One new(ish) agent, one new(ish)er agency
Cyle Young, Agent at Hartline Literary Agency
Cyle is seeking:
Fiction: Children's of all sorts; Genre Fiction, especially romance
Nonfiction: Parenting; Leadership; Ministry; Self-help
"Cyle finds great joy in writing and loves to bounce between crafting epic high fantasy tales, helpful non-fiction parenting books, and getting lost in the melodic rhythm of children’s poetry."
Lupine Grove Creative, Agency representing Children's Literature
Lupine Grove opened in January of this year, but we just found it now! Danielle Smith is looking for a variety of Children's lit, including:
Picture books; Early Readers; Chapter books; Middle Grade; Young Adult
Writers, you've got a coupla days, coupla weeks, or a month:
Sexy with Food Monthly Contest—Submissions due Wednesday, September 20th (Flash Writing Contest—$$ Prize)
What: Non-explicit sexy story about food. 500-word maximum. $50 Prize
Theme: Getting Away! Dinner out! NO KIDS!
"Sometimes it's fun to get creatively naughty with food.
Life is too short to not enjoy and savor every morsel."
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Writers Contest—Submissions due Saturday, September 30th (Quarterly Contest—$$ Prize)
What: Science fiction short stories or novelettes up to 17,000 words in length. $1,000, $750, and $500 awards.
"The Writers of the Future Program, established in the finest tradition of the professional giving a helping hand to the novice, has become the largest, the most well-known and the best established discovery vehicle in the field."
Futurescapes Writing Contest and Workshop Writing Competition—Submissions due Friday, October 13th (Annual Award, $$ Prize)
Who: Non-professional writers only (see rules for their definition)
What: Short fiction (no more than 8,000 words) on this year's theme: Blue Sky Cities. Winner receives $2,000, with five runners-up receiving $500.
"We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Oscar Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow."
A couple of highlights from last week's #MSWL Day
Dorian Maffei, Junior Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Dorian is hoping for some speculative stuff without white dude heroes: "Want to see more speculative fiction from diverse writers in my inbox & literary science fiction with non-white MC" Source Tweet
Fiction: Magical Realism; Fabulism; reimagined Fairy Tales; Speculative Fiction; literary Science Fiction; upmarket Women’s Fiction
Follow Dorian on Twitter @DorianMaffei.
Kate McKean, Vice President at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Kate's feeling about books the way you feel about food when you're hungry in an airport food court: "I honestly don't know what YA I want these days, so if you're working on something that feels weird and new, send it to me." Source Tweet
Fiction: Romance; Women's; Literary; Historical Fiction set in the 20th Century; High Fantasy; Magical Realism; Science Fiction; Middle Grade and YA: Thriller, Horror, Romance, LGBTQ issues, Contemporary Fiction, Sports, Magical Realism, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Memoir; Sports; Food Writing; Humor; Design; Creativity; Craft
Follow Kate on Twitter @kate_mckean.
As we all know, the literary world does not begin and end with the major publishing companies (in spite of their best efforts). Fanfiction is one of the strange, beautiful corners of literature, gifted us by postmodernity and hated, beloved, mistrusted, and sometimes grudgingly accepted by both publishers and established authors. This week, Vox.com has an interesting piece on what is likely the most famous work of fanfic ever (if you're not counting 50 Shades of Grey), My Immortal. The author's identity, long unknown, yet diligently sought for, has been revealed through the concomitance of seemingly unrelated events: the attempted gaming of the NYT Best Seller List, and the no-longer-anonymous author getting a book deal. Take 5 minutes out of your day and check it out.
Speaking of the Big Five, The New Republic explores the increasing homogenization of the Booker Prize list and winners ever since the competition was opened up to Americans, and notes that this is bad for everybody, especially Americans. Check it out, and think about whether your imminent inclusion on the Short List is indicative of your betrayal of the avant-garde.
Finally, what else have you considered regarding that Booker Prize short-listed novel, anyway? Besides hopefully gaining the ability to pay off student loans and buy a meat grinder attachment for your stand mixer, I mean (maybe that's just me)? The helpful folks at Authors Publish are thinking for you, thankfully. Check out their recent essay on some of the long-term things that authors should be planning for with respect to the future life of their work.