Monday, November 23, 2020

2 Noteworthy Writing Conferences in December 2020

While winter is usually a slow time of year for conferences, two of the most popular conferences for aspiring authors are held in December: the CLMP Writers Conference and the New York Pitch Conference.

Each of these conferences focuses on publishing. Most importantly they offer pitch sessions with agents. Making direct contact with an agent is the best way to engage their interest. A pitch session not only gives you the opportunity to present your book, briefly (you only have about five minutes), it also gives you the opportunity to present yourself. Make an impression!

For a full list of conferences held throughout the year see Writing Conferences. During the pandemic most of these are being held virtually at reduced rates. Quite a few offer scholarships, so apply early.

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CLMP Writers Conference. December 2 - 4, 2020: NY, NY. Learn how to maneuver in the marketplace as an informed, empowered, professional writer. Our three-day online publishing conference features panels, clinics, Agent Pitch Sessions, and more—specifically designed to deliver insider tips on finding a literary agent, working with an editor, publishing in literary magazines, and other valuable information about building your career as a writer. Will be held online.


New York Pitch Conference. Dec 10 - 13, 2020: NY, NY. The New York Pitch Conference and writers workshop is held four times a year and 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. The registration fee until December 5 is $795.00, and $895.00 after that date. This fee covers all conference pitch sessions and workshops. Will be held online.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10 Literary Magazines Accepting Poetry NOW - Paying markets

Here are ten literary magazines accepting poetry right now, from traditional verse to experimental forms. Most of these journals also accept fiction. All are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. 

For a list of hundreds of paying markets calling for all genres and forms see Paying Markets.

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The Lit Quarterly

“We prefer to publish verse poetry of 12–40 lines, albeit we remain open-minded to submissions of fewer and greater verses. Without demanding observance to any particular brand of formalism, we solicit poems that elicit emotional response and critical reflection.” Genres: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $100 CAD.


"Octavos is a venue for speculative poetry 8 lines or under. We define a line as containing at least one character. White space doesn’t add to the line count." Genres: Poetry and microfiction. Payment: $1 USD/line. 


"Scarlet is a bimonthly blog dedicated to publishing the work of artists whose pieces give voice to the complexities of our multiple identities. In keeping with JIP’s mission to uplift marginalized voices, Scarlet aims to showcase bold and unique framings of the view from the margins, giving strong preference to writing that questions norms and provokes discourse. We are looking for work that redraws lines and reclaims spaces, as well as writing that is pithy, deliberate, and/or experimental." Genres. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. You may submit up to three poems at a time. Payment: $80.


"Send us your strange, misshapen stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We love proactive characters and settings that feel lived in and real enough to touch. Stories with style, stories with emotion, stories with character. We want it all." Genre: Speculative poetry and fiction on theme of Justice. Payment: $30. Deadline: November 30, 2020.


"We’re a literary journal that’s totally bonkers-in-love with voice-driven writing, pop culture, and the kind of honesty that gets you right in the kidneys. We love stories and poetry and art because they’re our insides turned out for everyone to see: the darkness and the confetti in equal measure." Genres: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art. Payment: $50 per author for web issues, and $5/page for print. Deadline: November 30, 2020. Black writers may submit with no fee until December 31, 2020.


This anthology seeks personal non-fiction essays and poems from migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and displaced people with experience in the United States. "We are especially interested in essays and poems from those in the midwest and Border towns. We are centering and giving priority to essays and poems from Indigenous migrants, Black migrants, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Arab communities.”  Payment: The anthology will be published by HarperCollins in English and Spanish. Contributors will be compensated a minimum of $800. Deadline: December 5,  2020.


"I particularly enjoy genre-bending and pushing of form/function. That being said, non-traditional and hybrid forms are very welcome! or audio—.mp3 is best. Would love image or image/word hybrid—.jpg please! Video possible, not highly preferred, but will consider; conceptual here over literal, though open to literal with poetic intent. Column/table-format poems great. Would really love to see more math/science-based works." Genre: Speculative poetry on theme of Travel. Payment: US 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.  Deadline: December 15, 2020.


"At Arc, we find the brave new voices. We feature poetry that is woozy, cunning, shearing and wildlike, and prose that offers new perspectives on the verse you thought you knew." Genre: Poetry. Payment: $50 (CAD) per page. Deadline: December 31, 2020. 
 

"We only publish translations of poetry (and not original English-language poetry) and the translations must be previously unpublished. We welcome work from any age, but we have a preference for contemporary work. You are welcome to send submissions of up to six poems. You must be able to obtain rights for the reproduction of these translations both in MPT and online on our site." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: December 31, 2020. 


“We specialise in prose and poetry that can be defined roughly by the genre of magic realism. Whilst the official definition for magic realism states it is a form of literature that deals, in an accepting fashion, aspects of life usually represented as outside reality, we prefer to cast our nets a little bit wider.
We love the fantastical, the horrific, the experimental, the incantatory. We don’t like morality plays, overt spiritualism, the banal, the painfully self-aware.” Send up to three poems. Payment: $25 (Australian) per poem and $50-125 for prose. Deadline: December 31, 2020.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

4 Agents Seeking Nonfiction

Here are four agents seeking nonfiction. Georgia Frances King is interested in nonfiction books about emerging science and technology, futurism, design, culture, and the arts, and supporting underrepresented voices. Anna Petkovich is interested in wellness, personal development, narrative nonfiction, journalists and podcasters with big ideas, and women writing from a faith-based perspective. Shannon O'Neill seeks nonfiction books that inform, intrigue, and inspire: areas of special interest include current affairs, popular science, history, memoir, and psychology. Doug Young's  range of interests is broad – including (but not limited to) history, science and politics, memoir and the occasional off-the-wall novel.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.

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Ms. Georgia Frances King
 of Aevitas Creative Management

Georgia Frances King is the former Ideas Editor of Quartz, where she led the opinion section, developed their influencer network, and published award-winning articles from Nobel Prize winners to NASA astronauts and thought leaders from Melinda Gates to Reid Hoffman. Before giving in to her inner geek, King spent a decade at a number of prestigious design and lifestyle magazines, including being the Editor of Kinfolk Magazine, where she also edited the New York Times bestselling interiors book The Kinfolk Home.

What she is seeking: She is interested in nonfiction books about emerging science and technology, futurism, design, culture, and the arts, and supporting underrepresented voices. With one foot in the creative world and the other in academia, she delights in making intelligent people more intelligible.

How to submit: Use her form, found HERE.

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Ms. Anna Petkovich
 of Park & Fine Literary and Media

Previously, Anna worked at Sterling Lord Literistic. Prior to beginning her career in book publishing, Anna was a freelance journalist writing about food, restaurants, travel and art for local magazines. Anna graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a B.A. in English and Gender Studies and an almost minor in French. Originally from Northern California, she now lives in Brooklyn.

What she is seeking: She is interested in wellness, personal development, narrative nonfiction, journalists and podcasters with big ideas, and women writing from a faith-based perspective.

How to submit: Send your query to queries@parkfine.com Please specify the first and last name of the agent to whom you are submitting, as well as the category and genre of your submission in the subject line of the email.

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Ms. Shannon O'Neill
 of Ross Yoon Literary Agency

Shannon is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and earned a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. A Washington DC native, in her post-college years she was able to fulfill her tweenage dream becoming a bookseller at landmark indie bookstore Politics & Prose. She has taught writing and publishing courses in a variety of venues and to audiences ranging from first year American University students to retired diplomats. She now lives in the Maryland suburbs with her family where she enjoys logging long miles on the C&O Canal towpath.

What she is seeking: Shannon seeks nonfiction books that inform, intrigue, and inspire: areas of special interest include current affairs, popular science, history, memoir, and psychology. She also seeks literary fiction that reveals the inner workings of complex characters or offers a fresh look at a seemingly familiar time, place, or situation.  

How to submit: please send one of the following: query letter briefly explaining your idea, media platform, and qualifications for writing on this topic or a complete book proposal featuring an overview of your idea, author bio, media and marketing strategy, chapter outline, and 1-3 sample chapters. Please send these as attachments in .doc or .docx format to submissions@rossyoon.com.

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Mr. Doug Young
of PEW Literary (UK)

Doug Young has worked in publishing for over 25 years, latterly as a publishing director at Penguin Random House but also previously at Hachette and BBC Books. He joined PEW in 2019 and is interested in hearing from writers with a story to tell, whether in fiction or non-fiction form, and people who write in a distinctive voice or from a fresh perspective.

What he is seeking: His range of interests is broad – including (but not limited to) history, science and politics, memoir and the occasional off-the-wall novel.

How to submit: If submitting a fiction manuscript, please submit the opening three chapters (or fifty pages) along with a synopsis. The synopsis should be a clear explanation of the plot from first to final chapter. Please accompany your submission with a brief cover letter that tells us a little about you as a writer. Send your work to submissions@pewliterary.com For non-fiction send a proposal. Your proposal should be approximately thirty pages long. (See website for specifics.)

Monday, November 2, 2020

7 New Agents Seeking Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Picture Books, Kidlit, Nonfiction and more

Here are seven new agents actively building their client lists. Jennifer Herrington specializes in Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Mystery in both YA and adult fiction. Michael Signorelli is interested in literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction spanning science, current affairs, sports, and cultural history. Melissa Richeson wants picture books, chapter books, mysteries or magic in middle grade, and character-driven stories in young adult. Kayla Cichello is seeking everything from heartfelt or humorous picture books to dynamic, unpredictable YA. Kim Lindman is interested in representing narrative non-fiction, select short story collections, commercial and literary fiction in adult and young adult age groups, with special interest in contemporary fiction and magical realism. Renae Moore is interested in speculative fiction, mystery, thrillers, and select romance in YA and adult books. Renae is always interested in #OwnVoices. Paloma Hernando is looking for both graphic novels and prose fiction for YA or adult. She loves romance, particularly queer romance, science fiction that feels fresh, high fantasy, and middle grade with a good sense of humor. She is also interested in non-fiction.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.

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Ms. Jennifer Herrington
of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

Jennifer started her career on the editorial side of publishing with Kensington Books Publishing’s Lyrical Press imprint and an internship with Entangled Publishing. She’s also worked as a freelance editor for independent authors. After an internship at a New York agency, she joined the Harvey Klinger Agency in 2020. 

What she is seeking: Jennifer is currently building her own list and is interested in representing YA and adult fiction. She’s specializing in Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Mystery. She’s especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices in the mentioned categories.

How to submit: Use her form here: https://querymanager.com/query/JenniferHerrington

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Mr. Michael Signorelli
of Aevitas Creative Management

Michael Signorelli joined Aevitas after years working as an editor. He published the New York Times bestselling novels The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell, House of Earth by Woody Guthrie, and The North Water by Ian McGuire. In nonfiction, he edited Flash by Christopher Bonanos, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary Stewart and Susan D. Mustafa, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of a forthcoming mini-series on the FX Network. Signorelli graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English Literature. He began his career at HarperCollins Publishers, before joining Henry Holt & Company as a senior editor. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of Gotham Ghostwriters.

What he is seeking: Literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction spanning science, current affairs, sports, and cultural history.

How to submit: Use his submission form HERE.

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Ms. Kayla Cichello
of Upstart Crow Literary

Kayla Cichello brings to Upstart Crow Literary nearly a decade of experience in children’s publishing. A former Conference Coordinator for the International Summer and Winter Conferences for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she most recently logged several years as assistant to Senior Agent Jennifer RofĂ© at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She is open to a wide range of books, from picture books through young adult novels, and is especially keen to discover unique voices and champion new creators of tomorrow’s classics

What she is seeking: Kayla is seeking everything from heartfelt or humorous picture books (she has a soft spot for animal protagonists) to dynamic, unpredictable YA (she loves a good murder mystery or a clever rom-com). Kayla’s taste lies squarely in that sweet spot between commercial and literary, and she is looking for captivating voices and rich worldbuilding—whether it’s a seaside town in Maine or a fantastical other world. Kayla welcomes dark humor, suspense, magical realism, awkwardly adorable romance, and everything in-between. She is not seeking sci-fi or horror. Kayla is also open to representing illustrators. Some of her favorite illustrators include Mike Boldt, Amber Ren, Vashti Harrison, and Eliza Wheeler.

How to submit: Please send your query and first 20 pages in the body of the email to kayla.submisssions@gmail.com

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Ms. Kim Lindman
 of Stonesong 

Kim started as an assistant at Stonesong in 2018, and now holds the positions of Associate Agent and Social Media Coordinator. Originally from the West Coast, she graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in English Literature and a subfocus in Journalism. Since moving to the NYC area, Kim has worked with the United Nations and currently holds a hospitality position at Van Brunt Stillhouse in Brooklyn. Her distinct professional experience and personal passions make her a good choice for social sciences, travel, and beverage/cocktail books.

What she is seeking: Kim Lindman is interested in representing narrative non-fiction, select short story collections, commercial and literary fiction in adult and young adult age groups, with special interest in contemporary fiction and magical realism.

How to submit: Address your query to Kim Lindman at submissions@stonesong.com.

– Include the word “query” in the subject line of your email to ensure we receive it and it isn’t filtered as spam.

– For Fiction: Include the first chapter or first 10 pages of your work, pasted into the body of your email, so that we may get a sense of your writing. Please do not send attachments.

– For Nonfiction: Include your bio, credentials, social media analytics, previous publications in major media or books, and any other media, so that we may get a sense of your author platform.

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Ms. Renae Moore
of The Tobias Literary Agency 

Renae fell in love with reading in elementary school when she discovered all the places she could go just by turning a page. Originally earning a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Renae worked as a contract attorney. Soon, motivated by her love of reading, she returned to school obtaining her Master of Education degree. She then worked as a high school English teacher. Renae’s move into the publishing world began with an editorial internship at Tessera Editorial. She joined The Tobias Literary Agency in 2020.

What she is seeking: In YA and Adult, she is interested in speculative fiction, mystery, thrillers, and select romance. Renae is always interested in #OwnVoices. 

How to submit: Use her query manager HERE.

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Ms. Paloma Hernando
of Einstein Literary Management 

Paloma Hernando (she/her/hers) joined Einstein Literary Management as an Associate Agent in 2020. Paloma has been working in independent publishing since 2015, involved in editing, publishing, and selling mini-comics, zines, graphic novels, webcomics, and large-scale anthologies. A 2017 graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Paloma currently lives in Brooklyn.

What she is seeking: Paloma’s favorite books often have a bit of magic in them, and she loves being able to dive into any world, real or invented, presented on the page. She is looking for both graphic novels and prose fiction for YA or adult, including more mature stories, particularly ones that deal with difficult emotions and nuanced characters. She loves romance, particularly queer romance, science fiction that feels fresh, high fantasy, and middle grade with a good sense of humor. She is interested in non-fiction for all ages, especially anything that digs into media analysis or an event in history.  She loves a story with a strong voice and solid construction.

How to submit: Please submit a query letter and the first ten double-spaced pages of your manuscript in the body of the email (no attachments) to submissions@einsteinliterary.com. Please put the name of the agent to whom you are submitting in the subject line of your email.

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Ms. Melissa Richeson of Storm Literary Agency

Melissa has been working as a writer for years, with publishing credits in The Washington Post, Florida Today, Space Coast Parent, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many more. She had a children’s fiction serial run in WDW Magazine for over a year, and she is a current features writer at the same publication. In addition, previous backgrounds in both marketing and teaching give her a unique edge as an agent.

What she is seeking: Melissa is drawn to witty wording and whimsical design for picture books, humor and quick pacing for chapter books, charming mysteries or magic in middle grade, and fresh, character-driven stories in young adult. She’s not the best fit for horror, high fantasy, paranormal, or graphic violence of any kind.

How to submit: Use the agency form HERE.


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