Hey, y’all. This week we’ve got our usual array of agent news, great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and at the end a note about authors living and recently passed.
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Two agents join new agencies, one agent comes back on the scene
Joseph Parsons has has joined Holloway Literary as a literary agent.
Fiction: Contemporary (post-1945) American literary fiction.
Nonfiction: Literary and creative nonfiction, travel and nature writing, current events, history, biography, long-form journalism and scholarly work written for a general audience
“Joseph is especially seeking new voices including the work of women, people of color, and others who may have been underrepresented in past years, in particular LGBTQ and immigrant authors.”
Linda Camacho has joined Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency as a literary agent.
Fiction: Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, all genres; select graphic novels; select picture book writer-illustrators; adult fiction (namely, upmarket/book club fiction, women’s fiction/romance, and literary horror)
In a recent #MSWL twee Linda said she would like a book project inspired by Ballerina Aesha Ash who was spotted “wandering around inner city Rochester in a tutu to change stereotypes about women of color and inspire young kids” Source Tweet
Lindsay Davis Auld has re-joined Writers House as a junior agent.
Fiction: Children’s Picture Books; Middle Grade and Young Adult General Fiction
Nonfiction: nope. nope.
“I’m actively building my own list and I’m seeking picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. I’ve always been passionate about children’s and young adult literature, and, as an agent, I’m eager to help bring fresh voices, characters and stories to a new generation of readers. I’m particularly drawn to mysteries, fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, adventure, and books with humor–light or dark or both.”
In February: Big $$$ and a fellowship in Paris!
Chicago Tribune’s 2018 Nelson Algren Literary Awards—Submissions due February 7th, at 11:59 p.m. CT (Fiction short Story—10 $$ Prizes + consideration for publication)
Who: US legal residents, 18+ years old
What: Fiction story, 8,000 words max. in English, and not previously published. Top prize of $3,500, four prizes of $1,000, and five runner-up prizes of $500, plus possible publication in the Chicago Tribune’s weekly literary supplement.
Entry Fee: $0
Creative Capital Awards—Submissions begin Thursday, February 1st and are due by Wednesday, February 28th (Project in 34 artistic disciplines (including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, etc.)—$$$ + advisory and professional services)
Who: Artists with projects in any of the 34 disciplines Creative Capital funds, including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, etc. (click here for a full list)
What: 46 projects at initial levels of $10,000 each. Including follow-up monetary support, a project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support during the life cycle of the award, with the average amount closer to $35,000. This is in addition to advisory and professional services with an average value of $45,000, bringing the potential support per project up to $95,000. US citizens or permanent residents, aged 25+, with 5+ years’ professional writing experience, and not be full-time students.
To Submit: Contest guidelines (and starting Feb 1 the application form) may be found here.
American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship—Submissions due February 15th (Fellowship, $5000 stipend)
Who: The Fellowship is open to all nationalities, though the proposed project (a book project, fiction or non-fiction, or a feature-length documentary film, that contributes to cross-cultural discourse) must be in English.
What: The Visiting Fellowship offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library.
Cost: The $5000 will be paid one month ahead of the fellowship and is to be spent at the discretion of the Fellow, is designed to cover travel to Paris, accommodation, and expenses associated with the month in Paris.
To Submit: Submission information and guidelines may be found here.
#MSWL Highlights: magic, imagination, and strong women
Alice Speilburg, Literary Agent and Founder of Speilburg Literary Agency [Please Note: Will opens to submission on Feb 1st]
Alice will be coming back from “a long haitus” on February 1st and hopes “to see lots of stories that sidestep into magic, mystery, horror, or adventure in my inbox next month!” See her newly updated #MSWL page here. Source Tweet
Fiction: Historical Fiction, Mainstream Fiction with elements of Fantasy/Mystery/Horror, Fairytale/Folklore Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult
Nonfiction: History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Science, Travel
Follow Alice on Twitter @alicespeilburg.
Kent D. Wolf, Literary Agent at The Friedrich Agency
Kent is not looking for Young Adult book projects but wants to bring some of imagination into the Adult Fiction world. He says “…if your writing and imagination in the adult space are anything like Sara Porter (@sarahporterbook) you have me at hello.” Source Tweet
Fiction: Commercial and Literary Fiction; Young Adult (but not really in the market for this at the moment)
Nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture
Follow Kent on Twitter @kentdwolf.
Stacy Testa, Literary Agent at Writers House
Stacy would love a book project about Caroline Still Wiley Anderson, born in 1848. Graduated from Oberlin, the only black woman in class. She later taught at Howard University and in 1878 became Philadelphia’s first black doctor. She states ” Oooh would love to see a historical novel or narrative biography about this badass broad.” Source Tweet
Fiction: Literary Fiction and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, particularly stories with international settings, unique subcultures, historical hooks, magical realism, unusual narrators, and/or strong, empowered women
Nonfiction: Memoir, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction, History, Investigative Journalism, True Crime, essay collections and prescriptive titles with strong platforms
“As a young agent with space on my list and decades of agenting ahead of me, I am looking to develop long-term partnerships with new authors.”
Follow Stacey on Twitter @stacy_testa.
As all of you know, the literary world lost one of its greats last week. The work of Ursula K. Le Guin was an entry point to a more literary corpus of texts for many sci-fi fans, and a door to science fiction for many who had previously considered anything with that label to be mere genre twaddle. There have been many moving and thoughtful tributes to her over the last seven days, and I have no pretensions that this humble Ejusdem be numbered among them, so I will simply direct your attention to a lovely interview Le Guin did with the Paris Review. Most of it is behind a paywall, but there is some lovely conversation available to anybody, and hey, if you’re going to pay for something on the internet, why not this? Check it out here.
Our good friend Jane Friedman has a book coming out soon: The Business of Being a Writer. While in our experience everything she writes is worth checking out, the people at Publishers Weekly have decided that her newest isn’t just worth reading, it’s indispensable for those interested in trying to make a living writing. Check it out here.
Just a short one this week, as we get back in the swing of things. See you next Monday!