Get Published Weekly Roundup: May 21st, 2018

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Our Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations, Kelly Figueroa-Ray, graduated this weekend, receiving her doctorate! So if you write to us, please address her as Dr. Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations Kelly Figueroa-Ray, PhD. Congrats, Kelly! This week we feature a rather new agency, two contests for big money, #MSWL entries, and some poetry 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

A new agent, and a new-ish one-woman agency now open to queries

Sarah Gerton has joined Curtis Brown, Ltd as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Narrative

"While fantasy is her first love, she’s eager to read YA and MG fiction of all genres, gravitating toward character-driven stories with unforgettable settings. On the nonfiction side, her interests include beautifully written history, reportage, and/or memoir for a young audience."

Sarah is accepting submissions via email at sg@cbltd.com. See the submission guidelines and her bio here.

Samantha Bagood started her own agency, Samantha B. Literary, in 2017, and is now actively building her list.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Chapter Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Juvenile

"Samantha B. Literary is thrilled to be eagerly seeking new clients. Every submission is carefully considered, but as a one-woman agency, I am by nature highly selective. In addition to thinking about whether I can sell the project, I also ask myself questions like, 'Do I love the project? Will the author and I work strongly together? How passionate am I about his or her potential?'"

Samantha is accepting submissions via online form, here. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Big $$$ for published authors: one for a US citizen under 39 and an even bigger one for a Canadian novel or collection of short stories

Bard Fiction Prize—Submissions due June 15th, 2018 (USA; $30,000, writer-in-residence position)

Who: Published fiction writers 39 years and younger, who are U.S. citizens

What: A $30,000 cash award and an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students. To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a CV, along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted.

Cost: Free

To Submit: For information about the Bard Fiction Prize, call 845-758-7087,  send an e-mail to bfp@bard.edu, or request information by writing to: Bard Fiction Prize, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Submission information available here.

2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize—Submissions due by June 15, 2018 (CANADA; novel/short story collection, $100,000 CAD and $10,000 CAD to each finalist)

What: First edition adult fiction publication (novel or short story collection) published between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018 in Canada by Canadian citizens or residents (for books published between July 1, 2018 and Sept 30, 2018 submissions must be received on or before August 15, 2018). Winner receives $100,000 CAD and each finalist receives $10,000 CAD.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Publishers should submit seven hard copies of the book via post to The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Michelle Kadarusman, 543 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3B6 (***Please authorize couriers to leave boxes with ‘no signature required’ at front gate***). Each entry must be accompanied by the signed submission form (click here), a current author biography, a jpeg of the author and the book cover sent by e-mail (michelle@scotiabankgillerprize.ca) that can be reproduced for use in print and online. For contest rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Agents looking for women in STEM, among other (stranger?) things

Kurestin Armada, Associate Literary Agent at P.S. Literary Agency
Kurestin is super consistant, folks! Last July she put out the same #MSWL call that we highlighed here in our Roundup. Could you all please send her more projects (fiction and non) with "young girls interested in STEM fields"? Thx!  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, select Historical Fiction, LGBTQ (any genre), illustrated Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, and Romance

Nonfiction: Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Narrative, Photography, Nature, and Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Kurestin's #MSWL on Twitter via her agency's account @PSLiterary.

Tess Callero, Agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd
Tess has just updated her new #MSWL page where she informs us that she watched the entire first season of Stranger Things in one day. On her list we also find "women in STEM"! Take the hint people. Find out all the things she wants hereSource Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Commercial and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Mysteries; Thrillers; and Romance

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Business; Cookbooks; Humor, Biography; Self-Help; and Food Narrative Projects

"She has a soft spot for anything involving food, sports, or Hollywood."

How to submit: Tess is accepting queries via email at tc@cbltd.com. See guidelines here.

Follow her on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

Here at GSF, our raison d’être is to help authors overcome the variegated and myriad barriers to publication, which can seem insurmountable; when writing is a second, unpaid full-time job, something as time intensive as finding and researching literary agents can be overwhelming, even if it is entirely necessary.* I thought of this as I read Rabih Alameddine’s essay on who gets to write (and be read) over at Harper’s this week. Alameddine notes that only writers who are not a threat to dominant culture are allowed to write, and he suggests that the economics of publishing is used to keep out threatening work: “Today’s imperial censorship is usually masked as the publisher’s bottom line. ‘This won’t sell’ is the widest moat in the castle’s defenses.” But his wider inquiry regards the way that successful writers are, in Chinua Achebe’s words, “purveyor(s) of comforting myths.” Even the work of authors who question or challenge aspects of the ascendant culture is co-opted by that culture: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness critiques the project of colonialism, all the while reinforcing racist and colonialist ideas about Africa. As culture changes, though, so do the types of voices that are allowed to be heard; world literature is now widespread and critically lauded. Yet culture’s co-opting of those voices continues, and Alameddine does not except himself from this process. What can this tell us as writers in our own genres, categories, and identities, whatever they may be? Maybe the takeaway is that obeisance to the dictates of our culture is what’s missing from our work. Maybe my novel doesn’t have enough firefighters, pickup trucks, and sturdy-but-feminine women in jean shorts, or on the other hand, uptight intellectuals roaming the Upper East Side questioning their life’s work. Or maybe the takeaway is that writing (and reading) at its best is an act that requires an intense ability to observe and scrutinize both ourselves and our neighbors, to leave to others the assumptions we operate on in our daily lives and to resist our own first impressions and impulses, and that that is all we can do. I’ll let y’all come to your own conclusions about what I think. The whole thing is well worth a read. Check it out here.

Speaking of barriers to entry, not ever leaving your house is a big one. I thought of this as I read through LitHub’s collection of writers talking about their favorite poems. Jesse Ball talks about “Jabberwocky,” one of my favorites, and one of the first I memorized. The very first poem I memorized, however, is Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” When I was a child, if I was too ill to go to school, I would be forced to stay with my grandmother. Grandmother’s apartment was not a place any six-year-old would voluntarily stay for any period of time, and on top of the non-kid-friendly environment, Grandmother was apt to make you memorize poetry. And she loved Emily Dickinson.

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us—don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

The magic of this poem was entirely lost on my sullen, fever-ridden, six-year-old self. By adolescence, though, I had grown to love it, and still do. I think that in a way it speaks to what Alameddine is talking about in his essay. The poet enrolls the reader in her own sense of alienation and feelings of being an outsider. It is this quality that allows the poem to speak to so many, regardless of whether they would be recognizable as an outsider to most of us. Tom Brady, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Warren Buffett may all feel that this poem speaks to them. As a corollary to that, this illustrates that way in which culture co-opts voices that may critique that culture: not to get all Intentional Fallacy on y’all, but this poem is not about famous and powerful people. Yet they may embrace it as their own. At any rate, read about more favorite poems here.

*Okay, so our RDE is to help y’all overcome like three or four of the barriers, but you know what I mean.


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: February 19th, 2018

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For everybody who was just dying to know whether or not I took my wife out to dinner for Valentine's day: I prevailed! Dinner was at home. Of course that meant flowers, and some incredibly expensive meat exquisitely prepared by yours truly, but it was here, and not out at some overwhelmed and understaffed restaurant on Angry Amateur Night. Next up is our first anniversary. I'll keep y'all informed. This week we have agency additions, a couple of great contests, sci-fi and fantasy on some wishlists, and a federal judge's Valentine to everybody who wants the internet to keep its hands off their stuff (or her misinterpretation of important precedents which could result in the further restriction of internet freedom—it all depends on your perspective).

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 new agents over at Bookends Literary this week

Naomi Davis has joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, YA, and Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Romance; Select Picture Books

Nonfiction: Not at this time

"LGBTQ+ elements and diversity in all fiction are a particular plus, and Naomi will consider picture books featuring those elements. Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds."

You can contact Naomi at ndavis@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Naomi's online query form.

Amanda Jain has also joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.  

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult Romance, Mystery, Women’s, and Upmarket, with a special emphasis on Historical fiction in all genres.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, or social history.

"She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience."

Email Amanda at AJain@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Amanda's online query form.

Submission Deadlines

A contest of note for African American poets, and an opportunity for sci-fi/fantasy leaning flash-fictionists to put their skills to the test. Cash prizes!

YSCI-FI Flash Fiction Competition—Submissions due by February 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, $$$ prize)

What: A 750-1000 word piece of flash fiction in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Winner receives $250.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a link to the submission form may be found here

Broadside Lotus Press Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award—Submissions due by March 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prize + publication)

Who: African American poets who have not previously had a book published by Lotus Press or Broadside Press. Winner will receive $500 in cash and publication of the manuscript by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2019, as well as free copies and discounts.

What: A book-length poetry collection (approximately 60-90 pages). 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a mailing address for submissions may be found here

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Non-Western fantasy, magical diaspora, and women in metal

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren wants to see a Middle Grade fantasy/adventure novel set somewhere other than the United States or Europe.  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select Nonfiction

"Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in any and all genres. She is especially fond of fantasy, magical realism, and space operas; contemporary stories with a hook; and anything with a feminist bent. In Nonfiction, she's particularly hungry for counter culture books, cocktail books with a twist/theme, or narrative nonfiction with a unique hook." 

How to submit: Lauren is accepting submissions via email at lauren@triadaus.comClick here for submission guidelines and more info on what she's looking for.

Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenspieller

Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary
Kurestin is looking for a fantasy novel that deals with the diaspora of a magical community. "How does the magic change/thrive?” Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial; Magic Realism; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; LGBTQ (any genre); Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Graphic Novels; Romance

Nonfiction: Design; Cooking; Pop Psychology; Narrative; Photography; Nature; Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.

Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Kurestin @kurestinarmada

Kira Watson, agent/foreign rights manager at Emma Sweeny Agency
Kira wants you to tell her a story of a young female musician in the 90's owning the metal scene, not just surviving it.  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade realistic fiction, speculative fiction, magic realism, thriller/mystery, horror, fantasy, and historical fiction. 

"Stories with folklore elements, complex villains, morally enigmatic (and very flawed) protagonists, medieval literature influences, and taboo subjects are bound to catch Kira's attention."

How to submit: Kira is accepting queries via email to queries@emmasweeneyagency.comClick here to read the full submission guidelines on the company website.

Follow Kira on Twitter @KiraWatsonESA

Ejusdem Generis

On Thursday of last week, District Judge Katherine Forrest gave a late Valentine's Day gift to lovers of strong intellectual property law and a big middle finger to those whose affections lie instead with the free use and exchange of information on the internet. As you know, here at GSF we harbor a keen interest in all matters copyright related, and so the federal judge's ruling that embedding a tweet containing an image on one's webpage may be a copyright violation drew our attention. Photographer Justin Goldman and Getty Images sued a number of media sites over their use of his photograph of Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Patriots QB Tom Brady. Goldman had posted the photo to Snapchat, after which INTERNET, and soon major news organizations, including the Boston Globe, had posted stories with embedded tweets that displayed the image. The photograph was newsworthy because it showed the lengths to which the Celtics appeared to be going in their wooing of superstar Kevin Durant. The judge ruled against the defendants' motion for a summary judgment against Goldman, which leaves the door open for the lawsuit to proceed. There are a number of legal and technological issues at play here, none of which will I bore you with, but the important takeaway for all of you writers with your own websites is this: you can reproduce and embed tweets that are text-only with impunity, but if you embed a tweet that has an image attached, you may be in danger of violating copyright law. Kelly Figueroa-Ray, our Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations, was way ahead of the courts on this one, forbidding the embedding of images in our Roundups from the beginning. If you're interested in more of the ins and outs of this case, check out Wired's coverage here, and the Verge's here. For those of you really into this kind of thing, you can find the court's ruling here. Bonus points to anyone who can get through the judge's description of how people embed things like it's some sort of supergenius dark web hacker move without giggling.


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: October 16, 2017

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It finally feels like fall here in Charlottesville. Chilly night air, a glass of something bracing, and a good book are exactly what the doctor ordered. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and food for thought 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

A promotion (congrats!), and a new hire

Riddhi Kamal Parekh has joined Laura Dail as International Rights Manager and Agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books, Middle Grade; Young Adult; open to considering adult Commercial 

Nonfiction: Children's

"Riddhi enjoys universal, coming-of-age stories that tackle issues of identity as well as high-stakes fiction with unexpected twists. She is always on the lookout for a good pun and is particularly drawn to whimsical middle-grade fiction, picture books, and chapter books."

Riddhi is accepting queries via email, at queries@ldlainc.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Sarah Younger has been promoted to Senior Agent at Nancy Yost Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance (like, all of it, yo); Women's 

Nonfiction: Select

"Sarah cherishes her rural southern roots and particularly enjoys stories with a supporting cast of animal characters: horses, dogs, cats; essentially all pets furry and friendly."

Sarah is accepting queries via QueryManager here.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or two...

Author Mentor Match Round 3—Submission window open October 19th-24th (Semiannual—opportunity to be mentored)

What: Unagented, aspiring YA writers receive mentoring by those further along in the game. Applicants should have a complete manuscript and be willing to take feedback.

To Submit: Submission via email at authormentormatch@gmail.com. For rules and submission instructions click here.

Adventure Cyclist Nonfiction bicycling stories—Submissions due October 31st (Magazine—Payment, Publication)

What: Both feature-length stories and 1,200-1,500 word excursions. Proposals first. $.30-$.50/word.

To Submit: Submission via Submittable. For more information, click here.

What Agents Want

Crime and kids' books, Part II

Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary
Kurestin wants The Italian Job, maybe for kids: "Heist/con story, YA or adult! Preferably with an interesting ensemble cast & friendship focus." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial; Magic Realism; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; LGBTQ (any genre); Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Graphic Novels; Romance

Nonfiction: Design; Cooking; Pop Psychology; Narrative; Photography; Nature; Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.

Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Kurestin @kurestinarmada.

Adria Goetz, Assistant Literary Manager at Martin Literary
Adria is looking for Shel Silverstein's classic by way of Portlandia: "I'd love a PB set in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps a lyrical ode to our trees?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; anything Christian

Nonfiction: Lifestyle; Christian Living

"Adria looks for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings."

How to submit: Adria is accepting queries via email at Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Adria on Twitter @adriamgoetz.

Ejusdem Generis

In our previous edition of the Roundup, we asked why agents who are closed to queries still tweet their #MSWLs as if someone who saw those Tweets would have a chance to run their work by said agents. At the heart of why this is frustrating is the issue of accessibility. Agents are the barriers (or keys, depending on how lucky you are) to entry for editors at publishing houses, who are the barriers to entry for your work to be seen by tired people in airports throughout the world looking for something to take their mind off the five-hour layover they're 17 minutes into. (If you're fortunate enough to be at O'Hare, however, ignore the pulp in the Hudson News and get thee to a Tortas Fronterathose tortas are riquísimas!) We all want the golden ticket, the backstage pass, the VIP seating, especially when that ticket means a chance to show our life's work to someone who, just maybe, will understand it and champion it.

But the thing is, while getting access in the literary world is difficult for anyone, for some people there are barriers to entry that are unseen. Last week, LitHub published an essay written by Chris Jackson, the publisher and editor-in-chief at One World. He discusses diversity in publishing, or the lack thereof, by recounting his own entry into the publishing world, his experience teaching publishing courses at CCNY and Columbia, and his relationships with Eddie Huang and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Particularly with Coates, Jackson wonders whether someone else (someone who didn't share TNC's background) would have been able to build the kind of trust needed to shepherd a work like the National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me into being. Check it out here.

This is where the metaphor of the backstage pass doesn't work. When the barrier to entry is too homogeneous, sometimes it's the rock stars who don't get in.


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 3, 2017

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Welcome to our fourth Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week 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.

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

Sarah Landis & Elizabeth Bewley, Agents at Sterling Lord Literistic

Sarah Landis & Elizabeth Bewley will begin at Sterling Lord Literistic as agents in July. They both will represent: 

Children's: young adult and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction

Check back on Sterling Lord Literisic's website for their bios (click here) and submission guidelines (click here). For now, you can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @ElizBewley.

Ryleigh Walsh, Agency Assistant at The Rights Factory *now accepting queries*

Ryleigh Walsh is now accepting queries at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Commercial, Contemporary, Fantasy, General Fiction, Historical, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Upmarket, Women's Fiction

Non-Fiction: Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, General Non-Fiction, Memoirs

To Submit: Ryleigh accepts queries via online form (click here). At the bottom of the form choose "Send To: Specific Agent" and then choose Ryleigh Walsh from the dropdown menu.

Adriana Stimola, Agent at Stimola Literary Studio

Adriana Stimola is now accepting queries as an agent at the Stimola Literary Studio. She is seeking:

Fiction: Historical, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Non-Fiction: N/A

"While i do enjoy working with all formats, age groups and genres, right now, i am most interested in author/illustrator picture books, middle grade fiction with series potential, and YA mystery/thrillers."

To Submit: Adriana accepts queries via online form (click here). Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Adriana on Twitter @adrianastimola .

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Briar Patch Magazine: Labour Issue Submissions — Submissions due TODAY Monday, July 3rd (Payment: $50-$150, Magazine Article)

What: Queries for the labour issue are due July 3rd. If your query is accepted you have until August 8th to turn in a first draft. They are looking for articles, investigative reporting, historical analysis, photo essays, timelines, personal essays, reviews, profiles, recommendations, lists, humour, comics, and art on the topic of labour (for suggested topics, click here). For more information, including payment rates, click here.

To Submit: Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover, give an estimated word count, and indicate your relevant experience or background in writing about the issue. If you haven’t written for Briarpatch before, they are asking that you provide a brief writing sample. Send queries to pitch@briarpatchmagazine.com. Please review their submission guidelines before submitting, and be sure to check out their guide to better pitching.

Pirates & Ghosts and Agents & Spies: Two New Anthologies — Submissions due Friday, July 7th (Payment: 6 cents per word, Short Stories)

What: Short stories (~2,000-4,000 words) for the two following anthologies:

Pirates & Ghosts: Adventures and hauntings at sea, shipwrecks and buried treasure, treacherous waters, sea spirits, ghostly galleons, giant squid, kraken and a myriad of deadly sea monsters, sailors gone mad, revenge and madness, romance and the ancient skulls of desperate mariners…

Agents & Spies: From Machiavelli to James Bond, the intrigue of the Tudor court, the avarice of the Medicis, the poisons, the secret letters, the betrayal of lovers and governments, the smuggling of plans and formula for new weapons and inventions: this is the murky world of the official saboteur, plausible deniability and quiet knife in the back.

To Submit: Submit by email to 2017@flametreepublishing.com. For more information and terms click here.

"...we’re looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in two new anthologies. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing."

Operation Awesome's #PassOrPages Query Contest, July Focus: Contemporary Adult Romance Novels — Submission window Monday through Wednesday, July 10-12 (Feedback for submissions material, Random selection)

Who: Writers looking for help with their submissions material

What: Polished query letter & first 250 words of your manuscript (Contemporary Adult Romance genre only this round). "Please don't 'personalize' the query for the agents or include your bio paragraph, but other than that, treat it as you would a normal query letter. Include your manuscript's word count and title in your query. Comp titles are welcome if you were planning on using them in your regular query letter. The winning entries with agent commentary will be posted on Operation Awesome. If you aren't comfortable with having your entry (which will be anonymous) shared on the blog, please don't enter Pass or Pages!"

Entry fee: $0

To Submit: Submission via online form (check here between July 10-12). For more information and rules, click here, and here. Writers that have been chosen to receive feedback on their query letter will be announced July 24-28.

"We hope to get many types of romance entries, with main characters of different nationalities, sexual orientations, and from any underrepresented groups."

Campus Diaries Writing Competition — Submissions due Monday, July 10th (₹₹ Prize)

Who: Writers with stories about college

What: Stories set in school or college days, fiction or non-fiction, roughly 500 words. "Story trumps grammar and complicated words - for sure. But do pay some heed to the language. You can make more than 1 entry. The entries will be judged on two criteria: 1) Popularity among your peers – Get your friends to “Like” your entry (40% weightage) and 2) Judging Panel – a panel of expert judges will deliberate and decide the winner (60% weightage)." For more information, important dates, and prize amounts click here.

Entry fee: $0 (must sign in to Fourth Ambit)

To Submit: Submission via online form (click here)

"What happens when friends - both old and new - hang out together? Why is every "gupshup" session filled with stories that start with “Do you remember when..?” There is something really special about stories borne out of nostalgia. Stories that make you smile, laugh out loud, cry, perhaps even shudder at the narrow escapes. Here is a chance to showcase such stories & WIN exciting prizes!!"

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

P.S. Literary's #MSWL Twitter Feed
P.S. Literary tweets daily about their agents' manuscript wishlists. Click here to check out their feed.

Here are a few highlights from this week:

Curtis Russell, President & Principal Agent, wants nonfiction in the vein of Joseph McCormack's Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Source Tweet), and "Crime fiction like Ian Rankin, Chevy Stevens, Patricia Cornwell, & Lee Child" (Source Tweet). Follow Curtis on Twitter @CurtisPSLA.
 
Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent, wants fiction and nonfiction that highlights "young girls interested in STEM fields (Source Tweet), and "Magical Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternative History, Historical Fiction" (Source Tweet). Follow Kurestin on Twitter @kurestinarmada.
 
Maria Vicente, Associate Agent, wants "nonfiction for kids! Both YA and MG. Any topic goes—surprise me!" " Source Tweet Follow Maria on Twitter @msmariavicente.
 
How to submit: All these agents are accepting queries via email to query@psliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary
The Bent Agency's Monthly TBA Wishlist
The Bent Agency's blog "Bent on Books" puts out a monthly wishlist that includes "the project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox." Click here to check out what their agents are seeking this month.
Alec Shane, Agent at Writers House
Alec Shane tweeted that he was "happy to say that I read a manuscript last night that, for the first time in a long time, legit gave me a nightmare. More horror please!" (Source Tweet).

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Mystery, Thrillers, Historical Fiction (The Vietnam War, the Maccabees, and The American Revolution fascinate me in particular), Adventure, Horror, Middle Grade: adventure series, ghost story, or anything else geared toward younger male readers

Nonfiction: History (odd/quirky, military), Biography (of unknown, but important people), "Guy" Reads, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction (under-the-radar events and lifestyles), Sports, Supernatural

"I haven't been scared to turn off the light in far too long and something needs to be done about it... I'm also currently up in the air as to whether or not I believe in ghosts, hauntings, and the supernatural, so if you have something that can convince me one way or the other, I'd love to see it."

How to submit: Alec is accepting queries via email to ashane@writershouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Alec on Twitter @alecdshane.

Ejusdem Generis

  • For some insight into rejection, here a few popular posts from agents and experts in the publishing industry that delve into why some queries and manuscripts get rejected:
    • "Why Did I Get a ‘No’? – The Do’s and Don’ts of Query Letter Writing"  by Mark Gottlieb, Agent at Trident Media Group (click here)
    • "The Top Five Reasons I Stop Reading a Manuscript" by Christine Lynn Herman, Literary Agent Assistant in New York City (click here)
    • "Why Your Memoir Won't Sell" by Jane Friedman, publishing industry expert and Editor of , a newsletter for professional authors (click here)
  • On the other hand, in support of the quest to land the perfect agent, here are a couple places you can find examples of successful queries:
    • "Quite the Query" (click here
    • Posts at Writer's Digest that are tagged "successful queries" (click here)
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