Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 16th, 2018

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A dissertation defense, and the advent of the in-law. These things have conspired to make the Roundup this week a non-entity. Next week we'll be back with a vengeance!

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!

Agent and Agency News

Agents seeking in-laws

Nobody has recently been promoted. 

Seeking: Dissertations and in-laws

Nobody is accepting submissions via email at nobody@yomama.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

 

Submission Deadlines

Finish your PhD, stat!

The In-Law Dissertation  Short Story Competition—Submissions due by April 27th, 2018 (Annual Competition, $$$ and Publication)

What: Actually, nothing

Cost: Free

To Submit: Entry via online form, here. Rules and submission information may be found here.

What Agents Want

Seeking a degree, and a mother-in-law

Nobody, Agent at Nunya Literary

Nobody wants anything this week (well, somebody does, but Nobody doesn't . . . wait, that doesn't work) Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Nuthin'

How to submit: Don't

 

Ejusdem Generis

I obviously fibbed last week when I promised this week would be better. I'm not fibbing this time. It will be better, pinky swear.


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.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 2nd, 2018

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In a few days we embark on our first camping trip of the year. I've sharpened and polished my hatchet, checked the bear spray, downloaded some topo maps, and purchased a new water filtration system. None of which we'll need, because we're staying in a cabin. It will be my first time cabin camping, and I'm kind of looking forward to it. Not having to bear-proof your campsite at the end of the night is going to be great. Also, toilets. This week we feature two new agents, a couple of killer residencies, and the great JF 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!

Agent and Agency News

New agents! Hit 'em up!

Leah Middleton has joined Marjacq Scripts. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical; high-concept YA; edgy comedy

Nonfiction: Investigative journalism; Polemic; topical Memoir; Popular Science; Popular History

Leah is accepting submissions via email at leah@marjacq.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Jessie Stover has joined the Seymour Agency (well, in the winter; we're just catching up now).

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; New Adult; Romance (contemporary, suspense, comedy); Military; brain twisters (make of that what you will)

Nonfiction: Apparently not

"Ever since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school, and loved talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As the wife of an Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full of variety, knitting, and tea drinking." 

Jessie is accepting queries via email, at jessiemstover@yahoo.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Two residencies, one of which you really gotta get a move on. But it pays twenty large!

Boston Public Library Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program—Submissions due by April 5th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency to provide a writer with resources to complete a work for children or young adults. Winner receives use of a private office, access to special collections at the BPL—oh, and $20,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission by email or by post. Entries must be postmarked by April 5th. Rules and submission information may be found here

The Kerouac Project 2018-2019 Residencies—Submissions due by April 16th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency for writers of any age or genre. Four winners receive three-month stays in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums, and a $1,000 stipend.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Online submission through Submittable, here. You can find rules and guidelines here, and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishpeople

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at the Rights Factory

Lindsay has maybe been watching Forged in Fire (but is sick of all the beards): "I'd love to see a YA fantasy about a girl blacksmith." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Children's 

"Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory."

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @lindsayleggett.

Jessie Devine, Agent at D4EO Literary 

Jessie is looking for some romance at sea. I mean in the sea. Like really in it: "Still looking for my m/m or f/f mermaid book." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Jessie is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. You can follow him on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Ejusdem Generis

A couple of months ago we mentioned that our good friend, publishing guru Jane Friedman, had a book coming out. Well, it's out, and if you haven't picked it up, you should. Today she wrote a guest column about author platform in the digital age for Writer Unboxed. I'm not going to summarize it because she already writes with economy, and I would just end up reproducing the whole thing. Also Writer Unboxed would probably get mad. Check it out here.

 


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.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: January 29, 2018

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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.

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!

Agent and Agency News

Two agents join new agencies, one agent comes back on the scene

Joseph Parsons has has joined Holloway Literary as a literary agent.

Seeking:

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."

Joseph is accepting queries via email at submissions@hollowayliteraryagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on his profile page, here.

Linda Camacho has joined Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

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)

Nonfiction: nope.

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

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at QueryLinda@galltzacker.com. More information about submissions may be found on her agency's website, here.

Lindsay Davis Auld has re-joined Writers House as a junior agent. 

Seeking:

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."

Lindsay is accepting queries via email at lauld@writershouse.com. More information about submissions may be found on her Publishers Marketplace member page, here.

Submission Deadlines

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

To Submit: Complete contest guidelines are here and the submission form may be found here.

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.

What Agents Want

#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

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical Fiction, Mainstream Fiction with elements of Fantasy/Mystery/Horror, Fairytale/Folklore Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult

Nonfiction: History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Science, Travel

How to Submit: Beginning February 1st, Alice will be accepting submissions via email at speilburgliterary@gmail.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

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 () you have me at hello."  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary Fiction; Young Adult (but not really in the market for this at the moment)

Nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture

How to Submit: Kent is accepting queries via email at kwolf@friedrichagency.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

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

Seeking:

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."

How to Submit: Stacy is accepting queries via email at testa@writershouse.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her Publishers Marketplace member page, here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @stacy_testa.

Ejusdem Generis

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!


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.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: July 24, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! 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 few more tidbits at the end (including a kitty for every genre!).

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

Growth at The Rights Factory!

Cassandra Rodgers, Agent at The Rights Factory

Cassandra Rodgers has been promoted to Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Adult Literary, Commercial Women’s, and Historical Fiction

Nonfiction: Politics, History, Popular Science, Finance, and Memoir

"Actively building her list..."

To Submit: Cassandra is accepting queries through an online form here.

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory

Lindsay Leggett is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory.

Lindsay’s focus is on Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s books, particularly Magical Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and LGBQTTQIA+

To Submit: Lindsay is accepting queries through an online form here.

Anna Trader, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory

Anna Trader is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Women’s, Thriller, Historical, Middle Grade, General, and Commercial

Nonfiction: Food & Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle, and Memoir

"Like her life, she has an eclectic approach to literature, moving easily between general fiction, historical fiction and non-fiction, including health, mind & body and children’s books.

To Submit: Anna is accepting queries through an online form here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until July 31st:

Virginia Quarterly Review — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Payment varies with form: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction all sought)

What: Poetry (all types and length), Fiction (2,000–8,000 words: no genre fiction), and Nonfiction (3,500–9,000 words: literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays)

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Crazyhorse Crazyshorts!— Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication)

What: Short short fiction contest. 1–3 entries of up to 500 words each

Entry fee: $15 (includes one-year subscription) 

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication, agency review by established literary agents)

Who: New and emerging writers only

What: Previously unpublished short stories (under 7,000 words) only. Winner receives $3,000, publication, and agency review. Second and third place receive $200/$100, publication, and agency review.

Entry fee: $20

 "It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one."

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Thrice Publishing Call for Novel Submissions — Submissions due Monday, July 31st

What: Novel-length fiction starting at 70,000 words. Everything from traditional to alternative work. “We are looking for the shock of the new whenever we can find it. We will look at everything and consider ourselves unafraid to take a chance.”

"Thrice Publishing reaches outside the mainstream to publish the work of selected writers whose efforts, we feel, need to be seen."

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Amanda Jain, Literary Agent at the Inklings Literary Agency, LLC *closed to queries EXCEPT for #MSWL related inquiries!!*
Amanda tweeted, "I am closed to general queries, but special exceptions for those in response to #MSWL tweets. Send away!" Source Tweet

Here are some of her recent #MSWL requests:

"A fun, sports-centered contemporary romance where the heroine, not the hero, is the elite athlete." Source Tweet

"I would #MSWL that girl's expression" See the expression in question by clicking here. Source Tweet

A book project about a female SEAL (romance or suspense). Source Tweet

"I'd love to see a #romance or #WomensFiction set during the Great Depression, or against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl." Source Tweet

How to submit: Amanda is only accepting queries related to her #MSWL tweets via email **with #MSWL in the email subject line** to amanda@inklingsliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website (Note: Amanda's profile and the Inklings Literary Agency submission page indicate that they are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time. So query Amanda only if your project matches her #MSWL requests).
 
Follow Amanda on Twitter @wensday95.
Elana Roth Parker, Literary Agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency Inc. 
Elana tweeted, "Can I anti #mswl? I decidedly do NOT want any more books that open around the death of the MC’s mom, dad, brother, sister, or best friend..." Source Tweet

Seeking: Commercial Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction (all genres; though Horror, Thriller, Christmas, or talking animal books are not for her); Narrative Nonfiction for children and teens; Picture Books from author/illustrators only. 

How to submit: Elana is accepting queries via email to queries@ldlainc.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines the company website.
Follow Elana on Twitter @ElanaRoth.
Finally another #MSWLbeautycontest!
Cate Hart, Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency & Saritza Hernandez, Senior Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency (source twitter thread), and Rena Bunder Rossner, Literary Agent at The Deborah Harris Agency (source tweet) are looking for book projects inspired by the young women who held a protest Quinceañera at the capitol building in Texas (articles here and here).

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Cate: Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction, select Commercial Adult Fiction, Contemporary and Historical Romance, and Nonfiction in the areas of History and Pop Culture

Saritza: Romance titles in Adult and Young Adult Fiction, as well as Feminist Erotica with or without a romantic element

Rena: Literary and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction in all genres, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Books

How to submit:
Cate and Saritza are accepting queries via email to query@corvisieroagency.com. Cate requests that you send a query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and first 5 pages included the body of your email with the subject line formatted as follows - Attn: Cate [Your Title]. Saritza prefers that you paste the 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages to the body of your query e-mail. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Rena is accepting queries via email to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow them on Twitter:
Cate Hart: @CateHart
Saritza Hernandez: @epubagent
Rena Bunder Rossner: @renarossner

Ejusdem Generis

  • Here are a few articles that come straight from literary agents giving advice about the publishing process:
    • "What Happens in the Agency After I Send my Proposal? by Steve Laube (click here)
    • "Want #QueryTip from a Literary Agent? #MSWL" - Interview with Kirsty McLachlan (click here)
    • "Successful Query: Margaret Rogerson & An Enchantment of Ravens" by Sara Megibow (includes the text of the query and Sara's comments on it)  (click here)
    • "How to Trim Your Query to 250 Words (or Fewer): Advice from Agent Janet Reid" (click here)
  • So many good things on Jane Friedman's blog this week:
    • "Self-Publishing a Debut Literary Novel: The Actions, The Costs, The Results" guest post by  (click here)
    • "The Marketing Rule You Can’t Forget" guest post by Ryan Holiday (click here)
    • "So You’re an Author Without a Social Media Presence: Now What?" by Jane Friedman (click here)
    • "How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference" by Jane Friedman (and technically from a little over a week ago) (click here)
  • Finally, GSF Associates Kelly & Kayla had a great time cat sitting Zelda this week:

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    Just Zelda & me. 😎

    A post shared by Kelly West Figueroa-Ray (@siemprechipil) on

    This inspired Kayla to find for you (drum roll please): A kitty for almost every genre!! Action/Adventure; Sci-FiSuperheroAction/Adventure (take 2)Crime/DramaSci-Fi/FantasyHorrorWestern, Crime/Thriller


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.  

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 hmann@writershouse.com. 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 info@sciencefactory.co.ukClick 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 submissions@franklinkerr.com. 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 bjohnsonsubmissions@writershouse.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on her Publisher's Marketplace member page.
 
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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 querycaitie@lizadawsonassociates.com. Send only a query letter in the body of the email.
 
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Ejusdem Generis - ALL ABOUT COPYRIGHT & PERMISSIONS

  • 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.

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.