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Finding an agent to represent a short story collection is not easy. The reason most agents prefer to avoid short story collections is that they are difficult to sell to publishers - unless the author is already famous.

Before you submit your collection, I strongly recommend that you get as many stories as possible published in literary magazines. Having a track record will help, and prior publication will not harm your chances of getting a collection published. (However, you should avoid publishing in magazines that are online. If people can read your stories for free, why should they buy them?)

For where to publish short stories see:

297 Paying Markets for Short Stories, Poetry, Nonfiction

Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions

18 Paying Markets for Humor 

And if you prefer to submit directly to a publisher read:

17 Publishers Accepting Unagented Short Story Collections

IMPORTANT: These twelve agents have listed Short Stories on their MSWL (manuscript wish list) profiles, however you should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.
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Jennifer Kim (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

A graduate from the University of California Irvine, Jennifer holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Literature, and spent a year studying Spanish literature and culture at the University of Barcelona. She also works as a bookseller, having done so since 2012.
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Renée Zuckerbrot Literary Agency

Renée Zuckerbrot founded the agency after working as an editor at Doubleday and Franklin Square Press/Harper’s Magazine. She is a member of the AAR and Authors Guild. She serves on PEN’s Membership Committee, and is a Board member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and Slice Magazine. You can read an interview with Renée and her colleagues at Poets & Writers. See her top ten list of short stories at Storyville. 
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Waverly Place Literary Agency 

Seeking short story and poetry collections with popular appeal.
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Helen Boyle (Pickled Ink) (UK)

Helen Boyle has over fifteen years experience in the children’s publishing industry. She began her career at Hodder Children’s Books in the marketing and publicity department but quickly felt the draw of editorial and design. She has worked as a consultant, editor and reviewer for UK book and magazine publishers and has an extensive knowledge of the global children’s book market. She is seeking YA connected short stories. (A novel told as a series of short stories.)
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Chad Luibl (Janklow and Nesbit

I tend to lean more toward darker tales and gritty settings, culture-crossing perspectives, structures that are a bit experimental (see David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas), and always narratives with a strong emotional core. Having lived in Poland and Hungary, I have a niche-interest in books that feel Eastern European in voice/perspective (or explore post-Soviet and Cold War themes), and I find anything that deals with exile and expatriation immediately arresting.
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Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency)

I’m officially open to all genres. Whatever the age group, I tend to love contrast–highbrow sentences and lowbrow content, beautiful settings and ugly motives–the books that are beautiful and scary, heartbreaking and hilarious. I love secrets, scheming, revenge, plotting–and stories that have to be written forward and backward to make sense (I LOVE discovering a very cleverly planted clue that makes sense in retrospect).
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Katie Grimm (Don Congdon Associates)

Most generally, I focus on adult literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, middle grade, and young adult fiction.  Across all genres and ages, I’ll always be interested in the darker and weirder side of the human condition as well as previously under- or misrepresented experiences and voices.
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Kimberley Cameron (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)

I’ve enjoyed being an agent for 26 years, and love to find new voices. I love to lose myself in a story and to be transported to another reality, whether it be in the future, contemporary, or in the past. I am a complete francophile and have spent lots of time living in Paris and the South of France, and yes, I have sold lots of books from abroad, as I’m always working! I love to read.
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Laura Biagi (Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc.)

Some things I’m especially interested in at the moment: Magical realism in the vein of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a literary fiction journey story where the characters change as much as the landscape around them, absurdism a la George Saunders, anything reminiscent of Karen Russell, strong female edgy voices like Miranda July, a story with a gothic or magical realist twist set in Kentucky or the South, literary YA with Romani characters, and contemporary YA with characters following their passions and trying to figure out life as in Rainbow Rowell’s novels.
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Monica Odom (Bradford Literary)

Monica is most actively seeking adult projects, but is open to some YA and MG (especially if it is NF or illustrated). She holds the same criteria no matter the age group: original storytelling, incredible voice, compelling characters, and vivid, detailed setting. She also likes to see a strong sense of narrative tension. Monica is serious about the fact that We Need Diverse Books and is looking for authentic representation of all characters, diverse or otherwise
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Rachel Crawford (Wolf Literary)

I’m on the look out for literary and commercial fiction and YA. I’m drawn to stories that defy genre conventions and play with reader expectations, and I particularly enjoy dystopian fiction, eco-fiction, and apocalyptic narratives, as well as anything with a scientist protagonist. I love books that explore big ideas through compelling narrative.
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Sarah Yake (Frances Collin Literary Agency)

A quirky, interesting voice is my number one consideration. I love a touch of humor, whether overt or sly. My reading tastes are wide-ranging and my goal is to keep building a similarly diverse, multi-genre list.

 
 
These three agents are actively expanding their client lists. Damian McNicholl (Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency) is seeking fiction and nonfiction, including memoirs. Kortney Price (Holloway Literary) is looking for middle grade, young adult, and new adult fiction. Kaitlyn Johnson (Corvisiero Literary Agency) is interested in young adult, new adult, and adult fiction, especially fantasy.

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 comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

Happy submitting!
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Damian McNicholl of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

About Damian: Damian McNicholl grew up in Northern Ireland and moved to the US in the early nineties. A former attorney, he is also an author whose latest novel, THE MOMENT OF TRUTH, will be published by Pegasus Books in June 2017. His critically acclaimed novel A SON CALLED GABRIEL will be republished by Pegasus in Fall 2017. Damian regards himself as an agent who likes to edit and help polish a client’s work before submission.

He is Seeking: Great nonfiction and fiction that appeals to a wide audience and makes people think, laugh and sob. In fiction, his interests are compelling novels that hit the sweet spot between literary and commercial, historical and select offbeat/quirky. Nonfiction interests include memoir, biography, investigative journalism and current events, especially cultural, legal and LGBT issues that can help lead to meaningful change in society. To see the types of books he likes, please visit Damian’s agent page.

How to Submit: For fiction and memoir, please email a succinct query to damianmcnichollvarney@gmail.com with a subject line of QUERY. Include a short synopsis of the plot (think dust jacket copy), concise bio setting forth any publishing credits and the first 15 pages in the body of the email. For all other nonfiction, please attach a proposal as a Word document that includes the first chapter and your author platform.

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Kortney Price of Holloway Literary

About Kortney: Prior to joining Holloway Literary as a Literary Assistant, Kortney completed internships with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Inklings Literary Agency. In 2014 she graduated with a B.A. in English from Greenville College. Kortney manages the agency website and is the editor of the Holloway Literary blog.

She is Seeking: Middle-grade fiction written in the vein of Gordon Korman, young adult thrillers similar to Lois Duncan, and contemporary new adult fiction.

How to Submit: Send a query and the first 15 pages pasted in the body of the e-mail to submissions [at] hollowayliterary.com. Your subject line should read “Kortney/[Title]/[Genre].”
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Kaitlyn Johnson of Corvisiero Literary Agency

About Kaitlyn: After receiving a BA in Writing, Publishing, and Literature from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. Centering her life around everything literary, she started her own freelance editing company, K. Johnson Editorial, as soon as her diploma came in the mail. Holding two years of literary magazine editing experience, Kaitlyn is proud to be on staff for the increasingly popular Muse and the Marketplace Conference held in Boston every April/May through GrubStreet. She currently works as both the Muse Conference Assistant and the Donor Communications Assistant at GrubStreet.

She is Seeking: Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. Lots of fantasy (yes, that very much includes urban!), time travel, select dystopian, romance (erotic elements OK), and historical fiction if it is anything other than Henry VIII.
  • Contemporary with unique concept and good execution. No overplayed tropes/characters. Same goes for upper MG.
  • LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all genres accepted above.
  • Fairytale retellings but ONLY if it’s from an unexpected POV
How to Submit: Please follow the submission guidelines on the “Submissions” page of Corvisiero Literary Agency and send to query@corvisieroagency.com with the subject title: “Query: Kaitlyn Johnson, [name of manuscript]”
  • Strong query
  • Five page sample
  • 1-2 page synopsis
Please do not e-mail unsolicited queries to her personal work e-mail. They will not be accepted. 

 
 
Here are two new agents seeking clients. Laura Crockett (TriadaUS) is interested in YA and adult fiction. Claire Roberts (Trident Media Group) is looking for all types of fiction as well as narrative nonfiction.

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 comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

Good luck!
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Laura Crockett of Triada US

What she is seeking: ​In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, mental health, diversity, LGBTQ) and fantasy (particularly with excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include Fangirl, The Lie Tree, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, All the Bright Places, Shadowfell, When We Collided, Anna and the French Kiss, A Shadow Bright and Burning,The Star-Touched Queen, and The Winner's Curse.

In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women's fiction (heartfelt, juicy moral dilemmas, historical bends with parallel narratives), humorous chick-lit (especially if it's millennial-driven), and fantasy (excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include The Night Circus, Outlander, The Queen of Blood, Daughter of the Forest, The Winter Witch, The Hating Game, and authors like Jodi Picoult, Kate Morton, Gayle Forman, and Sophie Kinsella.

How to submit: When querying Laura, please include the first ten pages in the body of your email. She can be contacted at laura@triadaus.com.
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Claire Roberts of Trident Media Group

About Claire: Claire Roberts had a very successful career in publishing already, focusing on selling rights internationally for authors both at publishing houses and most recently at Trident Media Group, where she was the head of the Foreign Rights department and had worked on the global careers of such authors as Marilynne Robinson, Marlon James, Justin Cronin and Paul Harding. She is now developing her own clients whose work she will handle in the US as well as internationally. Claire has an MFA from the University of Michigan. She is looking for writing that’s fresh, immediate, and character-driven, and above all, writing that stays with you.

She is seeking: She loves many types of fiction, and of course, in view of her MFA in literary fiction, she finds that genre very appealing. “In fiction I am most interested in upmarket/mainstream to literary fiction and upmarket to literary crime fiction.” She also seeks narrative nonfiction. Claire says that “the books that do best in the international markets are those that tell great stories, with the kind of writing that stays with you after the book has been put down. And the authors of those kind of books, are exactly who I am looking to work with and represent in the United States.”

How to submit: Use Trident’s online submissions form here.

 
 
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Here are two new agents seeking clients. Natascha Morris (Bookends)  is seeking picture books, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, historical fiction, and narrative non-fiction. Justin Wells (Corvisiero Literary) is looking to represent middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult novels. For middle grade, he is actively seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, and historical fiction. In young adult, he is seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, historical fiction, contemporary, and dystopian fiction. For new adult, he is seeking fantasy, contemporary romance, and science fiction. And, lastly, for adult, he is seeking fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction.

Note: You can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients
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Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary

About Justin: Justin started his journey six years ago when he began his young adult literature blog. If you had asked him then, he would have never imagined just how much his journey over the course of those early years would impact his future. Starting as an intern with the Corvisiero Literary Agency in May of 2016 quickly turned into a position as a Literary Agent Apprentice, under the guidance of Marisa Corvisiero. Being a literary agent is something that Justin has fallen in love with, and is eager to continue for years to come.

He is seeking: Justin is looking to represent middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult novels. For middle grade, he is actively seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, and historical fiction. In young adult, he is seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, historical fiction, contemporary, and dystopian fiction. For new adult, he is seeking fantasy, contemporary romance, and science fiction. And, lastly, for adult, he is seeking fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. He would really like to see submissions for all categories and genres that have diverse main characters.

How to submit: To submit a query to Justin, e-mail query@corvisieroagency.com with the subject line “Query – ATTN: Justin Wells, [insert name of manuscript]”. When submitting your query, please make sure that you are making it as strong as it can be. Please include a one to two page synopsis, and also the first ten pages of your manuscript within the body of your query, at the bottom (no attachments will be accepted.

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Natascha Morris of Bookends

About Natascha: Before joining Bookends, Natascha Morris worked at Simon and Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books. Prior to that she was an intern with Sourcebooks.

She is seeking: Picture books, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, historical fiction, and narrative non-fiction.

"As the child of an immigrant, I would love to see a middle grade that addresses that. There were times I didn’t feel a part of either culture: too German for America and too American for Germany. Many children from mixed cultural backgrounds experience this. Even if it is not about immigrants, it needs to speak to this internal feeling of exclusion outside of the normal experience. I’d love to get a young adult novel as brutal, intense, and morally complex as The 100 TV show. Not many people know I grew up very poor in Texas. My mother was going back to school and we lived in government housing. That experience shaped who I am today, but many of my friends never experienced that life. I’d love to find a middle grade novel that speaks to the struggle of the working poor (living paycheck to paycheck, having your clothes come second hand, etc.) but does so in a way that is not depressing."

How to submit: Use the agency's online submission portal HERE.

 
 
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Here are eleven agents looking for literary fiction. Literary agents often make a distinction between literary and commercial fiction. In a nutshell, commercial fiction is popular fiction that falls into a genre. Literary fiction has long-lasting social content, features a more complex writing style, and is innovative.

The distinction between commercial/genre/popular books and literary work is not hard and fast. 1984 by George Orwell is genre fiction (dystopian), and is wildly popular, but it is not considered commercial fiction, because it is a work of social commentary.

Note: You can find a comprehensive list of dozens of new and established agents actively looking for new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.

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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. Mitch is actively building a list of authors writing across the spectrum of fiction and nonfiction, including thrillers, suspense, crime fiction, and literary fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction, politics, popular science, history, memoir, current events, and pop culture. His clients include Meg Bortin, Raymond Khoury, Charles Linehan, Tom Rob Smith, and Radha Vatsal.

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.

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Caryn Karmatz Rudy (DeFiore and Company)

Caryn Karmatz Rudy joined DeFiore and Company in the fall of 2010. Prior to becoming a literary agent, Caryn spent seventeen years as an editor of both fiction and nonfiction for Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing. Her experience on the other side of the publishing desk has armed her with invaluable insight into the hurdles editors face throughout the entire publishing process from the book’s initial acquisition to the marketing, publicity and sales vital to ensuring strong sales…and she believes falling shamelessly in love with a book is the ultimate weapon in any agent’s arsenal.

How to Submit: Please email at Caryn@defliterary.com, using the word “Query” and your book’s title in the subject line. Please include a brief, compelling description of the book in the email, along with a short bio, and for fiction and memoir, please include the first five pages of the manuscript in the body of the email. Attachments will not be opened unless I have requested them.

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Amaryah Orenstein (Go Lit)

Amaryah began her career at the Laura Gross Literary Agency in 2009 and, prior to that, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations, including the Tauber Institute, where she edited books for Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Amaryah earned a BA at McGill University before coming to the United States to pursue graduate studies in American History. She completed an MA at Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute and a PhD at Brandeis University, and currently serves as Co-President of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

How to Submit: Please send your queries to submissions@go-lit.com. Emails should include a description of your work and a brief biographical sketch. Please do not send your manuscript, whole or partial, unless it has been specifically requested.

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Steve Kasdin (Curtis Brown)

Steve Kasdin joined Curtis Brown in 2012 as Director of Digital Strategy. He supervises Curtis Brown’s eBook program, consulting with Curtis Brown’s agents in developing custom digital opportunities for their clients with eBook publishers and digital retailers. Previously on the Kindle team at Amazon.com, Steve has been in the publishing business for over 20 years. He has served as Marketing Director at St. Martin’s Press, Scholastic and Harcourt, as an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, and as a buyer for Barnes & Noble.

How to Submit: Please send a query letter about what makes your book unique, a 1-3 page plot synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history, if you have one), and the first 40-50 pages of your manuscript as an attachment to the e-mail to skasdin [@] cbltd.com. If querying Steve, do not query Kerry, also on this list.

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Stacy Testa (Writers House)

Stacy is seeking literary fiction and upmarket women’s fiction, particularly stories with international settings, unique subcultures, historical hooks, magical realism, and/or strong, empowered women. "On the nonfiction side, I am interested in acquiring remarkable memoirs, humor writing, essay collections, narrative nonfiction, and prescriptive titles with strong platforms. Broadly speaking, I am drawn to anything with a compelling narrative voice and/or a great sense of humor. And now, more than ever, I want to represent titles that promote social justice."

How to Submit: Please send your query letter to stesta [@] writershouse.com, with the first 5-10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments, please.

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Alison Fargis (Stonesong)

With more than 20 years in publishing, Alison represents a wide range of commercially successful properties and is actively looking for lifestyle, pop culture, health/wellness, diet, parenting, select middle grade and young adult fiction, and adult fiction that blurs the line between literary and commercial. Prior to joining Stonesong in 1995, she taught English to President Vaclav Havel’s staff at the Prague Castle and taught high school English in Příbram, Czech Republic. Alison was the recipient of a Dana Foundation Grant and a Foundation for a Civil Society (Soros Foundation) Fellowship. She graduated Vassar College with a B.A. in Art.

How to Submit: Send queries to submissions [@] stonesong.com. Include the phrase “Query for Alison: [Title]” in the subject line of your e-mail to ensure she receives it and it isn’t filtered as spam. Include the first chapter or first 10 pages of your work, pasted into the body of your e-mail, so that she may get a sense of your writing. Please do not send attachments. Please note that Alison is closed to queries during the months of August and December.

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Laura Mamelok (Susanna Lea)

Laura represents a range of fiction and nonfiction, both commercial and literary. Laura is French-American and has lived in both Paris and New York. She obtained her BA in comparative literature at Barnard College and her MA in comparative literature and film at Columbia University and the University of Paris. Prior to joining SLA in 2009, she worked as a literary scout for Maria B. Campbell Associates. She lives in Brooklyn.

How to Submit: Queries by email only: lmamelok@susannalea.com  Please send a concise query letter, including e-mail address, phone number, and any relevant information (previous publications, etc.), a brief synopsis, and the first three chapters and/or proposal. Please include the word “Query” in the subject line of your e-mail. Laura will respond if interested.

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Robin Mizell (Robin Mizell Ltd.)

Robin possesses a BA in English literature. Prior to becoming an authors’ representative she accumulated a decade of publishing experience in the corporate and government sectors and as a freelance writer and copyeditor. She launched her blog, Treated & Released, to demonstrate to her clients the value of transparency. An avid monitor of media criticism, she often writes about social networking and publicity for authors.

How to Submit: First five pages of the manuscript along with the query email. Send to mail [at] robinmizell.com.”

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Shannon Hassan (Marsal Lyon Literary)

Before becoming an agent, Shannon was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, and prior to that, a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York. She received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University.

How to Submit: Please send a query letter by e-mail, with the word QUERY in the e-mail’s subject line, to Shannon [@] MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com.

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Sarah LaPolla (Bradford Literary)

Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent in 2013. She had previously worked in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010. Sarah received her MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from The New School in 2008, and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College.

Representing MG, YA, and Adult fiction, Sarah is especially drawn to the following genres: literary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, literary horror, and upmarket contemporary fiction. No matter the genre, Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters with engaging voices. She seeks stories that evoke strong connections and novels that offer a wide range of emotions. Whether they write dark, gritty YA, light coming-of-age narratives, or edgy urban fantasy, Sarah’s authors tend to reflect larger themes within a character-focused story, such as feminism, tolerance, religion, and challenging the status quo.

How to Submit: Please paste your query + first five pages into the body of an e-mail to sarah [@] bradfordlit.com with the subject line reading “Query: [title].”


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Kerry D’Agostino (Curtis Brown)

Kerry D’Agostino started working at Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. Before Curtis Brown, she received her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her bachelors from Bowdoin College.

How to Submit: Please e-mail query letters to kd [@] cbltd.com, along with a synopsis and three sample chapters.

If querying Kerry, do not query Steve, also on this list.

 
 
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Here are eight literary agents actively seeking clients. Make sure you read the agency's website before submitting, especially the submissions page, for more information.

The more you know about an agent before submitting the better. An excellent resource for checking out agents is Absolute Write. (Just type Absolute Write and the agent's name into a Google search.)

Note: For a complete list of dozens of new and established agents actively seeking clients click here

Happy submitting!
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Danielle Smith of Lupine Grove Creative


Danielle's publishing career began with her well known book reviews and articles, of which many can still be found at There's A Book. Additionally she wrote for print & online publications such as Women's World and Parenting Magazine. She's an author, literacy advocate, professional flutist and movie lover. Danielle has also served as a judge for the Cybils Awards in the picture book category for three years as well as for the INSPYs and various other writing competitions. Danielle was formerly an agent at Red Fox Literary. She launched Lupine Grove Creative in 2017.

What she is looking for: Only submissions of the picture book, early reader, chapter book, middle grade and young adult book variety as well as illustrators will be considered. 

How to submit
: Send a query via email and paste your manuscript (ten pages for novels/chapter books; full text of picture book for picture books/early readers) within the body of the email to submissions@lupinegrove.com.

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Lorin Oberweger of Adams Literary

Before joining Adams Literary, Lorin Oberweger served as a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter for more than two decades, helping to shepherd hundreds of books—including many bestsellers—to publishing success. She is particularly known for her one-on-one story development and workshops for writers of all genres of fiction and creative non-fiction. Lorin is a popular speaker at conferences around the country, including many appearances at SCBWI events. 

An award-winning author, Lorin has written for a wide variety of periodicals, and her ghostwritten books, commissioned by major publishers, have received glowing notices from the New York Times and Kirkus Reviews. Lorin is the co-author of BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE, under the pen name Noelle August. 

What she is looking for
: Lorin is seeking middle grade and young adult in any genre with a preference for social themes, edgier/darker works (though she loves a “feel good” story, too), and characters who are either self-actualized or promise self-actualization from the start.

How to submit: Guidelines for submitting are on the Submissions page. Use submission form here.

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Victoria Marini of Irene Goodman Literary Agency 

Victoria Marini began her career as a literary agent at Gelfman Schneider and ICM Partners before joining the Irene Goodman Agency in 2016.

What she is looking for: She is interested in both Literary and Commercial Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult fiction. From contemporary to magical realism to sci-fi/fantasy and dramatic suspense, she is always looking for unforgettable off-the-page characters, compulsive stories, and unique voices. She is a sucker for weirdness, atmosphere, secrets, things that go bump in the night, a bit of whimsy, a twist of magic, or a dash of humor.

How to submit: Email a query letter and the first ten pages, along with a synopsis (3-5 paragraphs) and bio, in the body of an email to victoria.queries@ irenegoodman.com
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Linda Kasten of Loiacono Literary Agency

Linda Kasten is a novelist who writes thrillers and romance suspense. Having received a literature degree with minors in journalism and creative writing from Newman University in her hometown, Wichita, Kansas, she has continued studying and working on honing her craft, taking advantage of writing workshops and retreats, networking through conferences, and working with critique editors. She also belongs to several writing groups within her state’s radius.

What she is seeking: Thrillers, suspense, romance, mysteries, cozies, alternate histories, adventure, and mainstream fiction.

She is not interested in: erotica, foreign language translations, horror, LGBTQ, historical fiction unless it is outstanding, or works with excess profanity or vulgarity.

How to submit: Send query to Linda@Linda.K@llallc.net. Send synopsis and complete manuscript as attached word documents. Read the submissions page carefully for specific guidelines. 

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Chris Wellbelove of Aitken Alexander Associates

Before joining Aitken Alexander Associates, Chris worked as an agent for six years at Greene & Heaton. 

What he is seeking: Literary fiction and nonfiction, including memoirs, nature writing, sports, and other nonfiction topics.

How to submit: Please send a query letter, with a short synopsis and the first 30 pages of your book as a Word attachment to submissions@aitkenalexander.co.uk

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Kathleen Schmidt of Empire Literary

An industry veteran with 20 years of experience, Kathleen Schmidt was most recently Associate Publisher of Rodale Books where she helped develop the Rodale Books publishing program, as well as new products and initiatives with current and prospective authors and brands, including The New York Times bestsellers Run Fast. Eat Slow., Thug Kitchen 101, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, and Hustle. Prior to joining Rodale, Schmidt was VP of Marketing and Publicity at Running Press, Weinstein Books and Atria.

Schmidt has also led her own PR & Marketing firm, KMSPR, where her clients included New York Times bestselling author Buzz Bissinger, former WNBA player Chamiques Holdsclaw, and writers J. Courtney Sullivan, Alissa Nutting, and Dawn Tripp among others.

What she is seeking: Kathleen is looking to acquire narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture, health and wellness, lifestyle, and select women’s fiction. 

How to submit: Send query to Queries@empireliterary.com
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Monika Woods of Curtis Brown, Ltd. 

Monika Woods is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and has worked at Trident Media Group and InkWell Management, where she worked closely with leading voices in contemporary literature.

What she is seeking: literary and commercial fiction and compelling non-fiction in food, popular culture, journalism, science, and current affairs. Monika is particularly excited about plot-driven literary novels, non-fiction that is creatively critical, unique perspectives, a great cookbook, and above all, original prose.

How to submit: Send an email with a description of your project as well as the first ten pages of your manuscript to mmw@cbltd.com. She reviews all queries sent to her within three to four weeks, and will respond if she’s interested in seeing more.
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Pamela Malpas of Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency

Pamela Malpas has spent more than two decades in publishing; before joining the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, she was an agent with Harold Ober Associates, and prior to that, with Knox Burger Associates. She has worked with winners of the Stella Prize, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel, PEN/New England, PEN/West, and Ippy awards. Pamela represents work in several categories of fiction and narrative nonfiction. AAR member.

What she is seeking: Fiction (literary and upmarket commercial, crime and suspense) that examines moral problems, family dynamics, and human behavior. Narrative nonfiction in history, natural history, arts and culture. She does not consider nonfiction in the areas of pop culture, self-help or practical nonfiction, nor fiction in the categories of science fiction/fantasy, romance/erotica, juvenile or YA fiction.

How to submit: Send an email query to  pamela@jenniferlyonsliteraryagency.com

 
 
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Here are two new agents seeking clients. Amanda Ayers Barnett (Donaghy Literary) is interested in mystery/thrillers and middle-grade, young adult, new adult and women’s fiction, coming of age novels and precocious main characters.

Michael Caligaris (Holloway Literary) is looking for literary fiction, autobiographical fiction, short story collections or connected stories as a novel, LGBTQ lit, novels that are set in the Midwest or could be considered Americana, crime fiction, mystery/noir, dystopian fiction, civil unrest/political uprising/war novels, memoir, New Journalism and/or long-form journalism, essay collections, satirical/humor writing, and environmental writing.

You can find many more literary agents actively looking for clients hereAgents Seeking Clients
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Michael Caligaris of Holloway Literary

About Michael: Michael Caligaris has been working in publishing since 2013. After earning an MFA in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College, he co-founded a Bay Area literary magazine, The East Bay Review, and worked for the world’s largest academic science journal, PLOS ONE. He considers the time he taught creative writing to first-generation college students as a turning point in his career, for they inspired him to further seek out those often-overlooked authors writing about family, struggle, class, and race. As an agent for Holloway Literary, Michael strives to find emerging authors with strong voice and vision, and he promises to tirelessly campaign for their exposure.

What he is seeking: Literary fiction, autobiographical fiction (i.e., So Long, See You Tomorrow; A River Runs Through It; Sylvia), short story collections or connected stories as a novel (i.e., Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Strout, Junot Diaz), LGBTQ lit, novels that are set in the Midwest or could be considered Americana, crime fiction, mystery/noir (i.e., Walter Mosley, Kate Atkinson, Lou Berney), dystopian fiction, civil unrest/political uprising/war novels, memoir, New Journalism and/or long-form journalism, essay collections (on art, race, mental health, music, etc.), satirical/humor writing, and environmental writing.

How to submit: Send a query and the first 15 pages pasted in the body of the e-mail to submissions [at] hollowayliteraryagency.com. Your subject line should read “Michael/[Title]/[Genre].”

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Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary

About Amanda: Amanda began her publishing career 20 years ago, fresh out of Middlebury College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. She has worn many hats—publicity assistant at Random House, associate editor at Pocket Books, acquisitions editor at Re.ad Publishing, freelance book editor for New York Book Editors—all of which have given her extensive and valuable experience. She is thrilled to add literary agent to these titles, and to join the Donaghy Literary Group.

What she is seeking: Amanda especially loves mystery/thrillers and middle-grade, young adult, new adult and women’s fiction. She enjoys coming of age novels and precocious main characters. But more than anything, she loves an intriguing and well-written story.

How to submitVisit Amanda’s page at the Donaghy Literary site and click on the “Submit a Query” button underneath her picture. Fill out the Query Submission form to submit.

 
 
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In response to Trump's Muslim ban, as well as the climate of fear that he and his administration have created for Muslims (aka Islamophobia), many agents are calling specifically for Muslim writers. 
Writers occupy a hallowed place in history. For one thing, we write history. We can document our experiences and worldview eloquently, and with passion. These agents (and there are more by the day) want to represent writers who can shed light on the Muslim experience - whether in fiction or nonfiction.

Note: For a comprehensive list of agents looking for writers see: Agents Seeking Clients
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From Celia Gore's website:
Like so many of you, we are gravely alarmed by the present administration’s recent broad ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries. Our hearts ache for the innocent people affected. We also fear the message sent by these bans to people within our country and to those outside of our borders. But we are also heartened by the immediate and widespread opposition these bans have met. And we’d like to do our part!
Literary agents are in a unique position to help contribute to bringing more empathy, compassion, understanding and tolerance into this world through books. We seek out unheard voices so that others can hear them.
We are a group of literary agents having an open call for book submissions by Muslim writers. We all agree that the current political climate demands a need for a greater presence of authors of Muslim heritage in the book marketplace. We are taking action to help make that happen.
Here are instructions for submitting writers of Muslim heritage: (Please note that we cannot respond to queries under the Open Call that do not fit our Muslim heritage criteria)
    • For your manuscript to be considered, please include “Open Call” in the subject line of your email.
    • Please abide by the individual submission guidelines laid out on our agency websites. For example, many agents do not accept attachments.
    • Only submit to an agent if your work is one of the genres they represent. A children’s book agent can’t do anything with an adult memoir submission, etc.
Whitley Abell of Inklings Literary Agency is open to middle grade, young adult, and select adult fiction (namely women’s fiction and fantasy).
Lauren Abramo of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret is looking for adult fiction (romance, women’s fiction, thrillers, general, and literary), adult nonfiction (of all kinds, especially social justice oriented), YA fiction (contemporary, romance, thrillers), and middle grade fiction (contemporary, fantasy, adventure).
Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds Literary is looking for commercial fiction, particularly women’s fiction, romance, suspense and thrillers.
Jennifer Azantian of Azantian Literary Agency is seeking middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.
Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency is seeking middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.
Laura Biagi of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is open to picture books, middle grade, young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction.
Michele Brower at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth is open to adult literary fiction.
Penelope Burns of Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners is open to middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.
Linda Camacho of Prospect Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction and adult fiction.
Beth Campbell at BookEnds Literary is looking for young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, and romantic suspense.
Kirsten Carleton of Prospect Agency is open to speculative, literary, thriller adult and young adult novels.
Andrea Cascardi of the Transatlantic Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.
Minju Chang of Book Stop Literary Agency is seeking picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as illustrators.
Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency is open to middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.
Ann Collette of Rees Literary Agency is seeking adult mystery/thriller, historical and commercial women’s fiction, as well as memoir and narrative nonfiction.
Gemma Cooper of The Bent Agency is looking for chapter books, middle grade and young adult fiction.
Ilse Craane of Book Stop Literary Agency is seeking picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as illustrators.
Jessica Craig of The Craig Agency is open to literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction and memoir, and middle grade and young adult fiction.
Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary Agency is seeking young adult (contemporary, fantasy) and adult (women’s fiction, contemporary, fantasy) fiction.
John Cusick of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management is looking for picture books, middle grade and young adult novels.
Stephanie Delman of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. is open to adult literary, historical and speculative fiction, and select narrative non-fiction.
David Dunton of the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction.

Melissa Edwards of Stonesong is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, commercial women’s fiction, mysteries and thrillers.
Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media is open to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency is looking for picture books, middle grade, and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.
Jessica Faust at BookEnds Literary is looking for adult fiction and nonfiction.
Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary is looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction.
Caitie Flum of Liza Dawson Associates is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction, romance and historical fiction.
Lilly Ghahremani of Full Circle Literary is open to adult nonfiction.
Adria Goetz of Martin Literary Management is open to picture books and adult lifestyle books.
Jenny Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary is open to adult science fiction, fantasy and historical nonfiction.
Tara Gonzalez of Erin Murphy Literary Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction.
Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management is open to picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.
Wendi Gu of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc is seeking picture books, middle-grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as select adult literary fiction about the first-generation American experience.
Erin Harris of Folio is seeking literary adult fiction and young adult fiction.
Alyssa Jennette of Stonesong is seeking picture books, middle grade, young adult and upmarket adult.
Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates is seeking commercial and upmarket fiction, especially thrillers/mystery/suspense, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as all nonfiction.
Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency is looking for young adult and middle grade fiction.
Pete Knapp of Park Literary & Media is looking for middle grade and young adult across all genres.
Abigail Koons at Park Literary & Media is looking for narrative non-fiction (current events, history, women’s issues and popular science) and commercial fiction (suspense, thrillers, contemporary and anything with an international focus).
Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and adult contemporary and speculative fiction.
Daniel Lazar of Writers House is seeking middle grade, young adult and adult fiction, especially books with a great sense of history and maybe even a touch of magic.
Becky LeJeune of Bond Literary agency is open to adult and young adult horror, mystery/thriller, historical fiction, sci fi, fantasy and gen fic.
Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.
Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary is looking for adult and young adult fiction.
Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency is open to young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction as well as adult narrative nonfiction.
Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary is looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. She is also open to picture book illustrators.
Kendra Marcus of Book Stop Literary Agency is seeking picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as illustrators.
Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary is open to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret is open to middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.
Lydia Moëd of The Rights Factory is seeking middle grade and young adult fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction and narrative nonfiction.
Penny Moore of Empire Literary is seeking picture book, middle grade and young adult fiction.
Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency is open to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
Sharon Pelletier of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret is seeking adult and young adult submissions, with a special interest in narrative nonfiction, book club fiction, and young adult suspense.
Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content is open to nonfiction and memoir geared for children, from picture books to YA.
Maggie Riggs of The Riggs Agency is open to adult literary fiction.

Lisa Rodgers
 of Jabberwocky Literary Agency is looking for adult romance, science fiction, and fantasy, and for YA/middle grade science fiction, fantasy, and contemporaries.
Rena Rossner of The Deborah Harris Agency is seeking picture books, middle grade, young adult and adult fantasy, sci fi, thrillers, historical fiction and literary fiction.
Eddie Schneider of Jabberwocky Literary Agency is open to middle grade and YA fiction and middle grade and YA graphic novels.
Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and adult contemporary and speculative fiction.
Jessica Sinsheimer at Sarah Jane Freymann is looking for picture book, middle grade, young adult fiction, women’s/romance, thriller/mysteries and literary fiction.


Eric Smith of P.S. Literary Agency is looking for young adult fiction as well as adult sci-fi and fantasy.
Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is looking for children’s fiction and nonfiction for all age groups (this includes picture books, readers, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, poetry).
Lauren Spieller of Triada Literary Agency is look for picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction.
Becca Stumpf of Prospect Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction.
Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction, adult literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, suspense/thriller, memoir and humor nonfiction.
Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary is open to all adult fiction.
Meg Thompson of Thompson literary is open to adult nonfiction.
Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency is seeking reality-based, girl-centric young adult and women’s issues/feminist nonfiction.
Cindy Uh of Thompson Literary is open to picture books, young adult and adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.
Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency is seeking picture book, middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.
Emily van Beek of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management is open to picture books, chapter books, middle-grade, and young adult novels.
Roseanne Wells of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as adult sci-fi, fantasy, upmarket mysteries, and literary fiction.
See more agents herehttps://cleliagore.com/open-call/

 
 
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Here are six established agents actively seeking new clients. Each is from an established agency with a solid track record. Be sure to check out the agency's website before submitting!

For a full list of agents actively looking for writers go to: Agents Seeking Clients

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Melissa L. Edwards of Stonesong

Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond.

What she is looking for: Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction. She can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wishlist requests under #MSWL.

How to submit: Submit your query addressed to Melissa at submissions@stonesong.com. Include the first chapter or first 10 pages of your work, pasted into the body of your email. Please do not send attachments.

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Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties

Sara is a senior agent at Pippin Properties. She began her career at The Wylie Agency, and worked in foreign rights for 8 years. For the last decade she has been at Harvey Klinger, Inc. building a list of children’s and adult fiction including many New York Times Bestselling and award winning authors and titles. She loves finding new talent to champion, and nurturing and developing careers.

What she is looking for:  Children's and select adult fiction.

How to submit: Send your query and the first chapter of your book in the body of an email to scrowe@pippinproperties.com.

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Margaret Bail of Fuse Literary

Margaret Bail has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft. Formerly agent at Inklings Literary Agency, she recently joined Fuse Literary as agent.

What she is looking for: Margaret is interested in adult fiction in the genres of romance (no Christian or inspirational, please), science fiction (soft sci-fi rather than hard), mystery, thrillers, action adventure, historical fiction (not a fan of WWII era), and fantasy. In nonfiction, Margaret is interested in memoirs with a unique hook, and cookbooks with a strong platform.

Fiction genres Margaret is NOT interested in: YA, MG, children’s books; steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays.

How to submit: To query Margaret, send a query letter, a brief synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript to: querymargaret@fuseliterary.com.

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Cathryn Summerhayes of Curtis Brown

Cathryn re-joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She established an eclectic list of clients at WME, where she worked for ten years. Prior to that she work at DGA, DHA and Colman Getty PR – where she worked on a number of high profile book events including the Man Booker Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize.

What she is looking for: Literary and commercial fiction.


How to submit: Use the form on the website. In order to submit your work, you will need the following: COVER LETTER, SYNOPSIS OF UP TO 3,000 WORDS, SAMPLE MATERIAL OF UP TO 10,000 WORDS. "Once you have submitted your novel you should then hear from us within ten to twelve weeks. If you don’’t hear from us after this time, please get back in touch and let us know something is amiss."
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Peter Knapp of Park Literary & Media

Fueled by the thrill of reading a new story for the first time, Peter 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. Find him re-watching Studio Ghibli movies, playing board games with friends, or at PLM and on Publishers Marketplace to learn how to submit a new fiction query—he’s ready to add more authors to his growing client list!

What he is looking for: Middle grade, YA (realistic and fantasy), YA horror and adult fiction.

How to submit: To submit a manuscript for consideration, send a query letter and the first three chapters of your manuscript pasted within the body of the email to queries [at] parkliterary [dot] com. Please include "Query - Pete Knapp" or "Query - Peter Knapp" in the subject (this is important so that our mail system files it into my submissions folder) AS WELL AS THE CATEGORY AND GENRE OF YOUR WORK (i.e.: "YA FANTASY"). All material must be in the body of the email. NO ATTACHMENTS. Include all necessary contact information.You will receive an auto-response confirming receipt of your query.

"Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions I receive, I am unable to give specific feedback on projects I am passing on, but you will receive a form reply to your query if I am passing. Please give 10 weeks before following up on your query. If I have requested your manuscript, please do not contact me for updates any time before 12 weeks from when you sent the full manuscript unless you have received an offer of representation and need a more immediate reply."
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JL Stermer of  New Leaf Literary & Media

Before joining New Leaf, JL Stermer was an agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She is always looking for fresh and exciting projects, J.L. brings her enthusiasm to clients while helping them navigate the world of book publishing–she takes pride in being involved with her clients every step of the way. J.L. also teaches a class at the Gotham Writers Workshop: How to Get Published. Born and raised in New York City, and a graduate of Columbia University, she currently resides in Manhattan.

What she is looking for: YA and women’s fiction. She seeks voices that reflect the world as it changes, stories that share the human experience of life, love, growth and achievement. And they don’t have to be serious–having fun is very important to me!

How to submit: Send query to query@newleafliterary.com. Please do not query via phone. The word “Query” must be in the subject line, plus the agent’s name, ie – Query, JL Stermer. Please also include the category (ie, PB, chapter book, MG, YA, adult fiction, adult nonfiction, etc.) You may include up to 5 double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email.

 
 
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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

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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] newleafliterary.com, and take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines.

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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.

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Tamar Rydzinski (Laura Dail 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] ldlainc.com, and take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines.

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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] marsallyonliteraryagency.com, and take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines.
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Sarah Bush (Trident Media Group)

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

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Quressa Robinson (D4EO Literary Agency)

Quressa Robinson is an Associate Agent with D4EO Literary agency 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: Send queries to quressa [at] d4eo.com, and take a look at Quressa’s full submission guidelines.

 

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