Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2 New Agents Seeking Submissions

Here are two new literary agents seeking writers. Sarah Phair (Trident Media) is looking for women’s fiction. Katie Zanecchia of Ross Yoon Literary Agency is seeking adult narrative non-fiction that catalyzes social change.

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.

Note: You can find a complete list of agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients


Katie Zanecchia of Ross Yoon Literary Agency


Katie, Ross Yoon’s literary agent in New York City, has worked at the intersection of content, creativity, and advocacy for her entire career—from literary magazines and major publishers to arts-based non-profits. She began her career at Writers House Literary Agency, where she also helped create their first digital rights department. Recently, she’s helped build and celebrate creative communities at CreativeMornings and Girls Write Now, where she’s experienced the transformative power of the written word first hand. She graduated from the Columbia Publishing Course and has a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia. You can find her @klz4k just about everywhere on the internet.

What she is seeking: Katie is interested in adult narrative non-fiction that catalyzes social change, challenges the status quo, gives voice to the underrepresented, and inspires improvement of all kinds—whether it’s through the lens of women’s rights and feminism, arts and design, technology, politics, social science, memoir, or pop culture.

She is not looking for fiction or children’s books.

How to Submit: Email a query letter, a proposal, and sample chapter to katie [at] rossyoon.com. I read every query and will respond to projects I’m interested in within 4-6 weeks (if not sooner!). No snail mail, please.


Sarah Phair of Greenbuger Associates

Sarah’s love of books was the driving force that brought her to New York City to pursue an M.A. in Literature. After that, she decided that the best way to build a career in books was as a literary agent. However, Sarah realized that she had to learn her craft and get broad-based experience if she was going to be in a position to excel. She sought out Trident, because she believed that it was the preeminent literary agency. Sarah began her career as an assistant, managing the business of two agents at Trident. She was then promoted to the position of Audio Agent. In that position, Sarah negotiated deals with audio publishers for Trident authors. Her next promotion was as a sales agent in Trident’s unique Foreign Rights Department. In this position, Sarah contacted editors at publishers around the globe to offer the works of Trident authors and negotiate deals on their behalf. With this diverse experience, Sarah is ready to become a leading literary agent at Trident. “I now have the background, coupled with my energy and passion for great stories, to offer clients both skills focused on negotiating deals and career management.”

What she is seeking: She is solely looking for women’s fiction — both commercial and upmarket. She seeks stories that are character driven, that make you think and feel. Sarah wants to take her experience and drive and match that with “stories that use a fresh voice to explore different aspects of the female experience: emotionally complex, with insights, laughter, and sometimes tears.

How to submit: See website.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

25 Writing Contests in September 2016 - No Entry Fees

There are more than two dozen free writing contests in September. As always, they span the gamut from poems to short stories, from essays to published books.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the full guidelines before submitting.

Note: Many contests are offered annually. You can find a monthly list of contests here: Free Contests


PEN Prison Writing ContestRestrictions: Anyone incarcerated in a federal, state, or county prison in the year before the September 1 deadline is eligible to enter. Genres: Poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction. Prize: $200 top prize per category. Deadline: September 1, 2016.

Cheshire Prize for LiteratureRestrictions: The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire, UK. Genre: Original and previously unpublished poem or collection of poems. Prize: £2,000. Deadline: September 1, 2016.

Helen Schaible Shakespearean/Petrarchan Sonnet ContestGenre: Poetry. Prize: $50, 2nd Prize $35, 3rd Prize $15, three Honorable Mentions, three Special Recognitions. Deadline: September 1, 2016.

Young Lions Fiction AwardRestrictions: Open to US citizens 35 years of age or younger. Genre: Novel or a collection of short stories published between January 2016 and December 2016. Prize: $10,000.00. Deadline: September 2, 2016.

On The Premises Short Story Contest. "For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the concept of “darkness” plays an important role. You may interpret “darkness” any way you want–literally, metaphorically, or any other way. Darkness doesn’t have to have a value judgment attached to it, and it doesn’t have to be symbolic in any way, although it can." Prize: Winners receive between US$60 and US$220, and publication. Deadline: September 2, 2016.

Jerwood Awards for NonfictionRestrictions: Those who have been resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland for the past three years are all eligible. Genre: First commissioned works of non-fiction. Prize: £10,000. Deadline: September 5, 2016.

So You Think You Can Write held by Wattpad. Write your Canadian romance story on Wattpad. Send a 3-7 page synopsis and first chapter to the Ooooh. . . Canada! blitz. Prize: Grand Prize is a 2-book contract with Harlequin. Deadline: September 12, 2016. Read details here.

Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer AwardsRestrictions: Poets and writers living in the United States who have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. Genre: Poetry, fiction. Prize: $500. Deadline: September 12, 2016.

Princemere Poetry PrizeGenre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: September 12, 2016.

Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political WritingGenre: Book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on contemporary Canadian political life. Book must be published in Canada. Prize: CAN$25,000.00.  Deadline: Books published between June 15 and September 13 must be received by September 14, 2016.

Concis Pith of Prose and Poem ContestGenre: Poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash fiction, micro-essays or what-have-you. Prize: $150 and 75 postcards featuring the winning work.  Deadline: September 15, 2016.

Kathy Fish Fellowship for Emerging WritersRestrictions: All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply. Genre: Flash fiction. Prize: $500. Deadline: September 15, 2016.

Student Travel Writing ContestRestrictions: Currently enrolled high school, undergraduate, graduate students, student interns, and volunteers (including Peace Corps). Genre: Essay. Prize: $500. Deadline: September 15, 2016.

Past Loves Day Story ContestGenre: Short personal essay. "Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear." Prize: $100 top prize. Deadline: September 17, 2016.

Life Lessons Essay ContestRestrictions: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 19 or older at time of entry. Genre: Personal essay. Would your world now be completely different—even unthinkable—if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice? Tell us about it. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: September 19, 2016.

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers ProgramRestrictions: Publishers recommend writers making a strong literary debut. Authors cannot submit their own work to the program; self-published writers and titles published via print-on-demand or available only as NOOK books are also ineligible for submission. Genres: Literary fiction, short story collections and literary non-fiction, such as travel essays, memoirs, or other non-fiction with a strong narrative will be considered. Books should be intended for an adult or a young adult audience. Prize: $35,000 to six writers. Deadline: September 22, 2016.

Sunday Times EFG Short Story AwardRestrictions: The award is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK. Genre: Short story. Prize: £30,000.  Deadline: September 29, 2016.

Best New Writing's Gover Story PrizeGenre: Unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words. Prize: $250 top prize. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Off the Beaten Track Travel Writing CompetitionGenre: Articles about a fascinating, relatively unknown place near to where you live or that you came across by chance when travelling around, or it may be a totally fictional place. Prize: £100 top prize. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Intergeneration Short Story ContestGenre: Short story (400 words.) Stories must include characters from more than one generation. Prize: $500. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Iowa Short Fiction and John Simmons Short Fiction AwardsGenre: Short story collection. The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. Prize: Publication by the University of Iowa Press, royalties. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction ContestGenre: Short fiction. Prize: $100. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is held four times a year. Restrictions: The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits. Genre: Short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. Prizes: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000.  Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Lee & Low Books New Voices Award is sponsored by Lee &Low Publishers. Restrictions: The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published. Genre: Children's books - fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

WOLFoundation Writing CompetitionGenre: Essay on theme: Connecting Politics With People. Prize: $1,500. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

36 Writing Conferences in September 2016

September features three dozen writing conferences, several of which focus on how to get published. Many offer pitch sessions with agents and editors. And, of course, there are numerous workshops, speakers, critique sessions, and readings.

A few of the conferences on this list are already closed. I've included them because they are, for the most part, annual events. If you've missed a conference you'd like to attend this year, you can catch when it comes around in 2017.

Note: You can find a full list of conferences (organized by month) as well as resources to find conferences in your area here: Writing Conferences


DragonCon. Sept. 2–5, 2016, Atlanta, Ga. HUGE sci-fi event, with parade, autograph sessions, live performances, readings, wrestling (!), workshops on belly dancing, writing (yes, there's even some writing), art show. (This conference sounds really wild.)

Shore Thing Writing Getaway. September 3, 2016, Atlantic City, New Jersey. One-day workshop with Peter Murphy.

Sacramento Writing Conference. September 9, 2016, Sacramento, CA. A full-day “How to Get Published” workshop. Attending agents: Elizabeth Kracht (Kimberly Cameron Literary Agency); Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary); Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates Literary); Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary); Jen Hunt (Booker Albert Literary); and Jennifer Chen Tran (Fuse Literary)

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. Sept. 9- 11, 2016, Denver, CO. Keynote Speakers: Robert J. Sawyer and Ann Hood. Faculty includes a wide variety of published authors, marketers, editors, and agents. Opportunities to pitch projects to agents and editors.

49 Writers Tutka Bay Retreat. Sept. 9- 11, 2016, Tutka Bay, Alaska. Retreat leader is Rick Moody.

Connecticut Fiction Fest. Sept. 9- 11, 2016, Norwalk, CT. Keynote Sarah MacLean, master class taught by Barbara Samuel O'Neal. 20+ workshops, suitable for all genres and skill levels, full suspense-mystery track, manuscript critiques, opportunities to pitch major agents and editors.

Poets on the Coast. Sept. 9- 11, 2016, La Conner, Washington. Workshop, one-on-one mentoring, craft classes, and yoga for women poets. The faculty includes poets Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich. Tuition, which does not include lodging or meals, is $395. Application Deadline: July 31, 2016.

Writer’s High Retreat. Sept. 9- 11, 2016, Young Harris, Georgia. workshops for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers, as well as readings and talks. Participating writers include poet Clifford Brooks III, fiction writers Joshilyn Jackson and Michael Morris, and nonfiction writer Jessica Handler. The cost of the retreat, which includes lodging and all meals, is $754 for a single room and $559 for a double room until June 30, and $779 for a single room and $586 for a double room thereafter. The registration deadline is August 10.

San Francisco Writing for Change, Sept 10, 2016, San Francisco, CA. This event is for writers of nonfiction AND fiction who want to change the world for the better through their work.

Writing Workshop of San Francisco, September 10, 2016, San Francisco, CA. A full-day “How to Get Published” workshop. Attending agents: Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary); Chelsea Lindman (Greenburger Associates); Elizabeth Kracht (Kimberley Cameron Literary Agency); Laurie McLean (Fuse Literary); Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates Literary); Laurie Fox (Linda Chester Literary Agency); Mary C. Moore (Kimberley Cameron Literary Agency); Andy Ross (Andy Ross Agency); Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary); Chiara Rosati (Veritas Literary Agency); and Lisa Abellera (Kimberley Cameron Literary Agency).

Chesapeake Writing Workshop, September 10, 2016, Washington DC. A full-day “How to Get Published” workshop. Attending agents: Adriann Ranta (Foundry Literary); Anna Sproul-Latimer (Ross Yoon Literary); Caitie Flum (Liza Dawson Associates); Rachel Marks (Rebecca Friedman Literary); Stacey Graham (Red Sofa Literary); Eric Smith (P.S. Literary); Kelly Peterson (Corvisiero Literary); Rachel Burkot (Holloway Literary); Maria Ribas (Stonesong); and possibly more to be announced.

Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. Sept 10 - 11, 2016, Brooklyn, NY. Craft workshops, panels, and one-on-one agent meetings for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Panelists include: Noah Ballard, Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.; Andrea Barzvi, Agent, Empire Literary; Sarah Bowlin, Senior Editor, Henry Holt & Co.; Kim Brooks, Personal Essays Editor, Salon.com; Michelle Brower, Agent, Kuhn Projects; Julie Buntin, Editor, Catapult; Matthew Daddona, Associate Editor, Dey Street/HarperCollins; Stephanie Delman, Agent, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates; Marjorie DeWitt, Editor, Other Press; Jenni Ferrari-Adler, Agent, Union Literary; Michele Filgate, Essayist, Critic & Freelance Writer; Katie Freeman, Associate Director of Publicity, Riverhead/Penguin Random House; Erin Harris, Agent, Folio Literary Management; Bronwen Hruska, Publisher, Soho Press, Author, Accelerated; Brigid Hughes, Editor, A Public Space; Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, Agent, DeFiore & Company; Kirby Kim, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit; Jeff Kleinman, Agent/Founding Partner, Folio Literary Management; Maris Kreizman, Publishing Outreach Lead, Kickstarter; Tiffany Liao, Associate Editor, Razorbill/Penguin Random House; Paul Lucas, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit; Halimah Marcus, Editorial Director, Electric Literature; Paul Morris, Director of Literary Programs, PEN American Center; Andrea Morrison, Agent, Writers House; Monica Odom, Agent, Bradford Literary Agency; Miriam Parker, Associate Publisher, Ecco/HarperCollins; Kim Perel, Agent, Irene Goodman Literary Agency; Karen Russell, Author, Swamplandia!; Elissa Schappell, Founding Editor, Tin House, Author, Blueprints for Building Better Girls; Alex Slater, Agent, Trident Media Group; Sarah Smith, Agent, David Black Literary Agency; Rob Spillman, Editor, Tin House, Author, All Tomorrow's Parties; Anna Stein, Agent, ICM; Sara Weiss, Editor, Ballantine/Penguin Random House.

The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children. Sept 11-15, 2016, Honesdale, Pennsylvania. "This workshop will offer plenty of interaction, direction, and free creative writing time. We’ll focus on all elements of poetry, from the importance of word choice to surprising metaphors. There will be plenty of writing exercises to inspire new poems followed by group discussions. As a group, we’ll brainstorm ideas, share our writing process, and generate original poems. You’ll be inspired to create new poems or bring works in progress to polish." Featured Writers Include: Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Georgia Heard, Rebecca Davis.

Brooklyn Book Festival, September 12-18, 2016, Brooklyn, NY. Readings, panels, workshops, and a book fair. Participants include Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Ken Bruen, Margo Jefferson, Alexander Chee, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Álvaro Enrigue, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Fred Kaplan, Karin Slaughter, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong and hundreds more! All events are free and open to the public.

Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference. September 14-18, 2016, Cedarville, California. Features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft lectures, readings, open mics, and a Book Arts workshop. The faculty includes poet Julia Connor, fiction writer Christopher Coake, and nonfiction writer Ana Maria Spagna. Tuition is $525. Application Deadline: June 1, 2016.

Hampton Roads Writers Eighth Annual Writers' Conference. Sept 15-17, 2016, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling keynoters, 2 first ten-lines critique sessions, 50 workshops during 10 breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, NO-FEE, cash-prize contests for short fiction, short non-fiction, and poetry, FREE 90-minute networking social with food and drink, and evening 2-hr open mic session. Optional conference features include: first 10-pages manuscript review. Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, and the business of getting published. A book shop, book signings, and many networking opportunities will be available.

Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference. Sept 15-17, 2016, St. Augustine, Florida. Among this year's scheduled authors are Lisa Black, Scott Eyman, John Dfresne, Mary Kay Andrews, Connie Mae Fowler, Jon Jefferson, and many more.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Sept. 16–17, 2016, Lexington, Ky.The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest running literary festival of women in the nation. About 1,000 individuals attend the conference each year. Daytime sessions attract about 150 writers at all stages of development, and free evening events gather a lively community of readers. Most come seeking literary sisterhood, help with a manuscript, or practical advice about the publishing industry. Many are students or beginning writers. Application Deadline: August 12, 2016.

Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference. Sept 22 - 23, 2016, Casper, WY. Guest authors Linda Hogan, Doug Peacock, Mark Spragg, Dr. Joseph Campbell, & Julia Whyde.

New York Pitch Conference. Sept 22 - 25, 2016, New York NY. Features publishing house editors from major houses such as Penguin, Random House, St. Martins, Harper Collins, Tor and Del Rey, Kensington Books and many more who are looking for new novels in a variety of genres, as well as narrative non-fiction. The event focuses on the art of the novel pitch as the best method not only for communicating your work, but for having you and your work taken seriously by industry professionals.Workshops, homework & pitch training, agent/editor feedback, market study, publication plan.

Environmental Writing Institute. Sept 22 - 25, 2016, Missoula, Montana. Limited to 10 participants, features three half-day workshops and individual conferences with creative nonfiction writer Seth Kantner, as well as time to write. Tuition is $500, which includes some meals. Lodging is available at area hotels and inns. Submit an application, a writing sample of 2,000 to 4,000 words, and a one-page résumé or bio. Deadline: August 1.

A Weekend For Words. Sept 22 - 25, 2016, Irvine, CA. 60+ working, professional authors of fiction, nonfiction & screen, editors & agents. Costs $325-$425. Manuscript critique & one-on-one consultation additional.

North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference. Sept 23 - 24, 2016, Crescent City, CA. Workshops on writing, poetry, memoir, editing, social media, marketing, fiction, submitting.

Ridgefield Writers Conference. Sept 23 - 24, 2016, Ridgefield, CT . Faculty-led workshops; agent, editor and publisher panels; networking; readings; and post-conference resources.

Chicago Writers Conference. September 23 - 25, 2016, Chicago, Ill. Join other writers, editors, publishers and agents for a weekend of learning and fun! Panels, pitch sessions, and educational talks, along with a Friday night kick-off party. Sessions on publishing, self-publishing, how to pitch, craft of YA, meet the publishers, websites, nonfiction, and many more.

LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. September 23 - 25, 2016, Tieton, WA. Faculty includes Ilya Kaminsky, Susan Rich, Kelli Russell Agodon, Thomas Lux, Laura Read, and more.

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. September 23 - 26, 2016, Whidbey Island, WA. Evaluation and discussion of book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts with poets, editors, and publishers. will meet and work with nationally known poets, publishers, and editors. Faculty includes: Rusty Morrison (Co-founder/Publisher Omnidawn Press); Fred Marchant (Professor Emeritus, Suffolk University); Jeff Shotts (Executive Editor, Graywolf Press); and Joan Houlihan (Conference Founder / Lesley University).

The Pacific Northwest Workshop & Retreat. Sept 23 - 25, Santa Cruz, CA. Intensive seminar offers editor or agent feedback on selected whole-novel manuscripts, including two in-person consults with your mentor. Editor and agent critiques on your polished, opening chapters. Faculty includes Peter Knapp, agent at Park Literary, and Kate Farrell, Senior Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. FILLED.

Tallahassee Writers Conference. Sept 24, 2016, Tallahassee, Florida. "Whether you are a beginner or an advanced writer of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, you will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other writers, editors, agents, cover designers, publishers and more!"

10th Annual Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference. Sept 24, 2016, Columbus, GA, "Whether you write prose or poetry you can explore capturing thoughts, observations, and reflections with the written word. The sessions will be criticism free. You will be exposed to various writers and their styles, and work on editing, polishing and expanding writings into something that is reflective of your personality and talents. You should leave with a piece of original work and a sense of writing as an avenue to discovering self."

Rom Com: Reader Weekend/University.  September 29 - Oct 1, Denver, Colorado. 60+ Authors of all genres of romance - Contemporary, Erotic, Historical, Inspirational, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, & Suspense. 20 Author-led games and events- Interact with authors. 10+ Intimate Chats.

Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference. Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016, Edmonds, WA. Faculty for 2016 includes: Margie Lawson, John Moe, Stella Pope Duarte, Tod Marshall, Meg Files, James Thayer, Bharti Kirchner, and more.

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity. September 30 - Oct 2, 2016, Columbia, MD. A writer's and fan's conference for genre fiction covering mystery, suspense, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk & horror.

Northern Woodlands Writers & Readers Conference. September 30 - Oct 2, 2016, Fairlee, Vermont. Sponsored by The Trust for Public Land, the conference explores how writers, artists and educators express the rich forest heritage of the Northeast: both the natural history of our region, and the interactions of people and place. The event will include writing workshops, readings, a nature illustration class, special workshops for educators, woods walks, fun talks on forest topics, and plenty of time for informal conversations over meals and around the campfire. Plenary Speakers: Rick Bass, Todd Katzner, Jeffrey Lent, & Susan Morse. Keynote speaker: Richard Ober. Also: Robert Kimber, Adelaide Tyrol, Ted Levin, Verandah Porche, Eric Hanson, Jim Collins, Michael Caduto, Jay Heinrich, Terry Osborne & many others.

State Writing Conference & Convention, sponsored by The Kansas Authors Club, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016, Topeka, Kansas. Writing workshops, panels, and presentations by James Gunn, Chad Lawhorn, Edna Bell-Pearson, Danny Close, Michael D. Graves, Nancy Richard, Warren Lane, and many more.

SF:SE 2016. Dates TBA, Orlando, FL. Focus: Speculative fiction. Workshops, panels and editor one-on-ones, together with convention debauchery like werewolf LARPing, masquerade balls and a tattoo gallery. All events to be shared with authorial greats like Orson Scott Card, Jacqueline Carey, Peter V. Brett, Kelley Armstrong, and industry icons. (Note: There is no information on this conference.)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

7 Literary Agents Seeking Graphic Novels

Updated 6/11/21

These seven agents are looking for writers of graphic novels. Each is from an established agency with a solid track record. Be sure to read the agency website for details before submitting.

If you are not sure whether your query letter will grab an agent's attention, go to Query Shark. Agent Janet Reid does an excellent job of explaining how queries do and don't succeed (with great examples).

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.

Good luck!

Note: You can find a complete list of over 100 new and established agents seeking clients here:
Agents Seeking Clients


Maria Vicente of P. S. Literary

Maria Vicente is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. As an editorial agent, she provides support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Her publishing career began as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency, and she also interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria holds a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario.

What she is seeking: "I am looking for more clients creating beautifully illustrated books! Graphic novels, graphic memoirs, graphic nonfiction—anything and everything you're working on, for any age group."

How to Submit:  Queries should be directed to query@psliterary.com.

Christa Heschke of Mcintosh & Otis

Christa Heschke graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children’s Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively acquiring for all age groups in children’s. literature.

What she is looking for: “I am very actively looking for MG and YA graphic novels of all types. I read so many as a teen (and continue to read them) and would love to work on some as an agent! Artists, if you have proposals or ideas query me!”

How to Submit: To query Christa Heschke please email CHquery@mcintoshandotis.com


Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)

Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and Editorial Director of Short Fuse Publishing. He brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for independent publishers, publishing consultant, and author coach. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing.

What he is seeking: Interested in all types of graphic novels and books — adult, young adult, middle grade, graphic memoir, and graphic nonfiction.

How to Submit: Please query via email at querygordon [@] fuseliterary.com. Please paste in the first chapter below your query. Unsolicited attachments and links will not be opened.


Dara Hyde (Hill Nadell Literary)

Before joining Hill Nadell, Dara spent over a decade as an editor and rights and permissions manager at independent publisher Grove Atlantic in New York. A graduate of Bard College, Dara has always balanced her love of film and literature. At the agency she assists with foreign and film rights for the whole agency in addition to managing her own clients.

Dara has taught or spoken at a number of writers’ conferences and events, including 826LA, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, New Orleans Writers’ Conference, Pima Writers’ Workshop, PubWest, BinderCon, Long Beach Comic Expo, and the UC Riverside MFA program in Creative Writing.

What she is looking for: “I do take on a limited amount of graphic novels and memoirs in the adult and YA categories. I’m looking for unique properties with a strong visual and storytelling style that would have appeal to a wide range of readers, including those new to the genre. I prefer that the artist/writer team is already assembled or that the creator is both, and want to see a fully realized pitch with sample script pages and art, or even better a completed project.”

How to Submit: Send your query letter and opening pages to queries [@] hillnadell.com. For security purposes, please do not include any attachments unless specifically requested. Please copy and paste the first five to ten pages in the body of the email below your query letter.


Sera Rivers
at Speilburg Literary Agency


Sera believes that words have the power to change lives, and she’s looking to represent authors and illustrators who want to make the world a more inclusive, welcoming place for us all. Sera seeks stories that grab her attention from the first page and take her on a wild ride of emotions; stories that move and inspire readers to evaluate their own selves and strive for something more. Her most favorite books make her laugh, cry, and feel so connected to the characters that her heart aches for them when she reads the last page. 

What she is seeking: Sera would love to represent more graphic stories in all genres of the children’s market, especially stories with a parallel imaginative or magical world to them (such as Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani). 

How to Submit: Use her query manager HERE.


Ben Grange (L. Perkins Literary)

Ben started out at a small publishing company in Salt Lake City, UT and proceeded to do internships at three literary agencies before working as the assistant at the JABberwocky Literary Agency. He decided he wanted to be an agent sometime along the line, and is happily growing an amazing list of clients.

How to Submit: Ben is closed to all queries except graphic novel submissions. If you have a graphic novel, please send Ben your query, along with 15 sample script pages (with illustrations, if you have them) and a full outline. Email: ben@lperkinsagency.com

Peter Ryan of Stimola Literary Studio

Pete has been with the Stimola Literary Studio since 2012.  He worked on Wall St. for 15 minutes straight out of college.  He spent a few years working in the video game industry working on titles like Guitar Hero, Call of Duty some of the Marvel Universe. He also worked in construction and IT.

He represents only graphic novel authors and illustrators.  He is currently looking for stories that are steeped in diverse cultures and families that show the rich tapestry that is our national and global community.  He is also looking for stories that  delve into LGBTQ and gender identity, again because he wants to show how broad our cultural composition really is.

How to submit: Use their online submission form.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

22nd Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Contemporary and Literary Young Adult

Every so often, Chuck Sambuccino, the editor of the Guide to Literary Agents, runs a free contest called "Dear Lucky Agent." These contests allow writers to submit one page of their manuscript to be judged by an agent.

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. (Sometimes they only read a paragraph.)

The contest deadline is Wednesday, August 24, 2016. CLICK HERE for more details.

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


From Writer's Digest:


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! That’s why these contests are not to missed if you have an eligible submission.


E-mail entries to dearluckyagent22@gmail.com. Please paste everything. No attachments.


ANDREA MORRISON of Writers House started in the California office in 2009 as an intern to Steve Malk, and she has been in love with publishing and the company ever since. In NYC, she first learned under Brianne Johnson, and then went on to assist Rebecca Sherman and Geri Thoma. 

She’s had the opportunity to work closely with a variety of best-selling and award-winning authors and illustrators, in genres ranging from picture books to middle grade and YA, to adult literary fiction and nonfiction. She is now actively building her own list of clients. Andrea studied literature & writing at University of California, San Diego and earned her MFA in fiction from Columbia University.


The first 150-250 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed book-length work of young adult (no high sci-fi or high fantasy, please). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

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! 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/z7e9rsc.

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. And if you are going to solely use Twitter as your 2 times, please wait one day between mentions to spread out the notices, rather than 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 Young Adult http://tinyurl.com/z7e9rsc Judged by agent Andrea Morrison of Writers House, via @chucksambuchino

Thursday, August 11, 2016

12 Literary Agents Seeking Memoirs

Updated 6/10/21

These twelve agents are currently seeking memoirs. So if you have written a memoir, this is a good opportunity for you.

Memoir submissions are similar to fiction submissions. The agent wants to know that you have written a compelling story, with all the features of fiction - story arc, character and plot development, and, of course, an ending.

Make sure your query will grab the attention of an agent! Before you submit, go to Query Shark, a website maintained by agent Janet Reid. This is a fabulous resource for writing query letters. (Bottom line: Will your query make the agent want to read your book?)

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.

Good luck!

Note: For a complete list of literary agents seeking clients go to: Agents Seeking Clients


Emma Patterson (Brandt & Hochman)

She is drawn to both domestic and far-flung settings (while remaining on Earth) that are original and transporting. She is looking for fresh, lyrical, and voice-driven writing, suspenseful plots, emotional narratives, and unforgettable characters.

What she is looking for: “I’m really looking for distinctive stories and strong voices that read like fiction.”

How to Submit: “I prefer e-mail and like the query letter and first 10 pages pasted into the body of the e-mail.” Send queries to epatterson [@] bromasite.com. Query letters should be no more than two pages and should include a convincing overview of the book project and information about the author and his or her writing credits. If querying Emma, do not query Emily, also on this list.


Charlotte Wenger (The Prospect Agency)

"​I honed my love of stories by getting a BA in English and theatre from Eastern Mennonite University. After graduating, I worked as a project manager and editor for Scribe, a Philadelphia-based publishing services company, for three years. To follow my passion for books and children, I moved to Boston to earn a master’s in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University). I interned at Charlesbridge (editorial) and Candlewick (sales), and after grad school, I interned with literary agent Rubin Pfeffer for a year. Prior to joining Prospect Agency, I was an associate editor for just over two years with Page Street Kids, where I acquired and edited more than twenty picture books and grew relationships with authors, illustrators, agents, and other editors."

What she is seeking: “I'm interested in working with authors and illustrators of children's books—board books through YA, but especially picture books—as well as adult nonfiction, particularly biographies and memoirs.”

How to Submit: Use their online submission form here.


Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)

Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and Editorial Director of Short Fuse Publishing. He brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for independent publishers, publishing consultant, and author coach. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing.

What he is seeking: “No misery memoirs or spiritual journeys.”

How to Submit: Please query via e-mail at querygordon [@] fuseliterary.com. Please paste in the first chapter below your query. Unsolicited attachments and links will not be opened.


Alexis Hurley (Inkwell Management)

Alexis Hurley started her career in 1998 and has been at InkWell since its inception in 2004. Alexis works in the dual capacity of Co-Director of Foreign Rights and agent of domestic works in the areas of literary and commercial fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction and more. She is a native of the Berkshires and a graduate of Dickinson College where she received her BA in English and Art History and a minor in Italian.

How to Submit: Queries should be emailed to submissions [@] inkwellmanagement.com. Write “Query for Alexis: [Title]” in  the subject line. In the body of your e-mail, please include a query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters). Emails with large attachments will be discarded.


Chris Park (DeFiore & Company)

Prior to becoming an agent, Chris worked as an editor for several New York publishing houses, including Hachette Book Group and Random House, and helped launch an independent publishing company. As an editor she acquired and edited works of narrative nonfiction, autobiography and memoir, inspiration, Christian interest, sports, humor, current events and fiction, including bestselling titles such as Time Magazine journalists Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy’s The Preacher and the Presidents and NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s Favre. Chris has a degree in English from Harvard University.

How to Submit: Please submit your query to submissions@defliterary.com.


Jessica Papin (Dystel & Goderich)

Jessica Papin first joined DGLM in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined Dystel and Goderich. With a background on both sides of the desk, she loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. Her stay in the Middle East has given her an abiding interest in the history and politics of the region, as well as the broader Islamic world.

How to Submit: Query by e-mail to jpapin [@] dystel.com. Paster cover letter in the body of the e-mail. Include a synopsis, outline, sample chapter (one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) either below the cover letter or attached as a separate document. Does not open attachments if they come with a blank e-mail.


Jennifer De Chiara (Jennifer De Chiara Agency)

Jennifer De Chiara is President of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, which she founded in 2001. Before forming the agency, she was a literary agent with two established New York agencies, worked in the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster and Random House, and was a writing consultant for several major corporations. A New York City-based writer, she is a frequent guest judge for the WRITER’S DIGEST, WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING, and THAT FIRST LINE writing contests, among others, and is a frequent guest lecturer on publishing and the art of writing at universities and writers conferences throughout the country, which have included New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute, the Penticton, Canada Writers Conference, the San Diego State University Writers Conference, Backspace, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and the Learning Annex.

What she is looking for: “I love anything and everything Hollywood, especially celebrity bios/autobiographies. I’m always looking for beautifully written memoirs about people who have overcome incredible odds, books about the arts and performing arts, behind-the-scenes-type books, and books about popular culture.”

How to Submit: Please email a query to jenndec [@] aol.com and put “Query” in the subject line of your e-mail. Please attach the entire proposal as a Word document (the proposal should include a sample chapter), along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis of your book in the body of your e-mail.


Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Agency)

Carrie Pestritto worked at Writers House and Prospect Agency before becoming part of the LDLA team. She earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College in 2009, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University.

As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients. Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises.

How to Submit: Use her query manager HERE.


Roz Foster (Frances Goldin Literary Agency)

Based in upstate New York, with a BA in English literature from UC San Diego, Roz studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and earned her MA in English, with an emphasis in composition & rhetoric and creative writing, from Portland State University. At PSU, she taught writing in exchange for tuition. She began learning French in 2009. Roz spent over five years as a qualitative researcher in high-tech consumer products marketing. In 2008, she co-founded a web design company for which she provided non-profit organizations with audience-focused market research, project planning, and digital design.

How to Submit: Send queries to rf@goldinlit.com.


Erin Niumata (Folio Literary)

Erin Niumata has been in publishing for over twenty-four years. She started as an editorial assistant at Simon and Schuster in the Touchstone/Fireside division for several years; then moved over to Harper Collins as an editor, and then she went to Avalon Books as the Editorial Director. Erin has edited many authors including Leon Uris, Stuart Woods, Erica Jong, Brenda Maddox, Lawrence Otis Graham, Joan Rivers, and more. She has represented NY Times Bestselling cowboy romance writer Carolyn Brown, pet expert Sandy Robins, Discovery Channel’s Fast N Loud, North America and Cash Cab; TLC’s – The Cake Boss and Extreme Couponing; Animal Planet’s Too Cute, Finding Big Foot, River Monsters and Puppy Bowl; inspirational speaker Josh Shipp, graffiti artist/speed-painter/inspiration speaker Erik Wahl, momadvice.com founder Amy Clark, former gangster turned dog groomer James Guiliani, Skin care expert and co-founder of SoKo Glam Charlotte Cho, actress Angela Featherstone, Greenwich Girl founder Laura McKittrick and many more. She’s worked on 28 NY Times Bestsellers.

How to Submit: Please submit queries to erin [@] foliolit.com. Please include the query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of the e-mail. Please be sure to write “QUERY” in the e-mail subject line.


Sam Hiyate (The Rights Factory)

Sam worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly in the 90s. He ran the edgy micropublisher, Gutter Press, from 1993 to 2002, as publisher. He launched the literary division of The Lavin Agency in 2003, where he built a list of clients and did his first deals.

How to Submit: Send your query in an email to: shiyate@therightsfactory.com 
  • Your query
  • Author bio
  • An attachment of the first three chapters


Emily Forland (Brandt & Hochman)

Emily Forland represents voice-driven literary fiction and non-fiction, among them bestsellers and prize winners, and has a special place in her heart for original writing that jumps off the page. Equally drawn to a traditional domestic novel as she is to more idiosyncratic work, she seeks out beautifully crafted writing, characters that come fully alive on the page, and stories rooted strongly in their setting.

How to Submit: Send queries to eforland [@] bromasite.com. Query letters should be no more than two pages and should include a convincing overview of the book project and information about the author and his or her writing credits. If querying Emily, do not query Emma, also on this list.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

6 Established Literary Agents Looking for Clients

Updated 6/8/21

Here are six established agents looking for clients. Each has years of experience and an impressive track record. Note: Always check the agency website before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

If you have any doubts about your query letter, go to Query Shark. Literary agent Janet Reid has provided invaluable critiques of query letters, which are instructive even to seasoned old hands.

Note: For a complete list of agents seeking clients see: Agents Seeking Clients.

Allison Hunter of Trellis Literary

Allison Hunter began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm Kim-from-L.A, and was an agent at InkWell Management and the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency before joining Janklow & Nesbit. Allison’s clients include bestselling novelists, memoirists, journalists and various experts in their field. She was also thrilled to work with InkWell client Lena Dunham on her bestselling memoir NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL.

What she is looking for: Allison is actively acquiring literary and commercial adult fiction, especially focusing on upmarket book club and women’s fiction, rom coms, thrillers and domestic suspense. She loves great storytelling and unforgettable characters, and is always looking for female friendship stories, campus novels, great love stories, family epics, and books about class and cultural identity. She would especially love to find a smart beach read by an author underrepresented in that category.

In the non-fiction space, Allison is acquiring select memoir, narrative nonfiction, and the occasional prescriptive project. She loves working with journalists and with experts in their field, and is always looking for pop culture, women’s issues and for books that speak to the current cultural climate.

How to submit: Use their form HERE.


Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency

Courtney Miller-Callihan founded Handspun Literary Agency in 2016, after more than ten years with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a hands-on editorial agent whose eclectic list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, YA novels, humor, and practical nonfiction.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), she lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences.

What she is looking for: For adult fiction, Courtney represents only mainstream fiction (including historical fiction and women’s fiction), romance (all subgenres except inspirational), and mystery novels.

For nonfiction, Courtney represents work targeting all age groups (children and adults). Though she will consider nonfiction on any topic, work that deals primarily with issues of religion or spirituality is unlikely to be a good fit.

She is not currently accepting new middle-grade, early reader, or picture book submissions.

Please note that the agency does NOT represent original screenplays.

Submission guidelines: Queries should be sent to query@handspunlit.com.

For fiction: please send a query letter, short synopsis (5 pages or less), and the first three chapters or 50 pages of the novel, whichever is more. For nonfiction: please send a query letter and proposal.


David Forrer of Inkwell Management

David Forrer began his career in publishing in 1997 after receiving a Masters in Creative Writing (fiction) from Boston University. He has been an agent with InkWell Management since it was created in 2004.
What he is looking for: His areas of interest and representation range from literary, commercial, historical and crime fiction to suspense/thriller, humorous non-fiction and popular history.

How to submit: Queries should be emailed to:

submissions [at] inkwellmanagement [dot] com

In the body of your email, please include a query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters). Emails with large attachments will be discarded.


Chris Bucci of Aevitas

About Chris: Chris began his career at the University of Toronto Press as an acquisitions editor in the social sciences. He joined HarperCollins Canada in 2003 as a non-fiction editor and then moved to McClelland & Stewart. In 2008 he joined The McDermid Agency as a literary agent and later bought the agency, along with Martha Webb. In 2017 they merged with the Cooke Agency to form CookeMcDermid where Chris was Proprietor and Literary Agent before coming to Aevitas in 2020.

What he is seeking: Literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, commercial literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. For nonfiction, he seeks popular science, sports, popular culture, politics, essays, and history.

Chris does not represent picture books, poetry, erotica, or inspirational fiction.

How to submit: See his submission form HERE.

Lisa Gallagher  of DeFiore & Company Literary Management Inc.

About Lisa: Lisa Gallagher joined DeFiore & Company Literary Management Inc., as a literary agent in 2014, after working at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates for five years. She has more than twenty years of publishing experience and insight from both sides of the Atlantic, and now as an agent, being a champion of authors and their work continues to be her passion. Formerly SVP & Publisher, William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins), Gallagher published many New York Times bestselling novelists including Tom Franklin, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Christopher Moore, Sena Jeter Naslund, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, James Rollins, Marisa de los Santos and Neal Stephenson, as well as non-fiction blockbusters like Marley & Me and Freakonomics. Prior to joining William Morrow in 2000, Gallagher was Associate Publisher at Bloomsbury USA, following a move to New York from Bloomsbury’s London office in 1998. Gallagher was educated at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK.

What she is looking for: She is actively seeking new clients both in fiction and non-fiction, who are great storytellers, delivering both narrative urgency and dramatic tension, combined with multi-faceted characters and a transporting sense of place.

How to submit: "Please submit your manuscript or proposal to lgsubmissions@defliterary.com as a word document: double spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman. I will do my best to read and respond to you within six weeks of receiving your submission. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions received, I am unable to respond to every one personally, so if you haven’t heard from me at all by then, it means that I am unable to offer you representation. It is acceptable to make multiple submissions to different agencies – just let me know – and if you get an offer of representation from another agent before hearing back from me, I would be grateful if you could let me know by sending an email with the subject line “Offer received”. Thank you very much."


Annette Crossland of A for Authors, Ltd. (U.K.)

About Annette: In a career spanning more than 30 years, Annette has worked in high-profile positions in some of the UK and USA’s most successful publishing companies. She has worked with some of the top bestselling authors in the world, touring overseas with Elizabeth George, Dennis Lehane and Frances Fyfield, amongst others.

What she is looking for: "We are always on the lookout for exciting new work and we welcome submissions across all relevant genres by email."

How to submit: With your submission, please include your name, address, phone number, title of the material. All material should be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments. Downloadable material, e-books, or links to any such items are unacceptable. For fiction please send a synopsis and three sample chapters (50 pages or fewer) and for non-fiction send a letter outlining your intentions. No radio/theatre/TV scripts, poetry, SF/Horror genres, or short stories. Response time 12 weeks.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

6 Literary Agents Seeking Thrillers

Updated 6/7/21

These six literary agents are looking for thrillers. Each is from an established agency with a solid track record. Be sure to read the agency website for details before submitting.

If you are not sure whether your query letter will grab an agent's attention, go to Query Shark. Agent Janet Reid does an excellent job of explaining how queries do and don't succeed (with great examples).

Good luck!

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.

Note: You can find a complete listing of over 100 new and established agents seeking clients here:
Agents Seeking Clients


Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Agency)

Carrie Pestritto worked at Writers House and Prospect Agency before becoming part of the LDLA team. She earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College in 2009, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University.

As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients. Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises.

What she is looking for: “I am looking for thrillers, but am looking for more high-concept thrillers aimed at a female audience rather than police procedurals, etc.”

How to Submit: Send a concise email query letter to: queries [at] ldlainc [dot] com
Along with your book's title, please include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject field. This helps guarantee that your submission ends up in the right person's queue. (Example subject line: QUERY: TITLE for AGENT). Your query letter should include a short pitch, a short plot summary, and a short bio. Please also include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry. After your query letter, paste the FIRST 5-10 PAGES of your novel into the body of the email. Your writing sample MUST be pasted into the email, as we do not open unrequested attachments of any kind. You may also include a synopsis, but it's not required.

Bernadette Baker Baughman (Victoria Sanders & Associates)

Bernadette Baker-Baughman has a MS in Professional Writing and has worked on both the editorial and marketing sides of publishing. As the Marketing Coordinator for Beyond Words Publishing/Atria Books, she headed up campaigns for two New York Times best-selling titles. In 2005 Bernadette co-founded Baker’s Mark Literary Agency where she discovered talent such as Farel Dalrymple, Faith Erin Hicks, Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett, Dan Elconin, David Axe, Carson Morton, and Zack Giallongo, among others.

How to Submit: Send a query letter with the first three chapters (or about 25 pages) pasted into the body of the message to queriesvsa [@] gmail.com. Only accepts queries via e-mail. Query letters should describe the project and the author in the body of a single, one-page e-mail that does not contain any attached files.


Jess Dallow (Brower Literary & Management)

Having grown up with the same name as her favorite Sweet Valley High twin, Jess has always had a love for books, especially those that feature kickass female characters, child psychopaths, and serial killers. She loves a book that can scare her, that can make her cry when she’s least expecting it, and a book that she can’t put down no matter what time it is or what rerun of SVU is on. She has a BFA in Writing for Film and Television from the University of the Arts and worked in entertainment for eight years before returning to her home state of NY where she worked at a literary agency for two years before joining Brower Literary & Management.

What she is seeking: Jess Dallow is looking for YA contemporary and adult commercial fiction. She loves family stories (in the vein of This is Where I Leave You), thrillers (serial killers; child psychopaths; and the things that keep you up at night), mysteries, and strong women’s fiction that delves into the complexities of our world today as well as supportive female friendships. She loves original voices and stories that are impossible to put down.

How to submit: Email query to queries@browerliterary.com with “QUERY: [Manuscript/Project Title]” in the subject line and include a query letter, a full synopsis (this should summarize the entire book), and your first chapter, pasted into the email, double-spaced.


Jessica Papin (Dystel & Goderich)

Jessica Papin first joined DGLM in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined Dystel and Goderich. With a background on both sides of the desk, she loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. Her stay in the Middle East has given her an abiding interest in the history and politics of the region, as well as the broader Islamic world.

What she is looking for: She seeks dark, twisty literary thrillers

How to Submit: Query by email to jpapin [@] dystel.com. Paster cover letter in the body of the email. Include a synopsis, outline, sample chapter (one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) either below the cover letter or attached as a separate document. We won’t open attachments if they come with a blank email.


Mitch Hoffman (Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency)

Mitch Hoffman joined the Aaron Priest Literary Agency as a Senior Agent in 2015. A 20-year veteran of the publishing industry, he was most recently Vice-President, Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing.

How to Submit: Please submit a one page query letter via e-mail. Please do not send attachments. However a first chapter pasted into the body of an e-mail query is acceptable. Send queries to queryhoffman [@] aaronpriest.com.


Evan Gregory (Ethan Ellenberg)

Evan Gregory is a senior agent at Ethan Ellenberg.

How to Submit: Query by email only to agent [@] ethanellenberg.com. Paste all materials into the body of the email in the order mentioned below: a brief query letter, a synopsis (1-2 pages long), the first 50 pages (approximately) of your manuscript. No attachments.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2 New Literary Agents Seeking Clients - Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, MG, Thrillers and more

Updated 7/25/20

These two agents are seeking clients right now. Kristy Hunter (The Knight Agency) is looking for fiction in a wide variety of genres. Suzy Evans (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) is seeking nonfiction, memoir, self-help, culinary books, thrillers, children's books, graphic novels.

Make sure to check the agency's website before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

Good luck!

Note: You can find a complete list of agents looking for clients here: Agents Seeking Clients


Kristy Hunter of The Knight Agency

About Kristy: With a degree in Women & Gender Studies and English Literature from Vanderbilt University,Kristy moved to New York City immediately after graduation to try her hand at publishing. She completed the Columbia Publishing Course and worked in the city for several years—first at Grove/Atlantic and then at Random House Children’s Books—before deciding it was time to make the move back down south. She now takes advantage of her new surroundings by being outside as much as possible with her French bulldog, Gummi.

What she is seeking: In adult fiction, she is looking for:

• High concept women’s fiction such as ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman and THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty. As well, as stories that are literary but with commercial appeal such as LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng and LILY AND THE OCTOPUS by Steven Rowley. I especially love projects that capture the complicated nature of family.

• Rom-coms set in wonderful urban settings such as THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne and CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan

• Mainstream titles with hints of magic like THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger and THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern.

In YA fiction, she is looking for:

• Fantasy projects that allow me to be transported in a way that feels new and fresh. I’d especially love to find a contemporary fantasy with a wonderful atmospheric setting. I also wouldn’t say no to paranormal…but it would truly have to be something I haven’t seen before

• Magical realism

• Historical projects that are serious in nature like CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, as well as those that are more playful like THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee. She especially loves historical mysteries and projects set in the Victorian and Regency periods.

• Cotemporary YA stories that are fun and unique, and overall present the perfect escape—even if they address larger issues. THINK DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy, TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han and WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord.

• Thrillers and mysteries—either contemporary or historical.

In MG fiction, she is looking for:

• Contemporary projects in the vein of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia Pérez, WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW by Cindy Baldwin, and WISH by Barbara O’Connor.

• Quirky mysteries that could be part of a larger series and stories involving shifting friend groups

• Light fantasy and magical realism such as THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill and A SNICKER OF MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd

How to Submit: Use the online query manager here:  https://querymanager.com/query/Kristy_Hunter_TKA


Suzy Evans of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

About Suzy: Suzy is an attorney, author, and agent who holds a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. Her most recent books include MACHIAVELLI FOR MOMS (Simon & Schuster) and FORGOTTEN CRIMES: THE HOLOCAUST AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. She is also a ghostwriter for a #1 New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 million copies in print and her first children’s book will be published by HarperCollins in 2018.

What she is seeking: In the adult market, Suzy is particularly on the hunt for great serious nonfiction, especially by historians who are looking to make a transition from an academic to trade readership and journalists who have something unique and significant to say. She's also on the lookout for smart parenting books with useful, original hooks that fill a gap in the market; food, cooking, health and diet-related titles, especially culinary histories of all flavors; sports books with smart crossover appeal in other genres, especially history and philosophy (she'd love to find the next Golf in the Kingdom or Zen and the Art of Archery !); self-help of every stripe by authors with national platforms and riveting, elegantly-written memoir (recent favorites include Barbarian Days and When Breath Becomes Air ), as well as popular culture, humor, and small quirky books that make her smile and think about the world in entirely new and unexpected ways. 

On the children's front, Suzy is looking for engaging, original nonfiction that pops off the page and makes kids excited about learning; wacky/hilarious MG commercial fiction with series potential; and YA graphic novels that bring history, literature and fascinating historical figures (think Socrates! Machiavelli! Queen Elizabeth!) to life. She also has a soft spot for heartwarming, coming-of-age MG works; contemporary YA fiction that tackles difficult issues in bold, daring ways and with inventive formats that can be brought into the classroom to stimulate meaningful discussion and thought; and sweet, lyrical picture books that capture the imagination and call for multiple readings (favorites include Stellaluna and The Cat Who Walked Across France). She'd also love to find an exciting, high-concept YA thriller that has "movie!"written all over it. 

Please note that Suzy is not looking for: romance, sci-fi/ fantasy, or anything with vampires, unless it's a history of vampires, then she'd be happy to take a look!

How to Submit: For fiction, please send a synopsis and the first chapter of your polished manuscript pasted below your query (quick, friendly tip: resist the temptation to hit “send” too quickly. Revise, revise, and revise and THEN hit send). For nonfiction, send your query with a concise author bio to suzy@dijkstraagency.com.
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