Get Published Weekly Roundup: March 19th, 2018

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Another St. Patrick's day has come and gone, but I really want some more corned beef. I think I'm going to go eat some leftovers right now. This week we feature some newly minted agents, a humorous poem contest (a contest for humorous poems, not a poetry contest that is humorous; I feel like all poetry contests are probably humorous on some level), and just a touch of news 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

This week, we're spotlighting two young agents working their way up at Donald Maass Literary and The Seymour Agency

Kiana Nguyen has been promoted from Agent's Assistant to Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency. 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA fiction across genres; Adult Romance and Thrillers

"Give me the girls with skinned knees and boys weak with jealousy and queer kids who couldn't be good if they tried. All the gray morality and friendships they would kill to keep. Nothing cookie-cutter for me!"

Kiana is accepting submissions via email at query.knguyen@maassagency.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Lesley Sabga has been promoted from Intern to Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Action/Suspense/Thriller; Romance

Nonfiction: Memoir; How-To; "Gift"/Coffee Table books; Lifestyle; Travel; Cookbooks

"Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots." 

Lesley is accepting queries via email at lesley@theseymouragency.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

A great opportunity for international community-building in the writing world and a call for the next Jabberwocky

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Sozopol Seminars Scholarships—Submissions due by March 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, residency + travel expenses)

Who: Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. English speakers need not be fluent in Bulgarian, or vice versa. 

What: Application materials include a professional biography, statement of purpose, and a 10-20 page fiction writing sample. A total number of ten applicants (five writing in English and five in Bulgarian) will be admitted to the seminar as participants and appointed fellows of the program. The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation will cover their room, board, and in-country transportation. The five English-language fellows traveling to Bulgaria will be reimbursed for 50% of their international travel expenses.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

Winning Writers Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prizes + online publication)

What: One humorous poem up to 250 lines in length. Work may be published or unpublished, and may contain "inspired gibberish." First prize is $1,000, second prize is $250, and ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

This week's #MSWL highlights: Platonic love and fossil forests

 Jess Dallow, Associate Agent at Brower Literary
Jess retweets herself: "This thread is still my #MSWL. Platonic, loving, weird relationships." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: YA Contemporary; Adult Commercial Fiction

"She loves family stories (in the vein of This is Where I Leave You), thrillers (serial killers; child psychopaths; and the things that keep you up at night), mysteries, and strong women’s fiction that delves into the complexities of our world today as well as supportive female friendships. She loves original voices and stories that are impossible to put down."

How to submit: Jess is accepting queries via email at jess@browerliterary.com. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @jldallow.

Chris Kepner, Agent at The Kepner Agency 
Chris is looking for this National Geographic headline in book form: "Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Any genre

Nonfiction: Any genre

How to submit: Chris is accepting queries via email at chris@kepneragency.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @chriskepner.

Ejusdem Generis

A few weeks ago we linked to a piece that explored the idea that writing romance can be a political act. Well, the struggle continues, as the Guardian reports today about the publisher Riptide, which has come under fire for its, well, racist perspectives and actions. Last week, romance author Cole McCade detailed an exchange he had with one of Riptide's editors in which he was told that they were unwilling to put a person of color on a book cover because it would hurt sales. The Guardian ties this to the larger issue of the lack of support for authors of color on the part of romance publishers generally. 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: February 26th, 2018

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It's a typical February here in Charlottesville: one day it's eighty degrees, the next we have freezing rain. Which leads to a very fractured existence. Do you open the windows or get the fireplace going (well, Netflix fireplace for us)? Do you read Wodehouse or War and Peace? Get going on another edition of the Roundup or just start in on the box wine? At least for the last question I had an answer. This week we have agents on the move, great contests, wishlist highlights, and some perspectives on the usefulness of critique 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

Two established agents in new literary homes

Carrie Pestritto has left Prospect Agency and joined Laura Dail Literary as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Upmarket Women's; select Historical; Diverse YA and upper MG including select Fantasy; select Picture Books

Nonfiction: Narrative; Biography/Memoir

"As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients.  Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises."

You can contact Carrie at queries@ldlainc.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines and a link to Carrie's Manuscript Wish List. You can also find her on Twitter @literarycarrie.

Colleen Oefelein, formerly of Inklings Literary Agency, has joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent.  

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture books; Middle Grades; Young Adult; Adult 

Nonfiction: Not at this time.

"I love plot-driven, commercial stories with unforgettable characters and gritty character dynamics. I adore writing that has a great cadence and natural rhythm, which like a dance, flows and stutters in a gorgeous motion that worms into my brain and reverberates there for days. I love a fresh premise (or a fresh twist on a familiar story line) coupled with a strong, genuine voice. Just plain weird is right up my alley, and dark, quirky characters make me sit forward. Clean writing with plenty of white space and story-telling full of subtle nuances that give my brain room to imagine will pique my interest. I like a strong hook. Make me laugh, gasp, sigh, smile, sit forward, hold my stomach, or read through my fingers on page one please. Cliffy chapter endings are perfect for me and I prefer characters who take a book by the balls and yank it forward. An antagonistic protagonist, an unreliably evil villain, flawed characters, and antiheroes are definitely my favorite, as is a high-adrenaline plot. I love anything unexpected, dark, edgy, weird, funny, or so wrong it’s right."

You can email Colleen at colleen@adventurewrite.com with questions, or query her using this online form. More information may be found on the agency website, here.

Submission Deadlines

A haiku contest for US undergrads with a nice cash prize (plus bonus poetry contests!) and an upcoming award for picture book authors with a May deadline, so you still have time to procrastinate!

West Chester University Poetry Center's Myong Cha Son Haiku Award—Submissions due by March 15th, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prize)

Who: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university 

What: Up to two original, unpublished haiku. First prize is $1,500, runner-up receives $500.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and submission info may be found here. Also check out the University's other upcoming contests on the same page. Submissions may be a combination of poems submitted to the Iris N. Spencer Award, the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, and the Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award, all with $$$ prizes!

Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award for Picture Books —Submissions due by May 15th, 2018 (fiction contest, $$$ prize + travel + consideration for publication)

Who: US residents at least 18 years of age as of January 15, 2018. Professional children’s book illustrators or authors, individuals represented by book publishing agents, or individuals whose works have been previously published by any book publisher are NOT eligible to enter, though self-published authors are.

What: Up to 1200 words of text and at least 6 pages of finished art for an original story idea, new take on a classic story, or nonfiction incorporating the award’s mission statement, reproduced below. Winner receives gift cards totaling $1,500, round-trip travel to New York City, a day at Little, Brown Young Readers' offices in New York, and an opportunity for the winning submission to be reviewed by LBYR’s editorial team for possible future publication. 

Cost: Free

"To encourage the development of high-quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, that in some manner draw from the rich cultural experiences of this country—whether they manifest in character, theme, setting, plot, or are derived simply from the artist’s own experience of identity. Diversity includes literal or metaphorical inclusion of characters of underrepresented ethnicity, religious background, gender identity, class, mental or physical disability, or any other nondominant populations."

To Submit: Contest guidelines and an online submission form may be found here

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Manga and Murder

Penny Moore, Agent at Empire Literary
Penny says: "One of my favorite Korean style manga series is Bride of the Water God, though the K-drama is terrible. If anyone is familiar with this series, I WANT THIS IN MANUSCRIPT FOR IN MY INBOX ASAP. THANK YOU."   Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: General; Fantasy/Science-Fiction; Middle Grade; YA

               Nonfiction: Biography; Travel; Lifestyle; Children's books; Pop Culture

"...while she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time." 

How to submit: Penny is accepting submissions via email at Penny@empireliterary.com. Click here for more info.

You can follow her on Twitter @precociouspenny. Penny is also the founder of Literary Agents of Color, "a directory devoted to listing and supporting literary agents of color in the publishing industry." We've spotlighted this project once before, but it's worth repeating. They're doing important work, check it out!

Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Amy tweets: "A lovely e-mail from @stephlystein got me thinking & so I'll share here for my #MSWL: 'Teen girls hunting down killers: mood of 2018.' (**women hunting down killers also works.)" This sounds like a great project for any Murderinos out there... just sayin'... Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket Women’s; Select Historical; Non-Western Fantasy; Diverse fiction across genres

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction; Feminist perspectives on contemporary issues; select Historical; Pop Science; Journalism

How to submit: Contact Amy at abishop@dystel.comClick here for more info and submission guidelines.

Follow Amy on Twitter @amylizbishop.

Ejusdem Generis

Get your reading glasses ready and your cash card handy, because next month SP Books, an English publisher, is releasing a facsimile of the original notebooks that contain Mary Shelley’s romantic horror classic Frankenstein to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the book’s publication. Besides enjoying the illusion of having a handwritten copy of such an enormously important work in your greedy little paws, you can also see the changes that were made by the author and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. In the Guardian’s piece on the facsimile’s publication, they quote both Jessica Nelson, an employee of SP Books, and Anne K. Mellor, a professor at UCLA, on the famous poet’s contribution to the novel (the handwritings of the married couple are discernible in the manuscript, so you can see where a change was suggested by Percy and where Mary made her own changes). Nelson reads Percy quite charitably, describing him as a sort of benign editorial influence on the debut novelist, while Mellor feels that his notes reveal his paternalistic perspective on his wife. You can come to your own conclusions about whether he’s Patronizing Percy or the Poet with the Heart of Gold if you have a couple of hundred dollars (or euros) to plunk down on a book that’s entirely in the public domain. Check it out here.           

What’s not up for debate is that whatever their attitude toward us, other people’s criticism can help us grow as writers. Over at LitHub, Kaethe Schwehn, graduate of two MFA programs, writes about her writing group and the slow crumbling of her belief in the so-called “solitary genius.” Schwehn describes the unconscious pretensions present in graduate programs dedicated to poetry and literary fiction and the accompanying shared illusion of the artist as an independent genius, both of which made her hesitant to join a writing group, especially one with members devoted to writing (gasp!) genre fiction. What she found when she did, of course, were people devoted to honing their craft, people who liked talking about the power of words. And she benefited from it. It’s well worth a read. 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 22, 2018

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Happy New Year! Although we were off-line a bit longer than we planned, GSF is back in the full swing of things. This week we showcase two agent promotions, some great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and a very cool directory 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

Two Stephanies are Promoted to Senior Agent!

Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction, upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. Will consider literary thriller and suspense, and YA crossover. No historical or romance fiction will be considered.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, memoir, investigative journalism, and true crime

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Stephanie Delman has been promoted to Senior Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, genre-bending suspense, and atmospheric, near-historical fiction (past 200 years)

Nonfiction: Select range of non-fiction by authors with established, engaging, and unique perspectives, as well as a few comic illustrators

“While Stephanie does not work with strict genre writers, she is drawn toward literary narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi (think STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel or HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado). She also enjoys interwoven plots, epic/international family sagas, and fictionalized accounts of overlooked periods in history.”

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at sdelman@sjga.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Submission Deadlines

Within the next two weeks: Big $$$ for a nonfiction manuscript in progress, a cool residency for a poet, and a fellowship with Sesame Street!

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize—Submissions due January 31st, 2018 (Nonfiction—$$$ Advance + Publication)

Who: Any writer who is not yet established in the genre and resides in the United States is eligible.

What: A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript, a cover letter, and a project description. Winner receives a $12,000 advance and publication with Graywolf Press

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing—Submissions due February 1st, 2018 (Poetry Residency—$$$ Stipend + up to 4 months of lodging)

Who: Poets writing a first or second book!

What: Up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $5,000.

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room 2018 Fellowship Program—Submissions due February 4th, 2018 (Fellowship)

Who: Fresh writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.

What: 8 weekly sessions with industry writers, producers, agents, and executives at the Sesame Street NYC offices on creating children’s educational media content.

Cost: Travel and lodging expenses only.

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Lots of fiction for all ages, and nonfiction about awesome women for Middle Grade!

Lynnette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is asking for more submissions! Her twitter bio states that she is currently being mentored by Nicole Resciniti, president of the agency. Please send her more "Adult: fantasy, contemporary romance, thriller, & sci-fi YA: sci-fi, contemporary, thriller, & mystery." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: What she said in the tweet!

Nonfiction: Nope

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. Send query and first five pages pasted in an email.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Lynnette_Novak.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali is connecting with her Native American heritage. "As a person of Cherokee descent, I would love to see a Young Adult (maybe Middle Grade) work centered on the Trail of Tears. Any stories built from oral tradition?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade (esp. sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction  

Nonfiction: Seems like a no!

"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."

How to Submit: Ali is accepting queries through Query Manger (click here). More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Stacey Graham, Agent at Red Sofa Literary [PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2108]
Stacey WILL BE (after 1/31/18) seeking more Middle Grade Nonfiction projects about women with moxie. She says: "Last year, I received a ton of queries about fantastic female scientists and mathematicians. This year, I'd love to see female entrepreneurs, historical athletes, authors (Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter bios), and politicians (Shirley Chisholm, Victoria Woodhull)." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Romance, Mystery 

Nonfiction: YES! Specifically: "Nonfiction that walks on the weird side — all age groups."

Special Requests:

Spiritualism: Middle Grade or adult, nonfiction or fiction

Ouija: Adult, nonfiction

Witches: Middle Grade or adult, fiction with a new twist

Old West: Middle Grade, nonfiction or fiction. Think Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, women of the Wild West, African-American cowboys.

Romance with heart…but that doesn’t take itself too seriously

Middle Grade nonfiction series on women with moxie: Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, Hedy Lamarr, Mary Shelley, Ida Lupino

How to Submit: Stacey will be accepting queries on February 1, 2018 via email at stacey@redsofaliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her personal website here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @staceyigraham.

Ejusdem Generis

While surfing(?) the Twittersphere, I happened on to Penny Moore @precociouspenny, who introduced us to a directory being compiled on The Literary Agents of Color website. "Created by literary agents of color, this directory will serve as a guide as we seek to accomplish two goals: To advocate for and protect the interests of creatives. To support and promote the careers of POC agents." Entries in the directory include an agent bio, what the agent is currently seeking, and a link to their submission guidelines. If you know someone who isn't on the list, but should be, you can contact them here. You can find their ever growing list of literary agents of color 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.