Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 11, 2017

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Sixteen years ago today, a tragedy was inflicted on New York City, the United States, and the entire world. Read something beautiful this evening to remember that humanity is also capable of great works of love and wonder.
In this week’s GSF Roundup we highlight agent news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, one highlight from the past week’s Manuscript Wishlist (tomorrow’s a big day, y’all, get ready), and a bit of levity 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!

Two new agents, and an established agent reopened to queries. Get moving!

Ali Herring, Agent at Spencerhill Associates

Ali is seeking:

Fiction: commercial YA and MG (esp. Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Adventure); Romance; Southern Women’s fiction; and Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Nope.

She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark.”

Ali is accepting queries here.  Click here for the agency’s submissions guidelines.

Luba Ostashevsky, Agent at Ayesha Pande Literary

Luba is seeking:

Fiction: Give it a miss.

Nonfiction: Science; Current Events; History

“She is interested in nonfiction projects that can instill in readers a sense of wonder or transport them to a different time, or place or make the familiar new.”

Luba is accepting queries via online form, here

Patricia Nelson, Agent at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, is open again to queries.

Patricia is seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and commercial Women’s; 20th century Historical; Romance; YA; MG

Nonfiction: Not so much.

She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.

Patricia is accepting queries via email at For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Writers, you've got a week or so:

Our Past Loves Past Loves Day Story Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 17th (Very Short Story Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Short story about past love. 700-word maximum. $100 Prize

What feelings arise if you allow yourself to be fully open to remembering that person?
What is it about that special someone that you still cherish?
IN PARTICULAR, how did that person’s presence in your life change you and how you experience the world?” 

To Submit: Submit via email at For guidelines and more information, click here.

Real Simple Good Read Essay Contest—Submissions due Monday, September 18th (Annual Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

What: 1,500 word essay. Theme: What was the happiest moment of your life? Winner receives $3,000 and publication.

To Submit: Submission online here, or by post to Essay Contest, Real Simple, 225 Liberty Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10281. For guidelines and other information, click here.

SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship—Submissions due Wednesday, September 20th (Annual Award, $$ Prize, Publication)

Who: Authors who have published neither a chapbook nor any book-length work, and who have not been published in SmokeLong

What: Four samples of sub-1,000 word flash fiction (at least one unpublished). Winner receives $500, publication, and a year-long residency at SmokeLong.

The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.”

To Submit: Submit via Submittable, here. For more information and other guidelines, click here.

Tuesday is #MSWL day, so in deference we're only highlighting one request this week…

Laura Crockett, Associate Literary Agent at the TriadaUS Literary Agency
Laura’s been watching PBS (or cable BBC, I guess. Or Netflix. TV is really easy to watch these days, huh?): “I’d love a YA/WF ms akin to BBC’s Bletchley Circle — intense, intelligent women coding, solving crimes, ending wars, and taking names.”  Source Tweet


Fiction: YA; Women’s; Chick-lit; Fantasy

Nonfiction: Not at the mo.

How to submit: Laura is accepting submissions via email at laura@triadaus.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines at the company website.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LECrockett.

Ejusdem Generis

For all of you devoted Grad Student Freelancers Blog readers who are worried about whether your book is getting a fair shake on the NYT best sellers lists, the conservative publishing house Regnery has announced that they are no longer promoting or tracking their books with the venerable list.

NPR found out that the opacity of the Times’ methodology has been frustrating to the publishing industry for a long time: click here.

Analysis by the Washington Post sticks up for the NYT, suggesting that Regnery’s protest is little more than a “stunt”: click here.

I’m about to write the Great American Novel, and so personally I’m very interested in how the NYT makes its decisions because I’ll be on that list very soon (I know y’all probably have seen this, but it’s a classic):

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.  

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