Get Published Weekly Roundup: July 17, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup and Happy World Emoji Day! Click here to vote on your favorite new emoji that was released in 2016. Results will be posted sometime today. In this week’s GSF Roundup we highlight new agent hires and promotions, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week’s Manuscript Wishlist, and a couple of helpful articles at the end focusing on copyright issues.

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!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

Hannah Mann, Junior Agent at Writers House

Hannah Mann is now a Junior Agent at Writers House. She is seeking: 

Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Juvenile Fiction

Nonfiction: Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, and Lifestyle

Children’s Books

To Submit: Hannah is accepting queries via email at Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Jeff Shreve, Literary Agent at The Science Factory

Jeff Shreve joined The Science Factory as an Agent. He is interested in: 

Nonfiction: Science, Technology, Business, Health, and Self-Improvement

To Submit: The Science Factory is open to queries via email at here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Jeff on Twitter @flotsamjeffsam.

Erin L. Cox, Literary Agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management

Erin L. Cox, Literary Agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, joined House of SpeakEasy the Executive Producer. She is interested in: 

Nonfiction: Memoir, Adventure/True Story

To Submit: Rob Weisbach Creative Management is open to queries via email at representation@robweisbach.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Erin on Twitter @erinlcox.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have a day or two (or four):

Frieze Writer’s Prize 2017 — Submissions due by TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 18th ($$ writing contest for art critics)

What: Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for frieze magazine and will be awarded GBP£2,000.

How to Enter: Entries should be emailed as a Word attachment to writersprize@frieze.comClick here for more information and contest rules.

2017 SFWP AWARDS PROGRAM — Submissions due Thursday, July 20th ($$ writing contest, all genres & lengths of fiction/creative nonfiction)

Who: Open to everyone over the age of 18. International entries welcome. You and your entry do not need to be associated with New Mexico, they publish a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction globally.

What: All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. They will take full-length manuscripts, works-in-progress, collections short or long, and essays. The grand prize is $1,500, and two runner-ups will receive $1,000 each. Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract.

Cost to Enter: $30

To Submit: Submit online through Submittable (click here). For submission guidelines and more information on this contest, click here.

“We don’t care about what the big presses believe to be “marketable,” we want to see excellence in writing, no matter the form it takes. Past winners have ranged from flash fiction to memoir to magical realism to literary fiction to cultural essays.”

FRANKLIN/KERR Horror Anthology — Submissions due by Friday, July 21th (Payment: $5 per 1000 words, short story in an anthology)

What: Short Stories (~2,000 and 8,000 words). “Franklin/Kerr Press is looking for exceptional horror short stories with post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes or settings for our upcoming horror anthology Down with the Fallen. Stories can cover a wide variety of horror sub-genres such as sci-fi, splatter, psychological, suspense and the weird as long as they have a substantial dystopian or post-apocalyptic element. We will not accept works with erotic or extreme sexually explicit elements. We will choose eight to ten stories to include in the anthology from author submissions to be published in both print and e-book formats.”

To Submit: Submit by email to For submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL…

Sam Morgan, Literary Agent at Foundry Literary + Media
Sam tweeted that he wants a “high fantasy novel starring someone like Amarillo Slim and their prop bets getting away from them.” Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy “with an emphasis on unique, challenging, and diverse voices showcasing unforgettable characters and plots. He will also consider commercial fiction with a fresh approach to a classic idea or an appeal to humor.”

How to submit: Sam is accepting queries via email to smsubmissions@foundrymedia.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website (Note: Sam only accepts submissions via email).
Follow Sam on Twitter @samroebuck.
Brianne Johnson, Senior Literary Agent at Writers House
Brianne tweeted out an “interview abt my true book loves” that includes her desire for “a witchy book in ALL genres.  I’ll go for beach witch, goth witch, earth-loving nature witch, cut-a-witch-in-high-school witch, elbow witch (okay, I made that one up).” Click here to read the full interview. Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: General fiction, Juvenile fiction, Children’s books, Historical fiction, Smart women’s fiction, Magical realism

“Right now I am probably most excited about literary debut middle grade that is unafraid to tackle enormous life-or-death themes in a modern and original way.  I especially love a unique execution, such as an epistolary novel, a story told out of order, or some other unique perspective or framing device.”

How to submit: Brianne is accepting queries via email to Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on her Publisher’s Marketplace member page.
Follow Brianne on Twitter @SecretAgentBri.
Caitie Flum, Literary Agent at Liza Dawson Associates
Caitie tweeted “Give me all of your ‘unlikeable’ heroines.” Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Commercial and upmarket fiction: especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, romance, and book club fiction. She is open to science fiction and fantasy that crosses over to a young adult market.

Middle Grade and Young Adult: particularly romance, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, and contemporary books with diverse characters.

Nonfiction: narrative nonfiction, especially history that’s impossible to put down, books on pop culture, theater, current events, women’s issues, and humor.

How to submit: Caitie is accepting queries via email to Send only a query letter in the body of the email.
Follow Caitie on Twitter @caitief.


  • Writing a commercial trade publication? Do you quote other people in your book? It’s possible you may need to secure permission to do so. To help you figure this out Jane Friedman and GSF’s Kelly Figueroa-Ray developed a great flowchart to help you evaluate what you might need to ask permission for:

**Two important caveats about this chart: 1) Nothing can stop someone from suing you if you use their copyrighted work in your published work. 2) The only way your use of copyright is tested is by way of a lawsuit. That is, there is no general policing of copyright. Therefore, how you handle copyrighted content depends on how risk-averse you are. If you decide not to seek permission because you plan to use a fair use argument, be prepared with the best-possible case to defend your use of the copyrighted content in the event that you are sued.

Read Jane’s post: “A Basic Guide to Getting Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter” for more about this chart and a sample permissions letter (click here). If you really want to use lyrics, check out this post by Attorney Helen Sedwick entitled “How to Use Lyrics Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer.” She also has a list of sites where you can find music that is in the public domain, and therefore free to use without securing permissions (click here).

  • Have a copyright or other intellectual property question that you’d like answered for free? Click here to submit a question to Dear Rich, and it might be answered for free in one of their blog posts. Attorney Richard Stim also wrote a comprehensive book on seeking permissions. It includes all the forms you need to seek permissions for any sort of content (click here to purchase).
  • Worried about protecting your own material from copyright infringement? Read this post on copyright myths and this post on your options if you are a victim of digital piracy or illegal downloads.

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