Thursday, January 19, 2017

7 Literary Agents Seeking Women’s Fiction NOW

Updated 8/17/20

Here are seven agents who are currently seeking women's fiction. All seven are from established agencies with good track records. Be sure to read the agency website before submitting.

Note: You can find a list of 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.

Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary + Media)

Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. She got her start as an intern at FinePrint Literary Management where she was hired as an assistant before making the move to literary agent. She’s been part of the team at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012.

What she is looking for: “Looking for upmarket women’s fiction, including novels that would generate great book club discussions, in the vein of Jodi Picoult and novels with an element of mystery or suspense, in the vein of Liane Moriarty.”

How to Submit: Send queries to query [at], and take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines.


Katie Grimm (Don Congdon Associates)

Katie joined Don Congdon Associates in 2007. She focuses on vivid literary fiction, transportive historical fiction, up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, graphic novels, and mysteries with faraway or historical settings. Most importantly, she's looking for projects with emotional resonance and longevity.

What she is looking for: “Looking for women’s fiction with a literary bent, ideally with a social/cultural issue that necessitates a conversation. Unusual structures or concepts are welcome, and I’m open to a wide range of styles – with the intensity of feeling of Elena Ferrante or the irreverence of Maria Semple.”

How to Submit: Take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines.


Tamar Rydzinski (Context Literary Agency)

Tamar Rydzinski worked at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates prior to joining the Laura Dail Literary Agency. She graduated from Yeshiva University in 2003 with a major in literature and a minor in business. Tamar is interested in anything that is well-written and has great characters. A fantastic query letter is essential. “You need to make me want to read your book, and be excited to read it,” she says, “with those first couple of paragraphs.”

What she is looking for: Seeking upmarket commercial women’s fiction.

How to Submit: Send queries to queries [at], and take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines.


Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency LLC)

What she is looking for: In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction.

How to Submit: Send queries to patricia [at], and take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines.

Sarah Phair (Greenburger 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.

What she is looking for: “Looking for women’s fiction with original, well-developed plotlines and strong female protagonists.”

How to Submit: Query Sarah at under the subject line “QUERY – project title.” In the body of your email, please include a brief letter and the first 10 pages, and if she is interested in reading further, she will be in touch within 4-6 weeks.

Bibi Lewis (Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency)

Bibi is actively acquiring clients in young adult and women’s fiction. She currently manages subsidiary rights for the agency in addition to her duties as an agent and general office manager.

What she is looking for: “Looking for smart and sharp writing. Humor, wit, and mystery are big pluses.”

How to Submit: Please send submissions to to the attention of the agent you would like to consider your manuscript.  For email submissions, we ask that you paste all materials into the body of the email. For fiction, begin with a brief query letter, followed by your synopsis, followed by the first 50 pages of your manuscript


Quressa Robinson (Nelson Agency)

Quressa Robinson is actively building her client list. Formerly she was an acquiring editor for St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers where she edited both fiction and nonfiction.

What she is looking for: “I’m particularly interested in women’s fiction from #ownvoices authors; stories that are upmarket as well as commercial, but with book club appeal. Would love to see nerdy female protagonists.”

How to Submit: Use the agency's online form here:

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