body of email - no attachments
Gina Maccoby Literary Agency Gina Maccoby query@maccobylit.com Query letter
Patricia Moosbrugger Literary Agency Patricia Moosbrugger pm@pmagency.net

http://www.pmagency.net/pmagency.net/contact
_and_submissions.html
Query letter
The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency Angela Rinaldi info@RinaldiLiterary.com

http://www.rinaldiliterary.com/how-to-submit.html
Query letter
Union Literary Sally Wofford-Girand

Christina Clifford

Shaun Dolan
swg@unionliterary.com

christina@unionliterary.com

sd@unionliterary.com

http://unionliterary.com/submissions/
Query with sample pages attached in .doc or .docx format. Please do not send .pdf files
Serendipity Literary Agency Dawn Michelle Hardy

Nadeen Gayle

Chelcee Johns

Rebecca Bugger
Online form

http://www.serendipitylit.com/2012-11-20-22-51-55/non-fiction
Query letter
The Martell Agency Alice Fried Martell submissions@themartellagency.com

http://themartellagency.com/submissions/
Query letter
Malaga Baldi Literary Agency Malaga Baldi  info@baldibooks.com

http://www.baldibooks.com/submission.php
Query letter
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency Arielle Datz

Henry Dunow

Erin Hosier

Eleanor Jackson

Amy Hughes

Julia Kenny

Betsy Lerner
mail@dclagency.com

http://www.dclagency.com/submissions.html
Query and 10 pages in body of email
The Unter Agency Jennifer Unter  Jennifer@theunteragency.com

http://theunteragency.com/submit.html
Query letter
Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency Lucy Cleland

Katherine Flynn
lucy@kwlit.com

kflynn@kwlit.com

http://kwlit.com/contactus.html
Query letter to an individual agent and a synopsis, a brief bio, and no more than 20 pages of initial sample material in body of email
The Book Group Brettne Bloom submissions@thebookgroup.com

http://www.thebookgroup.com/submissions-guidelines/
Query and 10 pages in body of email
Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Maria Massie

Rob McQuilkin

Jason Anthony

Laney Katz Becker

Rayhané Sanders

Julie Stevenson
info@lmqlit.com

jason@lmqlit.com

laney@lmqlit.com

rayhane@lmqlit.com

julie@lmqlit.com

http://www.lmqlit.com/contact.html
See individual agents
Inkwell Management Alexis Hurley

Nathaniel Jacks

Eliza Rothstein

Lena Yarbrough 
submissions@inkwellmanagement.com

http://www.inkwellmanagement.com/contact/
Query letter and
short writing sample (1-2 chapters) in body of email
Fairbank Literary Representation Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank  queries@fairbankliterary.com

http://www.fairbankliterary.com/submissions.html
Query and 1 chapter in body of email
Tracy Brown Literary Agency Mr. Tracy Brown tracy@brownlit.com Query letter
Albert LaFarge Literary Agency Albert LaFarge  lafargeliterary@gmail.com

http://thelafargeagency.blogspot.com/p
/submissions.html
Query letter
Grosvenor Literary Agency Deborah Grosvenor  submissions@grosvenorlit.com

http://www.grosvenorlit.com/submissions-guidelines/
Query letter
Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc James Schiavone profschia@aol.com Query letter
Wilson Media Robert Wilson queries@wilsonmedia.net

http://wilsonmedia.net/Contact.html
Query letter
Fletcher & Company LLC
Christy Fletcher

Grainne Fox

Sylvie Greenberg

Mink Choi

Erin Mcfadden

Sarah Fuentes

Rebecca Gradinger 

Eric Lupfer
info@fletcherandco.com

http://www.fletcherandco.com/submissions/
Query, brief synopsis. and
the first 5-10
pages of the manuscript pasted into the body of the email
Paul S. Levine Literary Agency  Paul S. Levine paul@paulslevine.com

http://www.paulslevinelit.com/submissions/
Query letter
Joelle Delbourgo Associates  Jacqueline Flynn

Carrie Cantor
jacqueline@delbourgo.com

carrie@delbourgo.com

http://www.delbourgo.com/submissions/
Query letter
Carnicelli Literary Management Matthew Carnicelli    queries@carnicellilit.com

http://carnicellilit.com/services/representation/
Query letter
Solow Literary Enterprises Bonnie Solow  info[at]solowliterary[dot]com

http://www.solowliterary.com/submissions/
Query letter
Cowles-Ryan Literary Agency  Nina Ryan

Katherine Cowles  
Nina@CowlesRyan.com

Katherine@CowlesRyan.com

http://cowlesryan.com/submission-guidelines/
Query, 10 pages
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Note: ZSH recently merged with Kuhn to form
Aevitas
Lane Zachary

Todd Shuster

Jennifer Gates

Janet Silver

Jane von Mehren

Nan Thornton

Elias Altman

Lori Galvin

Michelle Brower

Sarah Levitt
http://zshliterary.com/zsh-contacts.html Online form
Rick Broadhead & Associates Literary Agency Rick Broadhead submissions@rbaliterary.com

http://www.rbaliterary.com/submissions.htm
Query letter
DeFiore and Company  Brian DeFiore

Laurie Abkemeier

Matthew Elblonk

Caryn Karmatz Rudy

Nicole Tourtelot

Ashley Collom

Miriam Altshuler

Reiko Davis
Querybrian@defliterary.com

Laurie@defliterary.com

Matthew@defliterary.com

Caryn@defliterary.com

nicole@defliterary.com

Ashley@defliterary.com

querymiriam@defliterary.com

reiko@defliterary.com
See individual agents for submission requirements
Ayesha Pande Literary Ayesha Pande

Anjali Singh
http://pandeliterary.com/queries/ Online form
Martin Literary Management Sharlene Martin

Clelia Gore
Sharlene@MartinLiteraryManagement.com

Clelia@MartinLiteraryManagement.com

http://www.martinliterarymanagement.com/
Query letter
Judith Riven Literary Agency Judith Riven  RivenLitQueries@gmail.com

http://rivenlit.com/submit.html
Query letter
Albert T. Longden Agency Albert Longden  atlong2012@hotmail.com Query letter
Manus & Associates Literary Agency Janet Wilkens Manus

Jandy Nelson

Penny Nelson

manuslit@manuslit.com

http://www.manuslit.com/flash/index.html
Query letter
The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency Zoe Pagnamenta http://www.zpagency.com/contact/submissions-guidelines/ Query and 25 pages

Snail mail only
PFD New York Silvia Molteni smolteni@pfd.co.uk Query letter

Children's books only
Judith Ehrlich Literary Management Sophia Seidner sseidner@judithehrlichliterary.com

http://www.judithehrlichliterary.com
/submissions.html
Query letter
TriadaUS Literary Agency Uwe Stender uwe@triadaus.com

http://www.triadaus.com/submission-guidelines.html
Query letter
Laura Dail Literary Agency Tamar Ellman Rydzinski   queries@ldlainc.com

http://www.ldlainc.com/submissions/
Query and 5-10 pages in body of email
Marianne Strong Literary Agency Marianne Strong http://www.stronglit.com/contact/ Online form
Literary Artists Representatives Sam Fleishman LitArtists@aol.com

https://www.publishersmarketplace.com
/members/LitArtists/
Query letter
Jane Rotrosen Agency  Amy Tannenbaum atannenbaum@janerotrosen.com

http://www.janerotrosen.com/submission-guidelines.html
Query letter
Einstein Literary Management Susanna Einstein  submissions@einsteinliterary.com

http://einsteinliterary.com/submissions.php
Query and 10 pages
Jud Laghi Agency Jud Laghi submissions@laghiagency.com

http://www.laghiagency.com/submissions/
Query and 1 chapter
Stonesong Agency Judy Linden

Emmanuelle Morgen

Maria Ribas
submissions@stonesong.com

http://stonesong.com/literary-agency/submissions/
Query and 1 chapter or 10 pages
The Helen Zimmermann Literary Agency Helen Zimmermann Submit@ZimmAgency.com

http://www.zimmermannliterary.com/submissions

Good guidelines for nonfiction proposals
Query letter
Fox Literary Diana Fox submissions@foxliterary.com Query letter
and the first 5 pages of your manuscript
Ebeling & Associates Michael Ebeling michael@ebelingagency.com

http://ebelingagency.com/inquiries/
Query letter, see details on website
Daniel Literary Group Greg Daniel submissions@danielliterarygroup.com

http://www.danielliterarygroup.com/Submissions
_Guidelines.html
Query letter
Max Gartenberg Literary Agency Anne G. Devlin agdevlin@aol.com

http://www.maxgartenberg.com/submissions.htm
Query letter
The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency Elizabeth Kaplan query@elizabethkaplanlit.com

http://elizabethkaplanlit.com/index.php/submissions
Query letter
P.S. Literary Agency Curtis Russell

Carly Watters
query@psliterary.com

http://www.psliterary.com/submissions/
Query letter
Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Andrew Lownie mail@andrewlownie.co.uk

http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/how_to_submit
Query letter
FinePrint Literary Management Stephany Evans

Laura Wood
stephany@fineprintlit.com

laura@fineprintlit.com

http://fineprintlit.com/submissions.html
Query letter with a synopsis of your book, your bio, and the first two
chapters (no more than 30 pages) embedded in the body of your email
The McDermid Agency Martha Webb info@mcdermidagency.com

https://mcdermidagency.com/contact/
Query letter and first 10-15 pages in body of email
Straus Literary Jonah Straus jonah@strausliterary.com Query with a synopsis, author bio, and two sample chapters in the body of the email
Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency Stephanie Rostan

Daniel Greenberg

Danielle Svetcov

Lindsay Edgecombe

Monika Verma
submit@lgrliterary.com

http://lgrliterary.com/how-to-submit/
Online form or query and 50 pages
Jeff Herman Agency Jeff Herman submissions@jeffherman.com

http://www.jeffherman.com/submission-guidelines/
Query letter
Donadio & Olson, Inc. Carrie Howland http://donadio.com/agents/ Query letter and the first three chapters/first 25 pages of the manuscript via Submittable
Rees Literary Agency Lorin Rees

Ann Collette
Lorin@reesagency.com

Agent10702@aol.com
See individual agents
Charlberg & Sussman Rachel Sussman

Nicole James
rachel@chalbergsussman.com

nicole@chalbergsussman.com
Query letter
Wolf Literary Services Allison Devereux queries@wolflit.com

http://wolflit.com/submissions/
Query and 50 pages
L. Perkins Agency Latoya C. Smith submissions@lperkinsagency.com
http://www.lperkinsagency.com/#submissions
Synopsis, bio, 5 pages in body of email
Andy Ross Agency Andy Ross  andyrossagency@hotmail.com

http://www.andyrossagency.com/submissions.html
Query letter
Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. Lynn C. Franklin http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members
/LynnCFranklin/
Query letter with short outline and synopsis
McCormick & Williams Alia Hanna Habib

Bridget McCarthy
queries@mccormicklit.com

http://mccormicklit.com/guidelines/
Query letter 
Bradford Literary Agency Monica Odom monica@bradfordlit.com

http://www.bradfordlit.com/submission-guidelines/
Query letter 
Sarah Jane Freymann Sarah Jane Freymann Submissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com

http://www.sarahjanefreymann.com/?page_id=3872
Query and 10 pages in body of email
Georges Borchardt, Inc. Samantha Shea samantha@gbagency.com Query letter 
Daniel Bial Agency Daniel Bial dbialagency@msn.com

http://danielbialagency.com/submitting.html
Query letter 
Ross Yoon AgencyKatie Zanecchia katie [at] rossyoon.com

http://www.rossyoon.com/submissions/

Email a query
letter, a proposal, and sample chapter 
Capital Talent Agency Cynthia Kane  literary.submissions [at] capitaltalentagency.com

http://capitaltalentagency.com/html/
literarysubmission.shtml
Query letter 
Glass Literary Management Rick Pascocello rick@glassliterary.com

http://www.glassliterary.com/submissions
Query, show an understanding of
the marketplace
and where your book would fit into it;
and show why you are the best person to be writing the book you’re proposing
Corvisiero Vanessa Robins query@corvisieroagency.com

Put "ATTN: Vanessa Robins-Query [Book Title]" in the subject line.

http://www.corvisieroagency.com/submissions.html
Query letter and attach a 1-2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript to the email in
separate Word .doc files. Your query letter should include links to any social media or author websites 
Kimberly Cameron Amy Cloughley http://kimberleycameronsubmissions.com/amy-cloughley/ Online form
Riggs Agency Maggie Riggs http://www.riggslit.com/#queries Please send your query letter, bio,
and the
first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of your email to
submissions
@riggslit.com.
Holloway Literary Michael Caligaris https://hollowayliteraryagency.com/submissions/ Email a brief query
and the first 15 pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email to submissions @ hollowayliterary
agency.com In the email subject header, write: Michael/Title/Genre.
You can expect a response in 4 to 6 weeks.
Myers Literary Management Eric Myers http://myersliterary.com/submissions-2/

eric@myersliterary.com
For non-fiction queries, please include a few paragraphs on the premise of the book and about your own background. Also please include “non-fiction” in your email subject line.
Empire Literary Agency Kathleen Schmidt http://www.empireliterary.com/contact/ Query
Beth Vesel Literary Agency Beth Vesel https://www.bvlit.com/submissions Please submit a cover letter detailing your idea, a complete outline, and the first 5 pages of your manuscript. NO ATTACHMENTS!
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