Get Published Weekly Roundup: June 4th, 2018

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I've smoked over forty pounds of pork shoulder in the past three weeks. That isn't germane to anything at all, I was just thinking about it as I began to write this. Sometimes there is so much going on that the only way to move forward is to focus on the inconsequential. If that's too opaque, I'm sure I'll have something more accessible next week. This week we feature agent news, just one contest, #MSWL entries, and some true crime at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

A (possibly) new agent, and another reopens to queries (we love it when that happens!)

Emma Sector (seems to have recently) joined Prospect Agency (but maybe has been there for a while, it's hard to say).

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: MG only

"I'm open to middle-grade and YA of all types, but I'm especially drawn to fantasy adventure, magical realism, and historical fiction. I love picture books with big ideas and few words and chapter books with quirky, vibrant characters."

Emma is accepting submissions via online form, here.

Natalie Lakosil, of Bradford Literary, has reopened to queries.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Chapter Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Cozy Mystery/Crime; female-protagonist Thriller; Upmarket Women's

Nonfiction: Juvenile

"In novels, she likes historical (primarily 1900s-1920s), multi-cultural, ownvoices, magical realism, LGBTQ, strong female leads, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, and horror. She is not typically the best fit for a light beach read."

Natalie is accepting submissions via email at queries@bradfordlit.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

You've got about ten days

Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award—Submissions due June 15th, 2018 (Annual Grant—$$$)

Who: Unpublished writers of color

What: Unpublished short story or first chapter of a work in progress, 2,500-5,000 words. Winner receives $1,500.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Send resume/biography, cover letter, and manuscript to bethwasson@gmail.com, or possibly to admin@sistersincrime.org (there's two different instructions). Find all info and instructions here.

What Agents Want

Spooky children's lit: bring it!

Danielle Burby, Agent at Nelson Literary Agency
In conversation this would come across as logorrhea, but in a #MSWL tweet, it's just thorough: "Things I'm looking for right now: Creepy atmospheric forests, queer love stories, YA and MG fantasy, sister stories, boarding schools, complicated family and friendship dynamics, seaside novels, literary writing with commercial plot, interesting magic, feminism"  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Young Adult, select Women's

Nonfiction: I guess not.

How to submit: Danielle is accepting queries via email at querydanielle@nelsonagency.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Danielle on Twitter @DanielleBurby.

Kortney Price, Junior Agent at Corvisiero Literary
Kortney sneers at your love of the spring sunshine: "Absolutely DYING to see a super atmospheric ghost story, for YA or adult in my inbox. Murder mysteries, gothic settings/themes, haunted mansions, gardens, rain, fog... all the things! With a dash of romance" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; select Fantasy and Paranormal

Nonfiction: Nope

"She loves reading about the things she loves so stories featuring an awesome sense of humor, art and artists, antiques and old buildings, and strong and quirky families are always welcome. Because of her 15+ years working in the special needs community, Kortney is always looking for stories featuring characters with special needs."

How to submit: Kortney is accepting queries via online form, here. See submission guidelines here.

Follow her on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

As some of y'all may have heard, author Chuck Palahniuk was the most prominent victim of a $3.4 million embezzlement scheme perpetrated by the accountant at his literary agency, Donadio & Olson. After ranting about piracy and his publishers in the past, Palahniuk realized that the real bad guy was the fellow in charge of his agency's purse strings and apologized for his previous accusations. He is apparently in rather dire financial straits but happy to know what was really happening. I don't think that there is anything particularly profound to think about here, but it does serve as a sobering reminder that even after finally landing an agent, that agent making a deal for your book, and that book being well received and made into a movie, it's not all Cheez-Its and beer. What I really want to know is how the accountant thought he would hide the theft of someone's $200,000 advance (which is what led to the discovery of the crime; the unnamed author understandably wondered where his two hundred large was). I mean, I never took more than a dollar or two from my pop's change jug (actually a small metal Coke machine coin bank), cuz I knew it would get noticed. Also, in 1988 two dollars bought a lot of candy bars, so there was no need to get greedy. Check it out here and here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: May 21st, 2018

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Our Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations, Kelly Figueroa-Ray, graduated this weekend, receiving her doctorate! So if you write to us, please address her as Dr. Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations Kelly Figueroa-Ray, PhD. Congrats, Kelly! This week we feature a rather new agency, two contests for big money, #MSWL entries, and some poetry at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

A new agent, and a new-ish one-woman agency now open to queries

Sarah Gerton has joined Curtis Brown, Ltd as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Narrative

"While fantasy is her first love, she’s eager to read YA and MG fiction of all genres, gravitating toward character-driven stories with unforgettable settings. On the nonfiction side, her interests include beautifully written history, reportage, and/or memoir for a young audience."

Sarah is accepting submissions via email at sg@cbltd.com. See the submission guidelines and her bio here.

Samantha Bagood started her own agency, Samantha B. Literary, in 2017, and is now actively building her list.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Chapter Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Juvenile

"Samantha B. Literary is thrilled to be eagerly seeking new clients. Every submission is carefully considered, but as a one-woman agency, I am by nature highly selective. In addition to thinking about whether I can sell the project, I also ask myself questions like, 'Do I love the project? Will the author and I work strongly together? How passionate am I about his or her potential?'"

Samantha is accepting submissions via online form, here. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Big $$$ for published authors: one for a US citizen under 39 and an even bigger one for a Canadian novel or collection of short stories

Bard Fiction Prize—Submissions due June 15th, 2018 (USA; $30,000, writer-in-residence position)

Who: Published fiction writers 39 years and younger, who are U.S. citizens

What: A $30,000 cash award and an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students. To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a CV, along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted.

Cost: Free

To Submit: For information about the Bard Fiction Prize, call 845-758-7087,  send an e-mail to bfp@bard.edu, or request information by writing to: Bard Fiction Prize, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Submission information available here.

2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize—Submissions due by June 15, 2018 (CANADA; novel/short story collection, $100,000 CAD and $10,000 CAD to each finalist)

What: First edition adult fiction publication (novel or short story collection) published between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018 in Canada by Canadian citizens or residents (for books published between July 1, 2018 and Sept 30, 2018 submissions must be received on or before August 15, 2018). Winner receives $100,000 CAD and each finalist receives $10,000 CAD.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Publishers should submit seven hard copies of the book via post to The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Michelle Kadarusman, 543 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3B6 (***Please authorize couriers to leave boxes with ‘no signature required’ at front gate***). Each entry must be accompanied by the signed submission form (click here), a current author biography, a jpeg of the author and the book cover sent by e-mail (michelle@scotiabankgillerprize.ca) that can be reproduced for use in print and online. For contest rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Agents looking for women in STEM, among other (stranger?) things

Kurestin Armada, Associate Literary Agent at P.S. Literary Agency
Kurestin is super consistant, folks! Last July she put out the same #MSWL call that we highlighed here in our Roundup. Could you all please send her more projects (fiction and non) with "young girls interested in STEM fields"? Thx!  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, select Historical Fiction, LGBTQ (any genre), illustrated Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, and Romance

Nonfiction: Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Narrative, Photography, Nature, and Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Kurestin's #MSWL on Twitter via her agency's account @PSLiterary.

Tess Callero, Agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd
Tess has just updated her new #MSWL page where she informs us that she watched the entire first season of Stranger Things in one day. On her list we also find "women in STEM"! Take the hint people. Find out all the things she wants hereSource Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Commercial and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Mysteries; Thrillers; and Romance

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Business; Cookbooks; Humor, Biography; Self-Help; and Food Narrative Projects

"She has a soft spot for anything involving food, sports, or Hollywood."

How to submit: Tess is accepting queries via email at tc@cbltd.com. See guidelines here.

Follow her on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

Here at GSF, our raison d’être is to help authors overcome the variegated and myriad barriers to publication, which can seem insurmountable; when writing is a second, unpaid full-time job, something as time intensive as finding and researching literary agents can be overwhelming, even if it is entirely necessary.* I thought of this as I read Rabih Alameddine’s essay on who gets to write (and be read) over at Harper’s this week. Alameddine notes that only writers who are not a threat to dominant culture are allowed to write, and he suggests that the economics of publishing is used to keep out threatening work: “Today’s imperial censorship is usually masked as the publisher’s bottom line. ‘This won’t sell’ is the widest moat in the castle’s defenses.” But his wider inquiry regards the way that successful writers are, in Chinua Achebe’s words, “purveyor(s) of comforting myths.” Even the work of authors who question or challenge aspects of the ascendant culture is co-opted by that culture: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness critiques the project of colonialism, all the while reinforcing racist and colonialist ideas about Africa. As culture changes, though, so do the types of voices that are allowed to be heard; world literature is now widespread and critically lauded. Yet culture’s co-opting of those voices continues, and Alameddine does not except himself from this process. What can this tell us as writers in our own genres, categories, and identities, whatever they may be? Maybe the takeaway is that obeisance to the dictates of our culture is what’s missing from our work. Maybe my novel doesn’t have enough firefighters, pickup trucks, and sturdy-but-feminine women in jean shorts, or on the other hand, uptight intellectuals roaming the Upper East Side questioning their life’s work. Or maybe the takeaway is that writing (and reading) at its best is an act that requires an intense ability to observe and scrutinize both ourselves and our neighbors, to leave to others the assumptions we operate on in our daily lives and to resist our own first impressions and impulses, and that that is all we can do. I’ll let y’all come to your own conclusions about what I think. The whole thing is well worth a read. Check it out here.

Speaking of barriers to entry, not ever leaving your house is a big one. I thought of this as I read through LitHub’s collection of writers talking about their favorite poems. Jesse Ball talks about “Jabberwocky,” one of my favorites, and one of the first I memorized. The very first poem I memorized, however, is Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” When I was a child, if I was too ill to go to school, I would be forced to stay with my grandmother. Grandmother’s apartment was not a place any six-year-old would voluntarily stay for any period of time, and on top of the non-kid-friendly environment, Grandmother was apt to make you memorize poetry. And she loved Emily Dickinson.

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us—don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

The magic of this poem was entirely lost on my sullen, fever-ridden, six-year-old self. By adolescence, though, I had grown to love it, and still do. I think that in a way it speaks to what Alameddine is talking about in his essay. The poet enrolls the reader in her own sense of alienation and feelings of being an outsider. It is this quality that allows the poem to speak to so many, regardless of whether they would be recognizable as an outsider to most of us. Tom Brady, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Warren Buffett may all feel that this poem speaks to them. As a corollary to that, this illustrates that way in which culture co-opts voices that may critique that culture: not to get all Intentional Fallacy on y’all, but this poem is not about famous and powerful people. Yet they may embrace it as their own. At any rate, read about more favorite poems here.

*Okay, so our RDE is to help y’all overcome like three or four of the barriers, but you know what I mean.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: May 7th, 2018

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It's absolutely beautiful here in Charlottesville. Spring is fully upon us; it's like a weight has lifted from our collective shoulders and we all have found out that we live right outside The Great British Bake Off's tent. Concomitantly, however, the pollen has affected me to the degree that I regularly get asked if I have swine flu. It's worth it, though. This week we feature one agency move, an intern, two contests that will net you a grand or more, #MSWL entries, and a bit of depressed cynicism at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One agent moves, and a fresh face likely to be not yet jaded by the crush of the slush

Kelly Van Sant has moved from D4EO to Red Sofa Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; Women's (very limited)

Nonfiction: Nope

"I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family."

Kelly is accepting submissions via email at kelly@redsofaliterary.com. See the submission guidelines as well as a more detailed explanation of what she's looking for here.

Kat Enright has joined the Seymour Agency as an intern.

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Romance

Nonfiction: Select

Kat is accepting submissions via email at kat@theseymouragency.com. For agency guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Picture books and murder most foul (or, you know, crime in general)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award—Submissions due May 15th, 2018 (Picture Book contest, $$$, possible publication)

What: A picture book that reflects and resonates with the diverse population of the United States, plus a portfolio of other work. Winner receives a $1,500 gift card, a trip to NYC, a day at Little, Brown meeting with various folks, and the opportunity to submit the book for review.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission via online form here. For more extensive guidelines and rules, click here.

The Wolfe Pack 2018 Black Orchid Novella Contest—Submissions must be postmarked by May 31st, 2018 ($1,000 and publication)

What: Mystery novella. Winner receives a $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission via post: Jane K. Cleland, Chair, BONA, P.O. 3233, New York, NY 10163. For contest rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Do you watch a lot of daytime cable TV? Then you may have what they're looking for.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali wants some Lifetime stories (but apparently not the comically tragic ones): "Hey did I mention I am looking for inspirational and mainstream category romance? Would love to see things that fit Love Inspired, Hallmark, Harlequin Heartwarming, etc. More sweet than salty." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Romance; Southern women’s fiction; Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Negatory

How to submit: Ali is accepting queries through Query Manager, here, or via email at submission@spencerhillassociates.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Hannah Fergesen, Agent at kt literary
Hannah has been playing her old LPs backwards: "Is there any YA hist fic about the Satanic Panic? Cause if not, I am obsessed and I want" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Speculative

Nonfiction: Nope

"Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon. With her background in film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue."

How to submit: Hannay is accepting queries via email at hannahquery@ktliterary.com. See guidelines here, and follow her on Twitter @HannahFergesen.

Ejusdem Generis

What a surprise. Oh, wait, what's the opposite of surprise? Yeah, that's what I mean.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 23rd, 2018

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Best. Defense. Ever. Last week we were a little, uh, skimpy with the Roundup, but it paid off. I witnessed the dissertation defense to end all dissertation defenses. The mother-in-law was pleased and entertained. All is well. This week we've got a bunch of new agents, a poetry contest that pays some serious cash, new MSWL entries, and a little on lending at the end. I told you we'd be better this week!

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

New agents: you want 'em, we got 'em.

Ann Rose has joined the Prospect Agency. 

Seeking:

Fiction: MG; YA; (light) Sci-fi/Fantasy; Romance; Commercial; Contemporary

Nonfiction: Nada

"My clients know I'm ready to roll up my sleeves to help create the best books possible, from brainstorming at the idea stage all the way through submissions and beyond. I love attending conferences, and sharing my knowledge of the publishing industry."

Ann is accepting submissions via online form here.

David Laurell has joined the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Sounds like upmarket to me, but you should come to your own conclusions.

Nonfiction: Celebrity Biography/Autobiography; Pop Culture; Sports; Broadcasting; Politics

"David joyously embraces the writers he works with as partners. More than just a literary agent, he is a mentor, sounding board, advocate, cheerleader, and fiduciary." 

David is accepting queries via email, at dclaurell@gmail.com.

Cara Bellucci is now an agent at Don Congdon Associates.

Seeking:

Fiction: Women's; Literary; domestic Thriller; Historical

Nonfiction: Nope

"Regardless of genre, any stories that have a hint of magic, families that are big, happy, and complicated, or female characters with jobs we see on the page always find a way to the top of her reading pile." 

Cara is accepting queries via email, at dca@doncongdon.com. She is also accepting queries via post; if you really want to spend fifty cents on a stamp, use the address on the agency submissions page, here.

Alyssa Taylor has joined Fletcher & Company.

Seeking:

Fiction: Totally

Nonfiction: Psychology; Sociology; Health/Fitness; Natural World

"I love getting lost in a narrative that has strong observational insights and vivid sense of character and setting. I especially appreciate a voice that can bring humor and satire to overarching social and cultural ideas and issues." 

Alyssa is accepting queries via email, at info@fletcherandco.com. See submissions guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

You can write 1,000 words in two days, right? Also, use your poetry to buy a new car!

True North 2018 Short Story Contest—Submissions due by April 25th, 2018 (Writing contest, $$$)

What: Short stories of under 1,000 words about how technology will affect humanity in the near future. The winner will receive $1,000 CAD, while two runners up will receive $250 CAD.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission by email and online form (one of each). Submission form here, and email to truenorthcontest@communitech.ca. Rules and submission information may be found here.

The Poetry Foundation Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships—Submissions due by April 30th, 2018 (Serious $$$)

What: No more than ten pages of poems by poets 21-31 years of age. Five winners receive $25,800 fellowships.

Cost: Free

"Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry."

To Submit: Online submission through Submittable, here. You can find rules and guidelines here.

What Agents Want

A reopening and a desire for bitey things

Bryony Woods, Agent at Diamond Kahn & Woods

Bryony is our favorite kind of agent—one who's open to queries: "I’m excited to be reopening to submissions today – so send me your magical middle-grade, your groundbreaking YA, your rich, imaginative fiction for adults or non-fiction that shows me the world from a new and eye-opening perspective. Writers from all backgrounds welcome!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Everything

Nonfiction: Everything

"Hufflepuff. Cheshire girl in London. Bold and bookish. Falls over a lot."

How to submit: Bryony is accepting queries email at submissions.bryony@dkwlitagency.co.uk. See guidelines here, and follow her on Twitter @BryonyWoods.

John Cusick, Agent at Folio Literary Management 

I'm 100%, definitely, absolutely sure that the operative word is "fresh": "In all seriousness, if you are working on a YA that has a fresh take on vampires, I am legitimately into that." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books

Nonfiction: Not so much

How to submit: John is accepting queries via email at john@foliolit.com. You can follow him on Twitter @johnmcusick.

Kelly Peterson, Junior Agent at Corvisiero Literary 

John may be ready to get back on that horse, but Kelly has something more lupine in mind: "Though I may not be ready for vampires (unless they're really quite terrifying, have a twist, and a different name?), you know what I am ready for? *leans closer, pausing for dramatic effect* Wolves... And I'll just leave this here for everyone to freak out or agree..." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; New Adult; Fantasy; Romance

Nonfiction: Negatory

How to submit: Kelly is accepting queries via online form, here. You can follow her on Twitter @YAFantasyFan.

Ejusdem Generis

When I was eighteen years old and as foolish as only a newly liberated-from-his-parents eighteen-year-old can be, I loaned my roommates a substantial amount of money to cover our move-in expenses (I had received the money as part of a student loan, natch). I learned an important lesson from this ill-advised foray into microlending. After watching my friends eating out and going to movies (all the while "unable" to pay me back) while I ate ramen noodles and cheese sandwiches at home (this was the mid-'90s in what snobby coastal people call a "flyover state," so this meant $.20 packages of noodles, not tonkatsu broth that takes days to produce, and Wonder Bread with processed cheese product, not Gruyère on artisan whole grain), I realized that I would never again lend money to a friend that I could not simply consider a gift. I feel the same way about books. Over at Electric Lit they asked a number of librarians about their personal policies governing the lending of their own books. All the responses were measured and thoughtful, but one of them mirrored my own practices. Tyler Wolfe, a librarian from Maryland, loans books to friends without expectation of the books ever being returned; he also keeps multiple copies of books he likes to lend on hand for just this purpose. What a kindred spirit I have in some library in Maryland! I have long purchased used copies of books simply to be able to give them out —Dune, Watership Down, and The Chosen are probably the top three on this list. Being on the receiving end of such a loan is a delight on its own; sometimes you can almost feel the people who pored over the same pages months or years before. This presents us with yet another good reason for the continued life of the printed book: you can't lend an Ebook (okay, I know you can, but not forever, and not multiple times, and not, not, not). Check it out here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 16th, 2018

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A dissertation defense, and the advent of the in-law. These things have conspired to make the Roundup this week a non-entity. Next week we'll be back with a vengeance!

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Agents seeking in-laws

Nobody has recently been promoted. 

Seeking: Dissertations and in-laws

Nobody is accepting submissions via email at nobody@yomama.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

 

Submission Deadlines

Finish your PhD, stat!

The In-Law Dissertation  Short Story Competition—Submissions due by April 27th, 2018 (Annual Competition, $$$ and Publication)

What: Actually, nothing

Cost: Free

To Submit: Entry via online form, here. Rules and submission information may be found here.

What Agents Want

Seeking a degree, and a mother-in-law

Nobody, Agent at Nunya Literary

Nobody wants anything this week (well, somebody does, but Nobody doesn't . . . wait, that doesn't work) Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Nuthin'

How to submit: Don't

 

Ejusdem Generis

I obviously fibbed last week when I promised this week would be better. I'm not fibbing this time. It will be better, pinky swear.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 9th, 2018

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So we're behind the eight ball on this whole tax thing (who knew that taxes are a hassle?), and it is cutting into our time for the Roundup. Next week will be better, promise. This week we feature a couple of new agents, a nice short story contest and a big money book contest, and a bit of panic at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

New, new, new! They need clients!

Kieryn Ziegler has recently been promoted to Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; Middle Grade; Sci-Fi; Fantasy; possibly other stuff?

Nonfiction: Hard to say, but it seems not.

"I have a hard time liking books casually. When I love a story, I want to soak up every part of it. I want my friends to read it. I want to call my sister and tell her all of my thoughts, no spoilers, also I already got you a copy, go read it. I want to take apart every line to see how the magic works, but I also just want to get lost between the pages."

Kieryn is accepting submissions via email at kziegler@dystel.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Claire Draper has joined InkWell Management.

Seeking:

Fiction: One is not sure, but one guesses YA; Literary; Graphic Novels.

Nonfiction: Feminist theory

Claire is accepting queries via email at submissions@inkwellmanagement.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Quick, revise your galleys! Change every instance of New Orleans to Toronto!

The James White Award Short Story Competition—Submissions due by April 27th, 2018 (Annual Competition, $$$ and Publication)

What: Science Fiction short story contest for non-professional writers. Stories must be between 1,000 and 6,000 words. Winner receives £200 plus publication in Interzone

Cost: Free

To Submit: Entry via online form, here. Rules and submission information may be found here

The City of Toronto 2018 Toronto Book Awards—Submissions due by April 30th, 2018 (Annual Award, $$$)

What: Books published between June 2017 and May 2018 with clear Toronto content. Authors do not need to reside in Toronto to be eligible. Ebooks and self-published books are not eligible (bummer!). Four finalists receive $1,000, with the winner receiving an additional $10,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Send six copies of your book to: Toronto Book Awards Committee, c/o Toronto Arts & Culture, Cultural Partnerships, City Hall, 9E, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2. You can find rules and guidelines here.

What Agents Want

Not orcs, and big city living

Naomi Davis, Agent at BookEnds Literary

Naomi thinks Tolkien's legacy is assured without you adding your two cents: "Expanding on my #MSWL - THREAD: I want to see wild, original fantasy. So if you're thinking, "Well, my manuscript isn't what ppl typically expect from fantasy... there are no elves or enchanted woods or elemental creatures, but really different fantasy elements..." QUERY ME PLZ." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance

"A life-long writer and author-fanatic, she has a mild to moderate obsession with slippers, and sings in two philharmonic choirs."

How to submit: Naomi is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @NaomisLitPix.

Saritza Hernandez, Sr. Agent at Corvisiero Literary 

Toronto, maybe? "I want #LatinaChickalit please. Basically, a modern Dirty Girls Social Club meets Sex In The City but outside of NYC!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Women's Young Adult and Adult genre fiction

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Saritza is accepting queries via online form, here. You can follow her on Twitter @epubagent.

Ejusdem Generis

Taxes! AAAAAH! Next week will be better, I promise.

 


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 2nd, 2018

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In a few days we embark on our first camping trip of the year. I've sharpened and polished my hatchet, checked the bear spray, downloaded some topo maps, and purchased a new water filtration system. None of which we'll need, because we're staying in a cabin. It will be my first time cabin camping, and I'm kind of looking forward to it. Not having to bear-proof your campsite at the end of the night is going to be great. Also, toilets. This week we feature two new agents, a couple of killer residencies, and the great JF at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

New agents! Hit 'em up!

Leah Middleton has joined Marjacq Scripts. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical; high-concept YA; edgy comedy

Nonfiction: Investigative journalism; Polemic; topical Memoir; Popular Science; Popular History

Leah is accepting submissions via email at leah@marjacq.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Jessie Stover has joined the Seymour Agency (well, in the winter; we're just catching up now).

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; New Adult; Romance (contemporary, suspense, comedy); Military; brain twisters (make of that what you will)

Nonfiction: Apparently not

"Ever since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school, and loved talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As the wife of an Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full of variety, knitting, and tea drinking." 

Jessie is accepting queries via email, at jessiemstover@yahoo.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Two residencies, one of which you really gotta get a move on. But it pays twenty large!

Boston Public Library Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program—Submissions due by April 5th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency to provide a writer with resources to complete a work for children or young adults. Winner receives use of a private office, access to special collections at the BPL—oh, and $20,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission by email or by post. Entries must be postmarked by April 5th. Rules and submission information may be found here

The Kerouac Project 2018-2019 Residencies—Submissions due by April 16th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency for writers of any age or genre. Four winners receive three-month stays in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums, and a $1,000 stipend.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Online submission through Submittable, here. You can find rules and guidelines here, and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishpeople

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at the Rights Factory

Lindsay has maybe been watching Forged in Fire (but is sick of all the beards): "I'd love to see a YA fantasy about a girl blacksmith." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Children's 

"Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory."

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @lindsayleggett.

Jessie Devine, Agent at D4EO Literary 

Jessie is looking for some romance at sea. I mean in the sea. Like really in it: "Still looking for my m/m or f/f mermaid book." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Jessie is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. You can follow him on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Ejusdem Generis

A couple of months ago we mentioned that our good friend, publishing guru Jane Friedman, had a book coming out. Well, it's out, and if you haven't picked it up, you should. Today she wrote a guest column about author platform in the digital age for Writer Unboxed. I'm not going to summarize it because she already writes with economy, and I would just end up reproducing the whole thing. Also Writer Unboxed would probably get mad. Check it out here.

 


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Get Published Weekly Roundup: March 26th, 2018

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We apologize for y'all who subscribe getting sent this twice (or some version of it sent twice): we've been having site problems, and the friendly fellow trying to fix them published a test version, which y'all probably got. So, sorry about that.

My wife turned in her dissertation last week. We have just started to recover from the process of finishing it (I was her editor). It has really freed up some time for us, which is great. But we both feel a little lost, now, and I imagine that this is a feeling common to authors of all stripes when a work is finished. So we salute you, authors of large manuscripts everywhere, published or un. Keep fighting the good fight. This week we feature two new agents and one established agent changing agencies, poetry and essay contests, and some self-examination at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Two heavy hitters making moves, and a newbie on the come up

Tina Pohlman has joined Union Literary. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Yup.

Nonfiction: Also yes.

"Tina loves discovering distinctive new voices in fiction and memoir and is always on the lookout for academics in the fields of animal behavior and neuroscience who can write for a popular audience. She has often been described as a purist, and while she’s not exactly sure what people mean by that, she doesn’t particularly mind the label."

Tina is accepting submissions via email at tp@unionliterary.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Stacey Kondla has been promoted to Associate Agent at the Rights Factory.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Middle Grade

Nonfiction: also YA and Middle Grade

"Living and breathing the book business for the past 15 years has made Stacey Kondla very happy." 

Stacey is accepting queries via online form, here

Chris Clemans, late of the Clegg Agency, has joined Janklow & Nesbit.

Seeking:

Fiction: Yup.

Nonfiction: Double yup.

"His taste in fiction tends toward the literary, and on the nonfiction side he’s interested in narrative journalism, cultural criticism, and voice-driven memoir and essays."

Chris is accepting queries via email or post. For the former, click your keyboard toward this: submissions@janklow.com, and for the latter, address this thing called an envelope to: Janklow & Nesbit Associates, 285 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017. See their submissions guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Got a poem? Just win this contest and they'll give you a thousand dollars! Also, Minnesota!

America: The Jesuit Review Foley Poetry Contest—Submissions due by March 31st, 2018 (Annual Contest, Publication, $$$)

What: One poem, thirty lines or fewer. Winner receives $1000 and publication of the poem.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center Great American Think-Off—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (Annual Contest, $$$ + travel)

What: Essay of fewer than 750 words, answering the question, "Which plays a larger role in shaping one's life: success or failure?" Four winners will receive $500 and travel expenses to debate the question in New York Mills, Minnesota. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here. You may also submit by post to: Think-Off, c/o Cultural Center, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567. Because they're easy like Sunday morning, you can also submit via email to info@think-off.org.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishbone

Rena Rossner, Agent at the Deborah Harris Agency

Rena is looking for some escapism: "Wishing for some stunning epic diverse Fantasy and SciFi to appear in my inbox. Bring me retold fairy tales like we’ve never seen them, and ALL the futurisms. Anyone got any?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Upmarket Women’s; Historical; Thrillers; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Speculative; Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books

"She is a writer of both fiction and poetry as well as the author of the cookbook EATING THE BIBLE, which has been translated into five languages."

How to submit: Rena is accepting queries via email at rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Click here for submission guidelines on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @renarossner.

Eric Smith, Agent at P.S. Literary 

Eric is feeling punny about the third wave: "I would love to read a YA novel set in the 90's about a teen in a ska band. I would totally pick it up pick it up pick it up- I'm sorry. But really I want to read that." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Sci-fi; Fantasy; Thriller; Mystery; Young Adult (particularly Sci-fi/Fantasy); New Adult

Nonfiction:  Cookbooks; Pop Culture; Humor; Essay Collections; Blog to Book Ideas

How to submit: Eric is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @ericsmithrocks.

Ejusdem Generis

Not to be total Guardian stans and direct you there for the second week in a row (even though we are, on both accounts), but on Friday they published a nice little interview between the celebrated authors David Mitchell and David Peace. It's worth a read, particularly if you enjoy their work, but one matter they discuss was of particular interest to me. Mitchell begins the conversation with the claim that every author works in a limited number of archetypal themes, and suggests that "mental breakdown" is one of Peace's consistent themes. Peace agrees with the idea and suggests "labyrinth and thread" as Mitchell's own such theme. I have long thought about what ideas run through the oeuvres of my favorite authors (Eco: how following seemingly correct reasoning can lead to exactly the wrong conclusion), but I hadn't considered this as a sort of rule, that an author only has so many. Mitchell suggests that the number can be as few as one. How many do I have? Can I get more? The theme that I return to again and again is (re)interpretation. My academic work was almost entirely concerned with the way the interpretation of authoritative texts in antiquity generated new authoritative texts that then required interpretation themselves. I also am fascinated with the way ideas and art are interpreted and recycled in popular culture; hip hop in particular utilizes previous art in the creation of new art. Is that it for me, though? Where do I go get another archetypal theme? Is Amazon doing that yet? How about y'all? What runs through your works? Check out the interview here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: March 19th, 2018

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Another St. Patrick's day has come and gone, but I really want some more corned beef. I think I'm going to go eat some leftovers right now. This week we feature some newly minted agents, a humorous poem contest (a contest for humorous poems, not a poetry contest that is humorous; I feel like all poetry contests are probably humorous on some level), and just a touch of news at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

This week, we're spotlighting two young agents working their way up at Donald Maass Literary and The Seymour Agency

Kiana Nguyen has been promoted from Agent's Assistant to Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency. 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA fiction across genres; Adult Romance and Thrillers

"Give me the girls with skinned knees and boys weak with jealousy and queer kids who couldn't be good if they tried. All the gray morality and friendships they would kill to keep. Nothing cookie-cutter for me!"

Kiana is accepting submissions via email at query.knguyen@maassagency.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Lesley Sabga has been promoted from Intern to Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Action/Suspense/Thriller; Romance

Nonfiction: Memoir; How-To; "Gift"/Coffee Table books; Lifestyle; Travel; Cookbooks

"Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots." 

Lesley is accepting queries via email at lesley@theseymouragency.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

A great opportunity for international community-building in the writing world and a call for the next Jabberwocky

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Sozopol Seminars Scholarships—Submissions due by March 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, residency + travel expenses)

Who: Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. English speakers need not be fluent in Bulgarian, or vice versa. 

What: Application materials include a professional biography, statement of purpose, and a 10-20 page fiction writing sample. A total number of ten applicants (five writing in English and five in Bulgarian) will be admitted to the seminar as participants and appointed fellows of the program. The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation will cover their room, board, and in-country transportation. The five English-language fellows traveling to Bulgaria will be reimbursed for 50% of their international travel expenses.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

Winning Writers Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prizes + online publication)

What: One humorous poem up to 250 lines in length. Work may be published or unpublished, and may contain "inspired gibberish." First prize is $1,000, second prize is $250, and ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

This week's #MSWL highlights: Platonic love and fossil forests

 Jess Dallow, Associate Agent at Brower Literary
Jess retweets herself: "This thread is still my #MSWL. Platonic, loving, weird relationships." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: YA Contemporary; Adult Commercial Fiction

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

How to submit: Jess is accepting queries via email at jess@browerliterary.com. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @jldallow.

Chris Kepner, Agent at The Kepner Agency 
Chris is looking for this National Geographic headline in book form: "Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Any genre

Nonfiction: Any genre

How to submit: Chris is accepting queries via email at chris@kepneragency.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @chriskepner.

Ejusdem Generis

A few weeks ago we linked to a piece that explored the idea that writing romance can be a political act. Well, the struggle continues, as the Guardian reports today about the publisher Riptide, which has come under fire for its, well, racist perspectives and actions. Last week, romance author Cole McCade detailed an exchange he had with one of Riptide's editors in which he was told that they were unwilling to put a person of color on a book cover because it would hurt sales. The Guardian ties this to the larger issue of the lack of support for authors of color on the part of romance publishers generally. Check it out here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: March 12th, 2018

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It's both rained and snowed today, pretty much par for the course in early spring in Charlottesville. I have no doubt it will probably be sunny and eighty degrees tomorrow, with snow again on Saturday. Speaking of Saturday, an early Éirinn go Brách to all y'all. We hope you're all able to enjoy a stout or two in a quiet pub somewhere. Or get beer spilled on your shoes by overenthusiastic twentysomethings, which is much more likely, if that's your thing. This week we've got some agency news, a great submission possibility if you're into arid places, some MSWL highlights, and an organizational ethnographer (that's a thing? I didn't know that was a thing) at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Looking for an agent who specializes in nonfiction? Here are two new hires seeking clients like you

Leslie Meredith has joined Mary Evans, Inc. as an agent.

Seeking:

Nonfiction: Memoir; Science; Psychology; Health; Nature/Animals; Spirituality/New Age

Leslie is accepting queries via email at info@maryevansinc.com, or by post at 242 East Fifth Street, New York, NY 10003. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Allison Janice has joined Serendipity Literary Agency as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; Mystery; Select Women’s Fiction 

Nonfiction: Cooking/Nutrition; Health and Wellness; Self-Help; Memoir; Humor; Psychology; History; Science

"In her new role as an agent at Serendipity, she aims to work with a range of nonfiction clients on the topics of cooking, nutrition, health and wellness, self-help, memoir, humor, psychology, history, and science, particularly in the areas of body-positivity, veganism, and environmentalism. She is also open to fiction in the area of romance and mystery, as well as the odd women’s fiction title. Push the boundaries of your genre and use your voice for good!"

Allison is accepting submissions via email at info@serendipitylit.com. For more information on the agency's submission guidelines, see here for fiction and here for non-fiction.

Submission Deadlines

More nonfiction and some non-nonfiction: A $$$ prize and residency for desert nonfiction, and a grant for spec. lit. writers aged 50+

Writing Ranch Waterston Desert Writing Prize—Submission window: January 1st to April 1st, 2018 (non-fiction proposal contest, $$$ prize + residency)

What: Nonfiction proposals about deserts and their importance (that's deserts, not desserts, y'all). Submission material includes a biographical statement, project proposal, and writing sample. Writers in all career stages are invited to apply. Winner receives $2000 cash, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.

Cost: Free

"Now starting its fourth year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy - with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston's love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative."

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as rules and guidelines may be found here. If you are ready to apply, an online submission form is available here.

Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers Grant—Submissions due by March 31st, 2018 (grant application contest)

Who: Authors aged 50+ at the time of application who are just beginning work at a professional level in the area of speculative literature (think fantasy/sci-fi and more—a definition is provided below).

What: A short autobiographical statement, a writing sample (up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction), and a bibliography of previously-published work by the author if available (applicants do not need to have previous publications to apply). Two winners will receive $500 grants each, to be used at their discretion.

Cost: Free

"Speculative literature is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to horror to folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern myth-making — and more. Any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element would fall under our aegis, and would potentially be work that we would be interested in supporting."

To Submit: Contest details may be found here. Submissions should be emailed to olderwriters@speclit.org.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Mumps, black women in WWII, and Michael Bourret wants you to question EVERYTHING

Sharon Pelletier, Agent at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Sharon wants to see this CNN headline in book form: "More than 25,000 people who were at a national cheerleading competition in Texas are being warned to check for symptoms of mumps." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Mostly Upmarket/Bookclub

               Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction; Society/Pop Culture; Women's Issues; Religion

"While her interests are broad, Sharon is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction; smart, complex women’s fiction; and hearty, unforgettable book club fiction. On the nonfiction side Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists and experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform who can speak to pop culture, feminism, sports, social justice, and/or religion."

How to submit: Sharon is accepting submissions via email at spelletier@dystel.com Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies.

You can follow her on Twitter @sharongracepjs.

Natascha Morris, Agent at BookEnds Literary Agency
Natascha retweets @KiraJW with #MSWL: "Dear Hollywood: If you insist on making 13 movies about World War II every year, you need to make a movie about black women's role in the war. Thanks." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books (including illustrators); Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction across genres

Nonfiction:  None

"Stories about first generation immigrants are especially welcome, since she is a first generation . . . Natascha would love to see more fantasies (a major love), more thrillers in the vein of Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species and This Darkness Mine, and more historical fiction that spotlight hidden figures and time periods. For middle grade, she is looking for historical fiction, fantasy, and quirky books (as in The Mortification of Fovea Munson).  Natascha is also open to illustrators. With illustrators, she is mostly drawn to bright colors, and lush settings."

How to submit: Natascha is accepting queries via online form, here. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website.

Follow Natascha on Twitter @SoCalledYALife.

Michael Bourret, Agent at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Last but not least, "for the millionth time" Michael's #MSWL request is: "Smash the patriarchy, deconstruct toxic masculinity, destroy white supremacy, question capitalism/heteronormativity/EVERYTHING." Got it? Ready, go! Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's; Middle Grades; YA; Thrillers; Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: Memoir; Science/Technology; Politics

"My tastes are quite broad . . . Really, I just want to read something that moves me, that I connect with on an intellectual, emotional or spiritual level—anything that makes me feel the way I did reading with my mom as a child."

How to submit: Michael is accepting queries via email at mbourret@dystel.com Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies.

Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelBourret.

Ejusdem Generis

While self-publishing and ebooks have become incredibly important for authors as ways to both reach readers and generate income, we shouldn't forget where many of us fell in love with all things written: the independent bookstore. Over at LitHub this week you can find an interview with a Harvard organizational ethnographer who has been studying independent bookstores. His fascination with them began when he read that the membership in the American Booksellers Association actually increased beginning in 2009, in spite of all the talk about the death of print. Check it out here, especially if there is or was a special store in your life (shout-out to A Novel Idea!).


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.