There are nearly two dozen writing contests in October. All are free (no entry fees). Some of the prizes are in the tens of thousands of dollars. Others are more modest. (But a prize is a prize. You still get to say you are a prize-winning author if you win.)

Many of these contests are offered annually. If you want to plan ahead, see Free Contests for a month-by-month list of all contests offered throughout the year.


The Marfield Prize, also known as the National Award for Arts Writing, is given annually by the Arts Club of Washington to nonfiction books about the arts written for a broad audience. Genre: Non-fiction book. Self-published books not accepted. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: October 1, 2016. Read details here.

Red Dragonfly New Writing Competition. Restrictions: Open to UK residents from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities. Genre: 30-minute play. Prize: £1000. Deadline: October 1, 2016. Read details here.

Bop Dead City. Genre: Prose and poetry on theme of Apologies. Prize: $20. Deadline: October 1, 2016. Read details here.

RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Restrictions: Open to published Canadian authors. Genre: Nonfiction book. Prize: CAN$25,000.00. Deadline: October 2, 2016 for books published between August 1 and September 30, 2016.

The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, sponsored by the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet. A standard edition is 48 pages or more in length. Genre: Open to any book of original poetry, in English, published during 2015 in a standard edition by a full-length collection of poetry. Restrictions: African nationals, African residents, or poet of African parentage with roots from any country, living anywhere in the world. Prize: USD $5,000. Deadline: October 1, 2016. Read details here.

Royal Institute of Philosophy Essay Prize. Topic: Can there be a credible philosophy of history? Prize: £2,500 top prize. Deadline: October 3, 2016. Read details here.

American Antiquarian Society Fellowships for Creative Writers is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society's goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people. Prize: A stipend of $1,150 to $1,350 and on-campus housing is provided; fellows residing off-campus receive $1,850. Deadline: October 5, 2016. Read details here.

Man Booker International Prize. The Man Booker International Prize for fiction translated into English is awarded annually by the Booker Prize Foundation to the author of the best (in the opinion of the judges) eligible novel or collection of short stories. Prize: £50,000 divided equally between the author and the translator. There will be a prize of £2,000 each of the shortlisted titles divided equally between the author and the translator. Deadline: October 7, 2016. Read details here.

Austrian Cultural Forum New York Translation Prize. Genre: A translation-in-progress from German into English of a work of Austrian poetry or prose published after 1945. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: October 10, 2016. Read details here.

The NC State Short Story Contests. Restrictions: Open to all North Carolina residents except 1) tenured/tenure-track professors in the University of North Carolina system or 2) writers with a published book, 3) previous winners. Genres: An unpublished SHORT STORY of no more than 20 double-spaced pages; limit 5000 words OR an unpublished SHORT-SHORT FICTION story of no more than 5 double-spaced typed pages; limit 1200 words. Prizes: James Hurst Fiction Prize for the winning story is $500. There will also be some Honorable Mention awards. Prize for short-short is $250. Deadline: October 11, 2016. Read details here.

Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. Restrictions: Poet must be born in the United States. Genre: Poetry. The sample must not exceed either (1) 40 typed pages or (2) one printed volume plus no more than 20 typed pages of your most recent work. There is no minimum page requirement. Prize: $54,000 for a year of travel and study abroad. Deadline: October 15, 2016. Read details here.

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Career Development Grants. Restrictions: Writers who are U.S. citizens and have lived in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis counties in northeastern Minnesota for at least six months are eligible. Genre: Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Prize: $3,000 grant. Deadline: October 28, 2016. Read details here.

Penguin Random House - Daily Mail UK New Novelist Competition. Restrictions: Open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland, except for employees (and their families) of the Penguin Random House UK group, Associated Newspapers Ltd and any other company associated with the competition.Genre: Entrants must never have had a novel published before (in any format, including ebook or self-published) and must be 16 or over. Prize: £20,000 top prize (advance fee). Submissions: Daily Mail First Novel Competition, c/o Penguin Random House Group, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA. Deadline: October 30, 2016.

The Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is sponsored by Hollins University. Restrictions: Open to young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school. Genre: Poetry. Prize: Up to $5,000 renewable annual Creative Talent Scholarship in creative writing if winner enrolls at Hollins. Free tuition and housing for the university’s Hollins summer creative writing program. $200 cash prize. Publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ award-winning student literary magazine. Ten copies of Cargoes. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Read details here.

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the most prestigious literary award in the US. Restrictions: Authors must be living American citizens. Self-published works not accepted. Genres: Novels, novellas, and collections of short stories. Prize: $15,000. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Read details here

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize. Restrictions: Entrants must be aged 18-25 years and living in the UK. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction. Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. Prize: First prize of £750, second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted on the website and also published online by The Telegraph. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Read details here.

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Restrictions: Caribbean authors age 12 through 18. Genres: Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the Award. Prize: First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CAD and a Third Prize of $5,000 CAD. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Read details here.

The Eric Gregory Awards. Restrictions: Applicants must be under 30 and a British subject by birth and must ordinarily be resident in the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland. Genre: Poetry collection. Previously published work accepted. Prize: £4,000.00. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

McKitterick Prize. Restrictions: Open to authors over age 40 on December 31, 2015. Genre: First novel. The work must have been first published in the UK in the year in which the deadline falls (and not first published abroad), or be unpublished. Prize: £4,000.00. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Tom-Gallon Trust Award. Restrictions: Open to citizens of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland with at least one short story published or accepted for publication. Genre: Short story, maximum 5,000 words. May be unpublished. Prize: £1,000.00. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Read details here.

Lee & Low Books New Visions Award. Restrictions: Open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published. Genre: Middle grade or young adult novel. Prize: $1,000 and their standard publication contract, including their basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Read details here.

Ouen Press Short Story Competition 2016. Genre: True story about a journey. Prize: £300 top prize. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

The Print Express Haiku Competition. Genre: Haiku. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Prize: £100 in Amazon vouchers. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Soon the weather will turn chilly, the leaves will fall off the trees, and your thoughts will once again turn to indoor pursuits.

Luckily, there are nearly two dozen writing conferences this October to keep you warm.

Writing conferences are a wonderful experience. Nothing motivates writers more than a meeting of the minds. And if you are ready to publish, attending a conference is the best way to meet agents.

Many of the conferences listed below are annual events, so if you can't make your ideal conference this year, you may be able to attend it next year. If you want to get a jump on conferences, there is a month-by-month list of conferences here: Writing Conferences.


2016 Flathead River Writers Conference, Oct 1 - 2, Kalispell, MT. One day of presentations by agents and authors - One day of workshop topics by eight presenters - Opportunity for “First Impression” 1 page submissions - One-on-one manuscript critiques with either of two agents for the first 24 2-day paid submitters. (A double-spaced 10 page manuscript sample plus a 2 page synopsis must be submitted in Word format electronically 4 weeks prior to the conference. Details on website.)

Perfecting the Picture Book Text. October 5 - 9, 2016, Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Golden Kite winner Kristy Dempsey (A Dance Like Starlight, Me With You, Surfer Chick, and the forthcoming Superhero Instruction Manual) and National Book Award-winner Kathryn Erskine (Mockingbird, Mama Africa,) will give you the tools you need to write your first ever picture book, or to perfect the picture books you’ve already written. Expect to meet a few surprise guests (and experienced picture book creators) via Skype as well!

Ozark Creative Writers Conference. Oct 6 - 8, 2016, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Workshops by published authors, editors and agents; Publishers Row, independent publishers available to hear about your next project; Writing contests available to all participants.

American Medical Writers Association Annual Conference. Oct 6 - 8, 2016, Denver, CO. Workshops in medical writing, designing materials for patients, analysis, clinical reports, and more.

American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Conference. October 6 - 9, 2016, Oakland, California. Panels, workshops, readings, a book fair, and opportunities to meet with editors for translators. The 2016 theme is “Translation and Crossings.” Poet and translator Don Mee Choi will deliver the keynote.

New York Comicon. October 6 - 9, 2016, New York, New York. New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest popular culture convention: Show Floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television; Panels and Autograph Sessions give Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators; Screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit big and small screens.

Quit Whining Start Writing 2016 Writers' Conference. Oct 7 - 8, 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 15 workshops encompassing writing fiction, for children, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, for the screen, and more; using social media effectively; and creating and maintaining effective websites.

Imaginarium. Oct 7 - 9, 2016, Louisville KY. A three day annual event held in Louisville, Kentucky centered entirely around creative writing, including the worlds of books, movies, gaming, music, and comics/graphic novels. Imaginarium Convention features extensive programming content, with panels and workshops presented by over 150 professional guests covering everything from the craft of writing to various genres, industry-specific topics, publishing, and social media/publicity. The convention features a film festival with a full array of awards, a masquerade/costume contest, live music, gaming, an expo open to the general public, an awards banquet, a series of literary awards called the Imadjinns, and many more activities, creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that is content-rich and ideal for networking, promotion and personal development.

The Eighth Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference, October 8, 2016, Rochester, Michigan. Lectures, Workshops and Panel Discussions in fiction, non-fiction and business of writing presentations. Open to new, working and published writers of all genres. Attendees select four presentations from a dozen to tailor fit their needs.

Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers. October 14-15, 2016, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, master classes, panel discussions, and individual manuscript consultations with faculty. Participants include poets Robin Coste Lewis and Chloe Honum, fiction writers Angela Flournoy and Toni Jensen, memoirist Beth Kephart, young adult fantasy author Brenna Yovanoff, mystery writer Will Thomas, and romance author Sherry Thomas. The cost of the conference is $60, but scholarships are also available, especially for students and teachers, which lower the cost to $10.

James River Writers Conference. October 14 - 16, 2016, Richmond, Virginia. features master classes, meetings with agents, panel discussions, and pitch sessions for fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Participants include fiction writers Lamar Giles, Gini Koch, Sarah MacLean, and Padma Venkatraman; nonfiction writers Josh Funk and Jessica Lahey; and literary agents Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency), Gemma Cooper (Bent Agency), Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary), Katie Kotchman (Don Congdon), and Christopher Rhodes (The Stuart Agency). The cost of the conference is $325, or $195 for a single day. The cost of a master class is an additional $65.

Magic of Memoir: A Weekend of Craft, Process, and Publishing. October 15-16, 2016, Oakland, CA. Expert panelists • Opportunity to engage with teachers and panelists, and to win one-on-one consultations • Time to write • What makes a successful memoir? • What agents are looking for • Raffle with excellent prizes!

Viable Paradise Science Fiction Writers' Workshop. Oct 16 - 21, 2016, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. One-on-one & workshop critiques, participation in student group critiques, writing sessions, daily readings. Instructors include Scott Lynch, Debra Doyle, Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Sherwood Smith, James D. Macdonald,and Steven Brust, with Elizabeth Bear and Laura Mixon as writers in residence. Applications close June 15.

Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels. October 19 - 23, 2016, Honesdale, Pennsylvania. "If you’re writing a young adult or middle-grade novel that touches on any frightening or chilling subject matter, either realistic or fantastical, we can help you shape it into something un-put-down-able." In this unique four-day workshop, you will have your work critiqued, produce new pages, and come away with solid direction for your novel. Application Deadline: July 31, 2016.

Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay. October 19 - 23, 2016, Tomales Bay, California. Manuscript and poetry workshops are limited to 12 participants and generative workshops are limited to 15 to ensure an intimate setting.

15th Annual Florida Writers Conference, October 20 - 23, 2016. Lake Mary, Florida. Four workshops and panels dedicated to help you learn how to pitch your story, and more than fifty acclaimed authors, poets, and publishing industry experts for three days of networking opportunities.

DAWG Writing Workshop, Write to Publish: Climbing Toward Success! Oct 22, 2016, DeSoto, TX. Faculty: D. D. Ayres, Kendel Lynn, Michelle Stimpson, Taylor Stevens.

Creating Page-Turning Nonfiction for Middle Grade Readers and Up. October 23 - 26, 2016, Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Returning Highlights Foundation faculty members Deborah Hopkinson and Pamela S. Turner team up to share their expertise in writing biography, history, and science in this fast-paced workshop focused on creating exciting and compelling nonfiction for middle grade readers and up.

APH Conference. October 23 - 27, 2016, Fort Worth, TX. Sponsored by the Association of Personal Historians (APH). Speakers: John Colletta, Ph.D. -- Author and Lecturer in Genealogy , Max Krochmal, Ph.D. -- Assistant Professor of History at Texas Christian University , John Centrone -- Movie Soundtrack Composer and Musician.

Be a Better Freelancer - Take it to the 10th! Oct 28 - 29, 2016, Rochester NY. Annual conference for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, graphic artists, website managers and developers, etc., with presenters offering guidance and tips on marketing, promotions, new skills and other business aspects of freelancing. Focus: Nonfiction.

Magna cum Murder XXII. Oct 28 - 30, 2016, Indianapolis, IN. 45+ authors of crime writing fiction Guest of Honor: Maureen Jennings International Guest of Honor: Natasha Cooper.

2016 Ossabaw Weekend Writer’s Retreat. Oct 28 - 30, 2016, Ossabaw Island, GA. Workshops and seminars led by nationally recognized faculty, and evening readings (special emphasis on ghost stories) by faculty and participants. Application deadline: September 25.

WriteAngles. October 29, 2016, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Panels and workshops, with two keynoters, a limited number of agent meetings. Continental breakfast, and buffet lunch included. Agents: Danielle Barthel (New Leaf Literary), Kirsten Carleton (Prospect Agency), Jackie Lindert (New Leaf Literary), Gina Panettieri (founder and president of Milford, Connecticut-based Talcott Notch Literary) and John Rudolph (Dystel and Goderich Literary Management).

These 18 agents are seeking YA fantasy right now. All are from established literary agencies with solid track records. As always, make sure to read the agency website before submitting your query to see if your book would be a good fit.

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

Tamar Rydzinski (Laura Dail Literary)

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.

How to Submit: Send queries to queries [@] ldlainc.com. Put your book’s title and the name of the agent you are querying in the subject—QUERY: TITLE for AGENT. Paste the first 5-10 pages of your manuscript into the body of the email.

Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary)

Kaylee received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College. Recognized for her obsessive-compulsive attention to detail and crazy-fast reading ability, Kaylee joined the Dee Mura team as a professional copyeditor, proofreader, and administrative assistant before being named an agent.

What she is seeking: She seeks particularly epic, contemporary, near-future, and diverse. She has a special interest in locked-room mysteries, psychological, multiple POVs, lesser-explored settings, and unusual retellings.

How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] deemuraliterary.com. Put your name and the project title in the subject. Include a synopsis and the first 25 pages of your ms in the body of the email.


Renee Nyen (KT Literary)

Several years in the editorial department at Random House’s Colorado division provided Renee with the opportunity to work with bestselling and debut authors alike. After leaving Random House, she came to KT Literary in early 2013. She loves digging into manuscripts and helping the author shape the best story possible.

What she is seeking: “I love non-traditional family structures (thinking specifically LGBTQIA+ here), and I’m always fascinated by deeply religious families. I’d like to find a YA fantasy/sci-fi with a transgender main character.”

How to Submit: Please submit a query letter with the first three pages of your manuscript pasted in the email to queries [@] ktliterary.com.When querying Renee, do not query Hannah Fergeson, also on this list.


Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary)

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. A few of Patricia’s recent sales include Hayley Chewins’ middle grade fantasy THE TURNAWAY GIRLS (Candlewick); Kristi Wientge’s middle grade debut KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE (Simon & Schuster Children’s); Mary McCoy’s YA mystery CAMP SO-AND-SO (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner); Jaime Questell’s YA contemporary fantasy BY A CHARM AND A CURSE (Entangled Teen); Susan Bishop Crispell’s magical realist women’s fiction THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press); Loretta Nyhan’s quirky contemporary women’s fiction ALL THE GOOD PARTS (Lake Union Publishing); Kelly J. Ford’s literary suspense COTTONMOUTHS (Skyhorse); and KC Bateman’s historical romance TO STEAL A HEART (Loveswept/Random House).

How to Submit: Please send a query letter by email to: Patricia [at] MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com and write “QUERY” in the subject line of the email.

Please note that her agency now accepts electronic submissions only. In all submissions, please include a contact phone number as well as your email address.


Rebecca Strauss (DeFiore and Company)

Before joining DeFiore and Co., Rebecca was at McIntosh and Otis for seven years where she was an agent and Director of Subsidiary Rights.  Prior to M&O, she was a foreign rights associate at Trident Media Group, and a book scout and development assistant at Sony Pictures. She’s originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and earned her degree in English Literature from Duke University.

What she is seeking: Fantasy only; no sci-fi.

How to Submit: Please email her at Rebecca [@] defliterary.com with a brief query letter containing information on your book, your bio and the first five pages in the body of the email. Please include the word “Query” and your book title in the subject line.

Victoria Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary)

Victoria A. Selvaggio joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as a prior Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio, with over 9 years of actively working on the executive board. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.

How to Submit: Please email a query to vselvaggio [@] windstream.net and put “Query” in the subject line of your email.

Send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.


DongWon Song (Howard Morhaim Literary)

DongWon Song was formerly an editor at Orbit, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. He was the first hire at a publishing startup, Zola Books, and while there oversaw content and eventually became the head of product for the ecommerce and ebook apps. He is a graduate of Duke University and joined HMLA in 2015.

What he is seeking: Seeks both YA sci-fi and YA fantasy; he’d specifically like to find a YA adventure fantasy (similar to Tamora Pierce or Robin McKinley).

How to Submit: E-query along with three sample chapters to dongwon [at] morhaimliterary.com.


Carrie Pestritto (Prospect Agency)

Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and as an intern in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts.

What she is seeking: Seeks high concept fantasy only; does not seek sci-fi or other.

How to Submit: Send submissions through the agency’s online form.


Emily Van Beek (Folio Literary)

Representing an author or artist, whether aspiring or established, is an honor and a commitment I take very seriously. I am passionate about children’s and young adult books. I am passionate about negotiating the best deal possible. I am passionate about working together with our experienced and esteemed subsidiary rights and contracts teams to squeeze as much juice out of a single property as it will yield. I find it incredibly rewarding to work with new voices (and I’m thrilled to say that I’ve discovered several irresistible projects by debut authors and artists in the submissions pile). I’m also committed to helping established authors and artists continue to grow their careers. I am an “editorial” agent, in that I’ll work through as many drafts over the course of as many years as it takes to polish a manuscript I believe in to a high shine prior to submission. My goal is to build long-term relationships with authors and artists and to help them publish books that will stand the test of time.

How to Submit: Please send along your query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to emily[@] foliolitmanagement.com.

Put the word QUERY in the subject line. If you haven’t heard from Emily in six weeks, then she is not the agent for your project.


Christa Heschke (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.

What she is seeking: “For fantasy, I’d like to see unique takes or twists that make them stand out from what’s already on the shelf. I’m a sucker for folklore, especially non-western. I love re-tellings of all types — folktales, classic stories, etc., but again they have to be standout. I’m not looking for something that’s been done many times before. No urban fantasy please.”

How to Submit: Send queries to CHquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript. If querying Christa, do not query Shannon Powers, also on this list.


Hannah Fergeson (KT Literary)

Before settling in New York City, Hannah worked and went to school in Denver, where she obtained her degree in Writing for Film and Television. Opportunities in New York presented themselves before she could run off to LA, and she course corrected her career toward publishing, a dream of hers since childhood. After stints as a remote intern for a well-known agent, a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors, Hannah joined KT Literary in 2016.

How to Submit: Send queries to hannahquery [@] ktliterary.com. The subject line of your email should include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. Queries should not contain attachments.

The synopsis should include the full plot of the book including the conclusion. If querying Hannah, do not query Renee Nyen, also on this list.


Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown)

Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD (New York) since 2005. On the adult side of her list she represents science fiction, fantasy and horror. On the children’s side she represents middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also handles British Commonwealth rights for the agency’s children’s list. She attends the Bologna Book Fair every year on behalf of her agency, and visits London annually as well. Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an assistant literary agent. Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books. She is the Chair of the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and a member of its International Committee. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

How to Submit: Send query letter and contact information to gc [@] cbltd.com.

You can also submit via an online form.


Peter Knapp (Park Literary)

Peter is a literary agent at Park Literary & Media. Fueled by the thrill of reading a new story for the first time, he works creatively with clients and the PLM team on marketing, branding initiatives and promotions to get great books into the hands of readers. Before joining PLM, he was a story editor at a book-scouting agency working with film clients, and he continues to look for new ways to partner with Hollywood on adaptations and multimedia properties.

How to Submit: Send queries to queries [@] parkliterary.com. In the subject line, write “Query for Peter: [genre] by [author name].”

No attachments. Include the first three chapters pasted below the query in the email body text.


Becky LeJeune (Bond Literary Agency)

After working her way through college as a bookseller and earning a BS in Criminal Justice (with minors in English and Anthropology), Becky was accepted into the Denver Publishing Institute, one of a handful of graduate-level programs offering a crash course in publishing. It was there that she met Sandra Bond of Bond Literary Agency. After working for two years as managing editor for a cookbook imprint and another five as a commissioning editor for a local interest and regional history publisher, Becky reconnected with Sandra and has been working with her ever since.

How to Submit: Please send a query letter via email to: queries [@] bondliteraryagency.com. Address Becky by name in the query salutation.

No attachments.


Shannon Powers (McIntosh & Otis)

Shannon Powers is a graduate of New York University. She began her career in publishing at McIntosh and Otis as an intern in 2011, and then went on to intern at The Book Report Network and W.W. Norton & Company. She has also worked as a bookseller. She returned to M&O in 2014, where she assists Shira Hoffman and Christa Heschke and is also looking to build her own list as a junior agent. Twitter: @S_E_Powers

What she is seeking: “I would encourage people to check out my blog regarding what kind of sci-fi and fantasy I enjoy in YA. It’s much more in depth than my agency website bio.”

How to Submit: Send query letters to SPquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Include a synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript with your query letter. No attachments. If querying Shannon, do not query Christa Heschke, also on this list.


Michelle Johnson (Inklings Literary)

After a life long obsession with books, a career in business management/ownership including bookstores and community writing centers, and a few years with small presses in an editorial capacity, Michelle Johnson is now in her fourth year as a literary agent, where she represents many NYT Bestsellers, debut authors, and indie authors alike.

What she is seeking: “Diverse books welcome.”

How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] inklingsliterary.com. Type “Query (Agent Name)” and the title of your novel in the subject line. Include a synopsis and the first 10 pages of your manuscript. No attachments.


Jennifer Azantian (Azantian Literary)

What she is seeking: “Of particular interest are stories that explore meaningful human interactions against fantastic backdrops, underrepresented voices, obscure retold fairy tales, modernized mythologies, literary science fiction, historical fantasy, space operas, hopeful futures, and internally consistent epic fantasy.”

How to Submit: To submit, send your query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and first 10-15 pages in the body of your email to queries [@] azantianlitagency.com. Messages sent with attachments will not be opened. Please indicate if this an exclusive submission.


Lindsay Mealing (Emerald City Literary)

Lindsay has been writing stories since she could first hold a pencil. It wasn’t until she sat down to edit a manuscript for the first time she realized her true love was not on the writing side of the publishing industry, but the business side. She began interning for Mandy at Emerald City Literary Agency in early 2015 and quickly realized agenting was what she wanted to do forever more. Lindsay is a self-proclaimed  nerd, loving everything science fiction and fantasy – from epic tomes to gaming. She fell head over heels with the SFF genre when she read Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (she even has Phedre’s marque tattooed on her back). Find her on Twitter: @lindsaymealing.

How to submit: Send your query letter to querylindsay [at] emeraldcityliterary.com.

Please paste the first five pages of your manuscript below your query – attachments will not be opened. I respond to all queries, so if you have not heard back from me within three weeks, please follow up.

Here are two new literary agents seeking clients. Annie Hwang (Folio Literary Management) is interested in all categories of literary and upmarket fiction. Jess Dallow (Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency) is looking for YA and adult, with a keen interest in contemporary, thriller, romance, and women’s fiction.

Annie Hwang of Folio Literary Management

Originally from Los Angeles, Annie first worked in journalism before moving to New York to pursue her love of book publishing. Since joining Folio Literary Management she has had the pleasure of working with both debut and seasoned authors alike.

What she is seeking: She specializes in all categories of literary and upmarket fiction. She’s especially drawn to historical novels and psychological thrillers. In addition, she loves working with debut authors who have a gift for storytelling and are able immerse her deep within a well-built world in the space of a few sentences. Braided narratives, layered plots, and characters with deep emotional resonance all occupy a strong place in her heart . Annie is also open to nonfiction in the categories of pop science, diet/health/fitness, food, lifestyle, humor, pop culture, and select narrative nonfiction.

How to submit: Please submit queries to annie [at] foliolit.com. Please include the query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of the email. “Please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line as this will ensure I do not miss your letter.

Jess Dallow of Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency

Jess has always had a love for books, especially those that feature well developed, strong female characters. She is fascinated with complex characters and a world that she can fall in love with, stories that make her want to sob and laugh within minutes of each other, and a book that she can’t put down no matter what time it is or what rerun of SVU is on. Jess is interested in both YA and adult literary and commercial fiction with a focus in romance, thrillers, and women’s fiction. 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 Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency.

What she is seeking: Jess specializes in YA and adult, with a keen interest in contemporary, thriller, romance, and women’s fiction.

How to submit: Queries for Jess Dallow should include a query letter and your first chapter (pasted into the email, not to exceed fifteen double-spaced pages) and should be sent to Jess@rfliterary.com.

These six agents are looking for steam punk manuscripts. What is steam punk? It is a subgenre of speculative fiction that incorporates features of 19th steam engine technology (hence the steam). The punk aspect of steam punk has now been thoroughly incorporated into the world of fashion - goggles, helmets - proving, once again, that anything can be commercialized.

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


Lydia Moëd (The Rights Factory

Lydia Moëd came to Canada from the UK, where she worked for several years as a foreign rights executive in children’s publishing. She has also worked as a freelance literary translator and editor, and as a bookseller at Foyles in London. In addition to handling foreign rights for The Rights Factory’s children’s and YA list, she is building her own list of clients for representation.

What she is looking for: “I’m open to adult and YA submissions. I like my steampunk heavy on the punk, and I’m mostly looking for steampunk set in places other than Britain or a Britain-analogue.”

How to Submit: Send queries to lydia [@] therightsfactory.com.


Cate Hart (Corvisiero Agency)

Cate Hart is a Junior Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency, where she started as an intern working closely with Marisa Corvisiero and Saritza Hernandez. A Tennessee native, Cate earned her B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee. Before joining Corvisiero Literary Agency, Cate worked in financial management.

What she is looking for: “Currently I am interested in finding adult steampunk, but I am open to YA and MG as well. I am always open to diverse characters from diverse authors and welcome more unique settings outside of Victorian London.”

How to Submit: Attach your 1-2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript as a separate Word doc. Send queries to cate [@] corvisieroagency.com.


Shira Hoffman (McIntosh & Otis, Inc.)

Shira began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and has been with M&O since 2007. In 2013, she took over as Director of Subsidiary Rights. She also Tweets @ShiraSHoffman.

What she is looking for: “I’m only looking for adult steampunk and maybe an occasional YA. No MG.”

How to Submit: Send queries SHquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel. No attachments.


Jen Hunt (Booker Albert Literary Agency)

Jen Hunt graduated from the University of Reno, Nevada with an English Literature degree and an unholy fascination with Victorian literature, although contrary to popular belief, she doesn't wear a corset. She does drink way too much coffee and enjoys watching the BBC. Another remake of a Jane Austen classic? Game on! Also happens to be a huge Bioware fangirl - when she has enough time for gaming

What she is looking for: Picture books, YA, and adult steampunk.

How to Submit: Send your queries to query [@] thebookeralbertagency.com. Include the first 10 pages of your manuscript copy/pasted into the body of an email (no attachments, unless requested). In the subject line: please be sure to include “Query for Jen: [Title].” Also include genre and word count and your name and contact information. If you have publishing credits, please give us relevant information: name of the book/anthology/story, publisher, publication date, sales info. 


Sara Megibow (KT Literary)

Sara Megibow is a literary agent with nine years of experience in publishing. Sara specializes in working with authors in middle grade, young adult, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy and represents New York Times bestselling authors Roni Loren and Jason Hough and international bestselling authors Stefan Bachmann and Tiffany Reisz. Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country.

What she is looking for: Middle grade, young adult, romance, science fiction and fantasy. The novel can be epic, urban, historical, paranormal, contemporary, etc—steampunk in any sub-genre is welcome. “I’m looking for queries for novels that are 100% complete and never previously published. As an example of steampunk that I love, I represent Stefan Bachmann whose THE PECULIAR is an internationally bestselling steampunk fantasy for middle grade.”

How to Submit: Send a query letter (2-3 paragraph description of the book that reads like the back cover of a novel) plus the first 3 pages of their book (in the body of the email) to saraquery [@] ktliterary.com.


Lane Heymont (The Seymour Agency)

Serving as a Literary Assistant for two years at the Seymour Agency, Lane Heymont led the marketing efforts for their authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature since childhood, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent to bring more well written books to the masses.

How to submit: How to connect: Send all queries to lane [at] theseymouragency.com.

The subject line should be “QUERY: (Title).”

Please past the first five pages in the body of the e-mail.

There are more than 20,000 libraries in the U.S., providing not just books to their patrons, but a solid boost for authors. Libraries often feature sections for local authors, and host many literary events.

On October 8, 2016, libraries all over the country will be celebrating indie authors. If you have self-published, this is a golden opportunity for you to connect with readers, local resources, and other writers!

Find out more on the Indie Author Day website.


From the website:

During the Inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 pm Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for libraries and authors to connect on both local and global levels!

Libraries across the US will be holding:
  • Presentations from local indie authors about writing, marketing and more
  • Book readings and / or signings from local authors
  • Presentations from local industry leaders
  • Writing workshops
  • Presentations and workshops to inform the writing community about tools available for them to use through the library

Is your library participating? Find your library herehttp://indieauthorday.com/where/

There are three dozen calls for submissions with deadlines in September. All of these markets pay writers.

As always, there are calls for a wide variety of genres and styles. Short stories, essays, interviews, poems, and flash fiction are all welcome.

Note: For links to sites that regularly post calls for submissions - both paid and unpaid - go to Calls for Submissions.


Skirt! Magazine

Genre: Personal essays. Theme: Stories about your big life, big moments, big thoughts and big dreams.

Payment: $200 per piece

Deadline: September 1, 2016


On Second Thought: Sense of Place Issue 

"For the 2016 Sense of Place issue writers are invited to focus on images from Digital Horizons (digitalhorizonsonline.org). Digital Horizons is an online library that includes thousands of images, documents, videos, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains from the late 1800s to today. Articles may focus on a specific image of the author’s choosing from the Digital Horizons library. Submissions can include historical analysis, critical reflections, or other approaches to understanding or interpreting images of the Northern Plains over time. However, we will also accept submissions not focused on Digital Horizons." Writers must have some connection to North Dakota.

Payment: $250 per piece

Deadline: September 1, 2016


Timeless Magazine: Theme: The Snow Queen

Genre: Timeless Tales exclusively publishes retellings of fairy tales and myths. Must relate to theme

Payment: $20/story

Deadline: September 1, 2016


Ligature Works

Genre: Speculative fiction, poetry

Payment: $25

Deadline: September 1, 2016


|tap| literary magazine

Genre: Poetry and prose on trauma, mental health, social justice, and by marginalized voices

Payment: $25 per piece

Deadline: September 1, 2016


Sirens Call: Alone With Your Fear

Genre: Stories that pit the main character against their own greatest fear

Length: 4,000 – 8,000 words

Payment: $25 per piece

Deadline: September 1, 2016



Genres: Poetry, prose, creative nonfiction

Payment: $10-$50 for poetry, and 1-3 cents per word for fiction and non fiction

Deadline: September 1, 2016


Goblin Fruit

Genre: Fantastical poetry

Payment: $15

Deadline: September 1, 2016



"Briarpatch Magazine publishes writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance."

Genre: Nonfiction

Payment: $50 - $150

Deadline: September 5, 2016


Wayward Ink

Genre: GLBT speculative fiction

Length: 3000 - 15,000 words

Payment: $50 – $80

Deadline: September 9, 2016



Genres: Fiction, poetry, essays

Payment: $50 per piece

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Tanstaafl Press Anthology: Enter the Aftermath

Genre: Stories about the burnout or shortly after any type apocalypse

Payment: $0.01-0.08 per word

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Horror Library

Genre: Horror

Payment: 3 cents per word

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Inside The Bell Jar

Genre: Poetry, short stories and flash fiction of absolutely any genre. The only real requirement we have is that your piece is related to mental illness in some way; through a character, the general theme, something about the setting – you decide.

Payment: £15 per published short story. £10 per poem

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Broken Pencil

Genre: Fiction, 3000 words max

Payment: $100

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology

We’re more interested in the ordinary day-to-day challenges facing these extraordinary individuals: growing up, growing old, relationships, career struggles, parenting. How they cope with that age-old desire to fit in when, let’s face it, they don’t.

Genre: Fiction (3,000 - 6,000 words)

Payment: 3 to 8 cents per word

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Eye to the Telescope: Ghosts Issue

"I am looking for more than thumps in the attic and pretty dead girls on a moonlit road. I want the unexpected, the unmeasured—I want poems that belie the limits of life and afterlife and what we think a ghost story should be. Give me phantoms and poltergeists, yes, bean-sidhe and È Guǐ, pathos or parody, space ship specters or transmigrating alien souls—I want any and all of it, as long the poem has meat on its bones. No restrictions on genre or form, though graphic violence or gore will be a hard sell. More than anything, I want to be moved."

Genre: Speculative poetry

Payment: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Syntax & Salt

Theme : Myths, Monsters, Legends and Fairy Tales

Genre: Short stories

Payment: $10

Deadline: September 15, 2016


New Zenith Magazine

Genre: All genres and types of fiction as well as poetry, cartooning, illustrations/illustrated stories, short comics, photography on theme of holidays

Payment: All works 250 or less words will receive $5.00. Works of 251 words or more will receive $0.02 per word.

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Janeland: Women Write More about Leaving Men for Women

"Six years have passed since the publication of Lambda Literary Award finalist Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women, a groundbreaking exploration of sexual fluidity through intimate, firsthand stories. It’s time to update, extend, broaden, and strengthen the conversation."

Payment: Varies

Deadline: September 15, 2016



Genres: Poetry, fiction

Payment: €30 per poem and €120 per short story

Deadline: September 15, 2016


The Capilano Review

Genre: Prose and poetry

Payment: $50/page

Deadline: September 15, 2016


3288 Review

Genre: Fiction, nonfiction and poetry

Payment: $25 - $50

Deadline: September 15, 2016


Cicada YA

"CICADA YA lit/comics magazine is looking for fairy tales and folklore with a twist—we want you to take familiar stories and dress them up; dress them down; give them some bite; shine a different light on them. Tell us a dark and weird tale from your culture, or show us something new. Let the wolf win. Stick all of those tired old folktale tropes in a blender, add genre-savviness and a dash of hot sauce, and serve over ice."

Genre: Short fiction, poetry, essays, and comics for teen audience - pitches only

Payment: 10 to 25 cents per word

Deadline: September 20, 2016



Theme: Christmas in Crisis

Genre: Flash fiction.

Payment: 2 cents per word

Deadline: September 23, 2016


The Puritan

Genres: Essays, fiction, poetry
Payment: $100 (essay), $50 (fiction), $15 per page (poem)

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Alberta Fishing Guide Magazine

Genre: Articles about fishing in Alberta, Canada. Send queries only

Payment: $300-$500 per piece

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine

Genres: Fiction, poetry, fairy tales

Theme: Ghosts

Payment: $30 per story, $10 per poem

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Nashville Review 

Genres: Fiction, poetry

Payment: $100 for fiction, $25 for poetry

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Heart of Steel — LGBTQIA Knights Anthology

Genre: Stories about knights and all they are willing to do and endure for the sake of those they love and protect

Payment: $200

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever!

"We’re looking for stories about moms of all ages, from young mothers to great-grandmothers, and everything in between. Let your mom or grandmother or stepmother or the mother of your children know that her hard work has been recognized and that without her, the kids wouldn’t be where they are today."

Payment: $200

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Writer’s Chronicle

"The editors look for articles that demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of literary issues and a generosity of spirit that esteems the arguments of other writers on similar topics."

Genre: Nonfiction

Payment: $18 per 100 words

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Patchwork Raven

"We are looking to create a book of diverse protagonists - stories from and about people all over the world from all kinds of cultures and sub-cultures. Don't get too hung up on "message", though - we want strong tales that will be gripping to kids, we just also want multiple kinds of voices in the book."

Genre: Bedtime stories for children between roughly 3-9 years old. Stories should be between 500 and 1500 words.

Payment: $25

Deadline: September 30, 2016



Theme: Gun control

Genre: Science fiction and fantasy

Payment: $.01/word

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Tin House

Themes: True Crime and Rehab

Genre: Stories, essays, poems

Payment: $50 - $200

Deadline: September 30, 2016


Fighting Monkey: Uncommon Minds

"We are seeking stories of exceptional intelligence, uncanny empathy, telekinesis, telepathy, or whatever else your UnCommon Mind can dream up. Is an UnCommon Mind a gift or a curse? You tell us. Better yet, show us the consequences of living with an UnCommon Mind. Happy and tragic endings are equally appreciated, but please refrain from submitting cliffhangers. While all genres are welcome, UnCommon anthologies tend to lean more toward magical realism."

Genre: Speculative fiction, magical realism

Payment: Royalties

Deadline: September 30, 2016