One agent changed agencies, one editor changed careers
Agent Adrienne Rosado joined Stonesong Literary in September
Adrienne is seeking:
Fiction: For both Adult and Children’s: Contemporary; Mystery; Historical; Thriller; Fantasy
Nonfiction: Pop Science; Business; quirky History
“Anything with a wickedly dark sense of humor. She’s especially drawn to multicultural fiction as well as lgbtq+ works. She is keen to work on projects that focus on marginalized people and people from atypical walks of life. She loves a story that makes her think differently.”
Ann Leslie Tuttle, former editor at Harlequin, joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as an Agent
Fiction: Romance, Romance, Romance! (you weren’t expecting Middle Grade Dystopian, were you?)
Nonfiction: Isn’t European History kind of a Romance? On the real, though, no. No Nonfiction.
“At the heart of every good romance is the sense of finding family, that identity and connection that gives purpose, hope and love to someone’s life. To me, the best romances have well developed protagonists who’ve truly been to hell and back and now must overcome their greatest fear, which usually involves an issue of trust or willingness to put their heart on the line again after a gut-wrenching loss.”
Writers, you've got about a week:
The University of Iowa Press The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award (yes, that Iowa)—Submissions must be postmarked by Saturday, September 30th (Short Story Contest—Publication)
Who: Writers who have not published a volume of prose fiction
What: 150+ page collection of short stories. Publication under their standard contract
To Submit: Submission by post only: Iowa Short Fiction Award/Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000. For rules and more information, click here.
Pigeon Pages Fledgling Prose Contest—Submissions due Sunday, October 1st (Prose Contest—$$ Prize)
What: Unpublished prose of up to 4,000 words, any genre. Winner receives $250, runners up receive $50.
“We love writing with a strong sense of narrative and invite you to tell us a true story, be in based in the real or fictional world. We believe that a story about dragons can be just as true as a piece of memoir, and are less concerned with traditional genre definitions than we are with resonant, evocative writing.”
The African Poetry Book Fund Luschei Prize for African Poetry—Submissions due Sunday, October 1st (Annual Award, $$ Prize)
Who: African writers
What: Any book of original poetry published in the past year, in English or translation. Winner receives $1,000.
“The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry is named for poet, publisher, editor, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Glenna Luschei, who has also endowed in perpetuity the literary quarterly Prairie Schooner. Her generous contribution established this annual award. In recognition of their invaluable support of our work, Glenna Luschei has welcomed the use of her name for the Prize for African Poetry.“
To Submit: Download the entry form, then mail entries to The Glenna Luschei Poetry Prize: The African Poetry Book Fund/Prairie Schooner, 110 Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0334. (Shout out Andrews Hall, y’all!) For more information and rules, click here.
Looking for friendship, love, and revolution. Not necessarily in that order.
Michael Bourret, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Michael’s Tweet leaves ambiguous whether or not his MSWL manifests his personal hopes: “Smash the patriarchy, deconstruct toxic masculinity, destroy white supremacy, question capitalism/heteronormativity/EVERYTHING” Source Tweet
Fiction: Everything from Children’s to Thrillers to Women’s
Nonfiction: Science/Technology; Memoir; Leftist Politics
Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelBourret.
Jaida Temperly, Agent at New Leaf Literary Agency
Jaida wants all the feels: “A
#MG contemporary sister or female friendship story along the lines of TRAVELING PANTS or PENDERWICKS <3.” Source Tweet
Fiction: Children’s and Adult: Literary; Magical Realism; Historical; Upmarket; Horror (not Children’s, c’mon, now); Speculative
Nonfiction: Select Prescriptive and Narrative
Follow Jaida on Twitter @JaidaTemperly.
Taylor Haggerty, Agent at Root Literary
Taylor wants to eat, drink, laugh, love: “I’m in the mood to fall in love. Send me your high concept women’s fiction, contemporary romance & romcoms.” Source Tweet
Fiction: YA; MG; Women’s; Romance
Nonfiction: Nada; Zip; Zilch; Zero
Follow Taylor on Twitter @tayhaggerty.
Speaking of the Iowa Writers Workshop, here’s an interview with author John McNally from 2011, shortly after he published his novel, After the Workshop. He speaks about his experiences at the Workshop, his feelings about living as a writer and academic, and his take on the ins and outs of getting a book published. It’s both depressing and encouraging. Check it out.
While it comes from roughly eight months ago, John Irving’s (one of Iowa’s most famous alumni) call for Oscar winners to become more overtly political in their acceptance speeches seems pretty germane to this week. The Hollywood Reporter has his essay. I really liked A Prayer for Owen Meany. If I could have written any book, that would be one of my top ten choices.
Finally, the pacifism of John Wheelwright in A Prayer for Owen Meany made me think about war and its effects on literature. Atlas Obscura describes the rise of the paperback as the result of a nation at war (I mean, yeah, I agree, generally it’s good for nothing, but paperbacks are pretty great). The dimensions of the books were determined by the size of the presses – they were intended for magazines, and so the printers had to print two books at a time, and cut the pages in half. How cool is that? Definitely check it out.