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.
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New, new, new! They need clients!
Kieryn Ziegler has recently been promoted to Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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."
Claire Draper has joined InkWell Management.
Fiction: One is not sure, but one guesses YA; Literary; Graphic Novels.
Nonfiction: Feminist theory
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, $$$ and Publication)
What: Science Fiction short story contest for non-professional writers. Stories must be between 1,000 and 6,000 words. Winner receives £200 plus publication in Interzone.
The City of Toronto 2018 Toronto Book Awards—Submissions due by April 30th, 2018 (Annual Award, $$$)
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.
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.
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
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."
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
Fiction: Women's Young Adult and Adult genre fiction
Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.
Taxes! AAAAAH! Next week will be better, I promise.